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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


Nov
13
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
@Noldorin since he is mentioning American literacy he has to mean the American public educational system, which we just consider as public schools. State Schools generally means State Colleges in the US
Nov
12
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
Considering the stratification of the society up to the point where Public Education started the literacy rate was pretty low. Education was only for those who could afford it at that time. Potentially why they established public education in the first place, and even then it wasn't very comprehensive overall. The Federalization was more to generate standards, but I don't have sources available to go over that.
Nov
10
comment From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Noted in the post...
Nov
10
revised From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Noting why Friday's are bad
Nov
10
comment Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary?
Very good explanation on a topic that could easily have devolved into lots of "theories". Nice job
Nov
9
comment What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
Exactly, but Sati is not really a ritual killing it's more of a fit with suicide. That's all I am saying. Sati was one I originally thought about in response to the question but there is no religious authority figure doing the killing in Sati so I didn't consider it as an answer. I did upvote you though for the notations around it and the link, it's not something I had thought to look for.
Nov
8
comment What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
I'd heard about this and thought about it in this question but the widow isn't really sacrificed though, it seems more like a sort of culturally imposed suicide. It is an interesting practice though, from a cultural perspective that is.
Nov
8
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Tom you might want to check your math there...the numbers are a bit off.
Nov
8
revised From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Fixing thirteens to thirteenth
Nov
8
suggested suggested edit on From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Nov
7
comment What unique personal experiences contributed to the formation of Mao's brand of Communism?
Yes, agreed. That seems to have been his road towards the Cult of Mao and his continual cry of "I'll take it to the people" when he did not get his way.
Nov
5
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
I have to give it to you for the detail. Thanks, that's really good.
Nov
5
accepted What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Nov
4
comment How would a large kingdom be ruled?
Or make the vassals come to them and spend money so they couldn't raise armies, like the Shogun used to do in Japan. It also kept the vassals close so they could not be far away plotting mischief.
Nov
4
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
An interesting question but if you consider one God who is considered a leader then you can look at most Pantheons and consider them monotheistic. Zeus was a god, and the leader of Olympus, does that make the Olympian worshippers monotheistic? You can trace a group back to a source but unless that source is worshipped without reference to the others you still end up with polytheism.
Nov
4
comment Which came first: polytheism or monotheism?
+1 Ohhh...that is good. I never thought about that but you are correct in many respects, Saints are always given god-like powers such as miracle cures or miraculous events if given prayers. The fact that they act as Agents of God does tend to get past thinking of them as Gods, but in an ancient society they might be considered as such.
Nov
4
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
I don't think a civil war is necessary to have multiple political parties, many countries have them without civil wars. What tends to generate parties are social issues that are not sufficiently addressed by either major party IMO.
Nov
4
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
@Joe let's also not forget that until about 100 years ago Senators were not directly elected either, the people elected their representatives who then elected Senators. As to everything else you are saying, I wholeheartedly agree.
Nov
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
I'd also like to note that the US has had multiple parties in the past, such as the Know-Nothings, Moose Party and some others. Although the entrenchment of the Democrats and Republicans makes it harder to create a third party in this country that is viable, but we still have the Greens, Ross Perot's party and others around just not as viable independent parties on a national level who can run candidates for general elections.
Nov
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
If you look at the origins of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists their creation was more about Unification than about Division. Although you could argue it's helped more to define our divisions. I think you need to reformulate your question WITHOUT using the US as a basis of Civil War creating two-party systems since that had nothing to do with the two-party system which existed before it happened.