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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


Oct
28
answered From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Oct
28
comment From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
I concur, superstitions while they have a thread of truth are hard to nail down.
Oct
28
asked Was Theodoric the Great killed by Justinian?
Oct
28
comment Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
Yup, that was it. I hadn't checked all the links out by yesterday. Thanks!
Oct
28
comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
+1 for the "history favors the winners", although I always looked upon Columbus' claim more along the fact that he began continual contact - the vikings presence was not really lasting. Maybe it should be "Columbus helped colonize America."
Oct
27
comment Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
I thought I read somewhere that the USS Merrimack had been burned to the waterline and sunk to make sure it was not used by the Confederacy, which to my mind would have given it its shape when it was raised and fitted.
Oct
27
comment What Were the Types of Sieges?
I wonder if this is where Forlorn Hope came from, although I saw it popularized more from the Richard Sharpe novels.
Oct
27
answered Why did the USA stay out of the League of Nations?
Oct
27
asked At what point, and why, did Snuff Tobacco fall out of favor with European Nobility?
Oct
26
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
26
comment Building of the pyramids
I'm sure a Google search could find what you want about aliens and the pyramids, but I would expect the normal answer is that they were built with huge amounts of manual labor. We could do it today if we really wanted to expend the effort. I would wonder why people don't question the building of temples by the Maya in the same refrain as the pyramids.
Oct
26
comment How heavily were the British taxing their American colonies?
I think some of this is touched on it my question: history.stackexchange.com/questions/235/… - mostly the British Crown was trying to recoup costs pertaining to the Seven Years War. It was a shared burden since the American Colonies were protected during that war.
Oct
26
comment What aternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
@Giles, perhaps you ought to read up on it then. Wilson promoted it during the Paris Peace Conference, it was part of his 14 points and for his work on it he received a Nobel Prize. You are right that the US did not join, because the political atmosphere in the US at the time would not allow it.
Oct
25
comment Evidence of cross contamination between Japanese and Western sword fighting styles?
Agreed new ones did, my kung fu sifu and his sifu incorporated many other styles into the core style but they still tell stories about how older styles stuck only to the family style. Looking, or incorporating another style got you kicked out of the school, in some respects current martial arts schools ask this by saying don't study other arts while you study at the school. It's hard to say how this translated to what you are talking about but asian cultures are VERY traditional. That's my main point.
Oct
25
comment What aternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
Considering that the US was always a lead in these organizations, League of Nations and the UN, it seemed appropriate to me that it was located within our borders. Although considering the feeling towards it nowadays that may be a mistake...
Oct
25
comment Evidence of cross contamination between Japanese and Western sword fighting styles?
I would suspect that many styles were still family orientated and only passed down to selected students, like many martial arts forms. With that, and the Confucian attitude of respecting ancestors, students would stick with their style and not mix other styles with their own. Of course I have no concrete evidence, but I have noticed this in popular culture and my own readings on martial styles, where family styles had a pride of being handed down for generations.
Oct
25
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Taiwan had been a part of China for quite awhile, so I am not sure it counts here. It'd be similar to almost any other territory of China, although at this point since the pre-Communist government located there the culture definitely changed. My wife is from Taiwan so we have many interesting conversations on this.
Oct
25
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Good point, and I somewhat agree with your speculation, the sequence of events always tends to follow weird paths. If the US didn't need defending from France then we might not need to pay for that defense and be taxed to where we rebelled from the privilege of protection.
Oct
24
comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
+1 for noting other regions have plenty of cheap weapons but no democracy
Oct
24
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Considering China still has many dialects, I'd say not that well. They did redo the characters under Mao to simplify them, which is why there are Simplified and Traditional Mandarin today. I know it's a lot, but you could probably look at some of the countries that came out from under colonialism in Africa or SEAsia to see if they went back to their original language.