The short-form week of 12–18 Oct 2015

19 Oct 2015; last modified 20 Nov 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 Thursday at 04:54pm

A tough call, even for a seasoned decision maker like myself. /cc @ndw #LinkedIn #XML —@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

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.…—@ndw

Monday at 09:13am

RT @doctortovey: Colleague: "Why is the adulting so difficult?" Me: "Because capitalism, systems of privilege, and the patriarchy". C: "FUC…—@ndw

Monday at 10:00am

"TPP" on Tweeted Times - top stories by @ndw, @bvernoux, @fheinz —@StormyCyclone

Monday at 07:38pm

My advice: Just block all of the ads, indiscriminately. Every one you can manage to. Scorched earth.—@McGrewSecurity

Monday at 07:40pm

So sorry your business model depends on my choice of what to execute and display on my turing machines—@McGrewSecurity

Monday at 08:59pm

RT @Pinboard: Two steps to better mobile design: 1) Make sure that the most critical elements of the page download and render first. 2) Sto…—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 09:04pm

Preparing to spend a few days in Tokyo (mostly working) and a week in Sapporo (also mostly working). Advice of all sorts humbly solicited.—@ndw
@ndw Yes, don't work so much while you're there. #nothelping —@kiphampton
@ndw don't work so much—@kendall
@ndw I documented extensively many of the highlights of my trips to Japan, including Tokyo—@koalie
@ndw don't get lost in Shinjuku Station's maze. you might never be able to get out. #almosthappenedtome —@rdeltour
@ndw 1. Take your camera (given). 2. Buy something in a dept store and have it wrapped. Exquisite.—@dpawson
@ndw I like touchscreen sushi like Genki or Uobei for low-effort meals alone. Tokyu Hands in Shibuya is great for unique gifts.—@jclip

Monday at 10:55pm

RT @Snowden: Richelieu: "Give me six lines written by the most honest man and I will find in them something to hang him." How many tweets h…—@ndw

Tuesday at 12:22pm

"hellos world" in arm assembly, as hand illuminated manuscript. #anachronisms—@mikeestee

Tuesday at 06:27pm

RT @Popehat: "I said this horrible thing, and was protected by the First Amendment, so you'll like me!" No. You're an asshole.—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:17pm

@Popehat @ndw Correct. And completely irrelevant.—@kendall

Wednesday at 07:49am

@koalie @olivierthereaux It looks great! I'll put it to the test next week!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:40am

@torgo @medium Apparently, I need the app to comment. #facepalm No, I don't want your [expletive deleted -ed] app. Period.—@ndw
@torgo @Medium In addition, when, rarely, I do want an app that uses your API, it is almost a dead certainty that I don't want *your* app.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:30am

I've lost track of where I encountered this, but it's fabulous. /cc @holliepoetry #immigration #poetry —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 03:44pm

@placeme @ndw any update on data export? Was just thinking I'd love to export my data ...—@ThedeTech
@ThedeTech @placeme Uh. I'm not going to use it if I can't get my data back out of it.—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:23pm

RT @stilkov: Top reasons your marketing department wants a native mobile app: 1. Illusions of grandeur 2. Fake revenue projections 3. Lac…—@ndw

Wednesday at 10:27pm

RT @fightfortheftr: Retweet this until it breaks. Then retweet it again. We need this all over the Internet now. htt…—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 01:59pm

@shelleypowers Cool. Good luck! Hope you win all the fights with the light bulbs! :-)—@ndw
@ndw I refuse to lose to a light bulb. A motion sensor, maybe, but not a bulb.—@shelleypowers

Thursday at 02:02pm

@mollydotcom Uh huh.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:03pm

RT @mollydotcom: One of the reasons the Web is getting messier and more difficult to manage is because of #HTML5's blatant disregard for kn…—@ndw

Thursday at 02:06pm

RT @psd: Trying to process a CSV file with quoted fields spanning multiple lines with embedded XML containing double quotes. I think I need…—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 02:08pm

@mollydotcom @svgeesus @glazou It's an appendix in The SGML Handbook. Might also be elsewhere.—@ndw
@mollydotcom @svgeesus @glazou I was thinking of Annex E, apparently an extract of ISO/IEC 9573, Techniques for using SGML. HTML like.—@ndw

Thursday at 02:30pm

@psd @ndw of whiskey?—@mathling

Thursday at 04:07pm

"Why did you decide to cure cancer?" "Centering shit in CSS was too hard."—@LittleMxSurly

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:58pm

@kendall My condolences.—@ndw
@ndw thanks Norm—@kendall
@kendall Excepting a photo of me in a dishpan bathtub at about age 1 with one gran, I never met any of mine. Alas. I heard they were great.—@ndw
@ndw he taught me a lot—@kendall

Thursday at 08:17pm

RT @ShawnKing: “Character assassination because she said something critical of A Popular Person.” This is why I’m a misanthrope. http://t.c… —@ndw

Thursday at 08:22pm

RT @RonDeibert: How is NSA breaking so much crypto?—@ndw

Thursday at 08:37pm

@TripIt Clickbait tweets? I want to have more respect for you than that, I really do. Please don't let me down. #tripitprosubscriber —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:43pm

.@gcarothers Y'all know we're hiring and you won't see better, right?—@ndw
@ndw heh, last round with ML ended with “Well Norm works remote but that’s a special case”—@gcarothers
@gcarothers If that's important, we should talk. I used to be the only remote engineer; that's not true anymore.—@ndw
@ndw @gcarothers or, you know, come work with us on Stardog and really have fun... ⚡️—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:45pm

@kendall I want to believe it would be a game changer on the grandest scale. I'm horrified that it might not be.—@ndw
@ndw well the odds that it's true are nearly zero and I have no idea how it could ever be confirmed. But if it—@kendall

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:24pm

.@mojavelinux I'm still trying to like AsciiDoctor. How can I add more document metadata (for the DocBook backend): abstract, for example.—@ndw
@ndw So to get an abstract, you just define an abstract block somewhere, then create or change the converter to make that output.—@mojavelinux
@ndw Btw, here's how you create an abstract for a section: == Section Title [abstract] -- any complex content here -- main content—@mojavelinux
@ndw But that's just one way to skin the cat.—@mojavelinux
@ndw This isn't unlike the DocBook toolchain in that sense. Except instead of XSLT, you can just write normal code (or templates).—@mojavelinux
@ndw We just provide default output because if we didn't, then it wouldn't be very popular :)—@mojavelinux
@ndw There's what Asciidoctor does by default (generic cases), then there's whatever you want it to output. That's the beauty of it.—@mojavelinux

Thursday at 10:29pm

RT @bsletten: I will feel like we have advanced as a species when hotels have 13th floors and rooms that end in 13.—@ndw

Thursday at 11:27pm

Friday at 05:28am

@psd @ndw Have you tried #pgloader yet? See —@tapoueh

Friday at 07:12am

XML Stars, the journal is out! Stories via @ndw —@dominixml

Friday at 08:41am

Logged into mall wifi. Selected "don't send me spam." Spam. Unsub form includes "I only wanted wifi, didn't want to receive emails" reason—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:02pm

@kendall Six is plenty, in fact. —@ndw
@ndw Yeah, I'm a boss so I have to do a bit more each day, but 8 is enough if you avoid stupid ritual and work *smart* and intensely. IMO.—@kendall

Friday at 04:39pm

RT @cenewman0: Live tweeting speciation class: this appeared on slide -- I APPROVE. #evolution —@ndw

Friday at 06:34pm

Superb. 'The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction...' - @RichardDawkins —@Woodlandbookshp

In a conversation that started on Friday at 10:40pm

@amyvdh Buckaroo! Blue blazer irregular at your service! See you in Sapporo?—@ndw
@ndw /me returns a Blue Shield salute. Great, see you Sapporo!—@amyvdh

Saturday at 12:20pm

RT @dan_schmidt: I'll say one thing for Twitter, it finally got me to stop putting two spaces after a period.—@ndw

Saturday at 07:30pm

RT @mathling: Every accumulation of data is an attractive nuisance. We need to start holding accumulators responsible for the harms to the …—@ndw

Saturday at 10:21pm

.@dan_schmidt @ndw Twitter age was prophesied by Unicodamus. Lorem ipsum. Justi fication. 36 chrs Lorem ipsum. Justi fication. 36 chrs—@MartianOdyssey

Saturday at 10:50pm

RT @AshiLabouisse: Will you marry me? = A marriage proposal. Will, you, Mary, me? = A foursome inquiry. #PUNCTUATION MATTERS.—@ndw

Saturday at 11:30pm

More #PUNCTUATION MATTERS. @doctortovey @ndw—@MartianOdyssey

Sunday at 12:18am

Voormalig docente Marthe Uenk van @ndw is aan de blog: —@WF_Mobiliteit

Sunday at 04:59am

When I write 50 Lies Users Believe, I'll definitely include "The nice man in the Vodafone shop knows how to transfer data between iPhones".—@tommorris

Sunday at 07:39am

@_james_fuller fyi, I settled on dnsmasq for managing container hostnames.—@ndw

Sunday at 07:41am

RT @randfish: The science of poverty is getting clearer: —@ndw

Sunday at 09:50am

If you didn't have one before...—@ndw

Sunday at 03:47pm

RT @aspyker: Wish XML won on the web. apps/json/web20 great for UI, but man does it make the web unqueriable. optional structure isn't ba…—@ndw

Sunday at 03:53pm

RT @JamesGleick: Reminder that the Trump thing really isn’t all that funny. —@ndw

Sunday at 10:06pm

@_james_fuller Please share what you learn, I'm definitely still a container novice.—@ndw

Sunday at 11:01pm

RT @matthew_d_green: On the subject of Twitter censorship, this is a pretty interesting (and worrying) result. http:… —@ndw

Sunday at 11:02pm

RT @jedisct1: Retweet if you still type “sync” before “reboot”. Or even “sync; sync; sync”.—@ndw

Sunday at 11:03pm

RT @dale_e_ho: "there is something fundamentally wrong when ... elected officials go out of their way to make voting difficult"… —@ndw

Sunday at 11:06pm

RT @logtournament: Shots. Fired. —@ndw

Thursday at 09:52am

RT @sanityinc: Heisenberg's Release Uncertainty Principle says you can accurately know what the software will do, or when you'll get it, bu…—@ndw

Friday at 02:01am

RT @TechnicallyRon: If you let Google finish the lyrics to Frank Sinatra's My Way you create something beautiful. —@ndw