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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


Sep
21
comment Which nations have armed prisoners and sent them to war?
I believe the British Navy in the early 1800's was comprised of some men who were convicts, not sure about the land armies under Wellington but I recall some historical novels that often referred to men who might have gone to jail but went to serve.
Sep
20
comment Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
I would think there might be some organization around the Barbary Coast pirates, but I never checked on that
Sep
20
comment Is the “Katyusha” scene from Deer Hunter historically accurate?
@Anixx American soldiers going to Vietnam were not thinking about fighting against the USSR, Communists maybe but Vietnamese ones. Where did you pick that up? If there is a source I'd be interested to see what the link is.
Sep
20
comment 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic - Experience
I haven't listened to it, but there is an All Things Considered from 2004 that has some content on this: npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4073674 Not sure if this is the one you mean...
Sep
17
comment Major changes during British colonization of America (between 1607 and 1750)
Narrow your focus down a little, you are looking at a time period that can take from 1-4 college courses just to get into the high level of some of the major events. Feel free to edit to focus on one change you are interested in then ask to reopen.
Sep
15
comment Did the Ottoman Empire lose some control over Egypt during the Crimean War?
One answer would not solve it all unless it was almost a term paper, even studying this in history class took a few weeks to cover all the ramifications.
Sep
15
comment Was there a noble cause to Genghis Khan's campaign?
If you mean unifying the Mongol tribes and bringing them to a peace so they could attack their enemies then yes, I would agree with the premise. Of course, by doing this he obtained an army already geared and experience by inter-tribal fighting who only needed to be focused on an external enemy.
Sep
15
comment What was the average US unemployment rate for Democrat and Republican presidents?
My largest problem with this is usually the party in power, during a bad economy, claims the President has little power to influence the economy while the party out of power claims the opposite.
Sep
11
comment What factors permitted Buddhism to be successful in Japan but Christianity less so?
@choster While it has been tolerant over time it has also had its moments of intolerance, and when one of the Ten Commandments still states there can only be one God then I stand on the premise of my argument. However, I do know of examples like you state, though I see them as more the exception than the rule. I will edit my answer to reflect some of what you note.
Sep
7
comment Does a Baal human sacrifice statue from Carthage exist?
The statue doesn't really look like the description.
Sep
5
comment How have changes in taxation affected philanthropy in the US?
@DVK Why not read those studies yourself and see what you think, my interpretation isn't here to change your mind, I am just pointing out a part of those studies that you may want to check. That's up to you. If you want more on this bring it up in chat.
Sep
4
comment How have changes in taxation affected philanthropy in the US?
@DVK From what I read the majority of the giving on the "right wing" was to religious organizations, the concept was to see what non-religious donations were like. You could also look at it as if you only take religious contributions then the "right wing" is way ahead.
Sep
4
comment How have changes in taxation affected philanthropy in the US?
@DVK I read those same studies and some posited that if you remove religious contributions from the mix then the "left wing" is actually ahead.
Sep
3
comment What holidays would be on a European-centric calendar from the 11th - 13th Centuries?
Nice overview, thanks. I figured Saints would be local, I got into some of that from being a fan of the Cadfael series, but didn't think of legal days.
Sep
2
comment What caused the Iranian 1979 revolution to become Islamic?
Very nice, it's like being in my Middle East history class again...
Aug
31
comment What caused the Iranian 1979 revolution to become Islamic?
@TomAu I agree with T.E.D that it's a good germ of a question but if I take your edit I'd remove the initial parts as well, they sort of frame the question but in a very hard to understand way.
Aug
30
comment What is “Theoretical History”?
"understand the past in the terms of the past itself" this is part of what I am preparing for with post-grad work. Rather than look at the past with a lens from the present, and asking why mores from today are not present, you need to look at the past with the attitudes of the time. We may not always agree with what happened before us, but we should understand WHY they did what they did.
Aug
30
comment What caused the Iranian 1979 revolution to become Islamic?
I would edit this to try and find your question but I can't tell if you are asking about the Islamic roots of the 1979 revolution, about why Khomenei was the leader or something else. Read the answer I linked to, then edit your question to what you do not understand and ask to reopen.
Aug
30
comment What caused the Iranian 1979 revolution to become Islamic?
You should look at Choster's answer as to why Kohomenei was in France, to get an idea of why the revolution had Islamic roots: history.stackexchange.com/a/2894/114
Aug
29
comment How much has U.S. currency inflated since 1792?
@SevenSidedDie That would be a good answer, though I disagree that its not historical in nature as we have plenty of comparison questions here.