I'm currently sitting in the science computer lab of the R/V Atlantis research ship. Around me are no less than 20 computer monitors, two tv's, three ordinary printers, two poster plotters (I think that's what they're called, essentially very large printers), racks full of circuitry and servers, four fire hydrants, and--just for good measure--two analog clocks. I will undoubtedly post a lot more about the Atlantis in the coming weeks but for now it will have to suffice to say that it is the largest and coolest (I spent part of today examining the vehicles which discovered the corpse of the Titannic) vessel I have ever been on; and it hasn't even left port yet!
Tonight I would like to share with you my goals for the summer. I've broken these down into three sections: before the cruise, during the cruise, and after the cruise.
Before the cruise (aka this past week):
During the cruise:
After the cruise:
And finally, (this past week notwithstanding) I intend to write regularly for this blog. Communication of my experiences, passions (science, the outdoors, ultimate frisbee, ice cream, to name a few), and visions is a skill which I keenly want to improve. There is, of course, no expectation that you will continue to read anything that I write. But I hope to engage you such that you want to keep reading.
For the next two weeks I am going to be on a research cruise picking up ocean bottom seismometers off the coast of Oregon. I will only have sporadic access to slow satellite internet, so I don't know how often I'll be able to upload my posts. For now I'm going to head down to my folding bed in the belly of the ship afore I lose any more coherence. We set sail on the morrow!
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