Disability and Elderly Issues

Using You Tube videos to show my life from a mobility device perspective

This  week I used the video camera on my iPhone and iPad to show my daily travels on my Amigo Mobility scooter.







Using software on a digital telephone switch capable of serving 100,00 customers to provide call centers with a direct link to computer files

For three years as a senior technical writer for Northern Telecom, I specialized in a product that links a telephone switch to computer files. In a physician’s office, for example, CompuCall provides the doctor with a patient’s records. Provision takes place when the caller ID number of the patient appears. The doctor then instantaneously is looking at your chart before you say, Hello.

Right now, I am posting marketing material I wrote on CompuCall. Then after scanning, I will display more hard core documentation; such as a study of wideband and voice capability within a sophisticated digital telephone switch.


Labor Day Tribute to Eugene Debs, one of this country’s greatest progressive leaders

While there is a lower class I am in it;
While there is a criminal element I am of it;
While there ‘s a soul in prison I am not free.

–from Walls and Bars by Eugene Victor Debs, the great labor leader’s only published book

Mary Reilly Nichols inspired me with her Facebook tribute today:

“Happy Labor Day Everyone!

“‘I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.'”
– Labor leader and Union organizer Eugene Debs 1855-1926

Courtesy of the Clarence Darrow Digital Collection here is Deb’s 224 page book in its entirety.


What I admire most about Debs is his opposition to World War I

Here is an excerpt from Debs’ anti-War Canton Ohio speech  made on June 16, 1918. This speech so inflamed President Woodrow Wilson that Wilson arranged for Debs’ 10 year sentence in the Atlanta Federal Prison. From Prison Debs was the first candidate for President of the United States to run as a convicted felon from Prison. Debs received more than a million votes in the General Presidential election while serving in prison. The winner Warren G. Harding, as Republican as they come, ironically signed the pardon freeing Debs.

Here is the Canton speech excerpt:

Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. But they themselves did not go to war any more than the modern feudal lords, the barons of Wall Street go to war.

The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles.

The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another’s throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell.

The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.

They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people…

Yours not to reason why;

Yours but to do and die.

That is their motto and we object on the part of the awakening workers of this nation.






Disability and Elderly Issues

The Mirror Scene – Duck Soup 1933







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Chicago Manual of Style and American Psychological Association Manual can help you complete your dissertation more quickly
You Chicago Manual of Style and American Psychological Association Manual can help you complete your dissertation more quickly


Featured in the Seminar

Contributing to the seminar and providing assistance with dissertation research will be Angela R. Davis, Engineering Library Liaison.

Angela R. Davis, Engineering Department Library Liaison
Angela R. Davis, Engineering Department Library Liaison

Advice on how to complete your doctoral dissertation more quickly

  1. Limit the scope of your work. The trouble with having a topic that fascinates you is you want to make it as complete and thoroughly researched as possible. The danger here can be found is the popular English expression: “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” The expression can refer to a hungry person ordering more food for lunch than can be eaten. This is relevant because doctoral themes in the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State as elsewhere can take a lifetime to research and write following the strict rules for academic publication.
  2. Examine your project and consider your ambitions. Your dissertation begins a major effort. To successfully defend a dissertation, your committee does not require you to be an expert on everything related to the subject. The committee simply wants you to make a contribution to the knowledge base. “Knowledge base” may not be the best phrase, but in academia the concept is clear and definable. A successful dissertation is one that adds something new to a clearly defined subject. Instead of regarding your dissertation as making or breaking your career, think of the dissertation as creating a foundation. It is praiseworthy if completion (to continue with construction imagery) means you have designed a basement that will support the building that is in effect your career. A reexamination of your goals will make it easier to enjoy your work. It is easier to complete when you enjoy what you are doing. Enjoyment is easier to obtain when the subject is modest and you can envision as early in the process as possible what is required to COMPLETE.
  3. Believe in your talent at least as much as Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering believes in you.


Test question: What grammatical error did I make in the title of this post?


Helpful song

Rex Harrison sings about the various ways in which English is pronounced. Here we focus on the varieties of written expression. Most notable are the requirements for formal English . Hence, the usefulness of the Chicago Manual of Style as a widely-respected resource for providing the rules and explaining them.


What is a style guide?

How will a style guide help you with your dissertation?

Wikipedia on Style Guides: “A style guide establishes and enforces style to improve communication. To do that, it:


Let us take a look at how these two style manuals can help you with their dissertation.


The first manual is the Chicago Manual of Style

Wikipedia writes: “The Chicago Manual of Style….is a style guide for American English published since 1906 by the University of Chicago Press. Its sixteen editions have prescribed writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. It is “one of the most widely used and respected style guides in the United States.” The Chicago Manual of Style deals with editorial practice, from American English grammar and use to document preparation.”


Here is a Penn State Library link that gives you The Chicago Manual of style on line:

“This edition also features an introduction to Unicode, the international computing standard for letters and symbols. As in the past, the manual notes conventions and practices that are specific to American English, and points the reader to other guides such as The Oxford Manual of Style (Ritter, 2002) (RR 2003/428) for assistance with British English.”


A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers.



Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Using the Penn State Library's master search engine CAT to find this manual
Using the Penn State Library’s master search engine CAT to find this manual

Graduate students are best advised to have this manual close at hand when writing your dissertation. The rules require you to format citations within the document rather than using footnotes. The earlier you understand academic requirements for on-line citations, the easier your life will be. The American Psychological Association Manual is the best resource on on-line citations. Then, converting to the style requirements of academic publications such as the Journal of Architectural Engineering would be child’s play; in my case grandfather’s play.

Zotero GUI for accessing style manuals
Zotero GUI for accessing style manuals




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