I still don’t have an admin assistant, and I’m getting stretched pretty thin. The other day I had to print some checks, and got interrupted by something else before I got the check stock out of the printer. The first five pages of an interesting white paper by Tom McGovern wound up on check stock. I didn’t even notice until I got home and started to read the thing… So there were some checks to void.
But I did manage to do a good bit of work yesterday on the maps for the ice road corridor for the Barrow Gas field project. Still not report ready, but I was able to talk with the woman who is the main GIS person for the project, and mark up a map so she could constrict the cleared corridor a bit where it got close to some possible hunting stand locations. It’s still plenty wide, although apparently the engineers were worried that if they can’t go exactly there, they’ll have to go through lots of polygonized ground, which is more expensive to build ice roads on. The thing is the well pad the ice road is going to is on polygonized ground, and surrounded by lots more of it, so I don’t think they’re going to avoid much that way. I can always test it next summer if they really want to go just there.
Today I managed to get two different abstracts for talks in, which is pretty amazing. One was for the Saturday Schoolyard talk that Trace Hudson, one of the Barrow HS students from this summer, and I are giving on the 16th (gotta get my part done before then…) and the other was for the 18th Arctic Conference, which is being held at Bryn Mawr College this year. Since I’d been implicated in talking Rick Davis and the BMC Anthro department into hosting this (the fact that I hosted it in Barrow, with 2 HS students for assistance, while writing my dissertation and working full-time so how hard can it be did figure prominently in my arguments), it really was incumbent on me to give a paper. I’m talking about the material culture of modern whaling (the stuff that a whaling captain and his wife and crew members need to have specifically for whaling) and where those things get used and stored.
So folks, especially East Coast Arctic types, the registration/paper/poster deadline is Friday, October 15. So get a move on!