B. Scott Holmes

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Horse Creek Treaty

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:39 -- scott

I received an email from someone that currently lives in this area, which prompted me to look further into its history. Of particular significance, especially in regards to current land grabs effecting Native Americans of today, and everyone else that needs to drink the water here, is the Horse Creek Treaty of 1851 - officially known as the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.

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.

Kava Drinking

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:11 -- scott

I've been reading, and mapping locations from a book about the Queensland/Kanaka trade, written by the captain of one of the ships used to "recruit" Kanakas to work the sugar cane fields of Queensland, Australia, _The South Sea islanders and the Queensland labour trade_ by William T. Wawn.

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.

It's Cold Outside

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 11:44 -- scott

I was inspired, while reediting Chapter 32 of Roughing It, wherein Sam Clemens (aka Mark Twain) believes he and his partners, Ollendorf and Ballou, are going to freeze to death in a winter storm in the Carson desert, to record a version of Jack London's To Build a Fire. This is a tale of a man without the proper respect for nature and as London remarks, without imagination. While hiking toward his mining claim on Henderson Creek he breaks through an ice layer and steps into a spring wetting his legs near to his knees. The temperature is 75 degrees below zero.

The Paiute Indian War of 1860

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 15:26 -- scott

I had thought I'd pretty much worked out all the narration I wanted for my Mark Twain tour through the Great Basin province of Nevada, from Utah to Carson City. It just needed a few photographs to break up the hour long Google Earth Tour. But from the few comments Twain made in his chapters on this region as well as the histories of the stations along the way I came to realize how large an effect the so call Paiute War played in what Sam Clemens experienced. The white man, or “American” had arrived and had disrupted the ecosystem, which included the Northern Paiute people.

Ruby on Rails Installation on Ubuntu 10.04

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 08:48 -- scott

I'm just making a note to myself on what I had to do to get the rails server to work on my Ubuntu 10.04. Both Ruby and Rails installed without any difficulty but upon issuing the final command , "rails server", I got the frequently reported "../.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p448/gems/execjs-1.4.0/lib/execjs/runtimes.rb:51:in
`autodetect': Could not find a JavaScript runtime. See
https://github.com/sstephenson/execjs for a list of available runtimes.
from ..."

Overland Coach Stations in Chapter 12 of Roughing It

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 12:18 -- scott

Back in Chapter 9 Mark Twain's narrative of his journey west had entered into Wyoming, approaching the Rocky Mountains. He then spent two chapters devoted to the notorious Jack Slade, division superintendent and vigilante. He begins chapter 12 by describing a Mormon wagon train he passed en route. He reaches the top of the Rocky Mountains at South Pass and then descends the west side eventually arriving in Salt Lake City. I had intended to display an animated map of this journey, as I did with the previous chapters, But I didn't find a suitable base map to use.


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