My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And I is Intelligent: I is The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Imayo, Integration.
Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you. – Bernie Siegel
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I is Intelligent: I is for The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Book and the Movie:
I read this book first around the time the movie was released; after my son read it. And we both enjoyed the book a lot. Maybe this was first book recommendation to me 🙂 – the one that has started a hopefully lifelong partnership in reading between the two of us.
This book is a storytelling masterpiece – in its wonderful partnership of visuals and words to create Hugo’s world within walls, and outside of it; in the telling of the tale itself which tugs at heart strings and makes you cheer for the protagonists! Time passes really quickly as we read the tale of the boy who kept time.
The movie has a brilliant cast; and is faithful to the book for the most part (very few and non-critical differences). Since the book is a quick read, even at 500+ pages (over half the pages are illustrations), the movie at points seems to slow down in pace to make up for time (to bring it to a certain length).
I explore the book and the movie in this previous post – and you should check it out! It has interesting facts about the book (and a bit about the movie too).
The Question: The Book or the Movie:
I love Ben Kingsley and Hugo’s part was played to perfection (at least for me) but there is a magic in this book that takes us into Hugo’s world even more than the movie does with its powerful mix of text and image.
“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.” ― Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret
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I is Intelligent: I is for Imayo
What is imayo?
The imayo is a Japanese poetic form that became popular during the 12th century. Some of the earliest references to this form were among others, in Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book (and I discovered this delightful ancient read through my daughter’s history text book – I am reading it now!).
Yo refers to style or mode, while ima is presumed to derive from the adjective ima mekashi , with meanings that range from contemporary, modern, popular, novel, fresh, and lively to frivolous, vulgar, and lewd. Imayo hence came to denote songs in a modern style, with lively melodies—in a sense, the pop music of the Heian age. (sources: University of California Press)
The imayo was initially written and sung by the common man, well actually more women than men sung it! It slowly rose in popularity and sophistication; and was embraced by royalty. Emperor Go-Shirakawa (the 77th emperor of Japan/12th century) was a master at this form and helped popularize this form in his own way.
This form was usually sung to the accompaniment of music and dance. Female dancers called shirabyoshi danced to the imayo.
How to write imayo?
Like many other Japanese forms, the imayo also has a 5/7 syllabic format. It is however, slightly different as well, in that each of it’s four lines has 12 syllables. However, a break/pause in between, leads to a 5/7 or 7/5 syllablic structure for each line, thus bringing us back to the familiar 🙂
So, the imayo has:
- 4 lines
- syllabic – 12 syllable line broken by a pause(or a caesura) after the 5th or 7th syllable
My example imayo:
Sweet smiles like panacea – make my day brighter.
Gleeful giggles grace the air – make my steps lighter.
Quiet chuckles lending a cheer – make my heart warmer.
Lovely laughter that sings songs – makes my whole better.
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites
I is Intelligent: I is for Integration Testing
Integration testing can be defined as testing performed whenever a coupling exists between two (or more) software systems. This can be within a single application with multiple units – like the login page of an email system and the actual mailbox; all the way to checking the interaction between much larger software products – like Pinning a Pin from a blog to your Pinterest board. These are different levels of integration testing, granted, but each of these interfaces between the individual units of software as well as between the products themselves needs to be tested to ensure the process is seamless to the end user.
In the pinning a pin from a blog to your pinterest board, there are already more than two interfaces. At the bare minimum – one between your blog and the plugin you use to do the pinning, and the other between that plugin and Pinterest. So both these interfaces need to work correctly for you to complete the action.
Wrapping up the I post
” To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.”
– Tony Dorsett
These challenges are definitely something to inspire and motivate me, which is why, though I am running behind on them this month due to unforeseen issues that came up earlier on my website, I still push ahead 🙂 and hope I will succeed finally!
What are your comments or questions about today’s post? I would love to hear from you. Check out previous posts in this challenge using the links below.