User:James F. Perry
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.
Joan of Arc
- Joan of Arc: A French peasant girl (ca. 1412 – 1431) who led her nation's armies during the Hundred Years' War and became a national heroine and saint.
- Historical perspectives on Joan of Arc: Add brief definition or description
- Rehabilitation trial of Joan of Arc: Add brief definition or description
- Trial of Joan of Arc: Add brief definition or description
- Amish: A Christian people centered mainly in the United States and noted for their rejection of much of modern culture and technology.
- Wisconsin v. Yoder: 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision in which it was held that the constitutional rights of the Amish, under the "free exercise of religion" clause, were violated by the state's compulsory school attendance law.
- Reynolds v. United States: An 1879 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which it was held that a federal statute applied to outlaw polygamy was constitutionally valid.
- Meyer v. Nebraska: 1923 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Nebraska law forbidding the teaching of modern languages other than English to young schoolchildren.
- Encyclical: Pastoral letter from the Pope, usually addressed to the whole Church through the Church hierarchy.
- Humanae Vitae: A 1968 encyclical defining the Roman Catholic Church's position on birth control and contraception.
- Hans Küng: (1928–) Swiss Catholic theologian and participant in the Second Vatican Council.
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- History of the Papacy: Add brief definition or description
- Francis Bacon: (1561-1626) English Renaissance essayist and philosopher who argued that science should proceed empirically, by induction.
- 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.
- Martin Heidegger: 20th century German philosopher who is widely considered to be one of the key figures in the founding of Existentialism.
- John Muir: (1838-1914) U.S. naturalist and conservationist, born in Scotland; founded the Sierra Club.
- Choosing a cat: Process of selecting a cat.
- Musical instrument: An object constructed or used for the purpose of making music.
- 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.
- Louisa May Alcott: (1832-88) American writer; best known for her autobiographical novel Little Women.
- James Fenimore Cooper: (1789-1851) The first major American novelist, most famous for his adventuresome Leather-Stocking Tales set in the American frontier.
- Robert Frost: (1874-1963) American lyric poet who drew his inspiration from nature and the New England countryside.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne: (1804-64) American novelist and short story writer, best known for The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables.
- Washington Irving: (1783-1859) American writer, considered the first American man of letters, best known for his short stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
- Jack London: (1876-1916) American writer of novels and short stories; wrote The Call of the Wild and White Fang.
- John Steinbeck: (1902–1968) One of the best known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century; wrote Grapes of Wrath.
- Henry David Thoreau: (1817-62) New England transcendentalist philosopher, naturalist, and writer; one of key inspirations for the modern conservation movement.
- Walden: Semi-autobiographical, philosophical work (published 1854) by Henry David Thoreau in which he develops his views concerning man's relation to nature in the context of living in a cabin on Walden Pond.
- The New Atlantis: A utopian fantasy by Francis Bacon (1561-1626) set in the fictitious country of Bensalem located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
- Kilt: A knee-length, skirtlike, traditional Scottish garment, usually worn by men as part of Highland attire.
- Kilt accessories: The entire range of items of wearing apparel, from headgear to footwear and everything in between, typically worn with the Scottish kilt.
- Kilt variants: Any of a number of garments in some ways similar to the traditional Scottish kilt, but differing therefrom in some significant fashion.
- 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.
- Practice chanter: A double reed woodwind instrument in appearance like that of a recorder, its main function is as an adjunct to the bagpipe.
- 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.
- 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.
- History of the kilt: Chronology of the development and history of the kilt.
- 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.
- : 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.
- Aboyne dress: The prescribed attire for females in the Scottish national dance competitions which can be seen at Highland Games gatherings.
- 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.
- 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.
- : Supporters of the deposed Stuart line; raised several rebellions, finally crushed at the Battle of Culloden 1746.
- 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.
- : An economically disastrous attempt by Scotland in the 1690s to found an overseas colony at Darien, in Central America.
- 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.
Sports (esp. cycle racing)
- Olympic Games: A quadrennial multi-sport event organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) involving athletes from around the world in both summer and winter sport editions. The summer event was first staged at Athens in 1896 as a revival of the Ancient Olympics; the winter event was first staged at Chamonix in 1924.
- Cycling: The sport, recreational activity and means of transportation of riding a bicycle.
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- Road bicycle racing: Add brief definition or description
- Mountain bike racing: Add brief definition or description
- Amber Neben: (1975 - ) An American cycle racer who has won several major international stage races and is a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic road cycling team.
- Mari Holden: An American cycle racer who won 6 U.S. national cycling championships, an Olympic silver medal, and the World Time Trial Championships.