Friday, August 8, 2014


Who is this handsome fellow?

Introducing Vytas, one of the latest arrivals to the OFI Care Center!

Vytas (named for Dr Galdikas’ brother who recently passed away) is doing very well. He’s small but he’s an incredibly good climber, much better than some of the other infants who are already twice his size, and quite an independent little character!


OFI staff rescuing an orangutan from a palm oil plantation.

He’s a big guy, but they got him to safety! 


Surface of the moon? New planet? Not quite.

This is what zircon mining looks like.

Before they started mining, this was forest and grassland. Now, this is no man’s land. Nothing can live here.


Hello, Lear! Yes, we can still see you!

Lear is a juvenile orangutan at OFI’s Care Center facility in Central Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. He’s quite the playful little guy right now, but it won’t be long before he’s all grown up and ready to go back to the forest!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Browsing Tumblr on internet too slow to load photos isn’t really very satisfying.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

On my way to the world’s oldest jungle. Probably won’t be blogging much.

In 36 hours I’ll be on my way to Borneo.

I’d say that this blog is going to go on hiatus, but somewhere, a couple of months ago, it sort of already did. (Oops.)

I’ll try to post some pictures (when/if I can - between internet issues, being very busy, and having entirely too much blog/tumblr/facebook/flickr/other-blog/other-other blog… can’t promise to keep it updated.)

BUT I really will try to use Twitter (which, yeah, I also already stopped using a while back). I’m backing away from all social media commitments for a while - but I think I can manage Twitter.

So, if you wan to keep track of whether I’m still alive (and see pictures of cute orangutans!): Follow me on Twitter!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


See this film!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013



Baby orangutans getting a bath. Baby orangutans in a wheelbarrow.

My pelican case (for my netbook) arrived - and it is AWESOME. (Tested at submersion in 3ft of water and dry as a bone inside! Not that I really need that, so much, hopefully, but hard cases - instead of the stupid sleeves - are difficult to find, and it was basically the same price and its a pelican case, so…) I’m considering getting one for my big laptop, too - although I don’t plan to be taking it out and about, while I’m in Borneo… but. PELICAN CASE!*

I’ve been to thrift stores (and a friend’s mother’s closet) and have most of the clothing I need. Visa is being arranged for (not having to spend several days in the Indonesian Embassy is very good news). I have deet. I have bungee cables. I’ve organized a goodbye this-is-not-a-party-it’s-just-everyone-nearby-that-I-want-to-see-in-the-same-place-at-the-same-time thing for Sunday.

I’m at the stage of packing where it’s still fun and exciting (a week ahead of time, carefully crossing things off a list) as opposed to frantic and nerve-wracking (an hours before you’re supposed to be at the airport and you decide to weight your bag for the first time and it’s double the allowance).

Things are on plan.

I’ve spent the last half hour marrying pill bottles. (Probiotics, ibuprofen, benadryl, etc.) In rather worrying news, the caffeine pills are identical tothe melatonin… 

And my phone has been receiving Indonesian Bahasa “word of the day” texts. (My best guess is that my brother signed me up for something. Which is awesome.)

* I’m nerdy in weird ways, yes, but also - my parents were documentary film makers (IMAX) when I was little and I grew up in a house with a machine shop in the garage and a dark room under the stairs and they traveled, all the time, with major massive over-sized cameras and pelican cases galore. So, to me, pelican case means business means real work in exciting remote crazy places.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The later it gets, the more demanding my (the family) cat gets.

She’ll ignore me (all of us) all day. By 8pm, she’s circling ankles and hoping to be fed. As soon as she’s eaten, she’s sitting on the couch, waiting for us. By 9pm, she’ll sit next to me (or anyone’s who’s up) with her head and paws in my lap. By 10pm, she’s trying to climb into my lap, laptop or no laptop (or forcing herself between me and anyone that I might be sitting close to). By 11pm she’ll be returning no matter how many times I push her away, and by midnight she’ll be actively pushing the laptop out of my lap…  By the time I go to bed, she’ll act like she doesn’t want to - but a few hours later, if I haven’t left the door open, she’ll be scratching at it.

I’m not going to pretend that I don’t like her interest, but… this neediness in new, in her old age. Five years ago and she couldn’t be bothered less if anyone paid her any attention…

In other news… yes, I am still in California (and yes I am still alive)… but I have plane tickets to Indonesia - I’m leaving in just under two weeks!

Things have been… very… involved. Family. Holidays (with eleven people sleeping at our house on Christmas Eve).

More family (my brother, apparently deciding that the holidays weren’t exciting enough, decided to have some sort of a seizure a week before flying back to Paris - so we’ve been running around between doctors and frightening ourselves by conjecturing as to his mysterious condition - we do know that it wasn’t a heart attack, a stroke, or epilepsy - so, there’s that).

Another crazy part-time money-earning-thing (I have been ghostwriting a screenplay, which makes for a great-can-only-be-told-in-person story - ie, the ghost part of the ghost writing - but suffice it to say, it has been a most amusing and educational experience - not to mention also, I think, by representing my official involvement with the film industry, unequivocally makes me a Los Angelino).

Crashing a car (I was responsible for the unfortunate introduction of a cement pole and a car in a parking structure - other than ripping off a side mirror, there was minimal damage - but it’s still, you know, a damaged car - and it wasn’t mine to begin with, either - and I think I am, from this point on, retiring myself from urban driving).

And, as of last week, preparing to leave for Borneo… for sometime between an entire year or maybe I’ll be coming back in March…

Anyone know where/how to buy leech socks?

LEECH SOCKS. I need them.

Amazon and Ebay are both failing me. (By which I mean, 0 search returns. Is there another name for them or something?)

I’ve come across a couple of websites, but… anyone have a recommendation?

(I already have a pair that I bought the last time I was in Borneo - but I’m not entirely sure that I can find them - and I kind of like the idea of having two pairs…)

[ EDIT: ALSO - anyone have a certain brand of universal adapter that they swear by?

I usually just buy the cheap-ass low tech things that make-the-metal-prongs fit the local sockets once I’m on the ground (and let my laptop/camera charger/external hard-drive deal with voltage conversion)… But it looks like this time I’m not going to have much time on the ground in between landing in Jakarta and hustling myself off to the middle of the jungle - and the internet tells me that there isn’t even a standard plug-type in Indonesia, anyway, there’s like three of them that vary - so…

I’m considering one of those fancy universal ones - but not one with loads of little removable-detachable tips (that I can, and will, lose) - but one that behaves like a kid’s robot toy and different parts swing out when you hit different buttons - but I’m not convinced the latter type aren’t a waste of money….

Anybody? ]