Some thug from the Dark Sector robbed me and PP on the way to the lab! Made off with our valuable Physics data damn it! If anyone spots a female 5'3" 100 pounds with this tattoo, please report to the station sheriff!
Little known fact. South Pole is the biggest exporter of Styrofoam, with the mines of Saturn's moon Enceladus coming a close second. South Pole Styrofoam is sought by name from light years aways. Which is why you shouldn't send packages with styrofoam peanuts to your favorite witnervoers, because we're swimming in it already.
These boys from the Alaska Refinery Association are here to drill for oil. It takes 1.6 barrels of oil to extract 1 barrel of oil from Antarctic proven reserves, but prices are favorable and the Association has hit yet another record quarterly earnings.
Yesterday the Americans on station celebrated this holiday called Thanksgiving where they feast on Turkey. Unfortunately I'm allergic to trace amounts of turkey feathers. Turns out it wasn't a problem as the food replicator went into overtime delivering roasted, fried, baked and smoked penguins instead.
We have a pretty sophisticated sprinkler system here. Its hard to keep grass green in this weather, the landscaper techs can tell you that. To make it easier on the LTs, we're experimenting with white grass.
There's been a recent crime wave here so Sheriff Weeks, the law around these parts has approved concealed carry weapons. I ordered this one, the R0DE Mysterium, a 44 magnum watt laser blaster. Got it with the 185 degree diffuser, so you really can't miss!
While Antarctica is the cleanest place on this side of the warpgate, the coal we use to heat our station produces a lot of soot. But since we get the coal for free from a long ago agreement with some Ohio mines, we'll deal with the soot. The soot, gets into every crack and orifice, so we have these ManSoots, which separate the man from the soot. It helps to take like five showers a day in the ManSoot to keep clean. Once in a while the ManSoot needs cleaning, and today is my turn to do the cleaning.
Lven Sidstrom and Parlos Cobes left today after one year of working on SNOAPE. They're also escorting Ichiro's hair back home for a hero's return. Great guys, they taught PP and me a lot about the project for the next year. Here they are using their antigravity bunny boots to board the C-130 in the little known vertical takeoff mode. Next stop for the Herc and our buddies, Fiji!
Skua is an exchange for things on station where things can be left and taken. This shack holds skua and is a good place to find long underwear or xbox controllers. Skua is named after skua, a trash eating cyborg bird. They were created by a defense company that made UAVs and unleashed on the continent to help pick up the trash. They also developed a taste for baby penguins and have an inexplicable hatred for blue hover sleds. Which is hilarious since there's blue hover sleds everywhere on Antarctic stations. Turns out the $100,000 per unit price of the hover sleds weren't commercially feasible so the thousands of unsold units were bought by the government and they're used as food trays on station. Occasionally they get to live free and sled down some hills too.
Still getting to know my way around this amazing station. Today I walked to the clean sector, where the NOAA building is. As I understand it, this is where they control the weather in the 50 states. New this year, the NOAA guys are implementing a vote by text messaging system. Just like Japanese Idol or Eurovision Song Contest. Now you can vote on what weather you want for the next week and the weather wizards will deliver. Sorry for the heatwave Los Angeles.