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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
23
comment How young is too young to start wearing makeup?
+1 This says it all to me, it's all about what you as a parent feel is right. Every child is different.
Sep
16
answered How can I help my child handle peer pressure regarding television?
Sep
9
comment How can I encourage my 2 year old to drink milk from a sippy/drinking cup?
We've used straw cups and sippy cups with success in transition, it was good to mix them up and if you find ones with a slightly tight fit with the straw you won't get much spillage with the inevitable tossing of the cup.
Sep
8
answered How can we introduce some formula for our baby?
Sep
8
answered Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?
Sep
6
comment Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?
This would be my tactic, I've found that my kids respond to actions that I respond to, if I find it funny or act in an approving manner I will more than likely see that behavior again. If I ignore it, then it lessens the chance of that behavior repeating. Raspberries during eating are minor, you'll have larger items coming once mobility arrives.
Sep
5
answered How does having a second child change your life?
Sep
2
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
I like the decreasing supervision, as to logging I don't see a problem with that. You can always just review the sites they are going to, not the individual pages - so you at least know where they are going.
Sep
2
comment Should I monitor my child's internet usage?
It's easy for us, we have two computers that my son could use. One is basically the main home machine, that I mainly use but its downstairs in the "office" and no one is allowed there unsupervised. Second computer is my wife's laptop that she uses a lot - we allow it to be used since it's generally in the room we are in so there is supervision. I don't see this changing for a long while.
Sep
1
revised How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Fixing some wording I did not like...
Sep
1
comment How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Yeah, my son does the same thing sometimes. Either it's "nothing happened" or he finds it too hard, so I just try a different line of questioning. Good luck with it though.
Sep
1
comment What size schoolbag is good for a first-grader?
Agreed, my wife buys stuff one size too big expecting our son to grow into it.
Sep
1
answered How do I help my son with fine motor skills?
Aug
31
comment How can I help my pre-schooler to relax and fall asleep?
I've had the same problem, and sort of still do, many times I cannot fall asleep without imagining something. Although now I am far better at it than I used to be, what got it working for me was imagining myself falling and that usually did it.
Aug
30
answered Where is the line on helping with homework?
Aug
29
comment Is it ever okay to tell a kid you disagree with their parents?
Agreed, you don't need to drive a wedge between yourself and the parents. Plus, just because your opinion is opposite the parents it doesn't mean you have to let the kid think you disagree, it's just everyone has different opinions. A good way to introduce diversity of ideas to kids.
Aug
26
comment What techniques can keep a reluctant pre-schooler on a morning schedule?
+1 for not rushing and the boob tube...loved that expression growing up
Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
I've had hit and miss with rewards, my oldest doesn't really get the concept even when we make a big deal of it. I'm hoping my younger does better.
Aug
25
revised How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
added 163 characters in body
Aug
25
comment How can I get my primary-schooler to remember to turn off the light?
At what point? Well, it depends on when he gets it. Generally we have no issues, and with the lights I have few issues...occasionally he leaves a light on and I ask him to turn it off. Which he will do. Getting him to clean his room, or do homework, without oversight on the other hand....