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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


Jun
15
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
I don't want to get more into this, because this is bordering on something that should be brough to chat but my view is it is only as divided as you make it. Religion is an emotional topic to many, but it does have its benefits. I don't think you'd find many studies on this because its a polarizing subject and again this is only as divisive as you let it. When the kids get older, and more curious, they may be more receptive to information you have that changed your mind.
Jun
15
comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
"statistical prediction" and children to me don't go together. I've been a recovering Catholic for decades, I didn't feel it when I was 8 and fell out consistently since then. Honestly, it's going to be your children's choice later on, either through their own research or peer pressure. If you are concerned then start giving them philosophy or subjects to review when they get older, having a religious base when you are young I find is a good thing for a moral grounding. You may be worrying unnecessarily.
Jun
15
comment What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?
While it's a fairly accurate answer not all gates are the same, and mounting is going to be different depending on the wall. I took your answer in the spirit it's intended but I didn't find it as good as your usual answers are.
Jun
15
comment What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?
I don't know about best, but regardless of whatever type you have make sure it screws into the wall, and the wall is stable enough to handle the weight/pressure kids put on it. I have one on our basement stairs and its mounted so well it held me up when I almost slipped and grabbed onto the gate to stay up.
Jun
15
comment At what development stage is an infant ready for a ride in a bike trailer?
lol...yeah I'm still waiting on the helmet. I tried a short ride with the trailer, basically down our driveway to the neighbors driveway and back, and I found it pretty bumpy. My 14 month old liked the feeling of the ride and the bumps, but I'm not sure I'll do it again since he was unable to keep a comfy spot in the trailer. We all wear helmets with the bike, even me and I was riding bikes before they ever made us wear helmets, I don't like them but need to set a good example.
Jun
15
comment Are there any studies about whether learning to read in two languages is slower?
My son reads, and is read to, in both English and Mandarin. Our children hear both languages, my wife speaks mostly in Mandarin and me in English, with English being the main if we are all together. I decided early on they needed to be literate, so they watch subtitled TV and read stories in both languages. If the alphabets are similar then its probably easier to grasp the languages better.
Jun
15
comment How big should solid food for the infant be when doing baby-led weaning?
+1 for that empty mouth thing, I should institute that along with no leaving the table until you ask. I have a rule that certain rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, are NOT to be entered if you have food in your mouth. This is more to avoid messes than anything else, and make my kids understand food is for the table and not to wander around the house.
Jun
15
comment Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?
I give you the answer since you were the only one to respond, and I don't want to choose my own. Thanks!
Jun
13
comment At what development stage is an infant ready for a ride in a bike trailer?
I'm curious what there is on this, we have a bike trailer that I am thinking of using with out 14 month old, but just haven't had a nice weekend lately to hook it up. I'm also curious on if you get a helmet on your infant, our youngest doesn't like hats, even on others and takes them off when he can.
Jun
12
comment When should we allow children to experience spices in food?
Agreed with the baby food flavor, even in the US much of it is bland but I have no idea why. Our toddler seems to respond to food that is more flavorful, since we've given him table food he's eaten more than he ever did the prepared stuff.
Jun
12
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
Best way to look at it for moderation is just like you are doing, by keeping it limited and showing moderation. It's how we raised our kids, and the oldest doesn't mind candy once in awhile but doesn't show much interest in it. "Fruit - nature's candy" as he has picked up from me is the way to go. Also offer alternatives if the kids ask, they'll pick it up.
Jun
10
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
I wouldn't consider sugar a junk food, all things in moderation, but I think I understand better what you are looking for now. Although I'd disagree that avoiding sugar is really a necessity, I let my son eat homemade chocolate chip cookies when he was younger and there is a whole lot of sugar in there. I stuck more with moderation, but I'm curious as to what others come up with on sugar avoidance and necessity. interesting question.
Jun
10
comment How do you control the quantity of sweets and junk food a pre-teen eats?
Agreed, this is what I have done...
Jun
10
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
I guess it depends on your goal, I did this for the first couple years with my son more from a personal health standpoint. I realized how much bad stuff I was eating so I stopped to set a good example, eventually we let him have things like cookies and some candy. He never developed a taste for candy though, it's rare he finishes a candy bar or something like that he is given. Are you doing this just to avoid sugar as some bad thing or is there another rationale?
Jun
9
comment How can I help my kids to sleep comfortably (and safely) on an overnight drive?
Kids fall asleep in the weirdest positions if they are tired enough, I know I did when I was young. I wouldn't worry about it and with some neck pillows you should be fine. I'd worry more about ME staying up all night driving, that's more scary to me than the kids. Still I think you'd be fine with the car seats, or when we do long drive trips we just make stops now and again to le the kids stretch their legs.
Jun
7
comment How can we improve a trilingual toddler's basic language development?
Agreed, my bilingual son is 14 months and barely shows any interest in talking, but ask him to do something in either language and he gets it. I'd say give it time, my oldest was almost a two before he really started talking in either language.
Jun
7
comment Do I need infant cloth diaper covers with a cut-out for the umbilical cord?
Agreed, we never had trouble with either of our sons and we use disposables for both.
Jun
2
comment Why would a primary-schooler want to kill himself?
+1 agreed, unless you spend time and he opens up you will not get an idea what is going on by guessing.
May
31
comment How do you stop a child from using bad language and profanity?
Personally I still worry about "soap blindness" but that's me. i never thought of the soap punishment as worthy, since most soaps today have stuff in there I can't pronounce. Nice answer though - +1
May
27
comment Where can we find ideas for activities for our toddler?
Yes, my point on the Zhu Zhu Pet's, they get annoying when they keep running around for minutes. Good point though!