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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
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 Were the British Over-Taxing their 13 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.
Oct
24
revised Why was the number of U.S. Representatives limited?
Add ing more on the 1920 census
Oct
24
answered Why was the number of U.S. Representatives limited?
Oct
21
answered What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
Oct
21
comment What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
Yeah, although it depends on your point of view as to whether any inhabitation on there was colonization or a land-grab/conquering/removal of natives. But then it was like that from the beginning.
Oct
21
comment Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?
+1 for the detail and narrative! Nicely done
Oct
21
comment When did homosexuality become unacceptable in Europe?
Let's not forget the witch hunts and the scorn for midwives in the face of doctors, the Church was pretty busy and was able to find enemies everywhere
Oct
20
comment In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
Never covered that in my classes, although Bourgeois in my classes was always wrapped in Marxism, this is a new distinction to me. You learn something new every day! I'm curious on this one.
Oct
20
comment In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
I'm not sure I get the distinction since the merchantile and artistic groups of the "Middle Ages" tended to be the middle class for centuries and I don't think they all would have been considered the bourgeoisie.
Oct
20
answered What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
Oct
20
comment Has mercantilism ever been successful?
You could suggest China prior to the Opium Wars, but then it just didn't really trade with others since it had everything it supposedly needed already.