Some random thoughts as I sit here at mid-January of the new year:
- I’ve been reading Walter Isaacson’s newest book Leonardo da Vinci and it’s a fascinating look at how mastery in one discipline or craft such as painting can evolve and become better based on studying other disciplines.
- Based on Isaacson’s own research including Leonardo’s own notebooks, we are presented with the breath and depth of Leonardo’s self teachings. For example Leonardo often considered himself a scientist, engineer, and weapons designer before a painter. He studied birds and flight, motion, water movement and also dissected animals and human cadavers to learn about muscle movement and skeletal structure. All to learn more about the world around him.
- All of this cross discipline research influenced and improved his art. I highly recommend the book!
- I have a Now page, be sure to check it out!
- Late in December I posted on TestingConferences.org the 2016 & 2017 Conference videos that are free to watch. It was interesting reviewing all of those past conferences and then surveying which ones posted public videos. In the /past list we have a variable called “Event Videos” where we post these. For easy reference:
- The State of the Testing Survey is now available. There’s a lot of room for interpretation of the results (and questions) but this is by far the best survey of the testing industry. I always fill this out and I hope you will to!
- The first webinar I’m hosting for AST is coming up. Join us if you haven’t already!