B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too
Kuna Glacier circa 1975

The Kuna Glacier circa 1975. It no longer looks like this.



I Ching Trigrams

"Face it Tim, we’ve broken the sky, and we will have to pay for it.", Martin Cohen

  • Quaternary Geographer
  • Professional Cartographer/Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Park Ranger
  • Database Application Developer (Informix, PostgreSQL, MySQL etc)
  • HTML, CSS, PHP and most recently Drupal Designer
  • Retail Grunt
  • Mark Twain Aficionado

The Paiute Indian War of 1860

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 15:26 -- scott

I had thought I'd pretty much worked out all the narration I wanted for my Mark Twain tour through the Great Basin province of Nevada, from Utah to Carson City. It just needed a few photographs to break up the hour long Google Earth Tour. But from the few comments Twain made in his chapters on this region as well as the histories of the stations along the way I came to realize how large an effect the so call Paiute War played in what Sam Clemens experienced. The white man, or “American” had arrived and had disrupted the ecosystem, which included the Northern Paiute people.

Ruby on Rails Installation on Ubuntu 10.04

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 08:48 -- scott

I'm just making a note to myself on what I had to do to get the rails server to work on my Ubuntu 10.04. Both Ruby and Rails installed without any difficulty but upon issuing the final command , "rails server", I got the frequently reported "../.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p448/gems/execjs-1.4.0/lib/execjs/runtimes.rb:51:in
`autodetect': Could not find a JavaScript runtime. See
https://github.com/sstephenson/execjs for a list of available runtimes.
(ExecJS::RuntimeUnavailable)
from ..."

Overland Coach Stations in Chapter 12 of Roughing It

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 12:18 -- scott

Back in Chapter 9 Mark Twain's narrative of his journey west had entered into Wyoming, approaching the Rocky Mountains. He then spent two chapters devoted to the notorious Jack Slade, division superintendent and vigilante. He begins chapter 12 by describing a Mormon wagon train he passed en route. He reaches the top of the Rocky Mountains at South Pass and then descends the west side eventually arriving in Salt Lake City. I had intended to display an animated map of this journey, as I did with the previous chapters, But I didn't find a suitable base map to use.

Overland Coach Stations in Chapter 2 of Roughing It

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 13:53 -- scott

I have started mapping significant Mark Twain locations from his book Roughing It. The first chapter is merely a dismal riverboat ride from St. Louis to St. Joseph Missouri. I made my first attempt at animated mapping in the video for that chapter. But Chapter 2 has Sam traveling the Overland Stagecoach line out of St. Joseph, across Kansas. http://bscottholmes.com/twain/roughingit/chapter2 He does not mention any stations by name but does say they stop every ten miles or so.

Chapter 11: The Yankee in Search of Adventures

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:01 -- scott
The Demoiselle Alisande la Carteloise, henceforth known as Sandy, arrives at court with an adventure. King Arthur assigns this adventure to Hank. He is to accompany Sandy to a castle far away and free forty-five princesses from three ogres.
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
Dubhna's Treehouse
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
April 19, 2012

A Gazetteer for The Innocents Abroad

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:57 -- scott

A Gazetteer for The Innocents Abroad

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I wanted to experiment with the mapping capabilities of Drupal and what better subject matter than one of Mark Twain's adventures. His first major book and his most successful is The Innocents Abroad. In 1867 he joined the Quaker City Excursion on a steam ship voyage to Europe and Jerusalem. I've plotted all the major points of interest from this expedition and I present them on a chapter by chapter basis as well as provide an overall list of sites. At this moment there are 308 sites plotted. They all having varying amounts of explanatory matter attached. Much work still needs to be done to make this a valuable source though I believe that it is still a valuable tool. The sites plotted are found in the Quaker City Excursion Itinerary of the Mark Twain Project, University of California, Ian Strathcarron's book War and Innocence, Daniel McKeithan's book Traveling with the Innocents Abroad, the 1867 chapter of Mark Twain - Day By Day by David Fears, not to mention a close reading of the book itself, using The Oxford Mark Twain edition.

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