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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


Dec
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
6
answered What made Washington DC “dominate” politics in the USA?
Dec
6
comment What made Washington DC “dominate” politics in the USA?
I've tried to clean up your question, let me know if this is what you are asking. It's an easy answer but I'd like to be sure of the question first.
Dec
6
revised What made Washington DC “dominate” politics in the USA?
Trying to clear up the question
Dec
5
comment What post 18thC countries rulers escaped to a remote/separate region and hung on while the country collapsed under revolution?
A good example but they stayed in Constantinople, I'm trying to see if there are other examples like in the case of Taiwan where the leaders basically gave up all but one remote area and moved government there.
Dec
5
revised Was there any connection between the Ottonians and Benedictines?
fixing the bad obvious change
Dec
5
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
1
answered Why did the the US House of Representatives stop reading George Washington's farewell address on his birthday?
Dec
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revised Why did the the US House of Representatives stop reading George Washington's farewell address on his birthday?
text edits
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@T.E.D. I've come across point 4 in dealing with other historical claims of who rules where, and for how long, its a question I have yet to find an answer for. Mostly its either you take the claims and have no way to then go back and determine who the actual people were who owned the land, or accept the current situation. In either situation there are losers and someone is always unhappy.
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
Originally a protectorate under the British after World War 2, but under Israel the West Bank and Gaza shifted quite a bit. Still I agree with Drux, what have you looked at on this or discovered on your own?
Nov
30
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
28
comment What process have countries followed when creating constitutions?
How about I mention that while Washington was at the Constitutional Convention he was not the writer of the US Constitution which was written by committee and with the contributions of others that exceeded Washington's. With that said, many countries write Constitutions in a manner to keep power or to prevent those who were toppled from regaining power. It takes time to write a Constitution after a revolution, and usually that time is not peaceful.
Nov
27
awarded  Constable
Nov
26
comment Did the fights in the Ip Man movie series actually occur in real life?
Asking about the historical accuracy of action movies usually ends up in the realm of fiction, this might need to be moved.
Nov
23
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
@Barry I think you need to separate out the actions done by the US on our own, like Vietnam where the President sent troops on the ground against those like Korea, the Balkans and Kuwait when we worked with the UN, NATO or other countries and didn't formally declare war. It's definitely a grey line that politicians love to blur.
Nov
23
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
@T.E.D. True but we were more acting with NATO as far as I remembered and it wasn't really "the US was going to war" moment. A good point though.
Nov
23
comment Did the The Fiend/Monster with 21 Faces produce mass hysteria in Japan?
If this sort of thing was true then you might have the same effect with the Sarin gas poisonings in the Japanese subway system. Does it change societal behaviors? Maybe, but long term or not I don't know, I think that gets into sociological studies.
Nov
22
answered Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
Nov
21
comment Where can I find information about prior Israel/Gaza conflicts?
I doubt you will find a bipartisan source, but for a collection of actions you'd probably be better off performing some Google searches as there probably isn't a collection about them that won't be biased one way or the other