Just when you get the challenges of darkness figured out, the planet goes and shifts on you and there's a whole new set of anomalies to deal with. Keeps life interesting, I guess.
This is a copy of the semi-annual "disclaimer" that we received in our school district email today. I thought some of you might find it interesting or amusing...or both.
Subject: AT&T Alascom Network Advisory
Please note that AT&T Alascom satellite facilities will be experiencing sun related service degradations as a result of the alignment of the sun with our telecommunications satellite and ground stations. Sun outages occur for a few days semi-annually when our satellite passes directly between the antenna on earth and the sun. Radio frequency noise from the sun is stronger than the desired signal from the satellite, resulting in a brief service interruption.
Beginning 2/21/2008 and ending 3/5/2008, customers may experience noise or service interruptions. The most likely time for these interruptions will be between 12:13 AST/21:13 GMT and 12:34 AST/ 21:34 / GMT. Different areas will be affected on different dates and times during this period.
AT&T Alascom customers who experience fading or interruptions during these sun outages may contact the AT&T Alascom Client Solutions Center for assistance by dialing 1 800 403-9234. ______________________________
That last sentence seems a little goofy to me...are they actually offering assistance with telecommunication outages via phone? :)
Welcome to the Arctic! This space is dedicated to observations and experiences related to daily life in the Inupiat Eskimo village of Atqasuk. Questions and comments are invited. Thanks for visiting! Quyanaqpaq!
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Interested in Inuit culture? Check out these films...
The Fast Runner is an excellent representation of ancient Inuit culture. The R-rating is for nudity, violence, and some language. Subtitles are utilized throughout. I do not recommend this film for children, but it's an extremely accurate portrayal of the culture. It was introduced to me by an Inupiat woman who raved about it. And I agree!
For a preview, click here.
The Snow Walker is another excellent representation of Inuit culture circa 1940's. This film is rated PG, I'm guessing for language. No subtitles that I remember. It starts a little slow, but gets much better. It will leave you with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the survival skills of this culture.
For a preview, click here.
Great For Kids!
Whale Snow by Debby Dahl Edwardson is a warm and culturally sensitive story centered on the Inupiat subsistence tradition of whaling. It is available in both English and Inupiaq translation. The illustrations, by Annie Patterson are exquisite and add to the quiet softness that the story inspires.
To order this title on Amazon.com, click here.
The Alaska Geographic series is an excellent informational resource. The edition entitled North Slope Now deals exclusively with this area and even features relatives of my students. Although it was published in 1989, it is still current enough to provide a general understanding of culture, lifestyle, and issues faced by this northern-most region.
To order this title from Alaska Geographic, click here.
More about Kaktovik Disaster of 2005 (from Dec post, "The Edge")