|"I had decided that we would all take part in this historic event...It was the privilege of all those who had risked their lives in the fight."
--Roald Amundsen, The South Pole
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Other polar sites
Believe it or not, there are others. The British National Maritime Museum is putting on a exhibition of all sorts of history from the race for the pole, including the flags planted at the pole by Amundsen and Scott. Start saving your money now, it's showing until September 2001 in London. Also, a friend pointed us to Antarctic-Circle.org, whose history section is far superior to ours at the moment. Diving under Antarctic Ice has pictures from dives, well, under the Antarctic Ice. Beautiful! Also, there is another fan of Last Place on Earth who has put up a detailed synopsis of each episode. His name is Kevin McCorry, and here's the link. Thanks, Kevin! Yahooligans has some links to some Scott sites, including this one from Who2, which is pretty good even if they do use the word 'expeditioneers.' We have in the past frequented The South Pole, and although we're not so big on stamps, their history section is very thorough and very good. There's also 70South, for modern enthusiasts. Computerworld Antarctica has excellent links and loads of nifty science facts. I would recommend taking a virtual tour of Antarctica, to get an idea of what these men actually went through. The Scott Polar Research Institute is the foremost archive of things Antarctic. It would be safe to say that none of the books available to read would be here if not for them. They've got an Index to Antarctic expeditions, a "comprehensive guide to internet resources" on historic and contemporary expeditions. There's also the SPRILIB Antarctica, a bibliographic database for all your research needs. For more information on the Arctic, visit Polarweb, a Finnish site about both poles. Trusty PBS has two excellent sites: one on Shackleton and one on global warming and its effect on Antarctica. And while you're on the Environmentalist track, you should visit The Antarctica Project to see Antarctic Conservation in practice. And if you're in the mood to shop, look no further than Antarctic Connection. They've got all the postcards, books and videos you could ever hope for. And finally, Kodak, of all people, has an exceptional site about Shackleton's Endurance Expedition, where you can get wallpaper of Frank Hurley's Antarctic photographs. Also visit NEW! Frankhurley.com NEW! for new information on Shackleton's photographer.
We ain't just about Antarctica
If you are desperate to know more about the inner workings of the Polargeek mind--again, who isn't?--look no further than Modern Humorist. There is nothing funnier on the web than this. That's fiction, anyway. For some real people comedy, go to NEW! In Passing... NEW! . People do say the funniest things. If you're looking for some good writing, some good advice, and a fantastic T-shirt, TomatoNation is the place to go. We are proud to say we helped out with the shirt design. Hissyfit is quite a good read, and it's Canadian. Now that MST3K is gone, look to TimmyBigHands for all your sarcasm needs. And since, as you well know, polargeeking is an arduous and time consuming lifestyle, thank goodness for Mighty Big TV, because otherwise we wouldn't get to enjoy all the guilty pleasures of bad TV. Brunching Shuttlecocks is an excellent site for a pick-me-up laugh. Visit often, as there is something new there everyday. Of course, no "funny site" compilation would be complete without the uber-satire of The Onion.
Everyone has friends with websites nowadays, and even those of us stuck in the Edwardian era are no exceptions. Here is a friend of mine in Norway, who has a site about the regional dress of Telemark county, a collection of autographs, and a cat named Gustav Mahler. Try reading it in Norwegian first. It's exotic! Here is my coworker of mine, who is a crack programmer. We also share an interest in English history. There is a middle sister, [warning: loud links to follow] Jennie, who is no polargeek, but she is in a couple bands, and would love to have you visit. Please keep in mind we're pretty sure she's not actually related to us. And if you're interested in bands, and Jennie hasn't scared you away yet, you can try any one of my friend Steve's bands. He's no N'Sync, mind you, but I think that's the point.
First and foremost, thanks to IMDB for the information on all the actors and movies. This website would be anemic without them. Second, but still foremost, we'd like to thank BulletProof FTP for creating a fast, excellent FTP program. We rarely buy off Tucows, but this time it was worth it!
What we have gained from these sites was not merely educational. We readily admit to lifting whole chunks of code and altering it for our purposes, and would like to take this opportunity to thank the sites listed here. We are truly grateful, and hope that the cool tricks used on this site are not too painfully derivative of the superior originals.
In the spirit of this sentiment, we hereby permit anyone to lift chunks of our code, to be altered and used as you see fit. Try not to get lost, though (and please, no hate mail), because Lord knows our code ain't pretty.