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Screen Testing

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Neil Studd and Dan Billing bring you a fortnightly movie podcast with a software testing spin. We'll be looking for bugs in the plot, and comparing how the films compare to real-life experiences we've faced in the world of testing!

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Neil Studd and Dan Billing bring you a fortnightly movie podcast with a software testing spin. We'll be looking for bugs in the plot, and comparing how the films compare to real-life experiences we've faced in the world of testing!

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Screen Testing

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Neil Studd and Dan Billing bring you a fortnightly movie podcast with a software testing spin. We'll be looking for bugs in the plot, and comparing how the films compare to real-life experiences we've faced in the world of testing!

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Rank #1: Ep 24: Sully

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We're back from a brief hiatus with - unbelievably - a film which actually deeply relates to testing! We're joined by Mark Tomlinson, who brings his own experiences of dealing with the National Transportation Safety Board, to discuss a film about a remarkable moment of true-life heroism, and the decisions that we make in the heat of the moment.

The events of the movie give us a chance to get into in-depth discussions about the challenges of testing within regulated industries, developing risk mitigation strategies in life-critical environments, debugging/monitoring, and whether quality is a team effort.

There are remarkably few distractions, although we get into some meta-discussion about whether it was correct to portray the NTSB as pantomime villains, a general critique of Clint Eastwood's agenda, a surprising number of references to metallurgy, and we give Mark an introduction to 1980s UK gameshows.

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Twitters: @MarkOnTask @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails:screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Christian Jacob - Sully Suite Outro music: Christian Jacob - Flying Home (Sully's Theme)

Jun 01 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #2: Ep 23: Speed

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Pop quiz, hotshot! You want to record a new podcast episode, but you also want a break from some of the darker plots that you've talked about recently. Plus, you're snowed-in at home. What do you do? Dan and Neil decide not to shoot the hostage, but to instead kick back with a discussion about Speed.

In an episode recorded at the beginning of March (hence some timeline discrepancies and weird Oscar predictions), they find many parallels with Die Hard, and manage to work-in a surprising number of testing elements, including setting/reviewing acceptance criteria, pairing in the workplace, communicating information, and using psychology to analyse a situation.

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Films and TV shows mentioned:

  • Die Hard 2
  • The Thing
  • Pingu
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control
  • The Net
  • The Lake House
  • Jurassic Park
  • Twister
  • Independence Day
  • Die Hard
  • Black Rain
  • The Hunt For Red October
  • Basic Instinct
  • The Jewel Of The Nile
  • The Matrix
  • Point Break
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • The Haunting
  • Under Siege
  • Equilibrium
  • Minority Report
  • Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  • Tomb Raider (2018)
  • The Rock
  • Swordfish
  • The Martian
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • The Corner
  • The Wire
  • Lenny The Wonder Dog
  • I, Tonya
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Lady Bird
  • Game Night
  • The Game
  • The Mercy
  • Finding Your Feet

As hinted near the end, our next episode will be based on the true-life story of SULLY with special guest Mark Tomlinson!

Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Mark Mancina - Speed (Main Title) Outro music: Billy Idol - Speed

Apr 06 2018
42 mins
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Rank #3: Ep 22: The Silence of The Lambs

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We return a little later than planned, as we discuss one of the greatest thrillers of our time, getting into discussions about psychology, interviewing, misogyny and gender politics, and appropriate occasions for purchasing FBI-themed cakes.

We also salvage the best bits of our failed Oscars announcement episode, highlighting a few nominations that we hope will win big, and staking our reputations on a few predictions of our own.

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Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - American Girl Outro music: Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses

Feb 14 2018
50 mins
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Rank #4: Ep 21: La La Land

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We begin 2018 with a discussion of Neil's favourite film of 2017, and a worrying early revelation about Dan's general problems with musicals. But we persevere, and discover not only a few musical gems in Dan's closet, but also a shared appreciation for some of the plot elements in La La Land.

Things get a bit philosophical and introspective as we dig into how we motivate ourselves (and others) when we (or they) suffer setbacks, how we tell our own stories about the world around us, taking the opportunities that come your way, avoiding being paralysed by "what if", and a few of the many screw-ups we've made in our past relationships.

As usual, we get sidelined by literal vs metaphor, fantasy physics, childhood dreams, Neil adopting some of Mia's vocabulary, and using BCC in emails.

At the end we have a very brief discussion about The Last Jedi, which is basically spoiler-free, but if you want to be really careful then you might want to fast-forward a couple of minutes!

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As we discuss in the episode, January is a bit manic, but if all goes to plan then we'll be back with THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in two weeks' time! Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Another Day Of Sun (Instrumental Version) Outro music: City of Stars (Humming)

Jan 12 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #5: Ep 20: Best/Worst of 2017

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As the year draws to a conclusion, Neil and Dan give a rundown of their favourite movies of the past 12 months, and highlight a few festive turkeys.

The show notes are deliberately brief to avoid spoilers, but if you want to see the films which we discussed in YouTube trailer format, there are some playlists linked below.

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Thanks everyone for listening to us this year, and we'll see you on January 12th as (joy of joys) it's finally time for LA LA LAND!

Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com 

Intro music: Pearl and Dean Theme Outro music: Captain Picard sings "Let It Snow"

Dec 14 2017
58 mins
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Rank #6: Ep 19: Home Alone / Die Hard

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In an episode recorded over the course of five hours, your hosts gather at Chez Neil for their own mini Christmas party, with a fine array of mince pies, cheeses and ales, as well as two of their favourite festive movies. The result? A fun and rambling journey which gets increasingly erratic as we continue.

Both nursing sore throats and hangovers from previous nights' office parties, we nevertheless get to all of the important questions, such as why Hans Gruber owns a TARDIS on wheels, which of Macaulay Culkin's traps constitute appropriate force, whether the Nakatomi Corporation employees deserved an externally-hosted Christmas party, how long Kevin McAllister would survive in Die Hard, and which film has the most inept police presence.

There's also a special post-credits treat, as Dan treats us to a reading of A Die Hard Christmas.

Home Alone discussion begins at 6 minutes, and Die Hard commences at 33 minutes.

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We'll be back on December 22nd with our BEST & WORST OF 2017, where a much more sober Neil and Dan will reveal their biggest hits and misses of the year.

Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: John Williams - Home Alone theme Outro music: Vaughn Monroe - Let It Snow (Die Hard closing theme) Post-credits music: Michael Kaman - Ode to Joy (Die Hard version)

Dec 08 2017
59 mins
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Rank #7: Ep 18: Rocky (LIVE!)

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Yo listeners! Another conference means another live episode, as we join you from backstage at TestBash Philadelphia, to talk about Rocky, the only film that we could realistically talk about (despite special guest Keith Klain's best attempts to pitch ludicrous alternatives).

In an episode which isn't sponsored by Ministry of Testing (despite how much it might seem like it is), we discuss some of our favourite TestBash talks, demonstrate some terrible impressions, discuss what the film can teach us about coaching and self-actualisation, and are yet again confounded by inappropriate male advances in movies.

We also name-checked a whole load of conference speakers and organisers, whose Twitter accounts are linked here: Gene Gottimer, Christine McGarry, Kim Knup, Ash Coleman, Sarah Deery, Kate Paulk, Jenny Bramble, Emma Keavney, Gwen Diagram

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Our next episode will be our Christmas Special on December 8th (a week later than normal), when we'll be taking a festive frolic through HOME ALONE and DIE HARD, plus a discussion about the best and worst Christmas films of all-time!

Twitters: @ScreenTesting @KeithKlain @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) Outro music: Bill Conti - Rocky's Reward

Nov 17 2017
46 mins
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Rank #8: Ep 17: Shaun of the Dead

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Come get some! We're talking about Edgar Wright's first film in the Cornetto trilogy, and looking into our own experiences versus the film's portrayal of friendship, house-shares, and relationships. Plus, there's a zombie outbreak, so there's that.

We analyse the strengths and weaknesses of Shaun's zombie survival plan, and how our own plans might differ. We also debate the issues which rage within Shaun's group, applaud the level-headedness of the female sidekicks, and discuss whether threat modelling is an effective tool against the undead. Also, we reveal plans for a huge on-location episode in 2018!

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We'll return in two weeks when we'll be discussing ROCKY, live from Philadelphia, possibly with some special guests!

Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: The Specials - Ghost Town Outro music: Queen - You're My Best Friend

Nov 03 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #9: Ep 16: GoldenEye

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Well, it was inevitable. A trawl through Neil's favourite Bond movie results in an unprecedented level of pedantry, fact-checking and conversational rabbit-holes, as we lean particularly hard into the uncomfortable elements of the movie, including inappropriate remarks in the workplace, the enigma of Boris, and unconvincing love stories.

There's plenty to celebrate though, as your presenters explore their respective histories with the Bond series, the novels, and the GoldenEye 007 game on the Nintendo 64. Dan wants a laser pistol, Neil wants to talk physics, everyone reminisces about trying to connect to the internet in the 1990s, and for a change there are some valuable insights from the director's commentary.

It's a time for heroes, as Dan's tonsillitis battles through our longest-ever recording session, and Neil somehow manages to edit over three hours of material into a sub-2hr podcast. (If you've got a well-stocked liquor cabinet, the original tapes are available on request.)

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We'll be back in a fortnight for a much shorter episode about SHAUN OF THE DEAD, hope you'll join us then!

Twitters: @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Tina Turner - GoldenEye Outro music: Eric Serra - Experience of Love

Oct 20 2017
1 hour 54 mins
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Rank #10: Ep 15: WarGames

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After finally overcoming the communication problems associated with talking to the other side of the world, we're joined by Mike Talks for a discussion about WarGames, the film that did for the 80s what Hackers did for the 90s, yet somehow without feeling anywhere near as dated as the latter.

It's an enjoyable film with plenty to celebrate, and plenty of relevant discussion points including how humans interact with artificial intelligence, and the many obvious security vulnerabilities that are on display. However we don't neglect our duty in highlighting some very disturbing gender roles, and we reluctantly stray onto the topic of Donald Trump.

Along the way, the team talk through their childhood gaming and programming experiences, Mike shares some (non-classified) military IT stories, Dan proposes an unlikely trilogy of technology films, and Neil gets sidetracked by background details as usual.

Oh, and if you've got an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Siri-enabled device in earshot, you're probably going to want to disable its microphone for the duration of this episode. We didn't, and paid the consequences.

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In two weeks, we'll be venturing into the world of James Bond for the first time, to discuss Pierce Brosnan's first outing as 007, GOLDENEYE!

Twitters: @TestSheepNZ @ScreenTesting @TheTestDoctor @neilstudd

Emails: screentestingpod@gmail.com

Intro music: Arthur B. Rubinstein - WarGames Intro Theme Outro music: Arthur B. Rubinstein - Edge of the World

Oct 06 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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