Here’s an interview with the Vice President of the Wells Fargo ATM Banking Division regarding the ATMs at McMurdo:
DP: Right. One other thing I wanted to correct something I said earlier, when you asked the question–you didn’t have a Wells Fargo account and how much would it cost you….and actually, there is no surcharge at those ATMs. Raytheon who owns the stuff going on down there at McMurdo Station didn’t want to charge their employees for that, and so we took that into consideration when we do our analysis as far as financials, so they’re actually making up that difference for them.
W: Oh, well, so one gets a better deal on using the ATM at the end of the world than down the street.
DP: Yeah, because anybody who’s using it there are employees.
From Widgett at needcoffee.com
There’s a bunch of photos of the Dome Deconstruction at SouthPoleStation.com. I lived in the Dome for a year, surrounded by mattress-covered roofs and frozen boxes of rump roast. With all the weird little buildings inside and compiled artifacts, the Dome was quite a character compared to the new station with its psychologically-uplifting indoor color scheme and rectangular sterility.
The Power Plant is at maximum electrical power capacity limits for Generator #3.
Immediately turn off any unnecessary electrical items in buildings on the list below.
[McMurdo Area Manager]”
Feeder “A” – Central Industrial
17 Equipment Ops.
34 Warm Up Shack, Waste Mgmt
72 Oil Separator
122 Skua Central
132 Automotive Supply
140 MCC/Post Office/Central Supp.
141 Fuel Ops. Work Center
143 Vehicle Maintenance Facility
168 VMF/Automotive Cold Storage
174 Flammable Storage
175 NSF/IS/Engineering Offices
176 Cold Food Storage Warehouse
185 Waste Management Shop
201 through 211 Berthing Buildings
Feeder “C” – Lower Industrial
08 Auxiliary Aquarium
36 Helo Pax Terminal
124 Seawater Intake Pump house
129 Helo Hanger
144 Dive Locker
156 ANG Supply
157 ANG Supply – Cold Storage
165 Mac Ops
179 Seawater Intake Building
187 Old Aquarium
Here’s a poster someone at McMurdo made this winter. The only information you need to know is that 1) Mid-Winter’s Day is the most important local holiday on the ice, during which many greetings and photos are exchanged between bases, and 2) a few weeks ago a vial of cocaine was found in the Raytheon Polar Denver headquarters and the police were promptly called in to verify the fact.
Here’s the new Korean Icebreaker. The Korean Land Ministry calls it a “marine powerhouse”.
Now that the Polar Sea and the Polar Star are on their way out, it won’t be long before the USAP is renting it for a tidy sum.
I know you visit this website because it entertains you. I agree that it is the job of someone who makes a website to entertain.
However, I write about Antarctica mostly when I am in Antarctica, and when I’m not, I rely on info provided by friends and contacts still on the ice. Antarctic politics and happenings will interest me forever.
When the site is not updated regularly, it means I’m somewhere doing something else. It is not a breach of my interest in Antarctic affairs.
My philosophy is to publish (blog) when there’s something universal or bizarre or of particular interest to Antarcticans to write about, and to shut up the rest of the time.
Hence the long breaks in coverage, which is simply the course of my life, and not meant as an offense to you.