Fresh Taint

I’m seriously not very good at posting updates here at all!  It’s easier to post little stuff on the FB page, and according to the “views” more people actually look at those than the blog updates anyway.  So maybe I’ll try and post more stuff there.

The weather has been at it again. Yesterday and today have been pretty calm and nice. The 3 or 4 days before that were really windy all day. It was Con 2 for 2 or 3 days straight, and it even got to Con 1 one night. Luckily it wasn’t all that cold outside or it would have been truly miserable. For some reason the ambient temp was between +20 and +5 so the wind was only making the wind chill -10 or -20.  I know that sounds crazy cold but if the ambient had been -10 or -20, then the windchill would have been like -50 or -60 and that sucks!

I miss you all. I wanna come home. 😦   Nah, I’m actually doing alright, but I do miss folks. I miss Taco Bell fo sho!

 

Dinty Moore Beef Stew!!!!!

I’m not a locksmith but from what I understand, locks work better when you remove the keys when you’re done. Otherwise it turns into more of a doorknob situation…

Don’t cross Mr. Rogers!

Ahhhh, that taint does smell rather fresh…

This is the cardio gym, or better known as “the gerbil gym” down here…

Look, someone loves me! I am a little put off that they misspelled my name though…

It’s kind of cool the things Mother Nature does with the wind and snow sometimes…

HA! RUINED! Take that Mother Nature, in yo face! Who’s the bad mofo now?!  Wait, on second thought, I take it back. You look so pretty today Mother Nature, please don’t hurt me…

I don’t normally get this point of view. I’m normally looking out from behind the goggles. It was one of the days that was really blowy out. As you can see by the GoPro I made the video below…

This is the reverse trip from what I posted before. On my way to work this time. Again, not sure if this is just stupid boring, but it was blowing snow and me at times, around pretty good so I thought I’d post it. Plus it’s dark out now so that’s different.  It was blowing about 40MPH so it isn’t too horrible, but still annoying. It gets significantly windier here so maybe I’ll have something better to show you later in the season…

 

 

Been a while

It’s been a while since I posted so I thought I better get on here and say something before you all started thinking I had been eaten by a seal or fell into a crevasse or something.

Everything is pretty good. I can’t believe I’ve been here over 2 months now, only 5 more to go, and the WINFLY folks will be here in 4 months.  I talked to the boss man in charge and he’s already told me I can have the PC Tech position for next winter.  So I should be back home for about 4-4.5 months and then I’ll come back next winter.

I’ve taken lots of random pics, mostly outside, over the last couple of weeks but I’ve just been too lazy to post them. So I figured I’d go ahead and post a ton so this will be a pic heavy post.

I found these couple of articles about Antarctica related stuff that sort of has to do with the area I’m at.  One of them is about Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world, it’s right down the road from here.  The other is about a 12 mile x 21 mile hunk of ice that fairly recently broke off of Pine Island Glacier, or PIG as it’s refereed to around here. I’m not totally sure how far away it is from here but PIG is one of the field camps people from here goto every summer for some sort of research. I’ve done maintenance on all the laptops they use for the PIG camp, so I sort of have a tie to it, in a round about way.

 

It’s weird the things that wind makes the snow do…

In case you needed to turn on the hall “lites”…

On the other side of the door and it’s spelled the same so it must be right…

Just in case you find yourself in need of some fire and you happen to be all out…

Random outdoor pics…

We had the last sunset for the winter a few days ago.  Some folks went out to Pegasus to get a good view of it.  The airfield is named after this aircraft that crashed here in 1970.  Here are some pics of the last sunset.  The sun is gone now and it’ll be several months until we see it again.  It’s still dusk/dawn-ish out for some parts of the day but it’s getting darker and darker everyday.  When I goto work and get off work it’s pretty much dark, but we get some light in the afternoon. Pretty soon it’ll be totally dark all the time. I miss the sun already…

Going…

Going…

Gone…

I thought the clouds looked kind of cool, plus the fog coming off the water…

 

Sun & Moon

 

I know I told you guys about the paging system going down a week and a half or so ago. Well we came up with a permanent fix but we’ve been waiting for a few days to get some clear weather to head back up to T-site again.  We got that this afternoon so we went up and took care of it.  The sun was out so I took my good camera with to try and get some good pictures.  The moon was chillin on the horizon and it looked really big so I got a couple shots of that too.

 

 

 

The flat white spot is frozen ocean. The rest is open ocean. We’ve had some winds lately that made it break up and carried that ice away. Obviously some of it has stayed.  It’s still amazing to think that that ice will be thick enough to land a quarter million pound cargo plane on in about 5.5 months! Although there is a rumor that we won’t be using the sea ice runway for some reason this coming summer.

 

Big Bang Theory & Snow

Hey, everyone.  So what’s happening at home? Anything good?

Today isn’t too bad outside temp wise. I think it’s only like -5, I know that “only -5” sounds ridiculous but it’s been like -20 or -30 and a couple days ago it was -53, that day sucked!  So today isn’t too cold. There is a ton of snow falling though so it’s everywhere and impossible not to track into every building you go into.

A few weeks ago they announced some kind of huge scientific discovery that was made down at the South Pole.  It’s apparently a really huge deal in the scientific world, someone told me it was like the biggest discovery of the century or something.  I do know that it made it’s way into The Big Bang Theory if you watch the show.  In last weeks episode it was the thing they were talking about in the beginning that had something to do with gravitational waves or something.  That’s one my favorite shows, so that’s pretty cool.

If you want to read about it here is some info…

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/17/primordial-gravitational-wave-discovery-physics-bicep

http://blogs.ucdavis.edu/egghead/2014/04/01/physicists-reflect-on-gravity-wave-discovery/

 

I took this pic early last week.  We had some pretty good wind over the weekend. It broke up and blew out a bunch of the ice that had formed.  The large dark area at the top of the pic is open water.

 

 

Blah

It’s one of those dreary days here today. It’s been completely overcast for a week or so but it’s still been mostly decent out. Today is the exception, it’s a beanie, gaitor, and jacket zipped all the way up day today.  There is a pretty good deal of snow blowing around, having it blowing into your face when you’re walking is always fun. It’s pretty much just my eyes that are exposed so the snow will hit your face and melt, then you’ll get a good gust of wind that blows right in your face and will start to freeze that melted water in the corner of your eye a little. My favorite is if the timing is just right with a gust of wind and you blinking, if you blink for too long you can feel your eye lashes kind of tug on each other when you open your eyes because they were trying to freeze together. That’s a weird experience. It also doesn’t take very long of you breathing through your gaitor for a bunch of the water vapor in your breath to gather on the outside of the gaitor and turn to ice.  As I’m sitting here typing this I can hear the wind outside, that never makes for a good day.

21MPH & -42F

 

On the bright side, I still haven’t slipped and fallen on my ass yet.

 

2 Day weekend

Heyyyyy

So how are all my homie peeps?  I took a handful of pics over the last week or so but haven’t posted them yet, so here ya go.

So far everything is pretty good here.  We had our first 2 day weekend and it was awesome.  I didn’t really do much but it was sweet to not have to get up early on those days.  The start to the weekend did kind of suck though.  It was Friday and my calves were killing me from working out. So I thought rather than have to walk up the hill twice I’d just bring something to eat, skip lunch, get out of here early, and only have to walk up the hill once. It came around to about time to leave and someone called saying that he, and his coworker weren’t getting their pages. It seemed a little weird that more than one person have that problem so I tried paging myself and it wouldn’t work. SHIT! Dude! It’s time to get out of here at the start of a 2 day weekend. Seriously? This couldn’t have happened at noon or something? Of course not. I tried doing a bunch of things from here but they just weren’t fixing the problem. So we had to drive back up to T-site where the transmitter is. On the bright side it was an easy fix once we got up there, and it was also a beautiful day so we didn’t have to contend with the weather.  I ended up getting back to my room a couple hours later than I thought I would, but it could have been much worse.

Pretty much all of last week the weather was great. That’s kind of unusual, the weather is really schizophrenic here. It’ll be gorgeous one day and then horrible the next day or two. Yesterday and today have been pretty blowy out, it was Con 2 yesterday but I didn’t have to go outside so I didn’t care. 🙂

 

This pic was from last week when it was really nice outside.  You can see the ice has really been setting in. With all the wind yesterday some of the ice looks like it broke up and it floated away.  It’s hard to see because there is a lot of snow blowing around though.  Most of the ice is still there and still looks like it’s in one piece. It’s the area way off to the right in the pic below. Just about everything in the pic below is still there.

This big guy is one of the vehicles that they use on the South Pole Traverse.  Every year in the summer they take a little drive down to the south pole to take them fuel and cargo.  The South Pole is about 850 miles from here and it takes them somewhere around a month to get there.  They have huge sleds that they have cargo and huge, multi-hundred gallon fuel bladders that they tow behind. 

Just in case you forgot where I am… 🙂

One of the days we had to go up to T-Site it was really nice up there but there was a big layer of fog over Scott Base and the water/ice. You can see Scott Base a little through the fog…