OK, by popular demand are a bunch of links to info about projects I support down here. In a nutshell, I operate and maintain these projects that aren't big enough or don't have enough funding to deploy dedicated personnel on-site year-round. When things go wrong, I am the projects' eyes, ears, and hands at Pole to take care of troubleshooting and get the instruments back online.
A-111-S Pole research & instruments:
Dartmouth space physics/science programs
Univ. New Hampshire ELF Magnetometer
Stanford VLF studies
University of Florida ELF/VLF lightning studies
The NSF Ultraviolet Monitoring Network
The CosRay neutron detectors
Augsburg search coil magnetometer
Univ. of Nagoya All-Sky Imagers at Pole
UNAVCO geophysical/seismic research
IRIS/PASSCAL geophysical programs
In addition to this gig as a Research Associate (a.k.a. science tech) I'm also the fire brigade leader, a dishwasher (doing my turn today, in addition to all my science checks), a housekeeper (cleaned the summer camp gym-a total sty-yesterday and do weekly "house mouse" cleaning duties), a fuel technician (helped roll up the fuel line from the flight deck to the fuel arch yesterday, too), and whatever it is that needs to happen around station. Our contracts have the provision "Other duties as assigned", which makes it kosher to do whatever is necessary around station, no matter how many hours it ends up putting on your time card. We're contracted to 54 hours of work per week, 6 days per week, but I work every day and average about 85 hours per week. Unfortunately, that's just salary and there's no overtime pay or comp time! Simply put, I have no lack of things to keep me occupied while at Pole.
The sun is getting lower and the shadows longer, though we haven't had direct sunshine in a few days due to some fairly thick overcast. The temperature got back up into the -20s F yesterday, but once these insulating clouds disperse the temperature will probably plummet.
"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge."
"I said. 'I always tend to assume there's an infinite amount of money out there.' "Might as well be," Arsibalt said, "but most of it gets spent on pornography, sugar water, and bombs. There is only so much that can be scraped together for particle accelerators."
~Neal Stephenson, "Anathem"