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Swahili Wikipedia

My friend Ndesanjo Macha attended the recent Wikipedia conference and was featured in the New York Times for his work on the Swahili version of Wikipedia.
I'm not sure which is cooler, NYT coverage, or helping to create a web based free content encyclopedia in your own language.
I'll vote for the wiki.
Be sure to check out his blogs.


File under parasites #3

Hideous Kinky
Originally uploaded by SteveFE.
Great macro shot.

File under parasites #2

Chad Wood: Tree parasite (2)
Originally uploaded by orangeacid.

art that gets under your skin

Originally uploaded by SteveFE.
Get it?
Arty picture of a tick...

So I get started on this parasite trip.
Go to>Explore>Creative Commons>Attribution license, and do a search for parasites and you come up with stuff like this.
This amazing arty picture of a tick burrowed up to its neck in this person.
Beautifully composed and exposed shot that makes my skin crawl.
Amazing stuff.


Bird Flu PSAs

Chad has some really neat posts about his experiences covering the bird flu in Indonesia. He's doing a bit of online brainstorming to try to come up a PSA/public health education program to help out. Some good suggestions are using SMS messaging, or hijacking the Indo version of telenovelas, called sinetrons to spread a better meme.
Let's help them come up with a Mr. Yuk for H5N1.

(Mr. Yuk via


Bird flu

My friend Chad is back to blogging at with some great posts about the avian flu outbreak and the government responses. While he describes some horrific and frightening incidents, he once again manages to put a human face on this tragedy. Check it out.


What I did on my summer vacation...

Originally uploaded by NC Sylvis Photos.
Missed this guy like crazy.

What I did on my summer vacation...

Originally uploaded by NC Sylvis Photos.
Missed this one too.


What the hell am I doing??
I need to update my lame excuses book.
-No time
-No money
-No camera
-No talent
-Bad parents
-Planets out of alignment
There, everything's covered.
Now I can get back to sitting around in my underwear, searching Youtube for girls gone wild videos, eating fried egg sandwiches, and draining any scrap of creativity I have left.

48 Hour Film Project debrief

Sorry for leaving everybody hanging.
I was so burnt out from the process that I fled to the comfort of Hogtown for a much needed vacation.
Now that I'm back and I have some perspective on those 48 hours, I'll try to make some sense of it all.
Our genre was horror, our prop was bubble wrap, our line was "It's just like my mother always told me." , and we had to have a character named Bob or Barbara Jones.
We had a great crew of volunteers to help out. Unfortunately, I'm not sure they knew what they were getting themselves into.
We had a great time, and pulled some hellacious allnighters wrasslin' with this beast.
It was fun, frustrating, and like all short/intense relationships, ultimately a heartbreaker.
To make a long story short, Team Daydreamthief did technically complete a film in 48 hours, although we missed the deadline to turn in our project by about 20 minutes.
Because we missed the deadline, our film was not eligible for the contest. Bummer.
Bummer may be the wrong word. The film we turned in was by no means a completed project. More like a very very rough draft.
I'll post some more notes on this experience and I'll try to get a copy of our movie up on the web to pick apart as a lesson in how not to make a movie.