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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
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.
Oct
20
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Ok, the herb I was looking for was Silphium - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silphium and I can't get the Archaeology magazine article but there is some information here - temehu.com/Cities_sites/cyrene-cyrenaica.htm as well.
Oct
20
comment Why was the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) ultimately successful?
@Andrei while they did have the fleet so did the Americans, and on at least one occasion there was a blockade. I'd almost suggest it succeeded with the cult of personality with Fidel Castro, we'll see how it does after he dies. Of course I have no research to back this up.
Oct
20
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Nice, didn't know about Emir Abd al Rahman being killed - that would definitely be a setback. Thanks.
Oct
20
accepted Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Oct
19
answered What factors permitted Buddhism to be successful in Japan but Christianity less so?
Oct
19
comment What post 18thC countries rulers escaped to a remote/separate region and hung on while the country collapsed under revolution?
Good point, although I specifically note that the ruler DID NOT flee the borders so the feudal instances you noted would not really be useful for me. My goal is to limit these instances to where the government fled to maybe a corner of the country and continued.
Oct
19
revised What post 18thC countries rulers escaped to a remote/separate region and hung on while the country collapsed under revolution?
edited title and noted post 18th C
Oct
18
awarded  Teacher
Oct
18
asked What post 18thC countries rulers escaped to a remote/separate region and hung on while the country collapsed under revolution?
Oct
18
answered Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?