Week ending Sunday 2013/08/04

Monday 00:17 · @hananc That's beautiful [Original, responding to @hananc.]

Monday 11:58 · @duncan We did that. For commuting to our cabin. Very time-consuming process, not to mention expensive and, uh, scary. [Original, responding to @duncan.]

Monday 13:35 · Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Boogie Woogie Style, With A Chorus Of Matryoshka Doll Theremins: www.synthtopia.com/content/2013/07/28/beethovens-9th-symphony-boogie-woogie-style-with-a-chorus-of-matryoshka-doll-theremins/ [Original.]

Monday 13:37 · @hfiguiere @duncan www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2012/02/09/At-Sea www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2012/08/26/There-and-back www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2012/11/23/Drama [Original, responding to @hfiguiere.]

Monday 14:04 · @joshtpm crackhead mayors just cruising’ along, though. #canadianscandalsarelame [Original, responding to @joshtpm.]

Monday 21:34 · Think I’m gonna be an A’s fan for the rest of this year. [Original.]

Monday 22:47 · @petercowan They're entertaining and the fans are cool. [Original, responding to @petercowan.]

Tuesday 07:09 · Kathy Sierra is back! “Your app makes me fat” seriouspony.com/blog/2013/7/24/your-app-makes-me-fat [Original.]

Tuesday 07:42 · Suppose you wanted to store a bunch of integers and read them back VERY EFFICIENTLY: arxiv.org/pdf/1209.2137v5.pdf [Original.]

Tuesday 09:42 · Google is switching to 2048-bit certs. Got a client that touches Google certs? Then read this: googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2013/07/google-certificates-upgrade-in-progress.html [Original.]

Tuesday 10:26 · @kellyjeanne I’m thinking band name: Seriously not cute shoes. [Original, responding to @kellyjeanne.]

Tuesday 11:27 · AnandTech has the coolest reviews (in this case, Chromecast): www.anandtech.com/show/7186/google-chromecast-review-an-awesome-35-hdmi-dongle [Original.]

Tuesday 11:35 · @cowtowncoder In the JSON-for-RESTful-APIs world where live, I’ve never seen streaming. I acknowledge the APIs exist. [Original, responding to @cowtowncoder.]

Tuesday 12:42 · I was in the UK in Feb and bought a @ThreeUK SIM. I wonder if it still works or if I can reload it or what? [Original.]

Tuesday 13:01 · Argh, made myself an account on the @ThreeUK web site but it’ll only let me top up with a UK credit card. That seems awfully stupid. [Original.]

Tuesday 13:11 · @cpswan Nope, just a quickie down to Oxford & back [Original, responding to @cpswan.]

Tuesday 13:14 · @kevinmarks Yeah, but I wanna do it in Heathrow before I get on the train [Original, responding to @kevinmarks.]

Tuesday 13:18 · @kevinmarks There are actually decent SIM vending machines before you even get to immigration. Would’ve been nice top-up existing SIM :( [Original, responding to @kevinmarks.]

Tuesday 13:46 · @cowtowncoder @sampullara I’m totally representing the interests of the REST-APIs crowd. They don’t stream, hate dupes & Unicode breakage. [Original, responding to @cowtowncoder.]

Tuesday 18:17 · RT @MissMandyK: @rklau soft brie-as-a-service really has a lot of potential as a viable business model. [Original.]

Tuesday 18:21 · RT @rootikitty: MY SILENT WAKE - Storm - medieval folk doom metal - for @adrianco youtu.be/gk_VxYipz5c [Original.]

Thursday 01:56 · Gleefully listening to talks on the outer bounds of the English language at t.co/amvcKf5hKo. [Original.]

Thursday 05:44 · Why developers should get out of the password business - https://t.co/MMbZ89Wugw [Original.]

Thursday 07:53 · Listening to a lovely presentation from @JamesGleick on the subject of: words. [Original.]

Thursday 08:56 · BTOpenzone WiFi is a pathetic load of crap. Just saying. [Original.]

Thursday 09:06 · @blaine Yeah, got one in my N7, but the stupid thing won’t make a hotspot. [Original, responding to @blaine.]

Thursday 16:25 · @jmathai um, who said you should trust any one entity as your IDP? We need a pick-n-choose ecosystem. [Original, responding to @jmathai.]

Thursday 16:31 · @jmathai I got no problems with Persona, and think we’re heading for a multi-protocol future. Mobile story still needs work. [Original, responding to @jmathai.]

Thursday 16:44 · @jmathai I dunno, seems to me like every other site I visit is all “login with Facebook, login with Google, login with Twitter” [Original, responding to @jmathai.]

Thursday 16:45 · @jmathai I use 1password but I’ve failed to convince non-geek friends/family. [Original, responding to @jmathai.]

Thursday 16:47 · @jmathai by what metric? [Original, responding to @jmathai.]

Thursday 16:54 · @jmathai I’m not saying dump passwords to get better conversion, I'm saying dump 'em because their abusive of your users & the Internet [Original, responding to @jmathai.]

Friday 03:10 · @djco @jmathai A little reluctant because haven't studied deeply. But it looks sane to me. [Original, responding to @djco.]

Friday 03:23 · @djco @jmathai I'm focused on OAuth-based tech, we're running Google on that. But we're not the only IDP. Will say more on Persona. [Original, responding to @djco.]

Friday 15:20 · Some random photos around Oxford, which is ultra-photogenic: [Original.]

Friday 22:17 · 100% Sophoclean. "When TJ learned his father was hospitalized, he headed to the hospital to kill him" tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/08/secret-alleged-sex-scandal-mysterious-arrest-utah-sheriffs-deputy.php [Original.]

Saturday 10:49 · How to Block a Surveillance Camera: A DIY Art Tutorial from Ai Weiwei: www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/07/31/ai-weiwei-cctv-camera-do-it/ [Original.]

Saturday 11:06 · MLB.tv has blacked out 3 big games “Nationally” today because they’re on Fox. We only get 1. Dear MLB: Goose, golden eggs, etc… [Original.]

Saturday 12:08 · @joelhamill Why not? [Original, responding to @joelhamill.]

Saturday 13:28 · Lots of people say: Fox-related blackouts of MLB.tv end next year. I gotta say: MLB is good at Internet. [Original.]

Saturday 13:37 · @joelhamill Yeah… my own “home market” team has 100% of games on TV, so generally not a biggie for me. [Original, responding to @joelhamill.]

Saturday 13:46 · @joelhamill Yeah, MLB is not a very effective cable replacement. [Original, responding to @joelhamill.]

Saturday 15:22 · TIL about global-hl-line-mode… good for Emacs on big screens. Or is there a way to make the cursor REALLY GARISH? [Original.]

Saturday 15:27 · @henrikenberg How? I was poking around the docs and it wasn’t obvious. [Original, responding to @henrikenberg.]

Saturday 15:34 · Thanks to @henrikenberg: (set-face-background 'cursor "red") does the job just as well. [Original, responding to @henrikenberg.]

Saturday 16:07 · The Oxford English Dictionary, in which I use the words “slutbag” and “fauxhawk” and talk dictionary futures: [Original.]

Saturday 17:14 · @dangillmor Weird, we’ve had one for a year and a bit and I don’t ever recall having to reboot. Mind you, it’s pretty well MLB-only. [Original, responding to @dangillmor.]

Saturday 18:58 · @james_clark I’ve walked by that a couple times… do report back. [Original, responding to @james_clark.]

Saturday 23:04 · @dustin @Medium Am I a bad person if I prefer U+2009 to U+200A for wrapping 0x2014? [Original, responding to @dustin.]

Saturday 23:09 · Wrap em dashes with regular space — like this — or a thin space — like this — or a hair space — like this — but be consistent. [Original.]

Saturday 23:14 · @valyagolev Wikipedia claims that no-space-at-all is the American norm, but it hurts my eyes. I’m even OK with full spaces. [Original, responding to @valyagolev.]

Saturday 23:20 · Confession: I’ve been wrapping “—” with non-breaking spaces (full-size) for years on my blog. [Original.]

Saturday 23:56 · @carlmalamud Wikipedia says it’s an American thing. You have my sympathy. [Original, responding to @carlmalamud.]

Sunday 00:02 · RT @debcha: The *point* of online misogyny is to drive women from the public sphere. Just being online is a sit-in, an occupation. So I'm n… [Original.]

Sunday 00:25 · Lightroom needs Chromecast, amirite? [Original.]

Sunday 10:24 · Ian’s Shoelace Site… tie those laces better! www.fieggen.com/shoelace/knots.htm #oneofeverythingontheinternet [Original.]

Sunday 10:56 · On finally buying an “AV Receiver”: [Original.]

Sunday 13:22 · @sbrosinski Sorry, it occasionally erroneously brands people spammers & retreats behind a cloud of fake error messages. Wait a half hour [Original, responding to @sbrosinski.]

Sunday 14:18 · Shocker: the public sector is a key driver of tech innovation. www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/32ba9b92-efd4-11e2-a237-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2b2Lw02XF [Original.]

Sunday 16:38 · Bruce Sterling turns it up to 11 on Snowden & surveillance culture. Not 100% coherent, but strong. [Original.]

Sunday 17:12 · @justinweiss My feed is 100% valid but makes aggressive use of relative links & xml:base. File a bug with whatever reader you’re using. [Original, responding to @justinweiss.]

Sunday 19:26 · The White Hat’s Dilemma: Read this and exercise your moral muscles. [Original.]

Sunday 19:44 · @jbqueru Loads of Oneohtrix on Soundcloud too. Lovely stuff. [Original, responding to @jbqueru.]

Sunday 20:10 · In the future, all books will be short: [Original.]

Sunday 21:19 · I hate my cable TV supplier. Also, there was a Tuesday in last week. [Original.]

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