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R is Radiant: R is for Rapunzel, Rhupunt and Regression

My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And R is Radiant: R is for Rapunzel, Rhupunt and Regression

Rapunzel Rhupunt Regression


The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
– Sydney J. Harris


Entertainment Corner

R is Radiant: R is for Rapunzel

My first choice for R was Rebecca but given that I read the book decades ago and vaguely recall watching the movie, this was not a good choice. My next one was the book made into a movie that I had heard good reviews about – for the book and the movie – Room; but I have neither read the book nor watched this movie (they are on my queues for both). Then I remembered that I do have one that is a family favorite in fact – Rapunzel! So while it is not really a book made into a movie, it qualifies as fiction adapted to the big screen.

The Book:

Rapunzel, as many of you already know, is the story of the girl with the long hair locked up in a tower by an evil witch of the ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair’ fame. The Brothers Grimm adapted this tale for their 1812 collection from a earlier tale of the same name by a German writer named Friedrich Schulz (which was published in 1790). He in turn based his story on a French tale called Persinette (1698) which was influenced by the Italian fairy tale Petrosinella by Giambattista Basile, published in 1634.

The tale took a few turns from the earliest Petrosinella (for one, the wife craved parsley in this version) to the 1812 version (where Rapunzel remarks to the witch that she is not sure why her clothes don’t fit her anymore – she does not realize she is pregnant) to the final 1857 cleaned up version due to public demand (where Rapunzel remarks to the witch that the witch is heavier to pull up than the prince who has been visiting her). 

Note: In all versions, not once does Rapunzel ever think of using her hair to get out of the tower herself 🙂

The Movie:

Disney’s take on Rapunzel – Tangled – is a wonderful rhapsody of songs-that-stay-with-you, slapstick comedy, animal sidekicks that are endearing and goofy, as well as an amazing slew of main (and side) characters who inspire, annoy, and well…. That is it, I am running out of words for that sentence, and good thing too, else it would have turned into a long run-on sentence!

Tangled is definitely one of those animated movies that I have not minded watching many times over (and it has been a FEW times already these past years). The movie is definitely a Disneyfied version of the story; but gloriously so, in this case. I reviewed the movie in an earlier post on my blog here.

The Question: The Book or The Movie:

While I love my fairy tales, and do not normally enjoy when the movie deviates from the original, in this case, I loved it. And I love the movie more than tale that inspired it. Granted, the tale has stood the test of time and this year marks the 200th anniversary of the Grimm Brother’s second edition of this collection; but, the movie changed and shined this little gem to something way more brilliant!

So what about you? Which did you like better? Vote below to pick your choice:

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Poetry Corner

R is Radiant: R is for Rhupunt

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

I wrote about the Hir a thoddaid for the letter H in this series. Like this earlier form I discussed, the rhupunt is one of the 24 codified Welsh poetic forms – the thirteenth one, to be specific. It is pronounced \ ˈrēˌpint\ and is stanzaic.

It is composed of three, four, or five four-syllable sections linked by cynghanedd(harmony in sound) and rhyme; the first three sections rhyme with each other and the fourth section rhymes with the fourth section/line of the next verse/stanza. You can write these sections as a single line or divide the rhyming sections into separate lines, thus making them stanzas.

So, the Rhupunt’s main features are:

  • It is broken down into lines or stanzas (when not broken into stanzas, it is called the rhupunt hir – the long rhupunt, like for the hir a thoddaid) – and has at least two lines or stanzas so the rhyming of the final section is visible too!
  • Each line/stanza has three to five sections with four syllables in each section
  • The first three sections rhyme with each other and this rhyme can be different for each line/stanza
  • The final section of each line or stanza rhymes with the final section of all the other lines or stanzas
  • So the rhyming scheme looks like
    • rhupunt:
      • xxxa
      • xxxa
      • (xxxa)
      • (xxxa)
      • xxxb
      • xxxc
      • xxxc
      • (xxxc)
      • (xxxc)
      • xxxb
      • … and so on
    • rhupunt hir
      • xxxa xxxa (xxxa) (xxxa) xxxb
      • xxxc xxxc (xxxc) (xxxc) xxxb
      • and so on

More reading and h/t:

My Example Rhupunt 🙂

(That first sentence below is so true for me at this time!)

My brain is mush, it needs a push, so it is flush – with words and such.
Perspiration, Inspiration, Desperation – amount to much;
that’s what I heard, at least inferred; now i am stirred – for in my clutch
-es, I do hold, those three things gold, they make me bold – to yield nonesuch! 
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
– Chinese Proverb


QA Corner

R is Radiant: R is for Regression Testing

What is Regression Testing?

Whenever developers make any changes to their software, there is always a chance that something unexpected can happen. A small modification at one line of code can cause an error or any other issue elsewhere in the software. Regression testing is testing done to ensure that all existing functionality works as it should before the changes and that there no new bugs (or that no old bugs reappear) due to the modifications.

Regression Testing is done by re-running (selected subset of) tests on the product to ensure that previously working software still works and no new(or older) issues are found. Changes include bug fixes, configuration updates, functional enhancements, or even hardware changes/updates. If the software/product does not perform/work as expected, this is called a regression.

In today’s Agile world, regression testing becomes doubly important as changes are introduced into the product continuously. So the process of identifying an effective regression test suite makes testing more efficient and smooth; and as a result, the product/application that much more improved.

Further reading resources:

Wrapping up the R post

Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.
– Stephen C. Paul

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