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the_qa_guy

@the_qa_guy@hachyderm.io

Whenever I'm close, things reveal that they're broken - and sometimes that was not my intention.
Expect posts about software testing, public speaking, parenting, sports (running and pole) and fashion experiments.
#ClothesHaveNoGender and we should all wear whatever makes us happy.
Exploring genderqueerness

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the_qa_guy, to random
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Since my photo shoot last week had me worried I took the time today to refresh my ability to walk on my pole platform heels.
Luckily it only took a few minutes until I was back in the groove (or at least felt sufficiently confident). My gait could be prettier but it will suffice for the heels class I booked.
And apparently I'm part of the group of people who get notified if there's an unexpectedly unused pole in a heels class at my pole studio.
I love that 🥰

the_qa_guy, to random
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Speaking of yesterday - that happened and it made me happy on so many levels!
Seeing another person with a masculine body in a corset, both of us wearing skirts, heels and red nail polish, and then being laced up by that person...
I lack the words to describe all the emotions I felt. Above all I felt joy 🥰

the_qa_guy, to random
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Overheard students during lunch:

"The test required us to write C++ code for an autonomous vehicle which adheres to traffic rules and drives in a simulator. But since the route & actions are always the same one student hardcoded sleep() durations between actions and got full score"

the_qa_guy, to random
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My wife bought alcohol based ink but forgot the alcohol based "extender".
Shops are closed now but she wanted to give the ink a try tonight. So we picked the only logical option we had available: Hand disinfectant which is 99% ethanol.
It works really well!

vagina_museum, to random
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Yesterday, France made history. It became the first country in the world to enshrine the right to access abortion care in its constitution. The French constitution has been amended to include the "guaranteed right" to abortion. The historic vote was passed 780-72 by its parliament.

the_qa_guy,
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@vagina_museum Sorry for being a nitpicker here but France is not the first country to do that.
"When discussing abortion rights in former Yugoslavia, the legislation was liberalized in 1952 [...]. The liberalization was directed to facilitate access to legal abortion in order to discourage illegal, clandestine abortions. Federal Constitution of Yugoslavia provides that “it is a human right to decide on the birth of children” under article 191."
https://znajznanje.pariter.hr/abortion-rights-in-the-former-ex-yugoslavia-abortion-as-a-human-right/#:~:text=When%20discussing%20abortion%20rights%20in,to%20discourage%20illegal%2C%20clandestine%20abortions.

the_qa_guy, to random
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I've been sent a comic that's supposed to promote body positivity in pole dance.
It's titled "Women of all shapes and sizes can pole dance" with a man looking out of the corner saying "all shapes of men too".
Was it that hard to skip the "joke", write "people of all shapes" and be more inclusive? 🤬

the_qa_guy, to random
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Up until now my activities and conference outfits have been separated from my work life.
Today a coworker found the interview with me in my conference dress. So far he mentioned the content of the interview and nothing else. I'm very happy about this 🥰

the_qa_guy,
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@sashag Thank you 💜
I'm fine with people from work seeing the outfit and if anyone asks why I'm wearing it my first answer will be "Because I look amazing in it"
Not reacting to it is totally fine though and much preferred over the potential negative reactions I could get

the_qa_guy, to random
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Shameless self promotion: I was interviewed for the "Shift happens" podcast while at Romanian Testing Conference. If you want to hear me talk about community, AI, and our responsibility as testers you can watch the recording here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4POqVrn3sI

Watching the video comes with the benefit of seeing me realize that there's a camera pointed at me at an angle that's interesting with this outfit and dealing with it😅

hacks4pancakes, to random

Gonna share some truths that are taboo to talk about, and everyone is gonna angrily at me about (I’m going to drink this mead then have a nap, don’t bother):glasses frames are a monopoly, but you can buy pretty nice glasses from China if you have a prescription for like $20, I have like 11 - look at Vooglam ~ nobody actually gives a shit if you go to the glamorous restaurant alone, as long as you tip well and are polite - in fact you’ll get better drinks at the bar~ the secret to doing a lot of stuff as an adult, like hobbies or going places, is just asking. Nobody gives a shit if you tip well and you’re polite. You can go almost wherever. You can finger paint. Whatevs.~ life is too short for shit beer & liquor~ life is too short for shit men, love~ there will be other loves even though it seems giant ~ trans rights are human rights and I’ll officiate your wedding ~ local elections matter ~ you should be seeing a therapist~ if you haven’t worn it in two years, donate it, darling~ people at bars want to tell you about their jobs and hobbies, and they’re all interesting~ video games and D&D are real life skills~ find the fitness that you can do long term~ no fad diets~ you don’t have to know how to code or watch Star Wars to be a great IT person~ if you ever have or think you have a serious health problem in America, understand our healthcare is shit and you need to research it yourself and then get like 3 opinions minimum. Nobody will look out for you like you do.~ you should probably wear the mask~ if you have ovaries that work you can just take birth control forever and never have a period, there are some health caveats but it’s mostly sorta kinda just a stigma not to. The military does this.~ if you have ovaries that work find an gynecologist who is generally not an asshole, life is too short for checking with your nonexistent husband ~ if your doctor harps on your bmi and nothing else, then get a new doctor, before you die. Literally.~ it’s a good night if you get home safe, brush your teeth, and take an aleve~ life is too short to penny pinch instead of living, because soon we’ll be gone~ you look perfect in that outfit to everyone except you ~ life is too short for shit jobs ~ ask how other people are doing, and listen~ genuinely care about what happens to other people because it will happen to you

the_qa_guy,
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@hacks4pancakes Thank you for sharing this, for your encouragement and above all for showing all of us that you're not just talking about it but actually doing it 💜
You're a role model and I'm so glad to have found you in this wide world

the_qa_guy, to random
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Einer noch für alle die an der lieber keine Schuhe tragen

the_qa_guy, to random German
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Ich musste es einfach machen...

the_qa_guy, to random
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I thanked the owner of my pole studio for offering a class called "parent and kid yoga" instead of "mom and kid yoga".
She replied that this wording is important to her 🥰 and that they even discussed gender sensitive language in the latest trainer certification 🥰🥰
One more reason to love the sport!

the_qa_guy, to random
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It's a bit embarrassing but it took me being on the review committee of to realize that I can use my connections inside and outside the testing community to increase the diversity of conferences.
I've already got two amazing people excited to submit and I'm planning to extend that list.

That being said: If you've ever been interested in attending an inclusive, diverse and overall amazing conference for (agile) software testers and engineers with travel & hotel paid - let's talk!

newcrafts, to random French

We are thrilled to announce Lisi Hocke @lisihocke and Kevlin Henney @kevlin as our first invited speakers for this year's event!
Go buy your ticket: https://ti.to/nc/nc24?utm_content=buffer06b84&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

the_qa_guy,
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Congratulations @lisihocke on being invited and congratulations @newcrafts on inviting her!
Having Lisi there will be a treat for all attendees and an amazing learning opportunity

the_qa_guy, to random
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I'm in the office for the first time this year and I'm running an experiment.
Wearing purple glitter nail polish at home gave me so much joy but I'm not there yet to do it at work. As a compromise I'm wearing a clear base and top coat to make the nails smooth and shine without being too obvious.

the_qa_guy,
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A female coworker sat next to me during lunch.

"Are you wearing nail polish?" - "Yes" - "Why aren't you wearing a color?"
And that's pretty much the perfect reaction 💜

I showed her pictures of my new years color and we had a brief chat about available options and I love everything about it.

the_qa_guy, to random
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In preparation for our private new years party I put a clear base coat on my fingernails, black with glitter will follow today.
It's amazing how much joy the new shinyness and smoothness brings me even if the overall look isn't that different. 🥰

the_qa_guy,
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I wasn't sure if I would like the color. It's definitely "new years party" compatible 🥰

the_qa_guy, to random
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Da das SBGG noch auf sich warten lässt aber da die nötigen Gutachten für das TSG teuer sind sammelt meine nichtbinärer Freund*in Liz Geld für eine Namensänderung.
Falls jemand unterstützen kann wäre das fantastisch 💜
https://ko-fi.com/liz1312/goal

Boosts willkommen

the_qa_guy,
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@ljrk Die betroffene Person hat aktuell einen so hohen Leidensdruck dass warten keine Option mehr ist.
Außerdem plant sie bis März / April mit dem Verfahren durch zu sein was deutlich vor November wäre.
Ich sehe es so: Wer sich trotz der Aussicht auf das SBGG jetzt noch für den TSG Weg entscheidet macht das bewusst und bekommt meine volle Unterstützung.

the_qa_guy,
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@ljrk Ich sollte nicht vor dem ersten Kaffee auf Social Media posten. Ich bitte um Entschuldigung für die ruppige Antwort und danke für den Hinweis auf die Laufzeiten.
Ich sehe so viele Menschen die das TSG nicht nutzen und aufs SBGG warten und immer wieder enttäuscht werden weil es weiter verzögert wird, daher fällt es mir schwer andere zum Warten zu ermutigen.

the_qa_guy, to art
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I love my amazing and artistically gifted wife. Not only did she paint this picture as a Christmas gift for me, it came with a voucher for either a pole showcase or the entry fee for a pole competition. 🥰
I definitely need red heels and that cute red outfit!

the_qa_guy, to random
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As a speaker I am so grateful for everyone who gives me feedback after a talk or workshop. The outside perspective helps to understand what worked, to do more of the good things and enables me to fix the bad stuff.
Today I got the feedback from and while my internal imposter struggles to accept it the data says that people liked my talk and workshop. My talk even made it to the top ten sessions this year!

the_qa_guy, to random
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I came across this poem by Caitlin Seida in one of my social media feeds today and I love it!

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