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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
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?
Oct
18
answered Were Shakespeare's plays written for “high culture” or “entertain the bawdy masses” during his time?
Oct
17
awarded  Critic
Oct
17
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Not sure about infanticide but I recall an article in Archeology magazine awhile back about an herb that was basically made extinct by the Romans because of its use as an abortificent.
Oct
17
comment Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
Disease always seems to be the hidden weapon of European colonization, without it the advances were technology and tactics. Africa had the diseases equalized, and their own as damage to the Europeans so it sort of evened out.
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
Then you've lost me, first its flat land where barbarians come in then its trade. But if your argument is that sea trade fosters democracy then I disagree.
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
You have to remember that Confucianism consisted of Ancestor worship and also fealty to the Father, as was explained to me the family got larger outside your kin. Keep following the "family" model up and father can go from your father, to mayor, to governor to Emperor. Legalism was against this, one of the reasons for the conflict, but not the only one.
Oct
14
comment Who compared giving women the vote to giving cows the vote (& in what context)?
Agreed, that's about the only statement I have seen. Here is one place to view the statement - npg.si.edu/col/seneca/senfalls1.htm
Oct
14
awarded  Scholar
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
Uhm...the terrain of China is varied and very hilly in some areas, it's actual ratio of arable land is quite small so I don't see how your "flat land" argument stands.
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
You got more on it than what I originally mentioned in my comment. Definite +1.