Sunday, April 7, 2013

Back in port soon

Still on the LMG, we're waiting for room at the dock and should be able to tie up by 1500. The Drake wasn't too bad, but the Straights of Magellan roughed us up pretty good. 70mph winds and 25ft+ seas for a day and a half, not the most fun I've ever had.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A summer in time-lapse

I've been shooting a lot of time-lapse videos over the season here, both with my GoPro as well as my dSLR. This is the end result.

(PLEASE watch full-screen in HD if you possibly can. It's worth it.)

Palmer Station's barber shop is open for buisness!

The season is over, we're all heading back to the real world, and that nessesitates a bit of last-minute personal care. Whens spending months on the ice with the same 40 people, you tend to let some things slip and getting haircuts isn't exactly top priority. So a few weeks ago, someone broke out the hair cutting kit that we keep around station, and the Palmer Barber Shop was set up (in the bar).

 

A bit of application of buzzers, and I went from this:

 

To this!

 

An improvement, yes? (at minimum, it means I need less shampoo)
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It's not always that flashy

Occasionally, science is as impressive looking as the movies always tell us it is, and our aquarium fills up with things like this:

 
The Flying Spagettie Monster would be proud.
But it's not always so . . . tubey. What's our prefered method for testing the strength of a strand of kelp? Some fancy puller device, a denisty-measuring probe of some kind?



Nope. Just a scale clamped to the ceiling, and a tray with some dive weights in it.
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"Are you the new me?"

Turnover is almost done by now, but for the last two weeks we've been shuffling crews around as the new guys move in and the old people move out.  But with so many people swarming about, some of them from the ship, some of them staying on station, some leaving, trying to learn everyone's name is pointless if they're not going to be around for much longer.  You have to filter out the people who you'll be seeing for a while, vs the people who are leaving shortly that you won't see again.

As an off-shoot to this, much of the turnover crew introduces themselves first as a reference to who they're replacing.  They don't say, "I'm the new Instrument Tech" or "I'm the new Cargo person".  It's "I'm the new Mark" and "I'm the new Judy".  We've so strongly associated our existing crew people with their positions that it's easier to associate to the outgoing person, rather than the outgoing job.

So when the crew first got here and the trades people gathered in the shop to start turning over, the first thing I asked them was "Alright, who's the new me?"

It's a rough life, but someone's got to lead it.

Whoever decided to give these suits a built-in inflatable pillow was a genius.

Monday, April 1, 2013

It's not THAT bad

Hey, I was on Kwaj for a year and a half, and had only dial up. The Internet here is NOT this bad, despite what the chalkboard in the lab says.