Research Blog Antarctica #42

Comic: Mike O’Sullivan, Andrew Dabb & Tim Seeley: G.I. Joe: Special Missions: Antarctica (Devil’s Due, 2006) I’m afraid objectivity just flew out of the window. G.I. Joe, or Action Force as they were known in Finland, were easily my favorite toys and comics when I was a kid, trumping even Continue Reading

Hard Evidence

I got a stack of old photographs as a birthday present from my grandmother a while ago. I’ve only ever seen a very few pictures of when I was a child, so I was happy to see these. My mother has told me that I used to play the violin Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #41

Non-fiction: Caroline Alexander: Endurance (Otava 1998/1999) This is the book that launched the turn-of-the-millennium Shackleton craze. This is at least the fifth time I see or read the story in some form or another, soI was prepared to be bored. The writing is engaging, however, and the photos are used Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #40

Fiction film: George Miller: Happy Feet (U.S.A./Australia, 2006) A really good animated movie about tapdancing penguins. Visually very striking, and I appreciated both the obvious amount of research about Antarctica that had gone into this movie and the way they put all the possibilities of CGI into good use for Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #39

Non-fiction: David G. Campbell: The Crystal Desert – Summers in Antarctica (Mariner Books, 2002) A slightly generic account of an American scientist’s stay at a Brazilian Antarctic station. Perhaps unfortunately I would have been interested in reading about the particulars of the Brazilian Antarctic program, but Campbell is interested in Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #38

Fiction: M.E. Morris: the Icemen (Presidio Press 1988) This is one of the strangest Antarctica books I’ve read. It’s ostensibly a techno-thriller about Nazis on the ice, the last remnants of the Third Reich moving from Argentina to found their own country in neutral territory. The Nazis are planning to Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #37

Fiction film: Bob Saget: Farce of the Penguins (U.S.A. 2007) A rather unfunny parody movie about the French nature documentary March of the Penguins. It uses actual penguin footage with various celebrities voice-acting the characters. If you want to see Samuel L. Jackson, Alyson Hannigan and penguin-related anal sex jokes Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #36

Non-fiction: William A. Cassidy: Meteorites, Ice, and Antarctica (Cambridge University Press, 2003) A general reader about meteorites and the American meteorite-hunting program in Antarctica. It’s an interesting, readable book. I wasn’t particularly interested in meteorites before, but this book managed to sell its subject in a way that it seemed Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #33 – 35

Fiction film: Koreyoshi Kurahara: Antarctica (Japan, 1983) One of the two great, old school Antarctic movie classics, along with the Thing. I’ve already seen the U.S. remake of this movie, Eight Below, so it was wonderful to finally get my hands on the original. It doesn’t disappoint. It’s a movie Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #32

Non-fiction: Peter Hillary & John E. Elder: In the Ghost Country – a Lifetime spent on the Edge (Free Press, 2003) What a rarity: A novel kind of an Antarctica book. What starts as the usual sports narrative of accomplishment typical of modern-day accounts of expeditions attempting to reach the Continue Reading