The short-form week of 8–14 Feb 2016

15 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 Monday at 12:28pm

Just booked a flight on Friday the 13th that lands at 13:13. Fun times.—@ndw
@ndw just as well you're not superstitious—@laurendw

In a conversation that started on Monday at 01:46pm

The @ChoiceHotels website is utterly unusable on Chrome and Firefox on Linux and IE and Chrome on Windows. FFS. I guess I'll book elsewhere.—@ndw
@ndw We're sorry for any undue frustrations. You are welcome to email us at with more info.—@ChoiceHotels
@ChoiceHotels Done.—@ndw
Oh, and for good measure, @ChoiceHotels , I sent you the first 400 lines of errors from the browser console for your homepage.—@ndw
@ndw I’m sure they’ll know just what to do with it.—@laurendw
@ndw @ChoiceHotels I am having the same problem, did they give you a solution?—@paulainthesky_
@paulainthesky_ @ChoiceHotels Nope. Forwarded to some dev team. I just called the hotel in the end.—@ndw

Monday at 04:56pm

RT @glassbottommeg: Is it possible for a GIF to be required reading in school? —@ndw

Tuesday at 09:10am

RT @grechaw: Can I just take a moment and say how grateful I am to work with @DALDEI ? Backstory, XML, JSON, YAML swagger, yada yada—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:21pm

RT @sabramse: I’m whispering an invented history to myself tonight — because letting go is the art of living fullly —@ndw

Tuesday at 10:24pm

RT @rdeltour: In exactly 3 months, my brother will be in court in Luxembourg for #LuxLeaks. ICYMI, please support him!… —@ndw

Tuesday at 10:28pm

@0xcafebabe It gets easier. I promise.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 10:29pm

@robinberjon WTF!? :-)—@ndw
@ndw Reacting to this morning's flow of pics? :-) App just went crazy!—@robinberjon

Tuesday at 10:38pm

RT @Snowden: Abandoning open society for fear of terrorism is the only way to be defeated by it.—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:44pm

@amyvdh @robinberjon Oh, those eyes! :-)—@ndw

Tuesday at 10:50pm

RT @frazelledazzell: "I want security & everything locked down but I need to do just this 1 privileged thing repeatedly" No, you want magic.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:12pm

Right then. It's just after 10p so I have about 4 hours to sleep before the #XProc WG meeting. This is going to be a thing.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:16pm

@tomcoates I'm very tempted.—@ndw

Tuesday at 11:18pm

Wednesday at 04:57am

Hello 3am #XProc WG meeting. —@ndw

Wednesday at 11:31am

@ndw @mkraetke @MacYET thank you folks for the RT about my brother, much appreciated!—@rdeltour

Wednesday at 06:44pm

What makes some people want to drive large, four wheel drive vehicles through pristine wilderness? And can we revoke their licenses? FOREVER—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Wednesday at 10:21pm

Cheers to all my friends at #XMLPrague! Sorry I couldn't make it this year. Next year! —@ndw
@ndw it's sad that you couldn't come for technical reasons. we really miss you!—@Wolfgang_Schi
@Wolfgang_Schi Thanks, Wolfgang. I miss all of you too! Next year! And #Balisage and #XMLSummerSchool. #XML for all the things!—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:43pm

RT @eaton: If people would just stop talking about race it would stop being a problem == If QAs would just stop logging issues we wouldn't …—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:51pm

RT @shanselman: "What's your job?" "Programmer." "But what do you DO?" "Delete email and avoid meetings."—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:54pm

RT @shelleypowers: Sorry, but I'm getting so tired of these pretentious, self-absorbed, selfish, ugly people holding the country to hostage.—@ndw

Wednesday at 11:54pm

RT @billmaher: Kinda hard to take the "pundits" seriously today with the big forehead smudge. "I believe in a bronze age as for …—@ndw

Thursday at 04:04am

Hello again, 3:00a. Blearghhh...—@ndw

Thursday at 04:16am

@mkraetke Fabulous! Thanks, Martin!—@ndw

Thursday at 04:27am

OH "Remember Sun?" #XMLPrague #XProc —@ndw

Thursday at 04:54am

Don't drink and drive —@codinghorror

Thursday at 04:56am

The aggregation that @alexmilowski is describing amounts to meets in the graph and can be implemented in a streaming fashion. #XProc —@ndw

Thursday at 05:08am

I don't think the order of statements in the pipeline document is going to be completely arbitrary. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:13am

I'm less enthusiastic about projections in the expr lang; I want to be more agnostic; steps to proj from XML, JSON, etc. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw
@ndw not sure I’m comfortable with forcing XPath syntax onto everything so with you there #XProc #XMLPrague —@CorbasLtd

Thursday at 05:14am

Dynamic eval cuts both ways: easier in the new syntax in some ways, harder in others. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw

Thursday at 05:16am

I don't think we need to name steps in the new syntax. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 05:23am

If you generate pipelines, I'd be very interested in understanding what problems you're solving and how. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw
@ndw I generate pipelines for testing other pipelines in xprocspec. #xproc #xmlprague —@josteinaj

Thursday at 05:33am

Catching up on the beginning of the #XProc meeting. "Passport troubles" sounds *way* more ominous than it is. But still. Not there. #pout —@ndw

Thursday at 05:54am

1/I know what's on the last slide of @_james_fuller 's slide deck. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw

Thursday at 05:55am

2/In my defense: 3:00am, almost 4 liters of proper, strong coffee, six hours of working group meetings. #XProc #XMLPrague —@ndw

Thursday at 05:56am

3/I can't even really be mad at @_james_fuller for it. I should have known better.—@ndw

Thursday at 06:01am

@TheHandymanNNY @ndw Case File 9 A Killer Cup of Coffee? —@AllenEBall2

Thursday at 06:09am

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 06:21am

OH "we're making a seven figure income on #XProc". Nice!—@ndw
@ndw Nice. Not to sound like a capitalist and all, but this is good validation for the usefulness of #XProc.—@avernet
@ndw That’s what I said and that’s what we do. (Fine print: these figures include manual postprocessing/checking of #XProc-generated output)—@gimsieke

Thursday at 07:02am

Every #XProc meet up is a chance to bash me for the horrible error messages in #XMLCalabash. And I deserve it. Every time.—@ndw

Thursday at 07:28am

Getting up at 3:00a to days in a row. All the pleasures of jet lag without leaving home. #xmlprague —@ndw

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 08:34am

I decided to spring for Operator Mono, We'll see. It's certainly interesting. But tiring on the eyes?—@ndw
@ndw I was initially intrigued, but the braces hurt my eyes.—@ispraveendead
@ndw book is .. nicer (easier to read?)—@dpawson
@dpawson Yes, I switched from 'medium' to 'book' for my shell windows.—@ndw

Friday at 07:13am

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

Saturday at 05:49pm

@4everJang Yours was the best and most daring demojam contribution ever. And, yes, everybody missed the demojam (and @ndw). #xmlprague —@gimsieke

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:35am

Marvel is red, Twitter is blue, I want to assign my variables to you! Happy Valentine's Day, @ndw :)—@doctortovey
Awww. Happy Valentine's Day to you too @doctortovey :-)—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 08:57am

Proposition: God took Scalia during Obama's term; must want O to appoint next Justice. GOP faithful should therefore ratify immediately, no?—@ndw
@ndw @morrildl if God wanted that, he would have given dems control of the Senate—@bryfree
@ndw @glynmoody if it comes to a disagreement between the GOP and God, remember who has the most capital letters—@HuwOS
@ndw And then there's all those "strict constitutionalists" now ignoring article II section 2 about who appoints supreme court nominees.—@bobdc
@ndw @harper check mate logic! Oh wait...—@ericlewis
@ndw @lehimesa .In GOP circles, such reason is Strictly UnConstitutional.—@DAVIDCOMFORT
@ndw QED—@maltbyd
@ndw Too logical—@prushforth
@ndw @Alasscan_ pssst! Pssst! They don't freaky believe in God—@TheRealDeeNice
@ndw That kind of logic is only accepted when it works in their favour. /cc @glynmoody —@nbartlett

Sunday at 06:12pm

Los Angeles valentines: —@jbarro

Sunday at 09:02pm

RT @PinPopular: Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe - Vox —@ndw

Sunday at 10:52pm

RT @ftrain: The commenters don't read the article, the writers don't read the comments, and no one clicks on the ads.—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:23pm

@robinberjon @gimsieke Unlikely. Most of the XSLT community aren't stark raving.—@ndw
@ndw @gimsieke It’s used as a JATS -> HTML «style sheet» in 💖💞💓—@robinberjon
@ndw @gimsieke So you kind of hoped I was kidding. See :)—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @gimsieke So a non-standard, ad hoc implementation of a subset of XSLT defined with an imperative language?—@ndw
@ndw Yup. The advantage: it actually runs in the environments that matter to me. @gimsieke —@robinberjon
@robinberjon Well, that's definitely a win. @gimsieke —@ndw
@ndw Yeah. It would be a bigger win if I could just use XSLT, but I’m done waiting… @gimsieke —@robinberjon
@robinberjon @ndw Unimpressed. In terms of expressiveness and efficiency, this even falls short of XSLT/XPath 1.—@gimsieke
@gimsieke @ndw Well of course, it's a 1h hack. Yet it's already more readily usable in Node and the browser.—@robinberjon
@gimsieke @ndw Also, that's not entirely true. The matcher is an arbitrary JS function, as is the template. JATS is only using a tiny bit.—@robinberjon
@robinberjon @ndw I wouldn't want to write a (kind of global) Matcher method when I can have XPath in my template's matching pattern.—@gimsieke
@gimsieke @ndw It could also support CSS, or something domain-specific. Walker is independent of it.—@robinberjon
@gimsieke @ndw There's nothing global about Matcher. It could use XPath, it would be trivial to add given an XPath lib supporting patterns.—@robinberjon
@gimsieke @ndw Finally, it wasn't done to impress but because I need that transformation working now :-)—@robinberjon
@ndw @gimsieke Which means there is so much potential for growth, both individually and as a group :-)—@robinberjon