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

Crossing the Equator

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 13:31 -- scott
Losing a day from your life for all eternity. But don't worry, if you travel in the other direction you can get them back again. From Following the Equator. On his voyage to Australia his ship crossed the dateline and the equator at about the same time.
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens

The Genuine Mexican Plug

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:18 -- scott
Resolve to Buy a Horse—Horsemanship in Carson—A Temptation—Advice Given Me Freely—I Buy the Mexican Plug—My First Ride—A Good Bucker
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens

Do You Believe in Magic?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 09:52 -- scott

(I love that song) There has been an interesting and fundamental discussion on the Anthro-L listserv email list recently. Again, it is epistemology. Do you "believe in" evolution? Do you "believe in" gravity? What it comes down to is the willingness to "act as if" [evolution|gravity|etc] is true, just as it seems necessary to act as if you have faith to have faith. A good illustration is the electron. No one has actually seen an electron, you know, with their own eyes except perhaps with the help of some psychoactive substance.

Life on the Mississippi - Chapter 2: The River and Its Explorers

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:16 -- scott
La Salle again Appears, and so does a Cat-fish.—Buffaloes also. —Some Indian Paintings are Seen on the Rocks.—"The Father of Waters "does not Flow into the Pacific.—More History and Indians. —Some Curious Performances—not Early English.—Natchez, or the Site of it, is Approached.
A Live Voice Presentation Recorded at
in the virtual world of Second Life
as read by SLClemens
July 29, 2014

The Refrigerator

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:24 -- scott

The old one didn't work so well any longer. The glass shelves had already been replaced once, the pull-out trays were cracked and difficult to pull out, and the lid for the butter tray was taped on with red duct tape. Home Depot had a sale on a nearly identical model Whirlpool and we are definitely constrained by size. Unfortunately, we require the door open from the right side. The side that the door hinge is normally found on. No problem, mounting holes are conveniently provided for the hinges along the left side.

To The Person Sitting In Darkness

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:31 -- scott
"... There have been lies; yes, but they were told in a good cause. We have been treacherous; but that was only in order that real good might come out of apparent evil. True, we have crushed a deceived and confiding people; we have turned against the weak and the friendless who trusted us; we have stamped out a just and intelligent and well-ordered republic; we have stabbed an ally in the back and slapped the face of a guest; we have bought a Shadow from an enemy that hadn't it to sell; we have robbed a trusting friend of his land and his liberty; we have invited our clean young men to shoulder a discredited musket and do bandit's work under a flag which bandits have been accustomed to fear, not to follow; we have debauched America's honor and blackened her face before the world; but each detail was for the best. We know this. The Head of every State and Sovereignty in Christendom and ninety per cent, of every legislative body in Christendom, including our Congress and our fifty State Legislatures, are members not only of the church, but also of the Blessings-of-Civilization Trust. This world-girdling accumulation of trained morals, high principles, and justice, cannot do an unright thing, an unfair thing, an ungenerous thing, an unclean thing. It knows what it is about. Give yourself no uneasiness; it is all right."

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