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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
3
comment When did the Taxi become associated with the checkered pattern?
@DVK yeah I looked through there but there wasn't anything that said why the pattern was chosen and how its become so iconic, that's the relation I am looking for
Nov
3
accepted Where the did the concept of “smear campaigns” originate?
Nov
3
comment Was there other research focusing on the medical uses of ether in the 18th Century?
Giving you the win since its the only answer so far.
Nov
3
accepted Was there other research focusing on the medical uses of ether in the 18th Century?
Nov
3
asked When did the Taxi become associated with the checkered pattern?
Nov
1
comment Why did people in some countries start to drive on the right?
I'm unclear as to your confusion, you link in to Wikipedia which has 100+ references at the bottom of the article. have you looked through those to see if you answer is in there?
Oct
31
comment How common are major cities not built by abundant water?
I seem to recall some documentaries referring to Jerusalem and natural springs long ago, so while they may not have had abundant water they did have a source at the time. I'll have to look and see if I can find some references to those shows though.
Oct
30
comment Has the accounting services industry ever been disrupted in the U.S.?
Seems more like you could look at the textiles market, if you think of industrialization removing the process of creating linens and other textiles from the "cottage manufacturers" its similar to a disruption you describe.
Oct
29
comment Gengkhis Khan armor secret
I'd heard this a long time ago, it's good to see this confirmed again. The ease of removing arrows with silk was something I've seen mentioned again and again in regards to many Asian warrior cultures.
Oct
29
comment From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
@Drux that is correct, the Japanese have the same superstition for 4 and 7, they have two pronunciations one that is close to Shi (death) and one that is different to avoid the superstition
Oct
29
revised From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
adding note about incomplete numbers
Oct
26
asked Where the did the concept of “smear campaigns” originate?
Oct
26
comment Since the 20th century, how many diplomats from all countries have been killed during peace time?
Do you mean accidental deaths as well or would you be looking at assassinations? In terms of causes of death you are either left with natural causes, murder (ie assassination if its politically motivated) or accidents. I get the question but not sure what scope you are looking for in an answer.
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
@ihtkwot Yes, very much so although and I like the link to the defintion, very nice. If its capabilities that you are noting at the beginning of the answer rather than saying "the only" maybe "most capable" , but otherwise its a great answer.
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
I love the answer, its completeness is great, but I don't get what you mean by blue water navy. Like quaint_dev notes the UK has a navy, and a long history of naval power, so are they still a blue water navy or is there a distinction there?
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
Current form is good, and its not that far off from many of the usual comparison questions we have had for the military and other areas of historical comparison
Oct
24
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
@T.E.D. I disagree, if he had been able to build up his support he could have actually made enough progress to pull in electoral votes in some states and he did try with whatever party he built at the time but there was not enough disaffection with the other two parties to carry this. The Tea Party shows it could be done if outside of the framework of either the R or D. I'll let it go at that.
Oct
24
comment How widespread was practice of fusion of Graeco-Roman and barbarian names?
Along this line many Chinese come to America and take English names as the Chinese names are not pronounced phonetically correct, so to make it easier they change their name to something "local"
Oct
24
comment What were the reasons for making Prohibition a constitutional amendment?
And it just occurred to me that this would be considered, today, by some, a creep of Federal Power over States Rights. Unless they supported it, then the argument would never come up
Oct
24
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
If Ross Perot had actually run within a party he could have changed that