Friday, April 23, 2010

Getting slammed

Well, I have apparently been working through one of the typical upswings in failures in projects, having had quite a few problems with science equipment in the last week. This has kept me out and about station, and I find myself putting in a lot of time outside staggering across the nascent sastrugi in the dark. Yesterday alone I think I walked just under 5 miles between the station and various outlying science buildings I had to visit.

But, keeping me busy during my peregrinations, if peregrines move slowly and stumble around a lot, have been some pretty regular and decent aurorae. There is still light on the horizon from the sun, but it is still pretty dark. Don't hold your breath waiting for my photos of these upper-atmospheric special effects, though. I don't have a good enough camera of my own to record them, but you can look at the website for the all-sky imagers I support from the University of Nagoya, Japan to see what has been hanging around overhead here.

Tonight we're holding a drive-in in the gymnasium, showing "2001: A Space Odyssey". Tomorrow night the sequel "2010: The Year We Make Contact" will be shown. This will be the first time I see either of these on the big screen, and hope our projector is up to the task.

The urge to prematurely start considering travel and work options has been curtailed by our current satellite schedule, which has us in contact with the rest of the world mostly overnight (locally), which conflicts with very much needed sleep. I'll do my best to keep at posting here, but work and rest definitely reach out and grab precedence with iron talons of priority. The only photos I've been taking of late are of failed electrical components and the like, which aren't all that interesting or evocative of the larger picture of wintering here. I'll send something outward at some point again, though. Fear naught.
“He's a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?”

~John Lennon