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.



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

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North America: 1895 - Elmira to Buffalo

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 11:05 -- scott

Mark Twain, his wife Livy and daughter Clara, along with his manager Major Pond and his wife, travel from Elmira, New York to Buffalo, New York on the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad. This is the beginning of his 1895 journey around the world.

Thanks to Thomas J. Reigstad, Emeritus Professor of English SUNY Buffalo State for publishing his review of "Chasing the Last Laugh". That's how I found out that Twain went to Buffalo and not to Salamanca.

The Twain-Cable Tour Narrative

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 15:50 -- scott
It is not true that this recording was produced by enhancing wax cylinders, said to have been made in 1895, found in the vaults of the Hotel Brighton, Paris, France. The narration is derived from letters and interviews from the time of the tour. Production was done with Audacity and Kdenlive. Background maps are from Google Maps made from KLM files of railway routes of 1870 and imported into Google Earth. They are consequently 14 years out of date. Banjo music provided by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra, ogg files published under the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

Following the Equator: Chapter XIX

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:20 -- scott
The Botanical Gardens—Contributions from all Countries—The Zoological Gardens of Adelaide—The Laughing Jackass—The Dingo—A Misnamed Province—Telegraphing from Melbourne to San Francisco—A Mania for Holidays—The Temperature—The Death Rate—Celebration of the Reading of the Proclamation of 1836—Some old Settlers at the Commemoration—Their Staying Powers—The Intelligence of the Aboriginal—The Antiquity of the Boomerang
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens

Following the Equator: Chapter XVIII

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:03 -- scott
The Gum Trees—Unsociable Trees—Gorse and Broom—A universal Defect—An Adventurer—Wanted L200, got L20,000,000—A Vast Land Scheme—The Smash-up—The Corpse Got Up and Danced—A Unique Business by One Man—Buying the Kangaroo Skin—The Approach to Adelaide—Everything Comes to Him who Waits—A Healthy Religious sphere—What is the Matter with the Specter?

Following the Equator: Chapter XVII

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:36 -- scott
The British Empire—Its Exports and Imports—The Trade of Australia—To Adelaide—Broken Hill Silver Mine—A Roundabout road—The Scrub and its Possibilities for the Novelist—The Aboriginal Tracker—A Test Case—How Does One Cow-Track Differ from Another?
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens

Broken Links for Pony Express Stations source material

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 13:13 -- scott

Should any one be interested I was researching locations for my Roughing It gazetteer, specifically Virginia City. It seems the National Park Service has references for a Pony Express Station in Nebraska referred to as the Virginia City Station. I had created an entry with a link to the NPS source. That link was broken and I could find no other mention of such a station.

Following the Equator: Chapter XVI

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 19:12 -- scott
Melbourne and its Attractions—The Melbourne Cup Races—Cup Day—Great Crowds—Clothes Regardless of Cost—The Australian Larrikin—Is He Dead?—Australian Hospitality—Melbourne Wool-brokers—The Museums—The Palaces—The Origin of Melbourne
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens

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