B. Scott Holmes

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Overland Coach Stations in Chapter 2 of Roughing It

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 13:53 -- scott

I have started mapping significant Mark Twain locations from his book Roughing It. The first chapter is merely a dismal riverboat ride from St. Louis to St. Joseph Missouri. I made my first attempt at animated mapping in the video for that chapter. But Chapter 2 has Sam traveling the Overland Stagecoach line out of St. Joseph, across Kansas. http://bscottholmes.com/twain/roughingit/chapter2 He does not mention any stations by name but does say they stop every ten miles or so.

A Gazetteer for The Innocents Abroad

Sun, 05/26/2013 - 19:57 -- scott

A Gazetteer for The Innocents Abroad

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I wanted to experiment with the mapping capabilities of Drupal and what better subject matter than one of Mark Twain's adventures. His first major book and his most successful is The Innocents Abroad. In 1867 he joined the Quaker City Excursion on a steam ship voyage to Europe and Jerusalem. I've plotted all the major points of interest from this expedition and I present them on a chapter by chapter basis as well as provide an overall list of sites. At this moment there are 308 sites plotted. They all having varying amounts of explanatory matter attached. Much work still needs to be done to make this a valuable source though I believe that it is still a valuable tool. The sites plotted are found in the Quaker City Excursion Itinerary of the Mark Twain Project, University of California, Ian Strathcarron's book War and Innocence, Daniel McKeithan's book Traveling with the Innocents Abroad, the 1867 chapter of Mark Twain - Day By Day by David Fears, not to mention a close reading of the book itself, using The Oxford Mark Twain edition.

The Geography of The Innocents Abroad

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:13 -- scott

I've been rather enjoying myself a bit these last two weeks. I've found a way to combine several of my personal interests into one project, Geography, Web Site design, and Mark Twain. I've been blogging about Twain for a couple of years now, based around my readings of his books while in the guise of SLClemens, an avatar in the virtual world of Second Life. For some time I've been curious about adding dynamic maps to web pages.

The Death of Jean

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 12:07 -- scott

This was recorded on November 29, 2011. It was more difficult to read than I had anticipated but I think it does represent to essence of the essay

The death of Jean Clemens occurred early in the morning of December 24, 1909. Mr. Clemens was in great stress of mind when I first saw him, but a few hours later I found him writing steadily.

High Flying Bird

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 14:23 -- scott

I think I first heard this song as performed by the band H.P. Lovecraft on their second album. That cover is rather eerie, other worldly. What should one expect from a band inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. It's been covered by a number of other bands and artists as well, but that's the one that stuck in my head. I'm not a singer but I'm doing my best Johnny Cash with this reading.

Garbage collection in the San Fernando Valley

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 14:20 -- scott

When I was a kid, growing up in Reseda, garbage collection was much more freeform than it is today. We had several oil drums that we used as garbage cans. My father managed a Standard Oil station and later had his own Chevron service station. For yard clippings, our front yard was basically ivy, we just stuffed it into one of the cans.

Ambitions, Goals and Gilded Cages

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 10:41 -- scott

I have previously written about my lack of adequate career orientation in high school and subsequent lack of preparation for college. Well, I went to college anyway. The closest community college to home, Los Angeles Pierce College. I thought it was a good school but one thing I noticed in retrospect was that I learned nothing about doing research. After two and one half years and some time at West Valley Occupational Training, learning about refrigerators and air conditioning, I enrolled at San Fernando Valley State College.

Violence, Personal Responsibility, and so on...

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:25 -- scott

My feeling is that just as with human induced climate change, societal violence has reached a tipping point. I personally doubt that anything can be done to reverse planetary warming. That doesn't mean we should just give up on trying to reach a more rational and efficient, as well as cleaner means of powering our toys. The same with our societal violence. It's the dominant theme in movies, video games and unfortunately in much of our personal interactions.

Educated for a career?

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 17:13 -- scott

I was just an average student in grade school (k-12) and had no real aspiration of going to college. I had some strange ideas about college graduates, PHds in particular. Afterall, what was the use of college unless you went all the way. Professors, and other PHds should all speak multiple languages and should be well versed in mathematics as well as the classics. The idea of a Renaissance Man still existed in my imagination. I was not one of them.

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