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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


Nov
21
comment Where can I find information about prior Israel/Gaza conflicts?
I doubt you will find a bipartisan source, but for a collection of actions you'd probably be better off performing some Google searches as there probably isn't a collection about them that won't be biased one way or the other
Nov
21
comment Has the US Congress's power to declare war been rendered superfluous by recent conflicts?
While the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, if memory serves me correct, was faked and got the US into Vietnam it still only gives the President 90 days before he needs to go to Congress for a formal declaration. Is it like it used to be? No. Has the War Power gone away from Congress? No, but times have changed.
Nov
20
comment Underground Tunnels in New York City and Boston
There are still lots of tunnels in Boston and NYC, what specifically about them are you looking to find out about?
Nov
20
comment Did the The Fiend/Monster with 21 Faces produce mass hysteria in Japan?
What sort of mass hysteria? In the US during the times of the Tylenol poisonings there was a lot of public concern and products came off the shelves, not sure if what occured is mass hysteria or not. Other than the fact that the "crime-free" Japan myth was dispelled I am not sure what you are looking for here.
Nov
20
comment Credibility of “Mao: The Unknown Story”
Mao, being a controversial leader, will have books written about him that typically have a bias one way or another. I have read a few of them, and there is a slant on them all. Sources are useful in providing information, but any source can be misused, taken out of context or abused so no matter how much you cite if you improperly use a source it's not the source's fault but the writer. The information can be authentic just not accurately portrayed
Nov
15
comment After the American Civil War, which states had the most problems with rejoining the Union?
Usually your answers are very thorough, I don't see how this answers the question about the difficulties the states might have had in rejoining during unification. I also wouldn't consider North Carolina a border or peripheral state...
Nov
15
comment Is history always written by the victors?
@T.E.D. Never said hate, just no interest. Next time I am in the library maybe I'll leaf through a copy and see what its all about.
Nov
15
comment Early instances of bacteriological warfare
@DVK well it was a virus...good thing a Mac integrates with alien technology
Nov
15
comment Is history always written by the victors?
@DVK At one point that is how the Reconstruction was taught, it was 'the "North" that came down to "teach the immoral white southerners" how to co-exist with the now free Negro.' Often glossing over the fact that discrimination and prejudice against blacks was already well entrenched in the North but never spoken of
Nov
15
comment Is history always written by the victors?
I think I am one of the few History majors to have never read Zinn or have any interest in it, other than everyone else has read him.
Nov
11
comment Did the Founding Fathers of the USA really make a distinction between a Republic and a Democracy (and despised the latter)?
@JakeJ Slogans in the 1920's were all over the place, you had a rising Socialist party and many American patriots, especially war veterans were vocal about how the US was. It was the roaring 20's and the excesses were keeping Americans employed, for the most part. It's possible the speech happened, I have not watched the video but you have to remember the Founding Fathers used Democracy and Republic as they understood it at the time, and definitions have evolved since then. I suggest looking at how the words were defined in the 18th C.
Nov
11
revised Did the Founding Fathers of the USA really make a distinction between a Republic and a Democracy (and despised the latter)?
edited title
Nov
11
comment How did the monks whose job was to copy books react to Gutenberg's printing press?
While I agree with the answer, the Church liked to control how the message was sent and many services for Churches in Western Europe were in Latin (which only monks and priests were learned in) which the general populace did not understand you should flesh this out more and provide some sources and you'd get more votes on the answer.
Nov
9
comment Military brothels in WW2
@coleopterist conscript might, but considering the history behind it's going to devolve into a semantics argument. Maybe eliminate the mention of women altogether and just ask if any other country "utilized authorized military brothels" if that is the only aspect of this you are concerned about.
Nov
9
comment Military brothels in WW2
In the case with Japan the use of the word enlist is very controversial and against much of the recorded evidence, but also very much in dispute. These almost seem like two different situations to me.
Nov
9
comment How was beer production affected by the war during WW2?
Rationing is something that went on and would affect output and alcohol content, but I guess you could also look at things like hops production during those years, such as where it was grown, imported from or if/how it was used in brewing.
Nov
6
comment Did either of the World Wars involve South or Central America?
Gee...shows what happens when geography changes. I learned it as Central America in school...I'll take back the comment but won't take back my geography tests.
Nov
6
comment Did either of the World Wars involve South or Central America?
You might want to check your geography...if you include El Salvador, Panama, Guatamala or the Dominican Republic then Mexico can also be included. Its generally considered part of Central America not North America
Nov
6
comment Did either of the World Wars involve South or Central America?
I'd also like to point out the bit about Mexico - history.stackexchange.com/q/1031/114
Nov
5
comment Are parts of the Sphinx older then 5000 years?
I'm sure the materials are older than the Sphinx, but what parts are you referring to? There are always controversies about certain landmarks but unless you can specify the controversy this might be closed or moved to Skeptics.