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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
26
comment How do I teach my child to express his frustration?
+1, Agreed. When kids are younger and do this they really can't get significant force to do harm, my 1.5 year old still does it on occasion but can't really hurt himself yet.
Oct
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
20
answered Should I be concerned that my two-year-old doesn't interact with kids his age?
Oct
14
comment How should a parent react when their child comes out of the closet to them?
Well if you love your child I would think you'd support them, although I understand people's personal belief's don't always support this choice.
Oct
11
answered At what age can/should a child be able to clean themselves after bowel movements?
Oct
11
comment How can we make parents more attractive than TV, video games, etc.?
I think your ideas list really covers it, sure parents can be attractive to kids but they have to want to be. Unless they make the effort there is no natural gravitation.
Oct
7
comment What toys tend to be a child's favorite, and why?
Very true, every new toy gets played with a lot for the first few days then it slacks off. Good points!
Oct
7
revised What are best practices for managing student-teacher relationships?
Addressing the other question being asked
Oct
7
comment What are best practices for managing student-teacher relationships?
Thanks, but I read your question differently - "getting students to manage their relationships with teachers" to me is giving the students the responsibility for this. I email with my sons teachers when the need arises, and I bet if the kids were older (he is in 1st grade) there might be an option there to so. Still I wouldn't want to manage, then you intercede, I'd rather facilitate and get the student/child empowered to handle the relationship.
Oct
7
answered What are best practices for managing student-teacher relationships?
Oct
5
answered How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?
Oct
3
comment When should a child see Star Wars: A New Hope
I like the question and I'll upvote if it's reworded, as it stands it's vague. There are similar TV show questions already here that would give a good format for rewording like the Doctor Who or Terrorism questions
Oct
3
comment When should a child see Star Wars: A New Hope
+1 for not jamming it down their throats, our children may come from us but that doesn't mean they will like the same things we do.
Sep
30
comment What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?
+1 Very true, my sons do the same. The oldest is the leader and the youngest only wants to do what the older is doing, and building blocks is the best example.
Sep
30
comment What are the pros and cons of using a nanny-cam?
Agreed with cabbey my state has strict laws on recording of people over phones and in homes, not others in the US do. You'd best talk to a lawyer about that. Regardless, the video in that site looks very staged, I saw a few edits that showed me things were not the way they appeared
Sep
28
comment What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?
I love the gardening part, though I never got my oldest to understand the difference so I just give him a spare area to dig in - that keeps HIM amused. Not so much for the youngest though.
Sep
28
answered What are some fun (no TV or computer) activities that a 2 year old and a 4 year old would enjoy together?
Sep
26
comment How can I potty train my 4 year old daughter?
When she says she doesn't like it anymore, do you know why? Confronting the fear usually means really making sure the kids understand what they are afraid of, whenever you can get there which is sadly not always the case.
Sep
23
answered Raising a bilingual child when one parent knows both languages while the other doesn't
Sep
23
comment What should parents consider when selecting a pacifier?
These are the criteria I used to make my selection. And buy multiples, I have no idea how but these things disappear like socks and pens!!