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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
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.
Oct
14
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
That's my thinking, after Iberia the terrain changes a bit, although Hannibal made it across the alps so it's not unprecedented. The Mongol invasion is a good point too.
Oct
14
asked Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Oct
14
comment Is the Cold War still going on?
Agreed, if you look at how the term was used it was the state of affairs between Communism and Capitalism. Whatever else is going on now is basically "diplomacy by other means".
Oct
14
awarded  Commentator
Oct
14
comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
I think this is sort of answered if you look at the "Mandate of Heaven" where there is one Heavenly Emperor and when the gods smile on that one they rule. This has been considered the rationale behind the continual acceptance of dynasties, when one rises they have the Mandate but if they fall and are replace it's considered that the Mandate fell to someone else.
Oct
13
comment When did the practice of formally “declaring war” cease and why?
I don't think it's gone away, maybe there is more international cooperation to share the burden, war is expensive.
Oct
13
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
Well they were already enamoured of Europe so sure there might be interest in the culture, but changing a national language of centuries is a hard sell.
Oct
13
comment Why did the French sell Louisiana?
Well considering that the French had just lost Haiti, couldn't get Florida officially and continual war with England they probably needed more money to keep fighting. I'd have to look at my various history books but I recall this one being a multi-pronged issues.
Oct
13
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Well I think in Point 2 the colonists fought for the British, so they did have the experience of being conquerors rather than the conquered. Although I don't get what you mean in point 3 about colonials in Africa and Asia having those advantages, they were British weren't they?
Oct
13
asked What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?