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 MOUNTAIN NOTES      06.May.2000

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If you visit our website at, you'll see our newly created banner. We'll also have an additional logo to throw at ya. Stan K. - alias The MountainGnomes son - created the banner, and also a New ~ Free wallpaper! Needless to say, when ya see the wallpaper, you'll see that Stan is a Linux Groupie! Have ya ever noticed, that Linux is not as vulnerable to viruses as MicroSoft Products?! Thiiiink abooouut iiittt!!

  • If today is the first day of the rest of your life, then what the hell was yesterday?
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 Jack Bob Jones    Wed. 03 May 2000

Davis Station Antarctica:
Jack Unplugged and night time fire training are worthy of reporting this week. Following the highest monthly snowfall on record in April and a month of strong winds for Davis, the last week has been magic. The temperature dropped into the minus twenties and the sunrises and sunsets have been special with a green flash recorded on Sunday and a magnificent red "bursting bomb" sunrise on Tuesday. Aurorae have been seen on most nights with Saturday's show spectacular.
The established GPS sea-ice routes to all the huts have been opened to quad travel following the sea-ice monitoring programmes of last week. Several people have reported twinkling lights in the sky. Nico first saw a red flickering light on Monday night and very cautiously announced his observation with the question "what time was the Met balloon released?" The next morning Ray and Brett saw the lights, much to Nico's relief, as he was beginning to think that some of the guys may have thought that he was losing it. We reckon it must be a satellite but we have not had enough time to check out the appropriate website.
On Tuesday fire chief, Ray Bajinskis organised a night time fire drill with one person missing the muster and eventually being rescued from a smoke (artificial particle smoke) filled emergency power house. Fire training exercise. Patient being carried out of the power house on a stretcher.
On Saturday night following dinner Jack Gilbert presented 40 minutes of songs he has written at Davis. Most of us could relate to a very moving piece to his girlfriend "Cathy".Darren Harpur with largophone, Andrew Reid, Jack Gilbert and Joe Hopkins. Following this the Davis band of Andrew Reid on guitar, Darron Lehmann on drums and Jack Gilbert on vocals and guitar, took requests from the floor. The session ended with an excellent rendition of "Halleluha".
National science week (03-10 May) opened at Davis with Jack participating in an ABC Online forum and George Klich presenting a lunchtime seminar of slides and video footage of the aurora programme. Everyone was then invited to a tour of the laboratory. More sessions are planned for the remainder of science week.
Cheers from Davis.
Information relating to Davis Station is at:
All content and photos are property and Copyright of the Australian Antarctic Division.

To Bob and all the folks at Davis....until next time.....have safe.

  • Someone who smiles when things go wrong, just thought of someone else to blame it on.
Talk About Dumb..
Jim Nulf, retired from the Jacksonville, Florida Police Department, remembers a couple of midnight bandits who tried to steal money from what they thought was a local bank's night depository. They lit a stick of dynamite, dropped it into the deposit slot and stepped back a few feet. Unfortunately for them, they had confused the bank's night depository with the drop vault of a nearby car wash. The dynamite exploded, blowing the front off the vault. The paper money was blown to shreds and the coins were propelled out like shot out of a shotgun, severely wounding the would-be bank robbers.

-- The Mountain Man        


Ridin' the Rails: Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railway
Sit Back, relax, and enjoy the salt air breezes as you travel along the west shore of Aquidneck island in a 1904 open platform coach or a 1884 parlor car.
Coach passengers enjoy a ride in a vintage car with a "turn of the century" atmosphere seating in one of 72 seats heated by a pot belly stove.
First Class passengers will enjoy the "1884" sumptuous private parlor car with individual wicker chairs, limited to 30 and all facing the Bay. The parlor car also enjoys the presence of a full retention toilet system installed in 1992, A pot belly stove, a private office and a food preparation area.
Experience a once forgotten era as you travel through the noted Newport RI Naval Base and along scenic Narragansett Bay with its scenic vistas of ships sailing in the bay, natural rocky beaches and wildlife that have adjoined the railway since 1864. Join them and be part of their railroad heritage.
Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!
  • Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
Outdoor Adventure: Hatch River Expeditions
Are you lookingfor a fun-filled, exciting vacation? Tired of the same old thing? Come see their rivers! They have something for just about everyone--from mild to wild!
When it comes to choosing an outfitter for your rafting vacation, whether a day trip,a weekend, a vacation or family outing, Hatch River Expeditions leads the way! Vacation with the Original River Running Company, where there is no substitute for experience. See what they have to offer and see why people keep coming back year after year.
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
Summer Adventure: RIO!!
Rio de Janeiro is what most foreigners think of when they imagine Brazil from afar--and for good reason. The city has friendly people, sophisticated cultural life, and absolutely stunning beaches. Still, Brazil can intimidate outsiders, who might find a good introduction to local customs and regulations helpful. All About Rio includes an excellent Rio for Beginners section that talks about getting the necessary visas, using the telephone system, and generally getting along with the Cariocas, as the locals call themselves. Other portions of the site will help you find a hotel and plan your sightseeing schedule.
Survival Tip:Learn how to navigate:
Buy a compass and/or a global positioning system (GPS), and a map of the area where you are going. Learn how to use them. Topographical maps are available from the Department of Natural Resources. As you travel through the wilderness, pay attention to your surroundings; take note of landmarks, and periodically look back the way you came.
Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!


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  • 24 hours in a day...24 beers in a case...coincidence?


IBM Antivirus online:
VBS.LoveLetter: Another self-mailing worm
by Dave Chess
In early May, 2000, a self-mailing worm called VBS.LoveLetter was found spreading in locations around the world. Like the Melissa virus, the worm (sometimes also called VBS/Lovel, or other similar names) spreads by sending email containing a copy of itself in an attachment. That email has the subject "ILOVEYOU", and the text "kindly check the attached LOVELETTER coming from me." The worm itself is contained in an attachment called "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs" (some mail programs, unfortunately, will not display the "vbs" extension, and the user may be fooled into thinking that the attachment is an innocent text file). For more info click on the above link. Submit your articles to

  • Rap is to music what Etch-a-Sketch is to art.

 TIPS FOR: Moms-To-Be & New Moms
Site enables you to search a database consisting of over 10,000 names for babies. The site also provides meanings of these names. . .

The Best Shoes for Pregnancy:
Thanks to fluid retention, you probably have bigger feet now than you did pre-pregnancy. Some women's feet expand a full size and never regain their original size. Fluid retention is only part of the cause; the joints in your body are also loosening up in response to relaxin, the pregnancy hormone that allows the pelvis to expand and accommodate the baby's head during delivery. As relaxin loosens joints, you'll also find your balance becoming a bit more precarious. Needless to say, this is not the time to be strutting around in stilettos. Choose flats or shoes with wide, chunky heels instead. And buy slip-ons--you can probably figure out why.
NOTE: Always follow the advice of your Physician!
Children and Clean Cars Can Go Together:
If you've ever cleaned peanut butter out of the crevices of your back seat, or mopped up after a carsick toddler, you know that car travel with kids of any age can be messy. Stash some medium-size resealable plastic bags in your car trunk or carrying bag. They're handy for holding items such as wipes, bibs, diapers, wet bathing suits, and all those treasures kids collect. NOTE! Always check with and follow the advice of your physician!!
  • A woman's rule of thumb: If it has tires or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.


Linux Note: When downloading a linux .tar/ .gz or .rpm file, It is sometimes necessary to hold down the shift key while clicking on the file you want to download.

EzyMassMailer - Updated to V1.98
QuickClean - Updated to V5.01

Folks, have ya ever booted up yer computer, and lo an' behold, things are all screwed up! Are ya wonderin'...who was on it, and maybe deleted important data, or application, or configuration files?! Well, these boys have the answer.....SNAPSHOT SPY! This program remains undetected-only YOU know it's there-and it's recording every dadblame thing that's beein' done on yer computer! The only thing this program don't give is ...Finger Prints of the guilty party! Give these folks time and they'll figure a way to git them too!
No kiddin' folks, this program really does everything it claims to do, and that's unusual in this CyberWorld.
Just look at some of the things possible:
  • Snapshot Spy can help curb this and many other problems!

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This Professional-Freeware product, Protects up to 510 files from deletion/moving/renaming but still retain the ability to modify files as required. Easy-to-use drag'n'drop interface makes this an essential part of any Windows users software collection. Examples: Protect files in your 'my documents' protect your back-up files. I'm sure you can think of files you wouldn't want deleted.
Best Regards,
Carl Harrison

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Defeat the Serpent Riders in this Linux port of the first-person shooter from Raven.

Software Feature:
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You can tweak 3D video cards, change system icons, and individual drives; tweak the behavior and appearance of Internet Explorer, OE4+5, Win95/98/NT/2000, Internet Information Server, and Netscape; IM chat programs, add context menu commands; lock down your system securely and much more for max speed!

  • The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Book of Wild Animals of North Amer -- Hey, Let's Go Ride Our Bikes!


A little-known war is the Patriot's War of 1837-1838. This engagement involved British and Canadian troops clashing with American and other Canadian troops along the U.S.-Canada border. The final battle took place at Fort Wellington near Prescott, Ontario, Canada. Records are actually better on the Canadian side than on the U.S. side. If your genealogical research includes this war, you'll want to visit two excellent sites about two of the forts involved in this conflict:
Fort Wellington, Canada
The Battle of the Windmill

  • If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkey's and apes?


Creamy Banana Cheesecake:

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups bananas, sliced
  • 1 - 3 oz. package instant banana pudding mix
  • 1 and 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups whipped topping
Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Stir in 1 cup whipped topping. Place 1 cup sliced bananas at the bottom of the piecrust. Spread cream cheese mixture over the bananas. Place remainder of bananas on top of the cream cheese mixture. Combine milk and pudding mix and stir until smooth. Add 1 cup whipped topping and mix well. Place this mixture over the bananas and chill for several hours before serving.

So until next time, REMEMBER:  "Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon."