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Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008, 11:41 am
Thule...

Well, I got all the Thule information I wanted and just need to make a decision now...

Some interesting tidbits...

"If the weather is bad in Thule the flight may be diverted to St Johns, Newfoundland; Kangerlussuaq, Greenland; Keflavick, Iceland; or Frobisher Bay, Canada."

"Thule also known as Pituffik"

"Survival gear is required to be carried with you when you go up to the radar facility from 15 September thru 15 May. The survival gear consists of a parka, winter pants, mittens, special boots, face mask. This gear is to be used only in case of emergency if you are caught in a storm while traveling to/from the radar site from the main base."

"No internet access in the dorms. There is no pharmacy here. There are no standard commercial phone lines at Thule. If you have a cell phone that works in Europe, it may work at Thule... Sometimes."

"Mess hall meal costs: Breakfast $1.70; Lunch & Dinner $3.30 each."

"There is a gym with an endless pool, movie theater, library, community center, BX, deli, post office, barber, dry cleaner."

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
pfloyd

What's all this about Thule?

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil

Raytheon has an open job listing for a software guy at Thule AFB. It is for installation and integration of UEWR to the Thule Early Warning Radar. Kind of like the one I did at Beale AFB a couple years ago, but slightly longer and much colder.

More taxable cash and much less 'per diem'. Its like 30% hardship bonus + 10% off site + 10% out of US + ... which totals up to about an extra 100% of pay, but your mostly stuck in Greenland. Every 6 weeks you get 11 days off paid and back home. While not home you're working 6 days a week 12 hours a day.

Its really the lack of viable internet access to communicate back home that is pushing me over to the "No thanks" camp.

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
pfloyd

I would agree. I mean, c'mon, you get internet access at McMurdo in the Antarctic, why not in Greenland? Thule's practically a huge listening station for DIA and the Puzzle Palace as it is...

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil

You can get it for $2 per half hour in the community center(during the hours they are open).

We have access to the internet(sort of) in the office area, but its via secure satellite link and back around to the US, then through Raytheon VPN, etc. Very very slow.

The key word in my complaint was 'viable'. No personal computer with access, so no online games, no PBP, no mindless surf/chat sessions. A long walk in the COLD to the community center to just post to LJ(and a 2 buck fee)? Oiy!

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
pfloyd

yeah... best bet to stay home and try out HARP in a couple of months, if the group's game...

Tue, Jan. 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil

HARP?

Half Arse'd Roll Playing?

Wed, Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
pfloyd

High Adventure Role Playing...

It's a really good system from Iron Crown Enterprises. I'd say it's d20 on steroids, but it's better.

Damage isn't based on a die roll that never changes. Damage is based on how well you hit with your weapon. You have spell points instead of the old Vancian system. Spells have a chance to fail, or really really succeed well.

Check out HARP Lite at http://www.harphq.com/index.htm

Wed, Jan. 23rd, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
toast14

...and that'd be why I'm so glad I'm off that program...