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T is Tenacious: T is for To Kill a Mockingbird, Tricubes and Testing

My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And T is Tenacious: T is for To Kill a Mockingbird, Tricube and Testing

to kill a mockingbird

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
– Alphonse Karr

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Entertainment Corner

T is Tenacious: T is for To Kill a Mockingbird

My dd’s choice for this letter was ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ but I am yet to see this popular teen movie and also yet to read the book. So I refused her:) unless – she wrote a comparison post for me instead. But since she has not, I picked one of my two choices instead. (Just for those who might want to know, the one I did not pick, not because I like it any less, was ‘To Sir With Love’ by E.R.Braithwaite)

My choice for this letter – ‘ To Kill a Mockingbird’ – makes its appearance on my blog on many top ten lists.

The Book:

While this book has made umpteen appearances on my blog, I have never reviewed it here for some reason. I don’t recall when I first read this book but I do know I read it as an adult. I was pulled into it chapter by chapter until I realized I was at the last page.

A book that made me wonder afresh – with sadness at our society as a whole, at racial prejudices that still stay with us (sadly), and that filled me with hope on the other end that there are people who will do the right thing.

Since this was a book I read a while ago now, I will not presume to review it here. But to give you a perspective on how I feel about it, it has made its way into the top ten lists for

The Movie:

I think I fell in love with Gregory Peck in this movie! He was the perfect embodiment of Atticus Finch, don’t you agree? And if you have not seen the movie, then it is one not to be missed.

The movie, like many other adaptations from books, leaves out a few things and modifies others, but it retains one of the main themes of the book – that of social injustice; and the movie definitely brings home the message of what injustice and racism feels like to the viewer.

The Question: The Book or The Movie:

As I said in one of my earlier posts – This was one book where I loved the movie and the book equally well (Gregory Peck, what can I say?)

But dear reader, if you have not read the book, then do so – now.. and if you have not watched the movie as well, then watch it right after you read the book. Both are experiences worth having.

And if you have read the book as well as watched the movie, how would you vote?

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“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” – Roy T. Bennett

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Poetry Corner

T is Tenacious: T is for Tricube

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

The tricube is oh so mathematical and delights my geeky side. Three times three is what it is all about – three stanzas with three three-syllable lines each! Phillip Larrea, a poet from California, created this poetic form.

So, the Tricube’s main features are:

  • 3 stanzas
  • 3 lines per stanza
  • 3 syllables per line
  • Rhyme scheme and meter left to the poet

My Example Tricubes:

What Is A Tricube?

A tricube?
What is it?
String up three

in lines, then
in stanzas.

That trio
of threes makes
the tricube.
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites

Drive-By Friends
I see them
walking down
those streets each

and every
single day.
Strangers, yet

not so, for
seeing them
brings knownness.
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites

“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” – Author Unknown

QA Corner

T is Tenacious: T is for Testing

Testing – All That it Is..

This whole series has been devoted to QA tech talk, QA as in quality assurance; and the quality of any product is assured, in a major part, by testing it. But that is a rather simplistic way of saying what testing is.

In the words of James Bach – ‘testing is the process of evaluating a product by learning about it through exploration and experiment.’ And as you might have seen from earlier posts in this series, there are many different approaches to testing a product – and each product requires the sum total of some or all of these methods to ensure it is a quality product.

There is black-box and white-box testing; there is testing done at different levels – unit testing, integration testing, system testing; we have testing methodologies – from the Waterfall method to the Agile method to others (like context-driven testing or Rapid Software Testing); there are testing tools that help the testers; and the testers themselves; and that is still not all.

When I started this series, it was on a whim. But as I worked on it, I realized I am learning so much in what I believed I knew quite a bit about! So it has been a lesson in discovering and exploring the familiar world of QA for me.

With that, I will now point you to additional reading for all that is testing (which still will not cover all that is testing but get you started…).

Further reading resources:

Wrapping up the T post

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” – Marcus Aurelius

And like the word I picked for the post title, I am trying to be tenacious and complete this challenge. For those of you who are doing the challenge with me, how are you doing? Let me know… Any tips/suggestions?

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.

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10 thoughts on “T is Tenacious: T is for To Kill a Mockingbird, Tricubes and Testing

  1. I have watched “To all The Boys I’ve Loved Before”. I liked it. And of course, “To Sir With Love” is a classic that we all love, I guess. I have only seen their movie versions though, not read the books yet. As for “To Kill A Mocking bird”, I’ve heard a lot about it, but can’t remember either reading the book or watching the movie.

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  2. I had to read “To Kill a Mockingbird” as a set reading for senior at high school. I enjoyed it. I think we watched the movie as well but I don’t really remember it. I have watched “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and thought it was a lovely movie.

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  3. I’ve read “To Kill a Mockingbird” over and over again. It was there that I had my first crush on a fictitious character. When I was a kid, my crush was for Dill, who just seemed like a magical sort of boy with a big heart for everyone. As an adult, I could fall for Atticus Finch, who seemed like the soul of justice and honor.

  4. When I got to high school they had stopped reading this book and I have never picked it up myself, so I’m afraid it is another book I haven’t read – Nor seen the movie – I really should. Even my son’s have read the book.

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