The short-form week of 21–27 Dec 2015

28 Dec 2015; last modified 02 Feb 2016

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 Friday at 04:28pm

Why do conservatives hate healthcare? Aren't healthy people better employees? Or is it really cheaper to let them die and hire new ones?—@ndw
@ndw it's a shibbileth: in the hyper-partisan US atmosphere, every public-policy question comes across as "which side are you on?"—@david_megginson
@david_megginson Yeah. I'm not naive enough to believe there are simple answers but some answers are obviously wrong nevertheless.—@ndw
@ndw less "no simple answers" and more "different terms of discourse."—@david_megginson
@david_megginson I guess. And I don't count because I'm to the left of everyone that's left of Sanders.—@ndw
@ndw I live in a country of balanced budgets *and* socialised healthcare; welcomed refugees *and* the tar sands. Left/right are hard to map.—@david_megginson
@ndw ... low corporate taxes *and* gender parity in the federal cabinet; strictly-regulated banks *and* publicly-funded religious schools.—@david_megginson

In a conversation that started on Monday at 12:09am

@shelleypowers Yeah. I'm rewording my blog software and I'm on the fence about porting / reimplementing comments.—@ndw
@ndw I think the world outgrew comments.—@shelleypowers

Monday at 10:07pm

The "Windows" section of every open-source project's "how to compile and install" file:—@despair

Tuesday at 08:26am

Tuesday at 03:26pm

One step closer to Standard!—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 03:39pm

In unrelated news: there's treacle taffy cooling in the kitchen.—@ndw
@ndw Any relation to a Welsh Gingerbread man?—@dpawson
.@dpawson I have definitely got to make some gingerbread. I haven't had that in ages. New Year's Gingerbread. That can be a thing, right?—@ndw
@ndw You want it, go find a recipe Norm, sod the 'appropriate' times :-) Best wishes for 2016. if needed.—@dpawson
@dpawson Not that I'm aware of.—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:30pm

RT @dewitt: Our kids are never going to believe we were once allowed to pilot these kinetic two-ton metal murder machines by hand.—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:06pm

@bryngreenwood Because...—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:13pm

@debcha The stupid. It burns.—@ndw

Wednesday at 07:40am

Actually, Frankincense was the name of the doctor who created it. You're thinking of Frankincense's monster.—@OhNoSheTwitnt

Wednesday at 02:09pm

"Expected to arrive after Christmas" - Translation: You had 11.5 months, you bloody idiot—@SoVeryBritish

Wednesday at 05:19pm

This woman is genius. Pure genius.—@clean_freak

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 08:53pm

@shelleypowers But climate change is a...oh, I just can't even.—@ndw
@ndw Yeah that whole, "warmest year on record" kind of makes an awfully big elephant in the corner—@shelleypowers

Thursday at 12:01pm

Mum: "Do you want a ukulele, sweetheart? There's one in the bathroom if you do." #homeForChristmas—@doctortovey

Thursday at 04:32pm

Star Wars. At last. Your spoilers hold no power over me now.—@ndw

Friday at 02:45am

“You’ll shoot your I out!” —Ralphie’s parents, trying to warn him about the dangers of Zen Buddhism—@kiphampton

Friday at 06:32am

Twitter has got so desperate that now you can favorite/like your own tweet. @manisha72617183 @gclaramunt @propensive @ndw @mapastr—@MartianOdyssey

Friday at 06:44am

Trump Clinton debate. He said "schlong"?Oh I thought he said "shalom". @SomSnytt @Champagnery @channingwalton @ndw @gclaramunt @NeilClark66—@MartianOdyssey

Friday at 09:39am

@mdubinko Statistically, something banal.—@ndw

Friday at 08:53pm

RT @CcSteff: Drink every time a relative says "I saw a thing on facebook..." When you're drunk enough, explain to them how bad they are at …—@ndw

Friday at 11:28pm

@pmarca @scottlincicome They're mistaken.—@ndw

Sunday at 05:15am

@RichardDawkins winged horses I can live with. Stoning a woman to death for wearing makeup. Not so much.—@hammaragi

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:17pm

@mattb @tomcoates Y'all are in Austin?—@ndw
@ndw I was, but just got back to SF. I didn't know it was your hometown.—@mattb
@mattb Hope you had fun. Next time...and happy holidays merry new year, etc.! .—@ndw
@ndw it's a great place. my wife's sister lives there so I'll be back again sooner or later. compliments of the season to you!—@mattb
@ndw I think @mattb just got back from Austin. I've been in SF.—@tomcoates

Saturday at 09:30am

RT @rifflesby: Confirm that you have landed on the Prime Material Plane. If you have landed on an Elemental Plane, do not exit. https://t.c…—@ndw