I’m really more interested in colonization of Antarctica (and am currently on Ross Island), or off-planet, but the seasteading concept is interesting too, and has a fair amount in common – like how to be taken seriously by those who currently have power and don’t want to compete when they can simply use force.
The thought of moving to Antarctica had crossed my mind too… I expect you’d have trouble founding new societies and nations there, considering the currently in existence ones seem to bicker over rights to the place. But if you just want to get away from it all, its got to be a lot easier than designing, building and deploying completely new technologies on the ocean. Plus, a life in Antarctica would certainly be an adventure. That aside, ocean colonization has other benefits besides new societies, like more usable land area and easier access to the oceans (and their resources and mysteries).
been there and seen that: nice shade of green! I was there for the 2000-2001 season as an augmentee with the 109th Airlift Wing and did 34 days on the ice. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would go back in a second even though we were looked upon as “Stump-hugging War-mongers!” I understand that Raytheon lost the contract so who picked it up?
I haven’t heard any news on who has or has not got the contract. Raytheon did not bid on it, as such, but bid on it as a joint venture with another company.
So, 109th Airlift Wing, eh? One of the electricians I worked with at Pole, summer of 07-08 was in the 109th – and had taken off a few months to come to Pole. She’s in Greenland right now. I haven’t had much opportunity to get to know the Airlift guys, though. None were stationed at Pole, and none here during the winter.
Good to meet you, anyhow. Nice to see an Antarctic presence here.
I’m surprised that there aren’t more people on here from down there… If you’ve been there and done that and liked it, this is kind of right up our alley! I don’t think any of the 109th folks winter over they just maintain an ADVON-like presence at Christ Church over the winter months while the rest of the Wing heads up to Greenland for training. They’re a good bunch as were most of the contractors I had opportunity to talk with. Have they still got those ‘Independence Day’ pictures plastered up everywhere?
I don’t know the “Independence Day” posters of which you speak, so I’m guessing . . . no.
We do have some old things hanging around on walls, but it seems like most things get taken down after five to ten years, judging by the dates on most of them. Very little that’s dated prior to 2000 is still around, though part of the 2nd floor of Bldg 141 (Fuels/Electrical Supply) has some military insignia and “73-74″ painted on it.
I mentioned this web site to a couple people, so maybe we’ll have someone else here soon . . . at which point, McMurdo Station will have the highest per capita representation on this board.