My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And V is Vibrant: V is for Vertigo, Verso-Rhyme and Volume Testing
Today marks the beginning of Children’s Book Week 2019. And it is an important one too – the 100th anniversary celebrations, in fact! This is one week I have always enjoyed writing about. And have a whole Pinterest board devoted to this. While I have fallen behind quite a few days for my April challenges (this here is the post for the letter V and day 24, while today should have been letter Y and day 29), I hope to wrap up tomorrow with letter Z. And focus on Children’s Book Week for the rest of the week.
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V is Vibrant: V is for Vertigo
Hitchcock – his name brings to mind some of the best movies made as well as some of our favorites as well. Whether it is watching ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ on TV (reruns over and over again) or watching Birds or ‘To Catch a Thief’ in the really beautiful Stanford theater during a Hitchcock special, we never tire of him. I do have a couple of Hitchcocky things left to do on my list:
- take any one of the many Hitchcock tours of the city with the Golden Gate
- read (all) the books that his movies are based on
- watch all the movies (if I have missed any at this point)
I picked this book because of the movie. So, yes this is one of those books I knew about only after watching the movie but that did not dampen the thrill of reading it. Maybe it has been a while since I watched the movie; or most likely it is because the book is good, really good!
The duo Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau co-wrote this book -originally titled D’entre Les Mortes (From Among the Dead). This was later published as Vertigo. The novel is set in war-time Paris, and tells the story of obsessive love; but oh so brilliantly. If you have watched the movie, you should still read the book. Like most other book to movie adaptations, there are differences; and you will appreciate the book (as well as the movie) for those differences.
To sum it up: A thriller with a twist that you will definitely love, regardless of whether you have seen the movie or not!
And if you do want to read it for yourself, I found it online in the archive.org website though you need to become a member and borrow it, like you would from any library. And it is really cool to read these scanned book prints online 🙂
If you would rather buy a copy for yourself, you can use this link to order one for yourselves 🙂
Hitchcock is a master – no question about it. And Vertigo is one of his best masterpieces. We watched it and loved it for many reasons:
- it was Hitchcock, after all
- Jimmy Stewart
- San Francisco
- and it is at the top of many best films list, including #1 at this one
The movie is pretty faithful to the book but for some key elements; location, time-period, and a couple more – including some characters that make their appearance in the movie that are not in the book, as well as twists and turns that astound the viewer differently from the book. Hitchcock takes the story and gives it his own clever twists; the changes were brought about by a couple of reasons – the book is darker, for one; and some aspects would not have passed muster or approval in the Hollywood of that era. But Hitchcock, being Hitchcock, still produced a brilliant, brilliant film!
Misc. reading on this I enjoyed:
- If you have read the book and watched the movie, this comparison is simply a wonderful read
- Roger Ebert’s review of the movie
The Question: The Book or the Movie
This is another toughie for me. I love Hitchcock; and as I stated – this is one of his major masterpieces. But I also loved the book, even though I read it after the amazing movie. So this is one where I loved both equally.
V is Vibrant: V is for Verso-Rhyme
What is the verso-rhyme poetic form and how to write it?
The verso-rhyme is one of many invented forms by L. Ensley Hutton. Looking at the wonderful resource – Poetry Magnum Opus, I found two other forms attributed to Hutton called the Ripple-Echo and the Lyra-Chord. Don’t all these names sound cool? I will be checking out those forms sometime in the future.
As for the verso-rhyme, it is written on a subject the poet feels emphatic and enthusiastic about, and can keep going on it for a few lines (eight, in fact) keeping in mind the syllabic structure and rhyming, and then end in an exclamation!
So the verso-rhyme’s features are:
- it is an octastich, a verse unit/poem of eight lines
- it has a syllabic count of 6-4-6-4-6-4-6-4
- the rhyming structure looks like xaxbxaxb, where x is unrhymed
- there is no punctuation at all, until the exclamation at the very end!
My Example Verso-rhyme:
Rhyming (i)et al(l)
Rhyming is exhausting
hard work indeed
but what fun it is too
to play with words
as we try to rhyme and
when we succeed
it’s wonderfuler than
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites
V is Vibrant: V is for Volume Testing
Volume Testing refers to testing a software application or product with a certain amount of data, typically larger volumes of data, to ensure that the application can accommodate the same. As we use any software, the amount of data increases with time and the application needs to be able to handle the increasing volumes of data efficiently and effectively.
So, it is a non-functional testing focusing on testing the software/product with large data sets to ensure it can handle real-world usage.
Additional reading resources:
Wrapping up the V post
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
– Jim Davis
If only that were enough and true – I am talking about the quote above! But well, I need to eat more than dessert to be healthy, wealthy and wise; and to be able to complete this already grossly running-late-on challenge in time. So fingers crossed – well I need them uncrossed to type faster – but you know what I mean 🙂
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.