Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Last night, I finally watched Antarctica: A Year on Ice and really enjoyed it.  New Zealander (and frequent Antarctica over-winterer) Anthony Powell has been filming the landscape and conducting interviews with fellow workers for over 10 years.  The result is absolutely unbelievable footage and insight into what it’s like to visit and work in the southern polar zone.  The scenes of the Southern Lights will catch your breath.

Song of the Sea

The other night, we watched Song of the Sea for Movie Night.  It’s an Oscar-nominated animated film that brings to life the Irish folktale of the selkie – mythical creatures that live as seals in the sea but can shed their skin to become a human on land.  Besides being visually stunning, the story explores family dynamics and sibling relationships, grief, and even a little magic.  It’s not to be missed!

Roll it

The [beloved] NOAA Ship Albatross IV was decommissioned in 2008, and eventually sold to the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Mexico.  Here is a video of the A4 arriving at the CIDIPORT Research Center.  I had dreamed of purchasing this vessel, refitting it (Steve Zissou style), and using it as a charter vessel for all of my friends and colleagues.  Some dreams are not meant to be…

via: Chris Tremblay