Week ending Sunday 2009/12/27

Monday 12:02 · This looks super-useful; "Web Design for Developers", new O'R book by Brian Hogan: oreilly.com/catalog/9781934356135/ [Original.]

Monday 14:10 · Solstice parade today, 6PM, Strathcona CC to Sun Yat Sen garden. I'll be one of the drummers. #Vancouver [Original.]

Monday 14:12 · Reliable source: Flightcaster.com Hadoop peaks at 100 nodes, 2 million updates/day. Running at Heroku. [Original.]

Monday 16:35 · @jobsworth "Crazy Fingers" is my single favorite Dead tune. [Original, responding to @jobsworth.]

Monday 23:41 · Merry Christmas: takingalongview.blogspot.com/2009/12/merry-christmas.html [Original.]

Tuesday 08:57 · Dear gnu autohell, please die: lucidfox.org/posts/view/556 - "gnu autohell", I like that, bet it catches on. [Original.]

Tuesday 10:27 · Thinking of the special Tiger Woods jokes that Accenture customers are probably telling each other. [Original.]

Tuesday 10:57 · @mojombo Really? I like Erlang, but not the terminators , vs ; vs . Should've been a way to work around that. [Original, responding to @mojombo.]

Tuesday 11:20 · SEO Still Sucks: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/12/22/SEO-sucks [Original.]

Tuesday 12:10 · High fives in Redmond over “Custom XML”? www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/12/22/On-Custom-XML [Original.]

Tuesday 15:38 · @kevinmarks S90 [Original, responding to @kevinmarks.]

Tuesday 16:14 · @kevinmarks They have the same sensor, so low-light should be pretty well a wash. I'd get the S90 for pocketability. [Original, responding to @kevinmarks.]

Tuesday 16:43 · Slashdot still a force, I got 7K+ hits from their Custom-XML link. Used to be like 30K in their glory days. [Original.]

Tuesday 20:14 · @morrildl Twidroid has advanced rapidly from "pig-slow and awkward" to "acceptable-plus" over last month or 3. So I'm optimistic. [Original, responding to @morrildl.]

Tuesday 23:39 · @officedeveloper It's possible that I'm wrong, but I am fairly well-informed on this subject. [Original, responding to @officedeveloper.]

Tuesday 23:52 · Sex and T.E. Lawrence: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/12/20/Sexuality-of-T-E-Lawrence [Original.]

Wednesday 09:04 · Massive piece by Michael Meeks about issues around open source copyright assignment: www.gnome.org/~michael/blog/copyright-assignment.html [Original.]

Wednesday 10:20 · Western Canada getting hammered by weather, my relatives' travel plans in shreds. Distressing. [Original.]

Wednesday 10:24 · @avibryant I've never had a North American 2-prong fail to work in Japan. [Original, responding to @avibryant.]

Wednesday 12:11 · @duncan A *real* geek would've tested to DESTRUCTION. [Original, responding to @duncan.]

Wednesday 18:43 · @benjamn No, just unusually citation-heavy. *All* my posts are fact-supported. Trussssssssssssst me... [Original, responding to @benjamn.]

Wednesday 21:06 · On Scholarship: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/12/23/On-Research [Original.]

Wednesday 21:07 · @kevinmarks The idea is, you gamble. [Original, responding to @kevinmarks.]

Thursday 10:40 · Blogger Liu Xiaobo to be sentenced on Christmas www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2009/1223/Liu-Xiaobo-China-s-top-pro-democracy-dissident-goes-on-trial The Chinese people are afflicted by a barbaric government. [Original.]

Thursday 10:49 · We treat China like a normal member of the family of nations, but it's not. Normal governments don't lock people up for speaking freely. [Original.]

Thursday 10:50 · Liu Xiaobo is just like you & me, but braver. The Chinese government is acting like cowardly scum. [Original.]

Thursday 10:51 · A government that's frightened of bloggers is a government that's weak. Free Liu Xiaobo! [Original.]

Thursday 10:56 · No, @johnstok, locking people up for free speech is self-evidently wrong. Don't need more arguments, need anger & action. [Original, responding to @johnstok.]

Thursday 11:03 · Hey @digitalmechanic Chinese govt should stop behaving like cowardly barbarians & "interference" will stop. [Original, responding to @digitalmechanic.]

Thursday 15:05 · @nelson CGI camels! [Original, responding to @nelson.]

Thursday 16:29 · @stevej The sugar matters quite a bit. Vectors vs lists, macros vs functions, all sorts of places you need to put "#" [Original, responding to @stevej.]

Thursday 18:38 · @vincentisambart Cocoa is wrong methinks [Original, responding to @vincentisambart.]

Thursday 18:55 · Liu Xiaobo gets 11 years. Hang your head in shame, China. www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/24/world/AP-AS-China-Dissident-Sentence.html [Original.]

Thursday 19:15 · Why aren't Western govts sending Chinese ambassadors home in disgrace? What they gonna do, stop taking our money for the stuff they build? [Original.]

Thursday 20:30 · @BWJones Is that the off-the-shelf SSD from Apple? [Original, responding to @BWJones.]

Thursday 20:44 · I try to watch the Papal mass on Christmas eve. Like a window into another epoch. [Original.]

Thursday 21:09 · @timberners_lee But not, on this day, in China, where a dissident blogger is headed for 11 years in prison: www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/24/world/AP-AS-China-Dissident-Sentence.html [Original, responding to @timberners_lee.]

Saturday 00:16 · Christmas, Ratzinger, Morganfield: www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2009/12/25/Christmas [Original.]

Saturday 08:42 · Heathrow finds a way to make flying more irritating. www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/us/27plane.html In other news, there was a Tuesday in last week. [Original.]

Saturday 08:44 · 5 more Nigerian bozos with scorched balls and international air travel will grind entirely to a halt: www.montrealgazette.com/news/Emergency+security+measures+place+airports/2381565/story.html [Original.]

Saturday 11:15 · Point grey foreshore fog. imgttp:.yfrog.com/i// [Original.]

Saturday 13:42 · The industry/govt reaction to burned-balls bozo is the epitome of cowardice. [Original.]

Saturday 13:44 · @BWJones @duncan Abdulmutallab is secretly in the pay of the Micro Four Thirds vendors. [Original, responding to @BWJones.]

Saturday 13:48 · An elegant illustrated eulogy - norman.walsh.name/2009/12/26/dad [Original.]

Saturday 16:18 · Principles for Standardized REST Authent: broadcast.oreilly.com/2009/12/principles-for-standardized-rest-authentication.html Aside from the fact that lots of URIs don't have ?-parameters, seems sound. [Original.]

Saturday 16:44 · @mnot It's just nice to see the conventional wisdom written down somewhere: "By default, do at least this" kind of thing. [Original, responding to @mnot.]

Saturday 18:47 · Hope it's OK to be eating the leftover chili con carne on top of the leftover Basmati rice. [Original.]

Saturday 19:04 · Funny remarks from a nice bunch of photogs: www.robertstech.com/quote.htm [Original.]

Sunday 10:01 · Having watched Lost Seasons 1-5 on DVD, am facing the horrid prospect of having to watch TV on TV this spring. [Original.]

Sunday 10:11 · No Amazon On Demand in Canada. feaugh [Original.]

Sunday 10:38 · Satellite TV provider (Shaw) wants $380 for what looks like a 3rd-rate PVR. Bleargh [Original.]

Sunday 11:44 · The odds of airborne terror: www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/12/odds-of-airborne-terror.html [Original.]

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