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Screen Testing

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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Mar 24, 2017

It's our first (and possibly not our last) visit to Craggy Island, as we take apart arguably the finest episode of Father Ted, in which our heroic priests do battle with a randy milkman and a bomb on a milkfloat.

Discover how every mishap in the episode is a direct result of Ted's inability to communicate clearly, join our contest to find the best use for a brick, we analyse the priests' five possible solutions to the bomb problem, and learn which joke Neil took 19 years to get.

Among our many distractions, we discuss how many films make a franchise, we learn Dan's connection to Victor Meldrew, Neil drunk-dials Will Self, and there's a particularly dubious rendition of "My Lovely Horse".

Mentioned in this episode:

Our next episode will be about the STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and we'll be recording it LIVE at TestBash Brighton!

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Intro music: Father Ted main theme
Outro music: The Divine Comedy - Songs of Love (Theme from Father Ted)

Mar 10, 2017

Join the Screen Testers' first full-length episode, as we discuss the Berg/Wahlberg movie which inspired the podcast. It's a disaster film with a uniquely testing twist, as we analyse the events that led up to the catastrophe. We investigate the culture of miscommunication, debate how we know when testing is completed, the importance of quality in a safety-critical environment, and how false positives/negatives can blight automation.

Along the way, we'll debate foreshadowing, alarm clock precision, jump-scares, and whether Kriss Akabusi holds the key to surviving a catastrophe.

For a wordier version of this episode, check out Neil's companion blog post - Screen Testing preview: Deepwater Horizon

Further reading/viewing:

Next time, we'll be tackling the SPEED 3 episode of Father Ted - see you in a fortnight!

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Intro music: Steve Jablonksy - Hope Is Not A Tactic
Outro music: Gary Clark Jr. - Take Me Down

 

Feb 24, 2017

It's introduction time: join Neil and Dan as they take you through a potted history of their experiences with testing, movies, and podcasting. Learn about Arnie's movie debut; the episode you'll never hear; and discussion on the statute of limitations for spoilers. Hear it before it gets awarded the Golden Poddy™!

Podcasts that we name-checked that are undoubtedly better than ours:
Testing in the Pub
Let's Talk About Tests, Baby
How Did This Get Made?
Bad Puns and Machine Guns
James Bonding
Radio Free Skaro
Verity
Wittertainment
Empire Film Podcast
Movies You Should See

Our rules: a first draft!

  • If a film/show is in the episode title, expect spoilers for that.
  • If we name-check random films/shows in an episode, we'll try to avoid spoilers.
  • Episodes will usually be under 30 minutes in length.
  • Episodes will be released fortnightly on Fridays.
  • We want guests! Got a film you love, or want to discuss? Drop us a line - we'll take care of everything.

We'll be back in two weeks for Episode 1: DEEPWATER HORIZON.

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Intro music: Pearl and Dean Theme
Outro music: Goldbug - Whole Lotta Love

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