Saturday, March 6, 2010

Settling in

This week has really not had anything too terribly exciting happen. Work continues apace in all aspects of the station. Yesterday we had an all-station emergency response drill, which took a chunk out of the morning. The fire brigade didn't really have much to do, but I did (despite being a team lead) end up having to help backboard one of the simulated patients. With temperatures finally going below -60° F, it was pretty darn cold outside in firefighting bunker gear. The gloves are the worst culprit: 1) since they're gloves, not mittens and 2) they're made to keep heat out, not keep it in.

I've also been trying to squeeze in more reading around other work/play, and just finished the excellent "World without End" by Ken Follett. I'm also about to finish a really good book about Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and the Black Sheep Squadron. It's interesting how both books were either gifts or recommendations from uncles of mine. Thanks gents!

"Education is no substitute for intelligence. That elusive quality is defined only in part by puzzle-solving ability. It is in the creation of new puzzles reflecting what your senses report that you round out the definitions."
~Mentat Text One, "Heretics of Dune"

3 comments:

Desert Tortise said...

We're doing a project where we are comparing solar elevations (Al helped us when he was down there this past season) and we were wondering if you would give us an official sun set time for the pole?

Thanks!

http://web.me.com/lhuffman/Project_Circle/Sun_Shadows_Data_/Sun_Shadows_Data_.html

EthanG said...

The official sunset time for South Pole is on 3/22/10 at 20:04 UTC.

Desert Tortise said...

Thanks! I'll share it with the students.