Archive for March, 2013

A Line To Borrow

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by The Director

To begin with, the thing was so antipodally at variance with the whole chain of horrors preceding it–the change of mood from stark terror to cool complacency and even exultation was so unheralded, lightning-like, and complete!

–H.P. Lovecraft, “The Whisperer in the Darkness”

New career goal: I’m going to start a defect with To begin with, the thing was so antipodally at variance with the whole chain of horrors preceding it at least once.

QA Music: Radioactive

Monday, March 25th, 2013 by The Director

Somehow, one could build a metaphor about the IT world being like a stuffed animal death match, so here’s a little something to get your imagination running in those lines: Imagine Dragons with “Radioactive“:

Come for the cool anthem, stay for the nightmare fodder.

An Important Dispatch from Gimlet

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by The Director

He wants us all to know about this Tumblr of animated gifs called DBA Reactions.

Thank you, that is all.

An Overlooked Affront

Friday, March 1st, 2013 by The Director

Everybody has focused on the fact that the new CEO of Yahoo! has ended telecommuting in the company, another soul-crusher occurred at Harley-Davidson: they banned rock and roll music:

Hundreds of Harley-Davidson employees learned through a memo last week that their radios and music being piped onto the factory floor would be kaput by Wednesday — part of a continuous effort to improve safety.

No headphones. No headbanging. No rock ‘;n’ roll.

Just the sound of motorcycles being made. It’s the sweet sound of productivity for a Fortune 500 firm whose earnings have made a comeback since an organization-wide restructuring began in 2009.

But it wasn’t one incident in particular that made them “stop the music,” as singer Rihanna says.

“It’s a distraction,” said Maripat Blankenheim, director of external communications for Harley. “It’s really important for people – no matter what they do – to be focused on what they do.”

The memo, authored by John Dansby II, vice president for manufacturing, reflects that mantra.

“As you are aware, it is imperative that we improve our safety and first-time quality performance,” he writes. “Too many distractions and potential hazards still exist in the workplace that impact our performance every day.”

Jeez, Louise, what will people at Yahoo! do if they cannot blare AC/DC while they test?

You know, when I worked in a plant, we didn’t get radios, and I had to compensate by tacking up a poem to memorize while the Didde-Glaser ran. That experience pacing and talking to myself provided me with valuable experience I apply to QA every day.


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