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

Portland Bookends

Sun, 11/08/2009 - 22:48 -- scott

I truly love the city of Portland, Oregon but it seems Portland didn't like me much. I moved there, with my college girl friend, in March of 1978, upon taking a career job with the US Army Corps of Engineers. The position seemed an ideal fit with my recently acquired Masters in Geography. The move proved disastrous, however, for my relationship. I stayed with my new found career and she returned to Los Angeles. It's impossible to tell from this distance but I suspect my life would have been much more stable had I stayed with the relationship rather than the job.

James Bond - Quantum of Solace

Mon, 10/19/2009 - 23:42 -- scott

Daniel Craig is not James Bond and this is not really a James Bond film, only the names have been used for marketing purposes. The film has high action scene production value but low story line value. I would say that it is fun to watch, as a series of set pieces. I admit up front that Sean Connery remains my preferred Bond and From Russia with Love my favorite film from the series. This latest Bond lacks any degree of sophistication, a trait that provided most of the humor and character found in earlier Bonds.

I Ching Hexagrams

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 23:47 -- scott

I have added to my web site a spinning wheel of I Ching trigrams with the classic yin yang symbol in the center. Click the image and a random I Ching hexagram is selected and displayed in a pop-up window along with it's description and commentaries. I did this initially to practice animating gif images as well as incorporating javascript and ajax into a drupal site. I chose the I Ching because I've always found it to be a source of good advice on how to conduct myself, not as a religious tract nor as a soothsayer.

Kakapoo

Sat, 10/03/2009 - 00:04 -- scott

I'm not particularly fond of small dogs as it's been my experience that all they do is eat piddle and poop. I was dealing with a lady today who wanted to put up a fence around her cockapoo in order to prevent it from "doing it's business" in inappropriate locations. It's been my thought that they were appropriately named creatures. Anyway, a few minutes ago I thought to lookup cockapoo and kakapoo and discovered that the name had already been taken, by a flightless parrot in New Zealand.

Critical Transitions in Nature and Society By Marten Scheffer

Sat, 09/26/2009 - 23:35 -- scott

This book was recommended by a member of the Anthro-L email list. I've subscribed to this list for more years than I can remember now. It's part of my effort to keep my brain active. This book was described as very readable with a lot of insight into the processes and conditions associated with those critical moments for life on this planet when everything changes. This link is to Google Books and not all of the book has been made available.

Hunting the Aaardvark

Tue, 09/22/2009 - 17:30 -- scott

For many years I've been intrigued by a sign painted on the outside wall of a small shop in Canoga Park. The sign belongs to a vintage clothing outlet, The Aaardvark's Odd Ark. Until recently I had no idea what they sold or any other thing about them for that matter. It was only the sign that held any interest for me. Since starting up my one page web site business, One Pagers, I've been looking for small businesses and other unusual and/or interesting businesses to add quality content to the site.

Web sites for handhelds and mobile phones

Wed, 07/29/2009 - 14:06 -- scott

Lately I've been developing a site for small businesses to make their presence known on the web (http://www.onepagers.net). I believe there are a large number of business with owners and managers that have little or no interest in the internet. Nevertheless they would still benefit from a web presence. My project is to create one page mini-sites that concentrate on who and what the business is about. The pages need to be effective on both large and small screens.

Home Fries

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 10:33 -- scott

I've been spending much of my time off from work emptying out and cleaning up my mothers house in Tehachapi. It's approximately 100 miles one way and I frequently stop in Mojave for breakfast. Mikes Roadhouse has been my favorite stop because they make some of the best home fries I've ever had. Unfortunately they occasionally change my order to hash browns, which are just your usual fried potatos. Well, the house is just about ready to rent out so my trips back and forth will become much less frequent. Most of the home fries I have from now on will likely come from my own home.

Adult Day Care - Getting there and back again

My mother, Virginia, has now been enrolled at OneGeneration for a little over a month and she is enjoying it. To get her there and back she is signed up with LA CityRide. I need to call at 8am the day before to schedule her rides to and from. Ride schedules are used up by 9:30am, so they tell me, and it takes close to 30 minutes to actually get through and schedule the rides. LA CityRides has issued her a book of script. They can be purchased quarterly with 84 tickets in each book. Each ride my mother takes "costs" 4 scripts. This means she'll run out before the quarter is up.

Virginia Holmes born Waldron

Virginia is my mother. She has always been a very good mother. Now she is 85 years of age and has some dementia and recently a hip replacement. I've had to move her into my relatively small house in Reseda from her own home in Tehachapi, along with four of her cats. It's rather a tight squeeze as both she and my wife have rather strong personalities. So, I'm working at enrolling her into a local program for elderly folks at One Generation (http://www.ONEgeneration.org).

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