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O is Original: O is for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ovillejo and Orthogonal Array

My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And O is Original: O is for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ovillejo and Orthogonal Array Testing
one flew over the cuckoos nest, ovillejo, orthogonal array
Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the extraordinary. Outside lies unprogrammed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.” 
― John Stilgoe (outdoors)

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Entertainment Corner

O is Original: O is for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The Book and The Movie:

I read the book after the movie, I think. I both read the book and watched the movie in my late 20s. And both of them left an impression on me. The book is simply put, original, one-of-a-kind, outstanding; while the movie is brilliant in its actors, worthy of its Oscars. Believe me, that last O in the last sentence – Oscars was unintentional – it just happened to be true of this movie!

If I had watched the movie after reading the book, I am not sure if I would have liked it(the movie) as much (well, not sure really). But given I did the opposite, I loved them both. Granted, as with all books made into movies, again there are things left out, changed and added.

Some interesting facts about the book and the movie can be found here.

The Question: The Book or the Movie:

I read the book and was wowed by it; I watched the movie (first) and was floored by the acting. So this one is a close call and I have to say – I am right in the middle for this book vs movie.

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To order the book and/or the movie, click on the links below:

Book:  Amazon|| Book Depository || Target|| Barnes and Noble 

Movie:  Amazon||  Barnes and Noble 


Poetry Corner

O is Original: O is for Ovillejo

What is the Ovillejo poetic form and how to write it?

The ovillejo is a Spanish poetic form that means “tight little bundle.” It was made popular by Miguel de Cervantes in the 1600s. It is a 10-line poem organized into two stanzas. The first stanza is made up of 3 rhyming couplets (with one long and one short line each) followed by a quatrain. The last line is a “redondilla,” a “little round” that collects all three of the short lines.

The first line of each couple is eight syllables long while the second one is three to four syllables long. The lines of the quatrain are all eight syllables long (and as mentioned earlier, the last line combines lines 2, 4, and 6).

So, the Ovillejo:

  • has 10 lines
  • three rhyming couplets followed by a quatrain
  • rhyme scheme (aabbcc cddc) and syllable count(8-4-8-4-8-4 8-8-8-12) as below
    • 1. xxxxxxxa  —- 8
    • 2. xxxa        —- 4
    • 3. xxxxxxxb —- 8
    • 4. xxxb      —- 4
    • 5. xxxxxxxc —- 8
    • 6. xxxc    —- 4
    • —sestet ends/quatrain begins —
    • 7. xxxxxxxc —- 8
    • 8. xxxxxxxd —- 8
    • 9. xxxxxxxd —- 8
    • 10. L2, L4, L6(c) —- 12
  • An excellent resource for the ovillejo can be found here

My example Ovillejo:

Ribbing Siblings

Who brings smiles upon my face sad?
                       My lass, my lad

What brings some sadness to my heart?
                      When they’re apart

What feelings for me, my brother?
                     Miss each other

Each thinks the other a bother –
Prank playing, tail pulling and name
calling; even so, all the same
                    My lass, my lad, when they’re apart, miss each other
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites

“Sometimes, the most productive thing that you can do is to step outside and do nothing… relax and enjoy nature.” 
― Melanie Charlene (outdoors)

QA Corner

 O is Original: O is for Orthogonal Array Testing

What is Orthogonal Array Testing?

Orthogonal Array Testing Strategy (OATS) is defined as a type of software testing strategy that uses Orthogonal Arrays especially when the system to be tested has huge data inputs.  Orthogonal arrays are super-useful – used in statistics, cryptography, software testing, and medical research, among other uses.

OATS is, simply put, a test case selection strategy that helps increase the efficiency and effectiveness of testing. How does it do so? In some test scenarios, the total number of permutations of possible tests are huge and every single permutation simply cannot be tested. OATS helps identify a reduced set of tests that are manageable and highly effective, high-priority, highly efficient tests.

While I understand this is not enough of an introduction, I point out additional resources below. Studies also point to another test design strategy that seems better suited to software testing than OATS, though OATS has still quite a few uses all around. I discovered OATS as part of this A-Z journey and am looking forward to learning more about it, just because….

Additional Reading Resources (for OATS and related strategies):

Wrapping up the O post

“A good roast of sun, it slows you, lets you relax–and out here if there’s anything wrong, you can see it coming with bags of time to do what’s next. This is the place and the weather for peace, for the cultivation of a friendly mind.” 
― A.L. Kennedy, Day (outdoors)

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11 thoughts on “O is Original: O is for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ovillejo and Orthogonal Array

  1. I enjoy reading the A-Z challenge posts, it always makes me think of a word! Today I thought of overjoyed for the “O” word. It was just the first word that popped in my head. As for One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, I loved that movie and Jack Nicholson.

  2. I don’t remember if I saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest or not, now I have to find it and watch it for sure. I didn’t know it was also a book. Another one to add to my reading list. Once again, I enjoy your poetry explanation, still don’t think I’m jumping in that pool, but learning about different poems is fun. Glad you’re about caught up, I’m still a tad behind, but will get there.

  3. I literally just watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest for the first time recently. It was pretty good! We also watched some of his other movies. It’s interesting to see the movie and know all the movie references!

  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was such an amazing movie! Left an impression on me as well. I haven’t the read the book yet – but now you got me thinking! I will definitely rewatch and read it.

  5. I love Jack Nicholson but I have never seen this movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Hope it’s available on Netflix. I would love to watch it this weekend. Thank you for this nice review. You really picked my interest.

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