User:James F. Perry

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Education

B.S. cum laude, Astronomy, University of Washington, 1971. Member, Phi Beta Kappa (national scholastic honor society)

Video and photography

I am an amateur videographer / photographer. Among other things, I do a lot of pro bono work for girls' high school sports teams near where I live in Redmond, WA (USA) - Issaquah H.S. girls' soccer (state champions the past two years) and IHS basketball as well as Redmond H.S. fastpitch.

Editing interests, areas of knowledge

The following are Citizendium articles on which I am currently working or have worked on in the past. If the article is underlined, this means the work is essentially complete.

Astronomy

Tycho Brahe

Joan of Arc

Religion

Miscellaneous

  • Developing Article Francis Bacon: (1561-1626) English Renaissance essayist and philosopher who argued that science should proceed empirically, by induction. [e]
  • Developing Article McGuffey Readers: A set of highly influential school textbooks used in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the elementary grades in the United States. [e]
  • Stub Martin Heidegger: 20th century German philosopher who is widely considered to be one of the key figures in the founding of Existentialism. [e]
  • Stub John Muir: (1838-1914) U.S. naturalist and conservationist, born in Scotland; founded the Sierra Club. [e]
  • Choosing a cat: Process of selecting a cat. [e]
  • Developing Article Musical instrument: An object constructed or used for the purpose of making music. [e]
  • Stub Sadiron: A household appliance consisting of a forged block of iron with a flat bottom, used beginning in the 18th century for pressing and ironing, now largely obsolete; the precursor to the modern electric steam iron. [e]

Literature

Scotland

Highland Games

  • Developed Article Kilt: A knee-length, skirtlike, traditional Scottish garment, usually worn by men as part of Highland attire. [e]
  • Developed Article Kilt accessories: The entire range of items of wearing apparel, from headgear to footwear and everything in between, typically worn with the Scottish kilt. [e]
  • Developing Article Kilt variants: Any of a number of garments in some ways similar to the traditional Scottish kilt, but differing therefrom in some significant fashion. [e]
  • Developed Article Belted plaid: A large blanket-like piece of fabric which is wrapped around one's body which was a standard item of men's Highland attire in the 17th century. It is the precursor to the modern kilt. [e]
  • Developing Article Practice chanter: A double reed woodwind instrument in appearance like that of a recorder, its main function is as an adjunct to the bagpipe. [e]
  • Developing Article Highland games: Festivals held throughout the year and in many countries of the world whose purpose is to celebrate the culture and heritage of Scotland and especially the Scottish Highlands. [e]
  • Tartan: A woolen fabric which, in conjunction with the distinctive plaid pattern, is often associated with a particular Scottish clan, and is the working material out of which the traditional Scottish kilt is made. [e]
  • Developing Article History of the kilt: Chronology of the development and history of the kilt. [e]
  • Developed Article Vestiarium Scoticum: A mid-19th century book, now known as a forgery, which purported to be a reproduction of an ancient manuscript on the clan tartans of Scottish families. [e]
  • Great Highland Bagpipe: The Scottish Highlands version of a double reed woodwind instrument whose sound is produced by the manipulation of a bag which holds an air reservoir. [e]
  • Developing Article Aboyne dress: The prescribed attire for females in the Scottish national dance competitions which can be seen at Highland Games gatherings. [e]
  • Developing Article Highland dancing: The national dance of Scotland and one of two basic types of Scottish dancing which can be seen at nearly every modern day Highland games event. [e]

Scottish history

  • Glorious Revolution: (1688 - 89) Largely bloodless events which deposed King James VII and II (of Scotland and England), brought William and Mary to the thrones and established the monarchy on a contract basis. [e]
  • Jacobites: Supporters of the deposed Stuart line; raised several rebellions, finally crushed at the Battle of Culloden 1746. [e]
  • Developing Article Glencoe Massacre: A notorious massacre which brought discredit upon the government of William and Mary and became a battle cry for the Jacobite cause in the Highlands of Scotland. [e]
  • Darien expedition: An economically disastrous attempt by Scotland in the 1690s to found an overseas colony at Darien, in Central America. [e]
  • Developing Article Treaty of Union (1707): The Treaty of Union, which led to the Acts of Union, refers to the joint actions of the parliaments of England and Scotland in 1707 which united the two previously independent countries to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. [e]

Sports (esp. cycle racing)