Steve Wozniak

If you ever get a chance to hear Steve Wozniak speak, go!

Tuesday while I was visiting Florida, I got to hear Wozniak speak at University of Northern Florida. I loved how energetic and approachable he was. I knew he was one of the geniuses who created Apple Computer. But I learned a lot more:

  • He is incredibly down to earth, which freed him to make life changes like dedicating himself to teaching 5th grade after making a fortune.
  • He is the real deal when it comes to passion and following your bliss.
  • He was able to deal with difficult personalities because he never argues. He doesn’t believe in it because most likely the other person just isn’t going to give up their stand. So he concentrates on doing his thing and not focusing on conflict.
  • He’s quite forgetful when he’s caught up with an idea. At least three times he’d start talking and get excited and then ask “What was your question?”
  • His only career goal was to be a software engineer. He likes making new things. He has no interest in management, power or finance. So you can be humble and succeed.
  • Hewlett Packard (HP) rejected the idea of the Apple computer five times when Wozniak was working for them. Finally, he got the lawyers to release the idea, which they thought was crazy because consumers would never want a computer in their homes.
  • They didn’t work out of a garage very much. They mainly worked in Steve’s home and did some shipping from the garage. They hired an ad agency and the agency decided to create a myth to launch the company.

Some of the same information is contained in the interview above, but not all.


This semester I’m taking a government documents class and here’s my first round of research answers:

1. Look at the newspaper and find which agencies are involved in a front page story.

Monday’s newspaper had a story on China and cyber security as a lead story under US News. The article refers to:

Segal, A. (2016, February 1). Why China Hacks the World. Retrieved from on February 1, 2016.

2. Which agencies have leading and which have secondary roles in disaster such as a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or tsunami?

To find out which agencies have a role in relief efforts after a natural disaster, I checked the U.S. Government Manual (, but didn’t find a clear document

I expected the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( to top the list, but it wasn’t. FEMA’s website did not provide much background information, but their mission is to manage disasters such as the Flint, MI water crisis, tornados, hurricanes and more.

On I found George W. Bush’s Executive Order on Improving Assistance for Disaster Victims ( which lists several secondary agencies under the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA. Furthermore another search yielded Connecticut’s Natural Disaster Plan, which can be used as an example of how disaster relief is organized within a state.

A chat with an information specialist at resulted in getting this document (, which seemed thorough and easy to read, but rather old.

For emergencies in Illinois, I found by starting at GovSpot ( which was listed on a UICU Lib Guide. I would share the emergency management agency for whichever state I worked in with a patron asking about this topic.

3. You’re asked about a new government report on global warming but don’t know more about it. Where would you look for the report?

To find out more about a new government report on global warming, I would take the following steps:

I. Search online for more newspaper articles on the new report using “global warming,” “global change” and “climate change” as keywords.
II. Use our textbook to see which agencies cover global warming. I found on pages 285-288 that in addition to the Environmental Protection Agency ( these agencies have a mission to study climate change:
a. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency:
b. US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP):
Since USGCRP aggregates several government agencies that handle climate change, I would expect to find the report under its “Publications” heading.
III. If I didn’t work at a Federal Depository library and still hadn’t found the report, I would call the closest one, e.g. Northwestern University after locating its phone number from

From The Forthsyte Saga to Downton Abbey

up downUpstairs and Downstairs: British Costume Drama Television from “The Forthsyte Saga” to “Downton Abbey”  ($70 hard cover, $69.99 ebook so get it from your library) edited by James Leggott and Julie Anne Taddeo offers readers a means of considering their favorite imported shows with a slice of the scholarly. While the essays can be pedantic, none were hard to read and most made me consider new aspects of my favorite shows. I enjoyed the essays that examined Downton Abbey fanfiction, how shopping was glamorized and career women were portrayed in Mr Selfridge and The Paradise, and how something horrible (spoiler below*) was depicted and received in Poldark I didn’t read every essay, but no one has to. Pick and choose as you wish. The article by Andrea Schmict on Downton Abbey fanfiction has enticed me to explore to see if there are any gems worth reading.

(I tend to expect fan fiction to be poorly written and not worth my time, but according to Schmidt there is some good writing to be found online. I don’t want to be a snob so I’ll read some. Share any suggestions below)

*Spoiler alert


Poem of the Week

Wild Nights

Emily Dickinson

Wild nights – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile – the winds –
To a Heart in port –
Done with the Compass –
Done with the Chart!
Rowing in Eden –
Ah – the Sea!
Might I but moor – tonight –
In thee!

Sepia Saturday

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Domestic Servant in the Nineteenth Century

These kitchen-inspired paintings are part of the digital library “Below the Stairs” that I’m working on for a library class. Right now we’re just getting our documents up but it will soon have 100 items including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, images and editorials. More be up there soon.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant


On the way to the Silk Market, Beijing


D.J., Jinan, China


At the Shedd Aquarium

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts.

Other great photos:

This week’s film lesson

I’m learning so much from Tony Zhou’s short videos on film. This one on Buster Keaton prompted me to get a Keaton DVD from the library. In this “Every Frame a Picture” video, Zhou’s included snippets from Studs Terkel’s interview with Keaton, which you can listen to in its entirety here on Media Burn.

Keaton’s voice just doesn’t comport with what I’d imagine.

Mr. Thank You


Arigato-san or Mr. Thank You in English is a simple, rather slow-moving film that shows Japan in the depression of The hero, Arigato-san is a bus driver known up and down his rural route as “Mr. Thank You” because he yells a cheery “Thank you!” to everyone he passes on the road.

The plot isn’t much and this isn’t a film for anyone who needs action, even the usual dose of action. However the film does make an impact at the end. Mr. Arigato is the epitome of kindness. He stops whenever someone flags him down. Then he’ll carry messages to relatives down the road or pick up items for people who ask him to. As usual, the level of service in Japan is and was astounding.

On the bus are a mother who’s taking her pretty young daughter to the city to sell her to a brothel (not a fancy geisha house, a brothel of which there were plenty), a chatty citified woman who smokes and drinks and shares her flask liberally with her fellow passengers, a fuddy-duddy salesman who looks very successful and leers and the young women, and an array of short term riders from the countryside.

One cultural note that struck me was that one couple who were off to attend a wedding got right off the bus and decided to walk rather than share a bus with someone who was going to a wake. That would have bad luck for their relative who was getting married. The film is striking in how clearly it shows the poverty in Japan in 1936.

All in all, Mr. Thank You isn’t a must see and even though it’s just 57 minutes long it did drag for me. Probably when it came out, a Japanese audience would have no complaints about the pace. If you have a keen interest in Japanese culture or film history, this is worth seeing.

Poem of the Week

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 97

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
And yet this time remov’d was summer’s time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem’d to me
But hope of orphans and unfather’d fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.

Downton Abbey, S6, Ep 3 & 4

End of ep 4

I’m a bit behind in my musings on Downton Abbey.  The major events in episode 3 were Carson & Mrs. Hughes’ wedding. After a kerfluffle over what the ever-practical Mrs. Hughes would wear (she didn’t want to make a big deal about a dress and thus had no pretty, let alone elegant dresses), Elsie Hughes looked lovely in a coat that Cora wound up giving her. The trouble before the wedding reached its pinnacle when Cora, who had a headache from arguing with the dowager, discovered Anna, Mrs. Patmore and Mrs. Hughes all in her bedroom trying on one of her coats that Mary said she could wear. Cora through an out-of-character fit, but then Mary hadn’t explained or asked and it did look like a trespass over social boundaries. Soon Cora, true to form, apologised and wound up graciously giving Mrs. Hughes a gorgeous, embroidered coat that perfectly matched the plain dress Mrs. Patmore had ordered from a catalog. How lucky!

Edith took the reigns at the magazine. She sacked the complaining editor and worked all night to get the edition out. She lucked into meeting an attractive male acquaintance who asked her for drinks and then wound up staying up all night to help her with the magazine. How much cleaner than saving the pigs! Does that make it more or less romantic? What happened to Mary’s pig-beau?

Anna continued to have pains and fears of a miscarriage. The family elders continued to bicker over plans for the hospital and once again Thomas had a semi-comical, semi-sad Chekoves-que job interview at a big estate in decline. In the final scene I’m sure I wasn’t alone in rejoicing that Tom and Sybie have returned to Downton for good! (We could have guessed since Tom has been shown in promotional interviews and photos.)

Episode 4

Mr & Mrs. Carson were on their honeymoon for most of the episode. Several characters mentioned how hard it would be to call Mrs. Hughes Mrs. Carson. That little problem was solved at the end when everyone agreed that at the house she’d be Mrs. Hughes.

The squabbling over the hospital continued. Violet called in an aristocratic friend to assist her in her cause. Unfortunately, Lady Shackleton flip-flopped at the dinner party. Her main use proved to be that she brought her nephew, Henry, who is one of Mary’s suitors from last season.

Anna felt she was about to miscarry, so late at night Mary whisked her off to London via York, where the super Royal York Hospital with all it’s nifty skill and technology is. Hmm. Well, it worked out because Mary got to have cocktails with Henry and flirt a bit. Anna was okay and had a procedure that saved the baby. Still I wouldn’t want to take a train trip lasting I’d guess a few hours when I was miscarrying. Seems the last thing a woman would want to do would be to be on a train.

Daisy, who’s very eager to see that Mr. Mason get the house and farm that the Drewes have vacated since Mrs. Drewes kidnapped Edith’s daughter Marigold (what was she thinking?), almost sabotaged her job. She’s gotten to be quite a firebrand. She took Cora’s interest in Mr. Mason and a vague comment that Cora would see what she could do as a promise. When she hears a rumour that Mr. Mason won’t get the the land, Daisy works herself into a frenzy that culminates in her determination to tell off Cora. Every single servant urges her to calm down, to watch it, to wait and hope for the best, but Daisy obstinately ignores. At the pinnacle of her rage, Daisy storms upstairs. She’s willing to put her job on the line. Fortunately, before she can irrationally lash out against Cora, the Crawley’s tell her that they’ve decided that (although it’s not a great financial decision) they’re giving Mr. Mason the farmland. I doubt there was a luckier character on the show than Daisy at this time.

My favourite part of the show was when Gwen, who in the first season was a maid who with Sybil’s help became a secretary, showed up at Downton. She came with her husband, an aristocrat. When she arrived Thomas and Anna recognised her. The family members didn’t. Thomas, full of envy, blustered about how Gwen prospered, but he’s working in the same house in 1925 that he was in 1912 (or earlier). When serving, Thomas spilled the beans and got Gwen to reveal that she had been a kitchenmaid at Downton. While Thomas tried to embarrass her, Gwen regaled the family with stories of how dear Sybil helped her get the education and job that propelled her into the workforce and how that ties into her current association with a new woman’s college, Hillcroft. All the Crawley women now fully support this novel idea to educate women who need to work.

Baxter, Cora’s lady’s maid, is called upon to agree to testify against the man who urged her to steal from her previous employer. At first she was reluctant, but Mr. Mosley convinced her that if she didn’t other women would probably be tricked by him and would end up in jail or as prostitutes (that’s what has happened to some of women he’d conned).

Odds and Ends

  • Tom wants to do something more than just be the agent for the estate. He’s got an inkling that it may have to do with racing cars.
  • Mary and Henry met in London and romance may bud there, again.
  • Quite a few people–Anna, Robert, and Violet–experienced some kind of health worries or aliments. Will this mean that down the line the Crawley’s may actually need that new hospital with all it’s modern equipment and knowledge.
  • Violet made a good speech on how when government gets into an area, people lose power and autonomy. Typically, I don’t buy that line of thought, but Violet was quite convincing.
  • As usual the dresses were amazing.



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