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

Roughing It - Chapter 11

Fri, 04/08/2011 - 12:08 -- scott
Slade in Montana—"On a Spree"—In Court—Attack on a Judge—Arrest by the Vigilantes—Turn out of the Miners—Execution of Slade—Lamentations of His Wife—Was Slade a Coward?
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
Fate Gardens
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
April 5, 2011

Roughing It - Chapter 10

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 13:21 -- scott
History of Slade—A Proposed Fist-fight—Encounter with Jules—Paradise of Outlaws—Slade as Superintendent—As Executioner—A Doomed Whisky Seller—A Prisoner—A Wife's Bravery—An Ancient Enemy Captured—Enjoying a Luxury--Hob-nobbing with Slade—Too Polite—A Happy Escape
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
Fate Gardens
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
April 5, 2011

Roughing It - Chapter 9

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 23:45 -- scott
Among the Indians—An Unfair Advantage—Laying on our Arms—A Midnight Murder—Wrath of Outlaws—A Dangerous, yet Valuable Citizen
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
The Deck
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
March 31, 2011

Roughing It - Chapter 8

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 11:50 -- scott
The Pony Express—Fifty Miles Without Stopping—"Here he Comes"—Alkali Water—Riding an Avalanche—Indian Massacre
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
The Deck
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
March 31, 2011

Roughing It - Chapter 7

Sun, 04/03/2011 - 00:58 -- scott
Overland City—Crossing the Platte—Bemis's Buffalo Hunt—Assault by a Buffalo—Bemis's Horse Goes Crazy—An Impromptu Circus—A New Departure—Bemis Finds Refuge in a Tree—Escapes Finally by a Wonderful Method
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
The Deck
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
March 31, 2011

Roughing It - Chapter 6

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 12:55 -- scott
The Division Superintendent—The Conductor—The Driver—One Hundred and Fifty Miles' Drive Without Sleep—Teaching a Subordinate—Our Old Friend Jack and a Pilgrim—Ben Holliday Compared to Moses
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
The Deck
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
March 31, 2011

SLClemens an avatar of Mark Twain in Second Life

I've been exploring and fooling around in Second Life (SL) since around February of 2011. I have found much of interest and much silliness as well. I find it to be rather like a carnival mirror of real life, or RL as it is known in SL. I decided I wanted to try to do something creative with this platform. So, I'm experimenting with combining my love of the works of Mark Twain with a particularly interesting phenomena I've found in SL, reading groups. I created an alternate avatar named SLClemens. I found an unusual "skin" for him, an old man, and dressed him in a white suit with a cigar. He is homeless (doesn't own any property in SL) so he must be invited to different venues within SL to do live voice readings. Live voice is one of the mediums used in SL, a story is read aloud through a microphone to an audience of other avatars. These other avatars may or may not leave tips for the performer.

Readings are made from The Oxford Mark Twain, a facsimile edition made from first editions, thus the stories themselves are no longer under copyright. For scholars this edition provides excellent commentary (which is protected). Read a review by R. Kent Rasmussen. Only the stories are read, not the commentaries.

I've received help in this project from a number of people I've met in SL. Most especially: MC2U Miles, who built and operates The Deck. He was the first to recognize the potential for this project and the first to provide a venue for readings. Isablan Neva, a woodland nymph who built and operates the Botanical Gardens Event Center. She provided the second venue SLClemens spoke at and introduced him to Khamon Fate, the builder and operator of the Fate Gardens, SLClemens third venue. I've also enjoyed much support and encouragement from Caledonia Skytower, a reader of tales and associate of the Seanchai Library and Dubhna Rhiadra, a Blackfoot elven celt, storyteller, dancer and pixie.

As SLClemens reads, the audio portion is recorded and can be found here as links to YouTube downloads.

Roughing It
Presented at The Deck and at Fate Gardens
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches
Presented in The Botanical Gardens Event Center and at Fate Gardens

The Jumping Frog collection of readings and the first "book" of Roughing It consist of the voice recordings converted into slide shows using the illustrations found in the editions. Chapters from the second 'book' from Roughing It have been converted into videos produced by editing a screen capture video and spliced in illustrations from the book with the audio track. The audio remains recorded as is with only the "dead air" and other conversations edited out. Liberties have been taken with the video portion. I have no experience in editing film, besides it is the audio portion I'm most interested in presenting. YouTube requires some sort of video and I figured that YouTube is the best place to promote these files. Besides, now you all get to have a glimpse into some of the interesting places in Second Life.

I had initially thought that I should prepare each reading before presenting them. That meant producing an mp3 file of each chapter or sketch beforehand. Then playing the mp3 through a microphone for the actual presentation. I did this for the presentation at The Botanical Gardens on March 15 and at The Deck on March 17. I was not at all satisfied with the results and this feeling was reinforced by Caledonia Skytower, who remarked that she would love to hear it done in live voice. It was all too obvious that a recording was being played. SLClemens has performed the readings live for all subsequent readings. The one exception to this is Chapter 16 of Roughing It, which is a rather tedious put-down of the Mormon bible. It doesn't strike me as being much fun to sit through a reading of. I've included a "studio recording" of it in this collection for the sake of completion.

Roughing It - Chapter 4

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 12:44 -- scott
Making Our Bed—Assaults by the Unabridged—At a Station—Our Driver a Great and Shining Dignitary—Strange Place for a Frontyard—Accommodations—Double Portraits—An Heirloom—Our Worthy Landlord—"Fixings and Things"—An Exile—Slumgullion—A Well Furnished Table—The Landlord Astonished—Table Etiquette—Wild Mexican Mules—Stage-coaching and Railroading
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
The Deck
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
March 17, 2011

Roughing It - Chapter 3

Sun, 03/27/2011 - 10:16 -- scott
The Thoroughbrace is Broke—Mails Delivered Properly—Sleeping Under Difficulties—A Jackass Rabbit Meditating, and on Business—A Modern Gulliver—Sage-brush—Overcoats as an Article of Diet—Sad Fate of a Camel—Warning to Experimenters
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
The Deck
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
March 17, 2011

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