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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
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.
Nov
3
comment Do most of today's democratic nations with two-party system exhibit a civil war in recent past?
While this doesn't answer the question, to me, it does reflect the reality of the US situation in that we had a two-party system in place BEFORE the civil war. So in the US's case it did not need a Civil War to create the existing system.
Nov
2
comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
Just note the Ming and Qing dynasties rather than the time period, I did know what you mean though.
Nov
2
comment What unique personal experiences contributed to the formation of Mao's brand of Communism?
This is much the same as what I learned in a History of Modern China course, mostly Mao shunned cities and stayed in the countryside rallying the peasants to him to fight the government. Although some of his politics at the time seemed kind of sketchy, he never seemed a reliable Communist Cadre but in many ways was more an opportunist.
Nov
2
comment Why did Huldrych Zwingli and Martin Luther stand for clerical marriage?
I always thought that the celibate priest concept was more about economy and control rather than belief, this at least lets me think that I am onto something.
Nov
2
comment What is the most widely accepted theory on the ancient “Sea Peoples”?
It's just linking to a wikipedia article and asking something off it without much detail here, that doesn't really add much to our site. I'd expect more detail here on the question. Just to note I didn't downvote, I just asked about the question.
Nov
2
answered Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
Nov
2
awarded  Quorum
Nov
2
comment What is the most widely accepted theory on the ancient “Sea Peoples”?
Sorry, but if you are linking to wikipedia in your question, which has information on them, what are you trying to get here in addition? Theory is nice but it's pretty broad.