A bit of fun after a long week.
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"...but I like a placebo,"
Heh. Jeans weather at the South Pole.
»» "Forget infinity. I've got books waiting for me to read them." — colin
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The Man conquers the pole, ha!
Is that metal ball the geographical pole marker? Is that a dent I see on it?
And if so what does that say about the world, man!?!?
Ok. The reading is cool, the author is cool but was it really necessary to go to a freezing place to make your point ??? !!!
Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill ???
Well, once you've been down here a while you get somewhat used to the temperatures and can shed some layers. It was about -25F with 14-knot winds when I got these pics taken on Sunday, which put the windchill at around -50F. It wasn't the most comfortable temperature/clothing combination, but I was only outside for 20 minutes or so.
The shiny globe, with a dent in it, is the ceremonial pole marker. If you look in the first picture there is a small pole with a brass top just to my left. That's the actual geographical pole marker.
I definitely had other motivations to come here for 13 months besides taking these pictures, but wanted to read the book and didn't have time before I deployed. You have to make your own entertainment down here, and this seemed like it would be an interesting way to spend a half-hour!
The week before some Star Wars fans, including me, got together and took photos in a jedi robe and wielding a lightsaber. The pics all got photoshopped together, and the organizer is going to try and get it sent in to Star Wars Insider (or some such fan mag).
I would go there for one year. I'd probably get a lot of work done.
Care to share?
Let's see, motivations (in no particular order):
Remove myself from the rat race
Add my name to the list of <1,200 people who have spent a winter at SP
See the aurora australis
Feel what -100F is like
Work with science on the Ice
Get good long-duration isolation experience that is applicable to manned spaceflight
Leave the Ice again, find myself in the Antipodes, and get to take another great trip back to my side of the globe
Free room & board
Are you able to save a fair amount of money while there as well?
Yeah, there' not a lot of opportuity to spend money while on the Ice. In particular, if you don't drink alcohol or are prohibited from doing so by being on-call 24/7 (like I am for my two jobs here) there really isn't much to spend your paycheck on besides souvenirs.
You mean Amazon Prime won't deliver there!?
What do they call you for?