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Design Wanted For Antarctic Base

simoniker posted more than 9 years ago | from the babylon-5-comparisons-ahoy dept.

Editorial 263

colonist writes "According to the BBC, The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have begun a major international competition to design a new scientific research station at Antarctica. The old station, Halley Research Station, was built in 1992 and its ice shelf will break off by 2010." According to the article: "The first four bases were built on the surface and gradually got covered with snow and ultimately got so deep they became crushed by the weight of ice and had to be replaced", though the "current base on stilts" fared better until the ice shelf problems.

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Been done... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563199)


Kurt Russell and his crew had a pretty nice place in The Thing [imdb.com], why not copy that? Just make sure you don't dig up any... you know.. weird things.

Re:Been done... (5, Funny)

Stargoat (658863) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563320)

Listen, lad. I built this research station up from nothing. When I started here, all there was an ice shelf. Other scientists said I was daft to build a research station on an iceshelf, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the water. So, I built a second one. That sank into the water. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the water, but the fourth one... stayed up! And that's what you're gonna get, lad: the strongest research station in these here ice shelves.

Copycat - redundant (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563383)

I must've been really tough to copy that earlier post and replace "sank into the ice" with "sank into the water"

Re:Been done... (2, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563328)

Just make sure you don't dig up any... you know.. weird things.

Funny--I don't remember them having to dig Wilford Brimley out of anything.

They didn't dig up Kurt Russell either, for that matter.

Re:Been done... (2, Informative)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563359)

No worries.

It's the Norwegians who dig weird things up.

Just make sure you shoot and burn any strange dogs that come your way.

Re:Been done... (1)

itsnotthenetwork (634970) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563556)

Just make sure you shoot and burn any strange dogs that come your way.

We do that anyways. Glad to know there is a reason now....

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563207)

Come on, come on, come on... first post, first post...

Re:FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563250)

DAMN IT!!!

Igloos. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563212)

That way, you would not have to transport any building materials except maybe shovels and saws.

Re:Igloos. (3, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563367)

Still have the same problem of getting covered in snow and crushed. My first thought was "why not build it into the ground or completely underground" but then i remembered how freakin' impossible it'd be for them to dig a giant anything out of frozen soil. So an igloo is probably a better idea, but on the scale they need to make it, i seriously doubt it'll have enough structural strength.

Re:Igloos. (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563545)

I dunno, the method they used in recovering parts from the Lost Squadron worked pretty well. It was an almost whimsical looking device that was simply weights on top of a cone that had a heating wrapped around it.

Of course, why dig? You'll get buried on your own; you just need to make sure that your station is strong enough to withstand the pressure to begin with.

One could always do sort of an inverse on the lost squadron method. Wrap the base in heating coil, which is used from time to time along with pumps to pump out the encroaching water. Not sure how well that would work in the long term, though... stilts still sound like the best idea to me. :)

Re:Igloos. (4, Funny)

Sepper (524857) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563377)

Yeah, but if you do that, you will have to answer on my Canadian patent on 'Building constructed out of carefully selected blocks of frozen material'

Serioulsy, I have high hopes for a Canadian or Russian design...

Re:Igloos. (1)

raygundan (16760) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563442)

Wouldn't most solid matter technically be frozen-- just having a higher freezing point than water? I'm sure there's a few odd solid-like things that aren't technically frozen for one reason or another, but I'm gonna play slashbot and scream "overreaching patent" at you.

Re:Igloos. (1)

Dizzle (781717) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563532)

Frozen indicates below 0 celsius, solid or solidified indicates solid above 0 celsius. At least that's what I think.

Re:Igloos. (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563499)

A simple solution does seem better. Either something that can be dismantled safely (considering the environment), or something that's disposable despite the high cost of getting materials there.

Of course, you could make it mobile instead. Every time it snows, just have it move its length forward or back; that'll keep it on top of the mess. And it'll be at ground-level.

Re:Igloos. (1)

KingPrad (518495) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563563)

Why not make it with [fact-index.com] as it has the best characteristics of concrete and ice, the materials would be readily abundant (sea water) and, in an arctic environment, would never melt. They could build new pykrete domes whenever they needed more space. They would just have to take wood pulp (sawdust) and sprayers and it can be formed/sprayed into final form.

More links:
[combinedops.com]
[geocities.com]

Too bad they played zerg (0, Offtopic)

sdpinpdx (66786) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563219)

Terran bases are mobile.

Re:Too bad they played zerg (1)

dcowart (13321) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563290)

It's also too cold to have used the Wood Elf Base. Then the trees could have walked to a new location closer to the mine. Probably not enough trees to grow one though.

Re:Too bad they played zerg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563446)

You clearly mean Night Elf. Methinks you've been playing too much Everquest. You're mixing yer games up!

submission details and deadline (0, Redundant)

gevmage (213603) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563226)

From the press release:

The competition begins with a call for Expressions of Interest from multi-disciplinary design teams. A shortlist will be invited to submit Concept Proposals and selected teams will then be commissioned to further develop their proposals. The winning design will be announced in September 2005. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 3 August 2004. Details from www.ribacompetitions.com.

Re:submission details and deadline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563331)

They should just contact my ex-girlfriend aka The Ice Queen. My heater kicks on every time she spreads her legs...

Antarctic Base... (1, Funny)

dcowart (13321) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563229)

All Your Antarctic Base Are Belong To Us!

Sorry I couldn't resist.

Re:Antarctic Base... (4, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563378)

"All Your Antarctic Base Are Belong To Us!"

1999 called. The copyright on this joke hasn't expired yet.

Contact Superman for his ice castle plans [n/t] (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563231)

---Contact Superman for his ice castle plans [n/t]

Imperial Walkers (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563234)

The should build the base on imperal walkers like in that Zahn? book. It could just move around as needed.

Prototype (4, Funny)

boomgopher (627124) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563236)

Here you go, hot off the presses:
Polar Base Prototype [lugnet.com]

Re:Prototype (1)

Dizzle (781717) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563307)

Way to /. lugnet, you insensitive clod! What, is their server made out of lego bricks or something?

Re:Prototype (0, Troll)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563318)

firefox .9 won't render it for me.

Re:Prototype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563531)

Dude, are you saying that firefox can't render this html?

<html>

<head>
<title>LEGO Set Database</title>
<meta NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
<script LANGUAGE="JavaScript"
SRC="http://www.lugnet.com/ js/common.js"></SCRIPT>
</head>

<body
LEFTMARGIN=0 TOPMARGIN=0 MARGINWIDTH=0 MARGINHEIGHT=0
BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF"
TEXT="#000000">
<table BORDER=0 CELLPADDING=0 CELLSPACING=0 WIDTH="100%" HEIGHT="100%">
<tr>
<td ALIGN=CENTER VALIGN=CENTER>
<table BORDER=0 CELLPADDING=0 CELLSPACING=0><tr ALIGN=RIGHT
VALIGN=TOP>
<td>
<img
BORDER=0 SRC="http://img.lugnet.com/display.cgi?set/new/upl oad/6575-1-1003418529.jpg"><br>
<font FACE="Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica" SIZE="-1"
COLOR="#999999">&copy;2000 LEGO</font><br>
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</td>
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</table> </body>
</html>

Re:Prototype (2, Funny)

identity0 (77976) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563396)

HOLY SHIT, they have a Polar bear piece now? That totally rocks my world, I must get Polar bears! After I do something about the munchies....

Tralalala.... BEARS!

This is either a dupe, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563245)

or the Brits are building two of these things.

Re:This is either a dupe, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563268)

or the Brits are building two of these things.

They are. One for the scientists and one for the servents quarters.

Obligatory AYB (5, Funny)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563253)

They need a new design because currently, All Your Base Are Belong To Ice.

Re:Obligatory AYB (3, Funny)

identity0 (77976) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563539)

In AD 2010, Ice was breaking

BOOM!!

Captain: What happen ?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the ice.
Operator: We get signal.
Captain: What !
Operator: Main screen turn on.
Captain: It's You !!
Penguins: How are you gentlemen !!
Penguins: All your base are belong to ice.
Penguins: You are on the way to destruction.
Captain: What you say !!
Penguins: You have no chance to survive make your time.
Penguins: HA HA HA HA ....
Captain: Take off every 'BSD' !!
Captain: You know what you doing.
Captain: Move 'BSD'.
Captain: For great justice.

Obligatory Python reference (3, Funny)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563257)

The first four bases were built on the surface and gradually got covered with snow and ultimately got so deep they became crushed by the weight of ice and had to be replaced
When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, lad, the strongest castle in all of England!

A Fortress of Solitude would be nice.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563265)

...as would an ice castle. Even an igloo (as another Slashdotter suggested) would be cool (ahem).

Easy one (5, Funny)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563267)

They can build them above the ground again, only this time use steel beams and concrete, as opposed to cardboard.
Don't get me wrong, good ol' corrugated is a fine building material for forts and tree houses, but for a scientific station that is supposed to get covered with ice, one should invest into some steel.

That's my two cents, anyway...

Antarctic Base 4 (3, Funny)

JayBees (124568) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563270)

One of the bases disappeared mysteriously after the Vorlons needed it to fight the Shadows in the last Great War.

Re:Antarctic Base 4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563349)

Wow...That's all that comes to mind.

All your base jokes (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563276)

are belong to -1, redudundant

natural base (2, Funny)

twitter (104583) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563281)

Everyone stand close together and keep your eggs on your feet. Note, only male scientist who weigh at least 90 pounds and have a pot belly may participate. The design is limited to 9 week stay time, but requires no resupply. brrrrr [kidzone.ws]

Why do I suddenly get the image of... (2, Interesting)

okmnji (791276) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563282)

... a bunch of AT-AT's storming the rebel base on Hoth?

Re:Why do I suddenly get the image of... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563304)

Because yer a faggot. Kill yourself!

A question... (2, Interesting)

lxt (724570) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563287)

...I read the BBC article (unusual for here...), but it didn't seem to say whether or not the designers of the 1992 base knew the shelf would eventually break off...will this new base be designed to be easily expendable?

Re:A question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563358)

So they have a mobile base now... I fail to see the problem.

My design: send them a few oars.

Re:A question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563422)

Expendable?!? How about simply movable? Put the whole thing on skids & drag it to a new location when the ice shelf moves...

Re:A question... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563472)

That's one of the problems of building a base on an ice shelf -- it grows outwards at a slow but fairly well-determined rate and, once it sticks out far enough into the ocean, bits crack off. So yes, they knew about it; but on the other hand, if you put the base on land then it's usually hard to get ships near it which makes getting supplies in and out a problem.

(I worked at BAS once....)

Listen, lad... (0, Redundant)

evanbd (210358) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563292)

Listen, lad. I built this kingdom up from nothing. When I started here, all there was was snow. Other kings said I was daft to build a base in the snow, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It was buried in the snow. So, I built a second one. That was buried in the snow. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then was buried in the snow, but the fourth one... stayed up! And that's what you're gonna get, lad: the strongest base in Antarctica.

Re:Listen, lad... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563421)

Listen, lad, I built this post up from nothing. When I started here, all there was was a blank web page. Other slashdotters said I was daft to post, but I posted all the same just to show 'em. It was modded -1. So I posted a second one. That was modded -1. So I posted a third one. That was scorned, mocked, buried in the blog, then was modded -1. But the fourth one... was modded Funny!

Well, not exactly a comparison... (1)

LittleGuy (267282) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563294)

"The first four bases were built on the surface and gradually got covered with snow and ultimately got so deep they became crushed by the weight of ice and had to be replaced",

Nice try, but a truer Babylon 5 comparison would be to havethe first *three* bases covered in snow, and the fourth base disappear after 24 hours of being operational......

It should have a heater (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563295)

And a fence to keep those damn Gentoos out.

Cheaper alternative (2, Interesting)

aoasus (786460) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563296)

As long as the current base is operative, could the thing just be towed a few miles or however far the thing has to go? Of course it might actually be worthwile to ditch the old one & start new, but why give up on a perfectly good building?

are under-ice bases so bad? (3, Interesting)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563300)

They could build a base to resist the weight of accumulated snow and ice, and just expand the passageways as the base further gets buried... until they have to move to another ice-shelf.

I heard this guy.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563580)

Pascal, thinks you're a dumbass. Please come back after you get your GED.

Terrorist proof (4, Funny)

uberfruk (745030) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563306)

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY:

The base must be terrorist proof, with extra security, metal detectors, and the ability to survive a impact from an airliner.

I win! (1)

doombob (717921) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563311)

My idea is a boat. Since all the ice will be melting in a few years anyway, might as well begin the Waterworld-like transformation.

You should be ashamed of yourself! (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563557)

I can't figure out which is more shameful: that you're basing a scientific theory on Waterworld, or that you publicly admit to seeing the movie in the first place.

Here... free... (5, Interesting)

nametaken (610866) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563312)

1) Put in the water, on pylons. Concrete ice-breaker pylons like they use on bridges.

or maybe..

2) Don't fight the mounting ice. Use a modular, extendable lift system, and build down into the ice. Much like the ice caves they build into glaciers, but with structural reinforcement and climate control + serious bilge pumps. Your computers will love it down there.

Re:Here... free... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563373)

What a great gun! P229!

Re:Here... free... (2, Informative)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563455)

1) Put in the water, on pylons. Concrete ice-breaker pylons like they use on bridges.

The trouble is that the ice on the water is constantly shifting from the currents under the water. Over time, this exerts staggering amounts of pressure on fixed objects. Ice-breaking pylons would need to be sturdy enough to withstand thousands of tons of shearing forces from a variety of angles--a pretty tall order.

2) Don't fight the mounting ice. Use a modular, extendable lift system, and build down into the ice. Much like the ice caves they build into glaciers, but with structural reinforcement and climate control + serious bilge pumps. Your computers will love it down there.

Again, it's not just the mounting ice, it's the moving ice. If your base becomes ice-locked, you're at the mercy of the shelf's faults (pardon the pun.) If your station sits atop the ice, it stands a better chance of being able to move with shifting ice.

In other News... (0, Redundant)

MindNumbingOblivion (668443) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563313)

Slashdot announces competition for the design of new All Your Base cliches.

Mod me redundant all you want...Just making an observation...

A GREAT place for a buttload of servers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563325)

Given the extremely low temperatures I think the British government should consider funding the project by pimping out space in the facility for web servers and the like. Imagine a Beowulf cluster of servers in the Antarctic!?!?!?

What about an unbreakable ice shelf? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563329)

"was built in 1992 and its ice shelf will break off by 2010."

What about an unbreakable ice shelf?

Here's my proposal (1)

JBMcB (73720) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563332)

It may already be copyrighted, however I don't think it will apply in non-governmental areas of the world.

http://www.yojoe.com/action/other/extreme/unprod uc ed/icestationzero.shtml

White House (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563336)

Make the base a replica of the White House.

With some luck it will trick Cheney and Rumsfeld to move there (it will surely trick no-brains Dubya) and make the world a favor.

Oh, and tell them there is plenty of oil to be found there (dont tell them it's mostly whale oil).

A Monolithic dome would work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563339)

As long as it was properly supported and insulated. You could even have some fun with it and make it look like an igloo.

http://www.monolithic.com/

Global warming (2)

freeduke (786783) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563347)

They'd better wait until 2008 before going any further, the good old one under ice and snow may come back to the surface thanks to global warming.

Is there such a hurry to put more wastes in this area of the world?

Re:Global warming (2)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563420)

Is there such a hurry to put more wastes in this area of the world?

If you wait a couple of millenia, this waste becomes priceless treasure for archeologists.

Ice Station Zebra (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563366)

I say it should look like Ice Station Zebra and they can transport suppies to it with a submarine from SeaLab and there can be a crazy German sea captain with a gun and the guys at Ice Station Zebra will get Hungry and try to eat one another.

Wakka Wakka Wakka

Obvious.. (3, Interesting)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563382)

How about a research station with a heated roof to melt the snow and such? I would have thougth that was obvious.

Re:Obvious.. (1)

aoasus (786460) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563458)

I would think that the 'obvious' would also include a limited energy supply for roof heaters out in the middle of a arctic ice sheet.

However, one with a semi flexible roof that could be flexed to shed off ice & snow or at least angled instead of the flat looking ones from the pictures.....

Submarine style? (4, Interesting)

Barumpus (145412) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563398)

With out knowing the physical limitations or the like from the average submarine, why not use something of this style. The deepest diving subs can tolerate pressures on the hull far that of the average structure on land. Could something of this general style sustain the pressures exerted by a large amount of snow piled on top of it? Plus it would have the added benefit of being able to handle the under water conditions after the next ledge breaks off sending the base into the cold seas.

Ice shelf will break (1)

markan18 (718118) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563399)

he old station, Halley Research Station, was built in 1992 and its ice shelf will break off by 2010."

Hmmm.. Ice shelf breaking. This reminds me a cool movie. [imdb.com] I think they should build it on solid ground instead of ice or make it mobile so they can retreat if the shelf is about to break.

gradually got covered with snow and got crushed (4, Funny)

Grand (152636) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563423)

maybe then need to invest in some shovels.

There is already a perfectly good base there (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563437)

I know. The NAZIs fly ufo's out of it. All underground and secret. Kicked Admiral Perry's butt. It is true. I read it on the internet

coLinux (-1, Offtopic)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563447)

doesn't work. it's impossible to get networking working. virtual tap drivers suck

please use cygwin.

thanks for your time.

And just build a fuckin igloo.

To be fair... (0, Troll)

mratitude (782540) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563464)

... it should be self contained sufficiently to handle the hyper-glaciation (the atmoshphere freezes onto the surface)predicted by the eco-friendly elements among us. And it should have the ark like capacity to repopulate the planet after the thaw.

Mod me troll if you must, I couldn't resist.

Not sure anyone thought of this but use the ice... (0)

notbob (73229) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563466)

Use the against against itself...

Snow / Wind / Ice all blow up there, so several hundred meters out from the base build a ring of a wall, and let nature naturally build up this ring.

Basically building a valley in the snow, inside of the ring use high launching snow blowers to blow snow to the outside of the walls, just like mowing the lawn, could use an autonomous robot to do this even, they got the technology from lawn mowers.

Would make the base less windy / easier to heat, and a safer overall environment.

Picture of a good design (3, Funny)

saddino (183491) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563470)

This [starwars.jp] should last them for a while, at least until the base is discovered.

For the Python fans... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563480)

The first four bases ... ultimately got so deep they became crushed by the weight of ice and had to be replaced

From The Holy Grail, of course:
When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.
I'm leaving now.

lazy scientists.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9563507)

Maybe if they went out and shovelled the driveway every once and a while they wouldn't have this problem now would they..

sincerely,

Dad

Possible recall to active duty (-1, Offtopic)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563517)

I just saw on CNN that "The Army is preparing to notify about 5,600 retired and discharged soldiers who are not members of the National Guard or Reserve that they will be involuntarily recalled to active duty for possible service in Iraq or Afghanistan, Army officials said Tuesday."

As a former Officer who has not resigned my commission, that means I'm eligible for recall.

Maybe I can convince them to send me to Antarctica , to guard against a possible terrorist attack. (I hate the heat and sand of Iraq).

Call Jesse James at Monster Garage. (1)

bs_02_06_02 (670476) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563527)



Call Jesse James. He could do a Monster Garage show on this.

They need help. The ice is overwhelming, and they don't know what to do. Frankly, I would put up a building that can be moved inland every year. Put stilts on it that can be raised up.

Thats easy (1)

bludstone (103539) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563535)

..Just ask superman to chuck a crystal over there.

The rest just comes naturally.

Fortress of Solitude INDEED.

Here y'go, with descriptions and everything!! (1)

The_REAL_DZA (731082) | more than 9 years ago | (#9563540)

I can't believe they didn't remember this [superman.ws]!

Oh, great: now I've gone and distracted myself from my actual JOB (fortunately, this site'll be /.'d beyond all recognition within moments and I'll be able to get back to work...)
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<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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