Monday, May 30, 2005
posted 5/30/2005 09:42:00 AM UTC+12, McMurdo Local Time

It's a small world!

I think I've got the layout of the blog pretty much how it's going to stay. Not because it's perfect, but because it's functional and I'm too busy with other stuff to spend a lot of time making it look really nice. Hopefully, there will be enough interesting content that the layout won't matter anyways!

So, I got an out-of-the-blue email from a friend of mine that I met on the Appalachian Trail a couple years ago:

Hey Skittles,
The Colorado trail will be amazing! Wildflower from Seattle just came thru colorado and we went and camped near the colorado trail in the lost creek wilderness. Are you going to be in Antarctica this Fall? Because i will be too. I am working in the kitchen at mcmurdo station from October to February? What will you be doing down there? Write back and let me know. That would be so awesome if we were down there at the same time.
take care and happy planning,

Wow! Isn't it crazy that out of the thousands of people who apply to these jobs, that something like 700 new people get picked out of the whole country, and I know one of the other people who will be taking a job down there! I'll fill you in on the background of this whole thing with a nice, long prequil post sometime soon, but right now it's time to bike over to the computer store so I can get an adapter and post some pictures!

Sunday, May 29, 2005
posted 5/29/2005 08:26:00 PM UTC+12, McMurdo Local Time

So, it's 1:26am local time here in Boulder (I'm about to set the time on this blog to GMT+12, McMurdo local time) and I'm sitting here typing one-handed, listening to Sublime, eating chips, and learning just enough CSS to make this blog unique-ish and cleanly styled. It's kind of fun to learn some new geeky stuff, but I'm remembering how I used to get into a weird pattern during the summertime where each day would start and end a little later than the last...

What's been happening today? I slept in, went on a nice 5-6 hour hike from my door to Bear Pk and back by a longer route, ate, met L's (she's one of my housemates) parents, organized some paperwork, then started goofing off on the net - eventually creating this thing. Life is good! Today I found myself missing playing with electronics; pouring over datasheets, breadboarding, paging through digikey, using my nifty old oscilliscope, doing PCB layouts, the smell of rosin burning against hot copper clad. I'm a geek. Maybe I just miss having the tools and materials around to build practically anything I wanted, who knows, I'll spend some time in GA before leaving and can goof off a bit then. Maybe CU will let me use their shops when I'm a student, we'll find out in time.