Category: Blogging the year 2016

My Life In Panto

My Life In Panto

If you know me you’ll be familiar with my brass banding. I enjoy performing on stage, but generally only with an instrument on my face. I don’t like to act or song or do anything..

Star Wars Rebels Season Two

Star Wars Rebels Season Two

I have seen some news that will make my daughter very happy; season two of Star Wars Rebels starts later this month! The bad news; we don’t have any of the Disney Channels so we..

Mapping biases

Mapping biases

One of my favourite aspects of systems thinking was the consideration of thinking traps. It brings into play all kinds of problems with the way that humans consider information, and why we often grab the..

Attenborough Nature Reserve

It snowed! You probably noticed. Rather than stare at the rare phenomenon out of our window we decided to tackle it head on and head down to our local nature reserve. It was beautiful, as..

Using Selenium

Using Selenium

There’s an increasing need to use automation to assist with our testing. We are about to launch into developing a huge, new system that interacts with all sorts of existing systems. This is an off-the-shelf..

RIP Alan Rickman

RIP Alan Rickman

It’s been a bloody awful start to 2016 for celebrity deaths, hasn’t it? Two giants of the British entertainment industry gone with days of each other, both 69 and both had cancer. Alan Rickman made..

Rosie needs your help

I am a tester. I test software for a living, but I inevitably can’t help but test just about everything that comes my way. I wonder how things work – or, more likely, wonder why..

We have Jira. Now what?

We have Jira. Now what?

We have Jira at work, and HP ALM. I quite like the former while utterly detesting the latter. We have quite a few, varied projects and our developers prefer Jira for their task management &..

Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb

I don’t have much, if anything, useful to say about the death of David Bowie. I don’t own any of his music. Not sure why; I guess I was just into other bands and artists..

Top of the world

Guess who had to go up there to get her back down? Climbing trees is fun

A Lemmy

Today I am toasting one of the greatest rock musicians of all time: the one and only Lemmy. I am having a large ‘Lemmy’ – Jack and Coke. Rest in Peace Lemmy, you utter genius

Beer

Anyone that knows me understands my view of beer; life is too short to be drinking shitty, tasteless toss. I much prefer to spend a little bit more money on the good stuff. I don’t..