RIP Jerri Nielsen
BOSTON (AP) -- Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, who diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer before a dramatic rescue from the South Pole, has died. She was 57. Her husband, Thomas FitzGerald, said she died Tuesday at their home in Southwick, Mass. Her cancer had been in remission until it returned in August 2005, he said Wednesday.
― Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 23:36 (eight years ago) Permalink
dude on the left is frightening me
― congratulations (n/a), Monday, 14 February 2011 21:47 (six years ago) Permalink
Shackleton is an all-time bad ass.
― gtfopocalypse (dan m), Monday, 14 February 2011 22:10 (six years ago) Permalink
Got that right.
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 February 2011 22:32 (six years ago) Permalink
apparently bad-ass enough to allow a zombie with no pupils on his expedition team
― congratulations (n/a), Monday, 14 February 2011 22:33 (six years ago) Permalink
and the dog on the far left is a shapeshifter!
― uncle twikkelingssteurnissen (unregistered), Monday, 14 February 2011 23:05 (six years ago) Permalink
has anyone seen this?
― caek, Monday, 14 February 2011 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink
apparently it's been screening on discovery in the UK
― caek, Monday, 14 February 2011 23:08 (six years ago) Permalink
Robert Scott's abandoned hut is just astonishingly beautiful and terrifying (you can see some high-res photos of it here and here: best viewed in full size). some of the furnishings came from the Shackleton Expedition, which reused the hut years after Scott met his doom.
that video looks interesting, caek. I hope it shows up on Discovery in the US at some point.
― uncle twikkelingssteurnissen (unregistered), Monday, 14 February 2011 23:21 (six years ago) Permalink
i read the worst journey in the world last year and posted this:
Will finish The Worst Journey In The World this weekend. Incredible book. Surprisingly funny. Not Jeeves and Wooster, but occasionally laugh out loud good. And obviously what happened is incredible and it can't help but be thrilling. It's a bit "one crevasse after another" (lol sounds like my friday night) for the first 300 pages or so, but from the winter journey to the penguin rookery onwards (obv. including the polar journey) it's just wonderful. And I really enjoyed the unusual structure of the last couple of hundred pages, which is assembled from diaries of multiple people in multiple parties and ends up jumping backwards and forwards revealing what happened in a rather crafty way (although obviously you know the basic story).
― caek, Monday, 14 February 2011 23:24 (six years ago) Permalink
tl;dr version: read if u like antarctica
― caek, Monday, 14 February 2011 23:25 (six years ago) Permalink
― caek, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:43 (six years ago) Permalink
south pole bar, winter 1977
― caek, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:44 (six years ago) Permalink
first sunrise after winter, 21 september 1977 just before flights start arriving againand this is what they sang http://www.southpolestation.com/spring/c130.mp3
― caek, Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:53 (six years ago) Permalink
― caek, Saturday, 5 March 2011 01:05 (six years ago) Permalink
― caek, Saturday, 5 March 2011 01:06 (six years ago) Permalink
this appeals to me on so many levels, make me sad that I've not seen places like this for myself.
― not_goodwin, Saturday, 5 March 2011 01:27 (six years ago) Permalink
they are adapting big dead place!
― caek, Friday, 7 October 2011 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink
― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 7 October 2011 15:35 (six years ago) Permalink
(the zombie guy is frank wild)
― mark s, Friday, 7 October 2011 15:47 (six years ago) Permalink
Great stuff (and a link to the original piece if you'd like to go all in).
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 23:19 (six years ago) Permalink
nature had a seriously good week this week, with these mountains and ionian water
― caek, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 23:28 (six years ago) Permalink
― toandos, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:45 (five years ago) Permalink
In which mark s digs deep, with Scott/Amundsen as a launching point for all kinds of things:
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 April 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink
deep into the zone of pitchforkmedia
― Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Monday, 30 April 2012 14:32 (five years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink
"I'm going online, I may be some time..."
― second dullest ILXor since 1929 (snoball), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 19:57 (five years ago) Permalink
RIP Nick Johnson, writer of the terrific Big Dead Place book and blog: http://feralhouse.com/nick-johnson-rip/
― Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 6 December 2012 08:44 (five years ago) Permalink
Yeesh. Heavy stuff. Rip.
― caek, Thursday, 6 December 2012 10:32 (five years ago) Permalink
that last link post here is just awful (http://feralhouse.com/nick-johnson-rip/), on many levels. i know the person writing it was dealing with intense pain, but it's probably not a good idea to imply that the author of a rejection letter was the cause of someone's suicide. she has to live a life, too. ugh. the south pole, man. fuck.
― Karl Malone, Saturday, 2 September 2017 04:26 (four months ago) Permalink
i meant to revive this a while back when i finished reading his book, but just want to second the recommendation of Big Dead Place. elvis mentioned it above, caek recommended i read it, and mookie even sent me an e-book version! it was an ILX-sponsored reading journey, and now i'm happy to hop on the Big Dead Place train as well.
the book is about living and working in antarctica, mainly the McMurdo station. but it's not about the environment or the hazardous conditions, and certainly not about scientific research. instead, it's about surreal bureaucracy, one of my favorite topics. johnson worked in the waste management department at the station. johnson must have been a nightmare for the NSF (the operator of the station, with the authority residing in Denver) - a worker who recognized the absurdity of his working environment, had the talent to express it eloquently (and hilariously), and the willingness to name names and embarrass management. i imagine he would have found the working environment absurd in just about any workplace administered by the government - ime, the entire federal government is like a bad episode of The Office - but the extremes of antarctica really brought out something special in him. i'd like to think that i would have been his friend in mcmurdo, if i was there, toeing the line with authority. but who knows, i may have been the guy who gets promoted to lower management as an emergency fill-in and then ends up being the buttoned up stooge passing along orders from Denver that everyone hated. or the weirdo down the hall who never left the room except to bring out buckets of frozen piss and pick up more beer.
at any rate, i finished his book several weeks back and it's one of those writings that has really struck with me. RIP nick johnson.
― Karl Malone, Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:11 (three days ago) Permalink
yes! great book. i didn't make the government bureaucracy connection with you, but it makes sense that would ring true for you.
gonna post this again now we have embeds
― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 15 January 2018 05:28 (two days ago) Permalink