The short-form week of 4–10 Jan 2016

11 Jan 2016; 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 Sunday at 12:55pm

Been hacking #Emacs again the past few days. Serious fun. Also: finally became a helm convert. Seriously productive.—@ndw
@ndw Curious: what language do you write most of your code in? Are you doing that coding in Emacs as well?—@avernet
@avernet Day job is mostly XQuery. I also do XML, XSLT, JavaScript, Java, Scala, and others. #Emacs for everything but Java and Scala.—@ndw
@ndw Got it, I was wondering you had been happy using Emacs for Scala/Java.—@avernet
@avernet Trying to move back to Emacs for Scala/Java is on my list of things to explore.—@ndw
@ndw BTW, if you're interested in digging into ENSIME, I'd recommend this talk by @fommil and @a_dev_musing. —@avernet
@ndw I have big hopes for ENSIME, but it's so far quite a step down from IntelliJ.—@avernet
@avernet @ndw what is missing in that big step?—@fommil
@fommil @ndw I'd say support for mixed projects (Java+Scala), "find usages", and "good" Scala debugging.—@avernet
@avernet @ndw Java is supported, find usages on the roadmap and a new debugger is imminent.—@fommil
@fommil @ndw Awesome. I'm seriously excited to see ENSIME/Emacs become a serious alternative to IntelliJ.—@avernet
@avernet @ndw it already is ;-) I've been using it on huge projects for almost two years. Very productive.—@fommil

Monday at 06:10am

RT @jameswjacobs: I haven't been able demonstrate against the #RailRipOff but am with @ActionForRail in spirit. Share if you are! https://t… —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 06:43am

Every. Single. One. Of. These. —@ndw
@ndw @psd 👏—@TonyYates
@ndw @psd "... you guys chucked a wobbly over it" - New design award name : The Wobblys—@dierken

Tuesday at 07:12am

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

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 07:34am

@codinghorror you lost me at "Taco Bell window".—@ndw

Tuesday at 07:40am

RT @wilkieii: when an enemy ship tells you to power down your shields so you can truly enjoy the photon torpedo experience… —@ndw

Tuesday at 01:55pm

Things that do not scare me appreciably: refugees, muslim or otherwise. Things that terrify me: Antonin Scalia and Y'all Queda—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 09:51pm

Networks and cable must be the leading cause of torrents. I'd like to see Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. I'd happily pay. It's nowhere.—@ndw
@ndw Dunno if you've seen this, but I think it will be freely available online for a while after the 11th —@iTod
@ndw when are you next across the pond? it will probably be free on BBC for weeks: longer if one of us downloads it for you (legally)—@tom_yamahito
@tom_yamahito Unknown. But thanks. It'll turn up.—@ndw

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

It took less than 10 seconds to find as a torrent. I won't. Because I don't. But still. Come on, I'm begging you, take my money.—@ndw
@ndw we're always working on it. sorry, there are still windows of rights in the industry. content ought to be global and immediate.—@aspyker

Tuesday at 11:51pm

RT @doctorow: The difference between resisting oppression and being a flake —@ndw

Wednesday at 05:47pm

building gcc // 4 point 8 point 3 not 5 // leaves time for haiku /cc @alexmilowski @xquery @ndw —@grechaw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 07:44pm

Favourite #android #twitter client? @timbray recommended twicca last time I asked, but it's started to seem a bit flaky.—@ndw
@ndw another vote for @fenix_app. Talon wasn't too bad, but I haven't used it in a long while.—@CanOfBees
@ndw @timbray @fenix_app! Second choice: @falcon_android. Third choice: @PlumeApp.—@AndreasDriesen
@ndw Been using Fenix recently, but find I need to change clients every year or so.—@timbray
@ndw I've been using @fenix_app for the past couple days. Great so far.—@rdeltour
@ndw @timbray Twidere.—@nik_clayton

Thursday at 07:48pm

RT @brianleroux: yes promises are easy. callbacks are also easy. you know what else is easy? cutting my fingers off with a bandsaw. easy …—@ndw

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

Sorely tempted to add ".*@.*forcongress\\.*" to my email spam filter.—@ndw
@ndw Well. Ok. ".*@.*forcongress\\..*" if you want to be pedantic. And I know you do. Better still, probably \\.com$ maybe.—@ndw

Friday at 11:51am

Unicode has all the double-six dominoes, both horizontally and vertically. I believe we should petition for all of the Carcassonne tiles!—@ndw

Friday at 01:42pm

@stilkov @JeniT While I generally agree, I do sometimes appreciate not having to navigate past paywall, pop-ups, and ads of source.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Friday at 03:56pm

I'm quite pleased with my helmification of XML Unicode, #Emacs #Helm #Unicode #XML —@ndw
öh göd my ëÿës [@ndw] —@FakeUnicode
@ndw beautiful, which font face are you using?—@adben
@ndw Tks Norm. didn't James have something similar? Missing the 'insert ncr if no glyph' bit though?—@dpawson
@dpawson XML Unicode will insert NCRs. There's no easy way to tell what characters have glyphs, of course, so there's a list in the package.—@ndw
@ndw Bit more on 'helmification' pls @ndw —@dpawson
@dpawson Integration with the Helm "incremental completion and selection narrowing framework" —@ndw
@ndw Tks Norm.—@dpawson

Friday at 04:23pm

Helmification of XML Unicode @ndw #emacs #xml —@patrickDurusau

Friday at 08:45pm

@mikeloukides Why? They're clearly betting on a glued shut, take what we give you, get SW only from us future.—@ndw

Friday at 08:52pm

RT @GonzoHacker: Silicon Valley isn't solving the "big problems" anymore, but, to be fair, there is only so much you can do with JavaScript…—@ndw

Saturday at 02:35am

The ᐸinnovimax/ᐳ Daily is out! Stories via @shelleypowers @ndw @ppeccatte —@innovimax

Saturday at 03:01am

RT @scalzi: Dear every other state but Texas: Please do not let Texas' dipshit of a governor fiddle with the US Constitution. Thanks -- JS—@ndw

Saturday at 03:04am

RT @scalzi: (Texas, and most Texans I've met, are lovely, to be clear. But you sure do love electing complete dipshits to major offices.)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:10pm

. @ndw tying up a comp.fonts loose thread, PeteZ origin of Hobo - —@n1vux
@n1vux @ndw damn that's a shaggy dog story!—@hoover_dam
@hoover_dam @ndw he left out the shaggiest details ...—@n1vux
@n1vux @hoover_dam I think I missed the beginning of this conversation.—@ndw
@ndw Last year i nagged him yet again to write it up properly. He did. Finally sent link over weekend. cc: you as our FAQ editor emeritus:)—@n1vux
@ndw @hoover_dam the beginning was on Comp.Fonts 20+ years ago. Pete Zelchenko and Kibo got the clue on Hobo's origin ~ 1992.—@n1vux
@n1vux @ndw @hoover_dam Interestingly, I only noticed the irrefutable egg-shaped "O" coincidence last week, which is why I am reposting.—@pzelchenko
@pzelchenko @ndw @hoover_dam probably the first thing Kibo noticed but didn't itemize. (Driving with him was weird.)—@n1vux

Monday at 01:21am

RT @gimsieke: Dreaming of an alternate universe in which XQuery, XSLT, and XProc do away with all these makeshift JS approaches. https://t.… —@ndw

Monday at 01:30am

RT @JamieFord: Oddly enough, many people who say "I don't vote because one vote doesn't matter" have no problem with #Powerball odds.—@ndw