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[OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

msiadak
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[OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

We all come here for our jobs, for testing services and working with ReadyAPI, but that's likely just a small part of who we are and what we do. Who are you, when you aren't testing? 

To start, I love to write and actually have a few short stories published in some indie anthologies on Amazon, all for charity. I'm working on a novel in my spare time, and I love to write. Tell us a bit about yourself πŸ™‚ 




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sanj
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

There is something I love more than testing is trading stocks!

 

Olga_T
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

Hi all,

 

I love this topic! It’s a pleasure to see that testing brings together people from all walks of life!

 

As for me, in my spare time, I do portrait painting. I love painting my friends and gifting them their portraits πŸ™‚

 

@msiadak, thanks for this great opportunity to share something about who we are. I'm looking forward to other replies!

 

By the way, that’s a good question for our Contributor Interviews that @TanyaYatskovska makes for our Community blog. You can watch the fresh one with Carson Underwood here – I found it really useful.

@cunderw, following up on your interview, β€œwho are you when you are not testing”? πŸ™‚


Olga Terentieva
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cunderw
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

When I'm not testing I am usually either camping / floating, writing and recording music, or making BBQ πŸ™‚


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Carson

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msiadak
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

What sort of stuff do you write, @cunderw? Any good BBQ recipes to share? πŸ™‚




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TanyaYatskovska
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

Hi All,

 

Great topic, Matthew! Actually, Carson is making BBQ at SmartBear Connect this year πŸ™‚ Will you join us?

 

I can confirm this - Olga draw a great portrait of myself πŸ™‚ 


As for me, in my spare time, I do portrait painting. I love painting my friends and gifting them their portraits πŸ™‚



As for me, I like running. Recently, I've run my first 21K.

I dream of owning my own blog, but I cannot choose what my first article should be about ...

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tristaanogre
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

OK... not a SoapUI guy... but GOTTA reply to this topic...

 

So... outside of testing.... let's do the demographics:

 

45 year old, married, father of two daughters, ages 18 and 15.  The wife is a musician and pre-school teacher.  The 18 year old starts university this fall with a major in digital art (animation and illustration) and the 15 year old is taking culinary training as part of her high-school classes.

 

Next, the hobbies:

 

I LOVE computer gaming, specifically PC gaming.  I play World of Warcraft pretty regularly and Lord of the Rings Online.  When I'm not gaming, I like reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, my favorite being Lord of the Rings (I've, literally, read the trilogy 37 times.... and counting) and Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.  When I'm not gaming, I LOVE movies and interesting TV shows.... it's a hobby of mine to watch a film/show and spend time doing cultural analysis of apparent philosophies or commentary evident... yeah, total geek.  Stranger Things and Doctor Who are the top of my list there.

 

Quick edit: Forgot to mention that I DM two Dungeons and Dragons games and play a half-orc monk in a third.... so, that's a thing. πŸ™‚

 

Finally, life challenges:

 

My wife is a Stage IV cancer patient with metastatic breast cancer.  She had an initial diagnosis as Stage II in 2012, went into remission, and it came back in late 2016 early 2017 as Stage IV.. so those hobbies and such I describe above?  Those all take second place to spending as MUCH time caring for my wife and family these days as I possibly can.  She's doing well, the cancer is controlled at this moment, but life is precious, you know?

 

So... that's me. πŸ™‚


Robert Martin
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Why automate?  I do automated testing because there's only so much a human being can do and remain healthy.  Sleep is a requirement.  So, while people sleep, automation that I create does what I've described above in order to make sure that nothing gets past the final defense of the testing group.
I love good food, good books, good friends, and good fun.

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sonya_m
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

What a great topic!

 

I love PC games both online and single player. Currently, I'm playing Guild Wars 2. I also play the acoustic guitar a little and run my cat's Instagram page Cat Happy

 

And, I'm gonna second @tristaanogre on LOTR! I've read it about 5 times myself I think.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King anyone? Cat Very Happy

 

 


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tristaanogre
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Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

There was a book edited by Robert Silverberg a few years back called "Legends" in which authors were invited to write short novella's featuring their most famous "universes" as an introduction for people to get to know the universe without investing in a full book.  George R. R. Martin put a bit in there as did Terry Pratchett... and, @sonya_m... Stephen King had a Dark Tower novella in there... and I REALLY liked what I read... going to have to pick up those books and dive in sometime.


Robert Martin
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Why automate?  I do automated testing because there's only so much a human being can do and remain healthy.  Sleep is a requirement.  So, while people sleep, automation that I create does what I've described above in order to make sure that nothing gets past the final defense of the testing group.
I love good food, good books, good friends, and good fun.

Mysterious Gremlin Master
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sonya_m
Community Manager

Re: [OffTopic] Who are you outside of testing?

@tristaanogre I think you might like the Dark Tower book series. You've mentioned Stranger Things which has a lot of Stephen King vibe to it also.

The books (there's 8 of them) get really dark and weird sometimes (that horror/Western/dark fantasy mix tho), but, oh well, I guess this is expected from Mr. King. 

And, yes, the universe he managed to create is outstanding, quite an immersive experience. 


Sonya Mihaljova
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