time reversal

the stories of four physicists separated by the whims of fate

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O’ahu, Hawaii

January 8th, 2010 1 Comment

After getting off the ice, I was cruelly stranded for 5 days on the island of O’ahu, which is part of Hawaii. The flight in from Sydney was great–I was seated next to a flight attendant who was going on vacation (and who knew all the crew) so I was treated to half a (full-size) […]

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Christchurch!

January 6th, 2010 No Comments

I woke up in the morning and headed down to breakfast, where Mike (I finally remembered his name) was already sitting petting Sandy’s little white terrier. After breakfast, we decided to head to the beach. The beach was totally awesome (despite me horribly sunburning the tops of my feet), and there were even Christmas trees […]

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Off the ice bitchez!

January 1st, 2010 No Comments

It’s hard to believe that yesterday I was at the South Pole. Right now, I’m sitting in my comfy bed at the Devon B&B in Christshurch. Our flight got in really late (this morning it was delayed 3 hours due to “weather enroute”), so as it’s almost 1 am I’m skipping the traditional “go out […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2009 1 Comment

Hey everyone, merry Christmas! It’s a day ahead here at the south pole, so this morning I woke up to Christmas brunch. Yesterday we had a flight come in with three triwalls full of mail, and I got two Christmas presents that I opened this morning. I now have the largest supply of tea and […]

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Thanksgiving, dance parties, and the dome

December 14th, 2009 No Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here, and much has happened. First of all, Thanksgiving happened! The pies we made were delicious, and after dinner there was sangria and dancing. In addition to the standard dancing in the galley after dinner, a large crew headed out to the summer camp lounge afterward for some more […]

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Chocolate!

November 26th, 2009 1 Comment

A few days ago we had our first installment of package mail since I’ve been here. There was an announcement over the intercom: “Attention South Pole: All hands to Destination ZULU to bring freshies into station. Repeat: This is your Thanksgiving dinner. Come help!” I pulled on my ECW gear and walked down to DZ, […]

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Lowering in the cryostat

November 21st, 2009 No Comments

We finished up observations 2 days ago, and yesterday we lowered the optics and receiver cryostats out of the receiver cabin. The optics cryostat weighs roughly a ton, and is a really tight fit in the cabin. In order to lower it, I had to climb up and squeeze behind the cryostat, attached some chain […]

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40 years of women

November 16th, 2009 No Comments

Last week was the 40th anniversary of women at the south pole. Some of the first women to come to the pole were scientists working in the dry valleys near McMurdo. In November 1969, six women flew to the pole on a military aircraft as tourists. These days in the summer there are usually 40-50 […]

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Hello from 90 south!

November 10th, 2009 No Comments

I made it to pole today, after 5 straight days of traveling. This time I was with Brad and Abby for the whole trip, and we had a great time in Christchurch. Notably, we had some great Indian food and beer while in Christchurch, and we went for a walk through the botanical gardens. Since […]

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lizinboulder (part the first)

October 8th, 2009 No Comments

I went to visit Dave last weekend in Boulder, and decided that I’m going to live there when I grow up (roughly 7-15 years from now, if it ever happens). It was a most excellent weekend, despite the only furniture in Dave’s apartment being a rug and cardboard boxes. Saturday was beautiful and sunny, so […]

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