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 that may require me to use my voice. So, the following ancient film is a rare thing. It’s me, on…… Continue reading My Life In Panto
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 can’t watch it until it comes out on DVD. Bugger. Ruby has surprised me a little bit by becoming a…… Continue reading Star Wars Rebels Season Two
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 wrong end of a stick (the shitty end, usually). Maaike Brinkhof has written a very nice blog post about mapping biases…… Continue reading Mapping biases
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 you can see from the follow photos.
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 application (which will require limited testing itself) which is to replace some existing systems, expand the capability of current users…… Continue reading Using Selenium
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 even some pretty iffy films watchable (see Robin Hood) by his immense presence and always-entertaining delivery. He’s done some incredible…… Continue reading RIP Alan Rickman
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 something was made that way. I internally correct other people’s grammar (even though mine isn’t exactly perfect) and get quite…… Continue reading Rosie needs your help
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 & defect needs, but Jira lacks a feature for the creation of test cases & tracking of related metrics. I am…… Continue reading We have Jira. Now what?
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 when I was growing up and I missed his most prolific and successful period, but it is impossible to ignore…… Continue reading Comfortably Numb
Guess who had to go up there to get her back down? Climbing trees is fun
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
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 mind the style, country of origin or its ABV – if it’s good, I’ll drink it. So, I was chuffed…… Continue reading Beer