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Standing on the Ocean: A Layman's Arctic Adventure

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Standing on the Ocean Expressing the vague desire to “get out of town,” and searching for adventure, David Fanning (aka “Coyote”) unexpectedly finds himself on thin ice 125 miles off-shore of Deadhorse, Alaska, taking orders from a 18-year-old girl, and being tormented by the silly songs of the eccentric scientist who leads the small research team he has been hired to help. This funny, detailed, and insightful account of a month spent searching for polar bears and doing oceanographic field research in the Arctic Ocean, will not only give you a better understanding of how polar scientific research is done, but will certainly convince you to spend your own holiday adventures in a much warmer location.

(Word Count: 14K. Price: $0.99. Time to Read: About an Hour.)

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Book Excerpt

After a couple days of organizing our equipment, we are all tired of it, and since the pilots have arrived, we decide to make a reconnaissance flight out over the ice. This is my first flight in a helicopter and I am disappointed it is not as much fun as I expected it to be. For one thing, this is a work helicopter, not a pleasure helicopter. More often than not it is used to transport fire fighters and their gear to fires. The passenger seat is nothing more than a piece of canvas suspended between two long poles. The back of the seat is a similar contraption, designed to poke you between the shoulders so you can't catch up on your sleep when you are suppose to be thinking of, say, fire safety.

A sadist designed the engines, and placed them about six inches from the back of your head so that by the time you arrive anywhere your brain is so addled and shaken you can't feel the pain of slouching in your seat to avoid the pokey thing in your back, or the cramps from putting your feet on the portable generator in front of you so that your knees are above your chin. (Olivo, a foot shorter than the rest of us, looks perfectly comfortable, which gives me another reason, besides her obvious competence in all things and her boundless enthusiasm, to be irritated with her.)

We have to wear seat belts and a helmet, of course, but if the helicopter goes down we are going to be crushed by the unfettered heavy winch and other loose gear at our feet. It will, in all probability, be a merciful death. Christensen had recommended fire-proof Nomex undergarments in his pre-trip letter to us, but with my current salary I've had to make do with what I had, which is the kind of polyester that melts into your skin in the event of fire, the most likely cause of death in a helicopter crash. I try not to think about it.

I've negotiated a window seat for the duration of the cruise in lieu of receiving minimum wage, since it is my intention to see a polar bear. My solace is looking out the window, searching the bleached landscape for a brief glimpse of Ursus maritimus.

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The Books section of the iTunes Library.

Drag the file you downloaded (standing_on_the_ocean.epub) into the Books folder. Now, find your iPhone or iPad device below your Library, and right-click on the device. From the pop-up menu choose "Sync". When your device is finished syncing, disconnect the device from the computer. You can read your new E-book with the iBooks app.

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  1. USB Connection. Plug your Kindle into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Kindle (the Kindle Fire doesn't come standard with the USB cable, so you'll need to obtain the cable separately, or, use the email option described in #2 below). When you attach your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Kindle appear as a hard drive on your computer. Be sure you purchased and downloaded the book as formatted for the Kindle. Navigate to where you see the Kindle show up as a hard drive on your computer. Next, just drop the book's file (it should end in file name of .mobi) to the Kindle's "documents" folder. Then disconnect the Kindle from your computer and the book will be ready to read. If you already downloaded the .mobi file to your computer, here's a helpful YouTube video that shows how to drag the file from your desktop to the Kindle's documents folder.
  2. Email the E-book to Your Kindle E-mail Address: For both first generation Kindles and the newest Kindle Fire, you can email your downloaded .mobi files to your Kindle email address. Log on to the Amazon Manage Your Kindle web site. Find the Your Kindle Account section on the left-hand side of the page, and choose the Manage Your Devices option. Locate your Kindle device on this page and note the Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address displayed for it. (You may also have an iPhone or iPad in the Registered Kindle Reading Apps section. These will have different e-mail addresses that will allow you to send your content to these devices for reading with the free Kindle app for these devices.)

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Written: 15 May 2012