Where in the World is ERV? II

Goin to Antarctica to scope out future Karnak locations.

Might stay to oversee construction. *shrug* Actually, if I can figure out a way to get high-speed internet, I might just hang out down there for a while. Have some peace and quiet… ‘alone time’…

Nothing to do with the blogging contest earlier this year, but you can go vote for Wes Elsberry again if you want! This time its for the Arctic!

Anyway, Im currently home in MO, dropping off Arnie to stay with my parents while Im gone. “Wont Arnie miss youuuuu???” people wonder. Short answer: No. LOL! Daisy is SO HAPPY!!!

Whats funny is that it is absolutely frigid here. 20s, terrible wind chills, even colder at night… And now Im about to fly to LA, 64 degrees and sunny, to Buenos Aires, 88 degrees, to Antarctica, 34 degrees (highs and lows, the sun aint goin down hehe!).

Its going to be warmer in Antarctica than its going to be at home :-/ LOL!!!!

See yall in a while ๐Ÿ˜€ Ill post piccies/video when I get back!


  1. #1 biopunk
    December 14, 2010


    Hey erv, if you could, may I suggest bringing some extra books or DVDs you wouldn’t mind leaving behind there? Antarctica can be a dull place when the weather sucks and there can be a lot of downtime for everyone involved, so the more to choose from, the better.

    It is not everyday you get an opportunity to affect the culture of an entire continent, so if you do, choose wisely…

    Clear skies!

  2. #2 Cuttlefish
    December 14, 2010


    Have a wonderful time!

  3. #3 BeamStalk
    December 14, 2010

    Wow, that was just a crazy way out there guess by me and it was right? I has powers!

  4. #4 ERV
    December 14, 2010

    There are now ‘body scan’ images of ERV in existence.

    If anyone finds them and gets me a copy, you will be greatly rewarded… mostly with a body scan image of ERV…

  5. #5 cynical1
    December 14, 2010

    Color me daft but I don’t know what a Karnak location is. There’s the religious ruins in Egypt but I can’t figure out how that ties in with an atheist going to Antartica.

    Nevertheless, enjoy your trip.

  6. #6 BeamStalk
    December 14, 2010

    @cynical1 – for shame and the movie just came out. Karnak is the name of Ozymandias’ Antarctic base in the Watchmen. It is where the climax of the story takes place.

  7. #7 Optimus Primate
    December 14, 2010

    There are now ‘body scan’ images of ERV in existence.

    If anyone finds them and gets me a copy, you will be greatly rewarded… mostly with a body scan image of ERV…

    Well, there go my plans for the evening…

  8. #8 Hu
    December 14, 2010

    Way to go, Abbie! Have fun.

  9. #9 Sili
    December 14, 2010

    Holy hell!

    Very jealous.

    (Are there many viruses on the bottom?)

  10. #10 Azkyroth
    December 14, 2010

    You’re heading to *Antarctica*?

    Man, what did the police dig up on that guy? O.O

    (Are there many viruses on the bottom?)

    Yes. That’s what condoms are for. ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. #11 mikeg
    December 14, 2010

    hiv/aids cured in germany… thats what this thing im lookin at told me… must be true and now everybody is turning gay cuz michelle bachmann says so

  12. #12 titmouse
    December 14, 2010

    Wow, cool!

    Hope it’s a great adventure, and I hope you can blog a little while you’re there.

  13. #13 ERV
    December 14, 2010

    Heh. Its going to be warmer in Antarctica than it will be in my hometown.

    The highs will be the same, but since the sun doesnt go down in Antarctica, the high is basically the low. In my hometown, the low is REALLY FUCKING LOW. heeeeeeehehehehe!

    Also, I just realized how ‘trivial’ this adventure is for me. Get on a plane, get on an ice-breaker boat, hurray! People fucking died trying to do this same thing back in the day. LOL!


    Also, LA: Land of the hipsters AND mullets. :-/

  14. #14 Anonymous
    December 14, 2010
  15. #15 Kemanorel
    December 15, 2010

    *beat music starts*
    Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego E-R-V.

    Yeah, yeah, I know that doesn’t really work, but I’m can’t be the only one that thought that…

    Remember, don’t eat yellow snow. That’s the best advice I can give you.

    Good luck down there.

  16. #16 Rorschach
    December 15, 2010

    Have fun Abbie, and keep us posted !!

  17. #17 Prometheus
    December 15, 2010


    “hiv/aids cured in germany… thats what this thing im lookin at told me…”

    I saw that. I hate science journalists.

    Bone marrow transplant in a leukemia patient from a compatible double delta.

    If you have an absolute northern European genealogy that predates Edward the third there is a 10% chance you could be a donor to another northern European with a genealogy that predates Edward the third who has HIV then maybe……

    It’s like saying “Cancer Cured*”

    * if your name is Ethel Rosenblatt and you can steal the beating heart of an African black rhino before the rising of the full moon over Cookietown.

  18. #18 Charl
    December 15, 2010

    Qui custodiet ipsos custodes?

    Shackleton (currently free on 4oD, for those of us in the UK) is one of those stories about sub-optimal Antartic journeys. Eight Below is a Disney-fied Antartic disaster (for dogs) – almost no-one dies!

  19. #19 Cain
    December 15, 2010

    ERV Part 2: Abbie goes Hawaiian Antarctic

    Have fun with the polar bears and abominable snowmen and Eskimos and what not.

    Is this HIV research?

  20. #20 Arkady
    December 15, 2010

    V cool, back when I was applying for PhD projects there was one with the British Antarctic Survey group looking at ‘phages that infect the weird bacteria that live in Antarctic melt pockets. Didn’t get it, but ended up in ‘normal’ molecular-bio virus research anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you go to McMurdo say hi to my friend Aaron, he’s out there atm for a geography project on Erebus. Easy to recognise, if he hasn’t had a haircut recently he’ll look like Frodo!

  21. #21 Mobius
    December 16, 2010

    Antarctica??? Color me jealous.

    Have a good time.

  22. #22 Ben Breuer
    December 16, 2010

    Bon voyage! Enjoy the sun and squeeze in a few minutes to get to know Buenos Aires, if you can.

    (Was this an organized cruise, or a science project, or cobbled together on your own? Also, what are you going to do? Visiting Erebus? Diving below the Shelfs? Selling tuxes to penguins?)

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