Books, Technology, Writing

M is Merry: M is for Matilda, Macaronic and Mutation

 My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And M is Merry: M is for Matilda, Macaronic, and Mutation
Matilda Macaronic Mutation
“Writing is a very focused form of meditation.” – Alan Moore

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Entertainment Corner

M is Merry: M is for Matilda

Oh, I am biased! The book is better. There, I said it. Now let me move on.

The Book:

I read the book after I saw the movie and instantly realized that universal truth – the book is better. Oops, I said it again! This was one of those books I would have totally adored as a kid  but since I never got around to reading Dahl when I was growing up, I read it as an adult and guess what – I totally adored it!

Roald Dahl’s bad guys are really, really ones we love to hate, while we relentlessly cheer the good ‘uns. And Matilda – I love her spunk; and she is simply wonderful even without that spot of magic that she gets. The book, in typical Dahl style, is written such that readers of every age can enjoy it. Kids will relate to characters and simply brush away (or not even realize) all those improbable things that happen; while adults will enjoy the hidden depths and if they can ignore all those improbable things (since this is fiction), then doubly enjoy it.

This book is ONE for the readers – and inspires more reading. Not only that, it also inspires us to stand up against bullies, helps us learn that things get better with time, easier with practice, that it is OK to be unique, and that we can better our lives if we put our minds to it.

And you can take this fun quiz here to find out if you can match Matilda’s reading list!

The Movie:

This magical, heartwarming classic which inspires a wide range of emotions from snorts of laughter to tears of happiness (and some of sadness) to anger converts easily into the big screen version and makes for an entertaining, somewhat faithful (not always but…) movie. I loved the cast in this movie; and Mara Wilson as Matilda as well as Danny DeVito as Mr.Wormwood were easily my favorites. (Note: I loved Roger Ebert’s review of the movie – here)

The Question: The Book or the Movie:

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“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” Sakyong Mipham (meditation)

Poetry Corner

M is Merry: M is for Macaronic:

What is the Macaronic poetic form?

Macaronic verse was invented by a poet named Tisi degli Odassi in 1488 who mixed Italian and Latin in his work titled Carmen macaronicum (Macaronic Songs).

It was later popularized by Teofilo Folengo, a Benedictine monk, who combined Latin rules to Italian vocabulary in his burlesque epic titled Baldus published in 1517. He described the macaronic as the literary equivalent of the Italian dish, which, in its 16th-century form, was a crude mixture of flour, butter, and cheese. The Baldus soon found imitators in Italy and France, and some macaronics were even written in mock Greek. (source: Britannica)

How to write the Macaronic?

Well, there is no meter or rhyme mentioned anywhere for this form that I could see. All that it requires is a combination of two (or more) languages are used; and the rules of grammar of one of them are applied on another to bring out comic effects(or make it ungrammatical overall – see my example below)

So, the Macaronic:
  • has any number of lines – left to the writer
  • no specific meter or rhyme to follow – left to the writer
  • combine two or more languages – the more the merrier!
    • make up (nonsensical or not) words combining the languages to use in your poem
    • you know only one language – then fear not
      • you could also use slang with prosaic in the same ‘language’, Shakespearean English with #hashtags/acronyms, regular speech with textbook ‘language’
      • use Google translate to come up with words in your favorite language – the one you always wanted to learn but never did so far (this can be a start! – I know I have at least one such language)
My example Macaronic:

Reusing one from a previous post so I can complete playing catch-up:-) This one was a result of a dVerse prompt about two years ago. I used a combination of three of the four languages I know (English, Tamil and Hindi)  (and totally understand if I leave you confused)

Macaronic (mis)graMmar
Mmmmm my heart go music makes
Rhythm to dance some cool shakes
Smile my heart does my kids see I
Glee with laugh sometimes till cry
their actions their words make me
Dil* for books it tudichify**
I reading ennaku*** time no knows 
Grammar police to sorry from me
Writing always fun poetry
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites
*Dil means Heart (Hindi)

**tudichify– use of ‘fy’ at the end of Tamil words is a common pattern noticed in Tanglish (Tamil + English) – Tamil word here is tudichu (or tutippu) meaning beating
***ennaku – means ‘for me’ in Tamil

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” Anonymous

QA Corner

M is Merry: M is for Mutation Testing

What is Mutation Testing?

I first though of talking about Monkey testing. First a gorilla, then a monkey. What are apes doing in the world of testing anyways? You can read more about Monkey Testing here as I have decided I will talk about Mutation Testing indeed. I knew a bit about this but learned more while researching for this post.

Mutation here should not get any of you start thinking of sci-fi/aliens or cell mutations causing problems or superpowers in us humans. In the world of testing, mutations refer to mutated code. Instead of creating more tests to test a specific piece of code/application, this testing creates variants of the code itself to test the ‘tests’ themselves – or more specifically, to check for the quality and effectiveness of the tests being used to test the software.

One definition below: from this source:

Faults (or mutations) are automatically seeded into your code, then your tests are run. If your tests fail then the mutation is killed, if your tests pass then the mutation lived. The quality of your tests can be gauged from the percentage of mutations killed.

Hows and Whys of Mutation Testing?

Mutation testing is achieved by a few different types of variations, including but not limited to:

  • statement mutation where we add/remove/update/move around statements of code
  • using the inverse of operators – like true for false; != for = (not equal for equal)
  • replacing arithmetic or boolean expressions with others – like + for -; > replaced by < or >= or = ; and so on
  • replacing variables with compatible but dissimilar variables

Once developers/testers create the variants, the test suite is run against both the original code and the mutants. A good test suite typically detects the mutations and fails automatically (tests failing with the mutation is good!).

Effective mutation testing results in identifying, at the least, untested code and weak tests. A calculated mutation score helps identify the quality of the test suite (Mutation Score = (Killed Mutants / Total number of Mutants) * 100).

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Wrapping up the M post

“The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.” Anonymous

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3 thoughts on “M is Merry: M is for Matilda, Macaronic and Mutation

  1. Ooo, I love a new poetry form!! As a teen, I took Spanish (but never got very good at it) … But loved reading Elvish in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings – and wrote various missives in that language!! (Movies have marvellous cinematography, but the books!! ) and my mother language is ASL – mostly signing songs!

    I play Celtic (& elvish!) Harp, and have learned a wee bit of Scots Gaelic …

    Several lines, in longing for the mist covered mountains of home, traditional, Chì Mi Na Mordheanna
    Chì mi na sgoran fo cheò
    *will see /I/ the peaks/ under/ midst)
    Cuirear orm fàilte ‘sa chànain a thuigeas mi
    * will be put /on me /welcome / in the language/ was born in/ I
    Is fanaidh mi tacan le deòin
    * and/will stay/ I/ a while /with /willingness

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