The short-form week of 5–11 Oct 2015

12 Oct 2015; last modified 16 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.

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:17pm

Watching Dr Who on BBC America (even DVRd so I can fast forward through the commercials) really makes me want to buy it on Amazon Inst Vid.—@ndw
@ndw DVR? I remember to have seen one of those at my parents house. But then they switched to streaming few years ago ;-)—@mgaerber
.@mgaerber Yeah. I'm house-sitting and don't have my friends Amazon psw :-) DVR was "easier" than logout/login. But ugh, how wretched.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:54am

I have a #Python 3 app. I want to package it up for the current, modern Python distribution system (PIP?). Pointer to instructions, please?—@ndw
@ndw https://t.co/UH7gYfOXrX—@MacYET
.@MacYET Thank you.—@ndw
.@MacYET @ndw I think official doc is now easier to follow than most others on the subject (Mirabile dictu!) https://t.co/nbyN7gviFV #Python —@uogbuji
.@ndw Distributing Python Modules (#Python 3.6) https://t.co/16jYghjsPC—@MartianOdyssey

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:25pm

"Computer science is a constant battle between space and time." @ndw —@doctortovey
.@doctortovey @ndw Correction, For ComSci: "time and space". Use of "space and time" permutation is special prerogative of physicists.—@MartianOdyssey

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 02:24pm

Middle aged white men in positions of power expounding how the next high tech "X" is going to improve things for everyone rings false to me.—@ndw
@ndw I think we are beyond middle aged.—@maltbyd
@maltbyd Maybe. Dude I was thinking of certainly is. But I was being generous. And I'd like to think I'm at the middle, not too far past.—@ndw

Tuesday at 04:07pm

A password with a '%' sign in it in ~/.pypirc causes 'python setup.py register ...' to crash and burn. Bad #Python, no biscuit.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:06pm

I do not think my first experiment with grilled artichoke can be recorded as an unqualified success.—@ndw
To be fair, it had shallots, garlic, butter, olive oil, and artichokes and it was grilled, so not an unqualified failure, either.—@ndw
@ndw A simpler recipe: artichokes, young garlic, olive oil, salt. https://t.co/gjbhI6UeZU—@alb_sma

Tuesday at 07:12pm

@JohnDobbin The existence of such a point remains a theoretical possibility, but it has never been observed in the natural world.—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:15pm

RT @MarkThoma: You know who likes lackluster economic growth? The rich. - Jeff Spross http://t.co/wsOq3Id9JZ —@ndw

Tuesday at 07:22pm

RT @willmanduffy: Cool fact: you were a real programmer the second you did "Hello World". There's no exam. This isn't becoming a doctor.—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:24pm

@Pinboard I am sometimes quite pleased that I have no idea what you're talking about.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:52pm

So that first episode of Black Mirror. With the pig and all. That's a funny coincidence, am I right?—@ndw
@ndw Even the episode's writer was surprised :) https://t.co/nhmA4f3v0O—@lmorchard

Tuesday at 11:09pm

RT @textfiles: Twitter's "Moments" strike me as a big, neon-y billboard with a beautiful font declaring "WE HAVE COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN WHAT …—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:13am

XML Stars, the journal is out! http://t.co/xqmsIU7hXp Stories via @ndw @james_clark —@dominixml

Wednesday at 08:09am

God grant me the wisdom to change the things I can / The serenity to accept the things I can’t / And three hundred fifty million dollars—@Pinboard

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:10am

The long-awaited romantic remix of a @paxtonhare classic starring @ndw http://t.co/lKzMk7itBO (warning: autoplay on load)—@jclip
@jclip @paxtonhare Thanks, Clip.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:19pm

@MartianOdyssey Random string of characters that you interpret on a best as can basis. Oh, wait, that's HTML5...—@ndw
@ndw Yeah, you prompt me to think use of word 'legacy' is redundant in my original tweet. Gene is more dominant rather than throwback unfort—@MartianOdyssey

Wednesday at 11:35pm

RT @zephoria: Maciej Ceglowski (Pinboard.in) gave an amazing/funny Strata talk about how data is modern data nuclear power. Here: http://t.… —@ndw

Wednesday at 11:37pm

Yes, I retweeted the link to @Pinboard 's talk twice on purpose. I might retweet it daily for the rest of the year.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:46pm

Happy unbirthday to most of you.—@jessicahagy

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:29am

Anyone know what estimated turnaround time is for support requests on #pypi at SourceForge? #Python —@ndw
@ndw what has PyPI to do with SF?—@MacYET
.@MacYET It is apparently what's used for support requests, e.g. http://t.co/2x0X0rCjo8 —@ndw
@ndw indeed—@MacYET

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 04:54pm

A tough call, even for a seasoned decision maker like myself. /cc @ndw #LinkedIn #XML http://t.co/tHucj4z31H —@gimsieke
@gimsieke @ndw "Does Norman Walsh know about looking uncannily like a werewolf?"—@doctortovey
@doctortovey @gimsieke I am an innocent villager.—@ndw
@ndw Can we agree on you’re the moderator? (Now thinking about rules for a demojam/werewolf mashup.) @doctortovey —@gimsieke
@gimsieke @ndw Now *that* is an exciting idea!—@doctortovey

Friday at 02:35pm

I wonder if @ThePSF can comment on the expected turnaround for pypi support tickets? A week? A month?—@ndw

Friday at 04:06pm

I had no idea you wrote Making TeX Work @ndw! I bought that book and it even made my life easier once upon a time.—@grechaw

Friday at 06:02pm

HT @ndw. This is 20 minutes very well spent. https://t.co/QXvNcjogg3—@peteaven

Friday at 11:45pm

RT @doctortovey: Like modern #poetry? Read this: http://t.co/BcmYCeP7dF - Surveyor's Riddles by Alistair Noon & Giles Goodland. Bloody amaz…—@ndw

Friday at 11:48pm

RT @kendall: House GOP would have to improve orders of magnitude to qualify as a dumpster fire.—@ndw

Saturday at 12:02am

RT @trieloff: Before timestamp 0 http://t.co/wllC7V0HMh —@ndw

Saturday at 12:13am

RT @monteiro: Things previously considered impossible: • women’s sufferage • going to the moon • smoke-free bars. Let’s add gun-free Ameri…—@ndw

Saturday at 12:24am

RT @agreeablecar: At the bank I was told "pick your four digit pincode but it can't be a year." "Aren't they all years?" I asked. We sat in…—@ndw

Saturday at 03:12am

@agreeablecar @ndw Did you get a bit?—@dpawson

In a conversation that started on Saturday at 10:29am

"Oh... I must remember to rescue that scorpion from the bathtub later." Another reminder from @ndw that Texas is not civilization.—@doctortovey
@doctortovey @ndw "rescue" as in pound into an atom thick paste and wash away because "yikes!"—@scotsmanuk
@scotsmanuk @doctortovey Nah. Little guy is probably harmless, I'll just toss him into the bushes outside.—@ndw
.@scotsmanuk @doctortovey Living to fight another day. http://t.co/bfNKgYchJk Well. Eat insects another day, anyway.—@ndw
@ndw @scotsmanuk Awwww! He's strangely adorable.—@doctortovey

Saturday at 02:02pm

RT @johnrobinson: In case you were wondering who are buying - scratch that - paying for the GOP presidential candidates. http://t.co/hX2SrL… —@ndw

Saturday at 02:15pm

RT @sineadgleeson: What a story. "The white man in that photo": http://t.co/wdSRYl5UY7 http://t.co/fp3Vprz7cZ —@ndw

Saturday at 02:15pm

RT @pgor: I would love a way to tell all my web browsers, “I’m _never_ going to ‘Log In with Facebook’ so never show me that button.”—@ndw

Saturday at 02:24pm

RT @textfiles: So yes, sir, someone might dupe your thing without paying you, so let's low-orbit ion cannon all of creation into permafreez…—@ndw

Saturday at 07:17pm

"with lawyers I always assume that they came by their wealth and position through avarice and by means nefarious:" http://t.co/ilvaDGW55Y —@windley

Sunday at 12:20am

RT @ptraughber: Imagine describing car ownership to someone who had only lived in a dense, walkable, transit-rich city: http://t.co/ZOT9YI3… —@ndw

Sunday at 12:22am

RT @GreatDismal: People who feel safer with a gun than with guaranteed medical insurance don't yet have a fully adult concept of scary.—@ndw

Sunday at 07:13am

XML Stars, the journal is out! http://t.co/EziUBfyewT Stories via @ndw —@dominixml

Sunday at 08:00pm

@ldodds @psd Me too!—@ndw

Sunday at 08:06pm

RT @ezraklein: Accounting for the fact that this op-ed is more vile than you can imagine, it is yet more vile than that: http://t.co/YEwWZv… —@ndw

Sunday at 08:12pm

RT @EricaJoy: To my friends, who have already come out, who are thinking about coming out, or who aren't ready to come out, I love & supp…—@ndw

Monday at 12:18am

RT @JPBarlow: Thanks to #WikiLeaks - still kicking it! - the vile TPP is visible at last. We still have time to stop it. https://t.co/bw6W0…—@ndw