The short-form week of 21–27 Sep 2015

28 Sep 2015; last modified 03 Oct 2015

The week in review, 140 characters at a time.

This document was created automatically from my archive of my Twitter stream. Due to limitations in the Twitter API and occasional glitches in my archiving system, it may not be 100% complete.

Monday at 02:47pm

OH: You realize that "Why don't you just" is engineer for "fuck you," right?—@mattray

Monday at 03:16pm

There have only been about 30 generations of humans in-between now & the Middle Ages. A surprisingly small number for so much change.—@BWJones

Tuesday at 07:19am

RT @headhntr: You didn’t shag or not shag the pig’s face because that was what you were into... @PennyRed's #piggate—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:16pm

So. Wait. Pushing to Maven Central takes just a few minutes, it's reindexing the pages for search that takes several hours? #doingitwrong —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 11:37am

Any #Groovy and/or #TravisCI experts care to take a stab at debugging this: Works fine on my box, naturally.—@ndw
@ndw fwiw, works locally here too. it seems Travis uses Gradle 2.0, have you tried that version?—@rdeltour
@rdeltour Interesting. I'm using 2.7. I wonder if I can ask Travis to use the same version. Thanks!—@ndw
@ndw yeah, not sure it's possible to configure on a per-vm basis. FYI the build environment is detailed here: —@rdeltour
@rdeltour Thanks again, btw.—@ndw
@ndw you're welcome! 😃 now, will @travisci be willing to update the env to a more recent version of Gradle?—@rdeltour
@rdeltour Yeah. That's the problem. I confirmed by attempting a build in a VM with the 2.0 distro. I'll skip the tests in the short term.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:27pm

Anyone know who runs It's trying to get CSS over https: links on other domains and getting blocked. Result: blech.—@ndw
@ndw that site is a spof for standards work.—@mnot
@ndw For anyone following along at home, it was an extension. My bad. Mea culpa. Why didn't I think of that? Web dev much? #facepalm —@ndw
@ndw he's not super active on Twitter but I'll cc @steffent just in case that speeds things along...—@soypunk
@soypunk @ndw Not tweeting much, but still using it actively. Great if you mail explaining the problem a bit more!—@steffent
@steffent @soypunk Done. Turns out it's a Chrome-only issue, apparently. Anyway, details in your inbox!—@ndw
@ndw @soypunk Great, thanks, got it, I'll get some of the tech people to review it and get back to you tomorrow (late now!)—@steffent

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:52pm

@bobdc *chuckle* Uh huh. Lemme know how that works out for you :-)—@ndw
@ndw Just joking, of course. You'll appreciate what I actually put: @ , e.g. at the bottom of—@bobdc

Friday at 05:25am

"You're an idiot" sadly isn't an acceptable form of debate on the internet, which is tricky when faced with a sea of *fucking idiots*.—@Jam_sponge

Friday at 12:05pm

@ndw Just at my first S1000D User Forum. Have you written about this language?—@maltbyd

Friday at 02:18pm


Friday at 10:18pm

Some people should use a glue stick instead of chap stick.—@BubbyKatz

Saturday at 05:05am

Your free speech does not come packaged with my attention. You have some rights to the former, none at all to the latter.—@AstroKatie

Saturday at 11:35am

RT @existentialcoms: Remember, sadness is just chemicals in your brain; just like vision, mathematics, and your understanding of this sente…—@ndw

Saturday at 12:12pm

@existentialcoms @ndw Folks on the bus seeing me reading my psychology texbook:"Pain, it's all in the mind, right?" "Sure, isn't everything?—@pdxleif

Sunday at 11:40am

In 18th century slang, ‘to saddle your nose’ meant to put on a pair of spectacles.—@HaggardHawks

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:22pm

DNS could resolve arbitrary strings, TLDs be damned, yes?—@ndw
@ndw Yes. Except that way, domain registrars couldn't keep creating new virtual real estate to sell.—@larsga
@larsga Yeah. That'd be just terrible.—@ndw
@ndw I'm afraid I missed your point. Care to elaborate?—@bortzmeyer
@ndw Interesting. Can you say more?—@mdubinko
@mdubinko Not much more to say, really. The TLD system seems to have jumped the shark. Just allow arbitrary strings?—@ndw
@ndw course. Most Enterprises rely on this for their intranets—@patrickkettner

Sunday at 11:28pm

RT @TheDailyEdge: Jeb Bush: "The Pope should not discuss climate change because he's not a scientist, although if elected, I will be your w…—@ndw

Sunday at 11:29pm

RT @marick: VW is firing their engine controller software team; fortunately, they got snapped up by a voting machine company.—@ndw

Sunday at 11:35pm

RT @AcademicsSay: Courtesy of @AstroKatie. 🌓🌎🌞 <-- lunar eclipse 🌎🌓🌞 <-- solar eclipse 🌎🌞🌗 <-- apocalypse—@ndw