It’s something we take for granted in our modern, civilized world, but a really severe winter brings a lot of challenges with it. Dar Williams, in her song February, sings a beautiful piece about living through the worst of it:
In other places closer to the Arctic/Antarctic circles, the winter solstice barely brings any daylight at all, making for an incredibly dreary, depressing time:
But some people thrive in the cold. Some people can take what would be a challenging, intense situation and simply do their best work under those circumstances. My friend Brian was only 11 degrees away from the North Pole this summer, and loved it. But now one of my cherished SciBlings, grrlscientist, has an opportunity to do something just as cool at the other pole, but she needs our help.
Quark Expeditions is looking for an official blogger to join their expedition to Antarctica. And she is not only in the running, and not only one of the leading vote-getters, she’s the best qualified person of all the top candidates. Seriously, go check it out here, sort it by popularity, and here’s what you’ll find:
The first guy? Can’t even write properly! It’s seriously appalling. The second guy? No understanding of science whatsoever, and it looks like the only reason he’s got so many votes is because of his relation to another Osmond. The third person? That’s our Grrl! Go vote for her here! (Yes, you have to register.) This isn’t just about helping out another scienceblogger, it’s about declaring that the most coveted jobs should go to the best people. And I can’t think of a better message to send this Labor Day. So seriously, go vote for her. Help her make the most of her keystrokes.
Otherwise, the best I have to look forward to this winter is another one of these in Portland: