Oct 9 2012, 9:14am
And with this post I ascend into immortality! Muahaha!
Move up gramma and dernwyn! Room for one more!
So what added perks does posting 10000 times get me then? The password to the secret ďimmortal boardĒ where all the cool people hang out? Part of the forum named after myself (DanielLB's Nonsense Board has a ring to it)? A special throne to sit on and zap NfB posts when they go astray? No? None of them? Hey, Iíll settle for free premiere tickets for all three Hobbit films. Iíll send you my address admins. (Itís worth a shot, isnít it?!)
Having now posted 10000 times, I can only imagine what some of you are thinking at the moment ... And I dread to think how many people roll their eyes when they check their e-mails in the morning to see:
DanielLB has replied to your post in the ....
But really, Iíd like to thank every single one of you. When I first joined TORn, I hardly ever posted Ė lurking in the shadows and occasionally popping my head out. The more time I spent on here, the more I realised what a special community this place is. Everyone should be proud of this place. Every single user, from the mods and admins, to the regulars, to the not so regulars, and to the people that have only just joined this week - you all make this place such a great place to ďhang outĒ. Some people might wonder why Iím on here every day, and the simple reason is because I enjoy it. I enjoy it because of all you guys. Itís all of your views, opinions and speculation that keep me coming back everyday ... well ... and the spoilers of course. It sure is exciting speculating with everyone about the upcoming films, and of course, talking to you all about the one person we love, Tolkien. Hugs and handshakes to everyone. Youíre all great, and thanks for getting me to immortality!
So, Iíd like to raise a glass of miruvor to TORn *cheers and claps*. Iíd also like to raise a glass to all the volunteers across the site, especially the admins and mods of the forum *claps and cheers*. And obviously, I would like to raise a glass to myself, for reaching immortality *woop woop*!
Now that I have your attention, Iíd like to make a very special announcement....
Iím leaving the forum.
Those that are cheering, you can stop now please.
DanielLB was actually a disguise. I am, in fact, Peter Jackson, and this has all been an experiment. I have been posting on here to get all your views and opinions ..... Nah ... Iím only joking! Did I fool anyone though?
I will be leaving the forums, but not quite yet, and only for a month or so! The reason ... Iím off to South Georgia!
ďWhere?!Ē I hear you ask. No, Iím not going to that state in America, nor the country in the Middle East. Iím going to the remote and isolated island of South Georgia.
As some of you already know, Iím currently studying for my PhD at the British Antarctic Survey in the UK. My research is looking at airflow over the island of South Georgia, and how increasing wind speeds in the Southern Ocean are leading to dramatic climate change on the island. Some of you may know South Georgia as the place where the Falklandís War begun (in 1982), or from the BBC programme Frozen Planet.
As a very brief background of my research, wind speeds in the Southern Hemisphere (which blow around the Antarctic continent) have increased within the last 50 years or so. These increased wind speeds can then develop strong fŲhn winds, causing the island to warm. This has huge implications since the island is so ecologically important. Itís incredibly rich in life, and is one of the most biologically important islands in the entire Southern Hemisphere. This is because it plays a vital role in supporting vast colonies of both marine and terrestrial animals. Understanding the causes of regional climate change on the island is, therefore, of utmost importance. And I really hope my research can make a difference, and tell us something about regional scale climate change.
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That is a very, very, very brief summary of what I do, and why I am doing it (thereís a lot more to it, honest!) Iím super excited about my upcoming trip, so I just had to share. Iíll be going to South Georgia for a month or so in January 2013. And this is what Iíll be waking up to every morning:
Snow and glaciers
More stunning scenery
Seals and penguins
Iíll will be keeping everyone up to date (if anyoneís interested, that is). There will a big push to get a lot of public attention, so we will be setting up a Twitter account (etc.) so you can watch us release weather balloons, fly UAVs, take observations, etc. on the island. Iíll be uploading plenty of pictures when Iím back, and Iím sure Iíll have plenty of stories to tell.
So yes, exciting times! Sorry for the self-indulgent post, but I thought immortality and my upcmong trip deserved a joint celebration!
Anyway, this thread was only supposed to be short (I'll be impressed if anyone has read to the bottom )!
*Hands out free glasses of miruvor and honey-cake!* Let's celebrate!
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