B. Scott Holmes

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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.

A Favorite Tune is butchered

Sun, 07/11/2010 - 00:34 -- scott

Working in a retail establishment I'm constantly exposed to piped in music. The selections played in the store I work at have some degree of variety as well as a block of constantly repeated tunes. One of these constantly repeated tunes is a cover of one of my all time favorite songs, Go Now, written by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett and made famous by the Moody Blues in 1964. Not really the same band that later became known for concept albums as the lead singer was Denny Laine, later of Wings.

Rudeness in the Workplace

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 11:33 -- scott

I recently found an article on the deleterious effects of rudeness in the work place. The article was primarily concerned with personnel in surgical theaters. I work in a big box retail outlet and I spend much of my time copying keys. I must say that there is plenty of rudeness to be found around this machine. Associated with the negative effects of this rudeness time and space itself seem to be effected. Five or ten minutes turn into 20 to 30 minutes and chronology of events is altered. "I was here first, no I was... ".

Wall heaters or furnaces

Mon, 07/05/2010 - 08:39 -- scott

So a customer came in the store the other day and wanted a wall heater, or at least he asked for a wall heater. I said we don't sell wall heaters. I ran into him again about fifteen minutes later and he was quite upset. Having found the furnaces stocked in the plumbing department he proceeded to try and chew me out. "This is the third time I've asked for something here and you've told me you don't have it but you do". It was pointless to try and argue that the furnaces stocked are not wall heaters. Whatever...

Bakeries in Reseda

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 13:17 -- scott

I've been trying to come up with ideas for content on my OnePagers.net site but I feel like I'm suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or something. One idea I've come up with though is bakeries in Reseda. I drive past Fairy Tale Bakery practically everyday but I've never gone in. I remains intriguing and it has prompted me to start researching bakeries in Reseda. I've come up with fourteen.

A Tale of Missed Opportunities

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 22:09 -- scott

Back around 1980, I worked as a professional cartographer for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Photogrammetry Section. I loved the job but didn't fit in with the culture there, being the only "longhair" in residence. Before my position was eliminated I was asked to submit a proposal for a GIS project. CRREL was looking for demonstration projects to evaluated Geographic Information Systems. GIS was brand new at the time and data crunching was done on mainframe computers such as the Burroughs at the EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

Ramifications of our hi tech lifestyle

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 10:21 -- scott

Here is an issue I was unaware of until a thread appeared on the anthro-l mailing list, coltan mining in the Congo. Coltan is a mineral that is refined into tantalum which in turn is used in the manufacture of capacitors and other hi-tech products. The mining of this mineral has caused rather severe environmental and social issues and plays an important role in the financing of the African civil wars. We all too often assume that our electronic existence is clean because it doesn't appear to emit pollution and too easily forget or ignore what makes it all possible.

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