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