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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View from a vanishing location, c August 1974

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 13:52 -- scott

I recall thinking at the time I took this photo that I was entering dangerous territory, rather like entering the jaws of a large beast. Looking back now I see how transitive and delicate this view was. The shot was taken looking out from inside the Conness glacier bergshrund. We could see the rock surface curving away under the ice and these icicles while looking out.

Kuna Glacier, c August 1974

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 01:44 -- scott

The glacier is a stark environment of ice and rock with surprising elements of incredible beauty found in the interstices as well as the landscape in general. Here is an ice cored moraine burying the toe of a classic cirque glacier. Note the exposed ice of the glacier where old snow has melted away. Note also the melt pond at the base of the moraine.

A Day Hike to Mt Dana and Dana Plateau, July 1975

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 19:46 -- scott
Here is a gallery of photos from what was possibly my favorite solo day hike. From the Tioga Pass trailhead, to the top of Mt Dana. I then crossed the narrow arete onto Dana Plateau. It doesn't look it from the Tioga Pass road far below but this area is a beautiful rock garden. My photos don't nearly do it justice. The images are offered as is. I have not had the opportunity to do any enhancements outside of a little experimentation on contrast overlays. Several of the slides need further cleaning and rescanning. They've been buried for a long time.

Ion Slides 2 PC on Linux

Wed, 11/03/2010 - 09:59 -- scott

It does not work. I've been looking for an inexpensive way to salvage my 35mm slides from cardboard box oblivion. I found Ion's Slides 2 PC product on Amazon, where I could use my American Express points and get it "for free". The product notes say it works with Vista/XP using the USB port. The problem is that all the controls for this product are software driven and this software will not install on a Linux system, even with Wine. Apparently Wine still has a problem with assigning the USB port.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 14:01 -- scott

The made for television movie of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is one of those things from my early youth that has stuck with me. I think this is probably because of the music of Edvard Grieg. My mother has an old army buddy that was living in Torrance in 1957 when this film was aired. I have always remembered it as Easter but upon doing some research I find that it was actually at Thanksgiving. The film is now in the public domain and as such it was included in a set of 50 musicals I recently ordered for my mother. I was of course curious to see it again.

Dying for Ideas - Bigger than Oneself

Thu, 08/05/2010 - 13:13 -- scott

When I first broached the subject of things Bigger than Oneself on the Anthro-l email list, the first response I received was a link to a song by Georges Brassens, Mourir pour des idées. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1h2po_mourir-pour-des-idees_music There is one verse in particular that resonates with me in regards to "causes". An english translation:

The Saint John Chrysotoms who preach martyrdom
Usually manage to hang around on earth.
Dying for ideas, let's be clear about it,
That's their reason for living, so they're not going to lose it.

Something Bigger than Oneself

Wed, 08/04/2010 - 11:59 -- scott

This is a phrase employed by social entities seeking to enlist adherents. It is used by counselors advising people on how to improve their lives. It is used by 'good causes', 'bad causes', religions, military, non-profit organizations, etc, etc, etc. The phrase has been characterized as a "dangerous meme" as it may lead an individual into situations requiring self sacrifice and even death.


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