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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
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
Oct
22
comment Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
I always found it amusing that "states rights" used to be a rallying cry for the slave states prior to the Civil War. But your assertion is correct in my understanding of the parties, this shift was evolutionary and not the work of one person at one specific instance of time.
Oct
21
comment Microsocial behaviour 500 years ago in western societies
I would suspect that regardless of how you dress or talk social norms outside of ones own culture will always be different.
Oct
20
comment Was the Granny Smith Apple the first green skinned apple widely propagated?
I'd keep this open, and argue for it as from a historical perspective since we have many similar questions like this, but then Granny Smith's are my favorite apple
Oct
19
comment To what extent was China unified?
There was an imperial army, I thought the part about compulsory service answered that but I can make it clearer.
Oct
18
comment Any precedents of U.S. presidents having served in other government roles after the ends of their terms?
Very nice list, I had forgotten JQA, tip of the hat to you
Oct
18
comment Any precedents of U.S. presidents having served in other government roles after the ends of their terms?
Very true, I remember reading that about him in and that he was nicknamed the "reluctant politician" in some of my history classes.
Oct
18
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@T.E.D. Actually I don't, many areas of China are not as divergent culturally as European countries are, some are but not to the same extent as in Europe. I think you are seeing wider regions of China as exemplifying the whole, Tibet is extemely different than Fujian but Fujian and Shanghai are very similar.
Oct
18
comment Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
You also have to look at the times when religious prejudice in England pretty much made these people afraid for their lives and faith so they wanted to leave. Yet, each colony in the US was different, and the Pilgrims were really a small subset of Massachusetts, which had two groups colonizing it at the time. The Pilgrims mostly refers to the group that settled around Plymouth
Oct
18
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@kubanczyk To me the main difference you get in China and Europe are widely diverse cultures, countries, that come up asserting their right to self rule. Europe is made of diverse groups that put down roots and see themselves and different from their neighbors (Germany v France) while in China the differences don't show up with that same amount of fierceness and right to self-rule
Oct
18
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
+1, all my readings on China have always noted the culture was assimilatd by all the conquerors, who either admired the culture and/or language or stayed and learned it. This allowed the country to keep a cohesion even with a large, varying geography with local dialects.
Oct
11
comment What decides who goes in the front rank in a line infantry formation?
What military are you referring to? I believe many of the British infantry from that time tended to be of the "lower classes" or were criminals given the choice to serve so would not have had any choice. French foot soldiers, especially under Napoleon, might have been different.
Oct
5
comment What is the single longest Presidential Campaign run in the United States?
While campaigns tend to be not all Presidential Candidates run actively for a long period of time, they may raise money for a future campaign but they don't really campaign for it. I agree with you about the media though, it's amusing how its gone back to the way it used to be. Many of the Founding Fathers funded newspapers to slander their opponents at one time or another.
Oct
5
comment What is the single longest Presidential Campaign run in the United States?
Interesting points I need to clarify...thanks
Oct
4
comment What was the average US unemployment rate for Democrat and Republican presidents?
@SocioMatt You're already relating this to the parties by asking under what kind of administration the numbers are, if you try to relate them to an individual party then what I mention is the typical response. If the party doesn't matter then why note it if you are not trying to find some link between unemployment numbers and parties in power.
Oct
3
comment Great Britain's role in Islamic Iran
@Russell The flag made it back? I rejected an edit with that early on...weird, but I agree it didn't seem to fit the question
Oct
3
comment The Great Compromise, is there analysis on the outcome?
As per the FAQ we do not allow opinion questions on the site, however, as the Great Compromise has been well researched by this point there might be some assessments on this.
Oct
2
comment Great Britain's role in Islamic Iran
You might want to look at this answer: history.stackexchange.com/a/3053/114
Oct
1
comment Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
Nice, and I am glad to see more sources than just Wikipedia.
Sep
24
comment Which mythological/historical/fictional character is cited as a symbol for constant improvement or dogged persistence in re-doing his task?
Along the same roads you also have American myths like Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and John Henry where these figures persevered for something. Though I admit Bunyan had an edge being a giant and all...