I’ve been out a couple of nights in a row. One evening at home tomorrow, then I’ll be out Friday for our SharePoint Saturday speaker’s dinner, and all day Saturday and into the evening for SharePoint Saturday and the related SharePint. I’m happy to have helped bring this non-profit tech event to Bend—I’m sure we’ll all have a good time and maybe learn some new things along the way.
Speaking of nonprofits, last night I went to see Jane Goodall in the movie theater, as I was given a ticket for a somewhat odd event where Dr. Goodall was supposed to be “live” in theaters across the country and then also screening a new documentary that was made about her (Jane’s Journey). Unfortunately, our theater was not at all full—there were maybe 30-50 people there? Of course, Dr. Goodall is going to be in Central Oregon in person next Saturday (October 8), so it may be that people who would be interested already had tickets to that.
They had a problem with the film and the audio within the 1st five minutes, so we missed the opening scene, some of which may have been “live” with Dr. Goodall. Once it got going, it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed the documentary. But by the time the interview came on it felt like we’d been there a little too long and the “live” portion was a little disjointed, with multiple awkward transitions. It may very well have been taped yesterday evening, but I doubt it was actually live, as various mismatching times were scheduled for showings in different time zones. All in all, I would have rather watched it in my own living room, but I appreciate that they were trying to make a big event of it in a somewhat unconventional way.
I enjoyed seeing the 45-year-old footage of Dr. Goodall as a teenager and her first year in Africa. She seemed so young and carefree then, frequently laughing and joking. She seems, now, to have the weight of the world on her shoulders, although she clearly has not lost her sense of humor.
One disconcerting thing I learned is that Dr. Goodall, a long-time vegetarian, helped start and supports a program that raises chicks to give to families for chicken farming—with the intention that poor families eat the chickens instead of hunting bush meat. Huh?! Why is one animal more important than the other? Why not give them the resources and teach them how to grow their own grains and vegetables so that they could live more healthfully on a plant-based diet?
Also, it was interesting to hear about the rift she’s had with her son over the years, and how even though he grew up in Gombe at her research station, he was scared of the chimpanzees and didn’t want to hang out there, and he became a commercial fisherman and then lobster exporter. Apparently, Dr. Goodall was upset about the live export of lobsters, but not about the fishing. Again, huh? Hearing Grub (Hugo Eric Louis) speak about growing up, his conflicts with his mom, and his overall perspective was one of the most interesting part of the film. It doesn’t sound like he was a big fan of his step-father. It was nice to see that he’s now putting his efforts into saving the hippo habitat by trying to start eco-tourism there. I couldn’t help but get the feeling, though, that his mom is stepping in to help him out, to make sure that this venture succeeds, when maybe many others did not. That’s just the sense I got from the way the documentary was edited, but documentaries are not fact—they can be skewed to encourage people to think whatever the filmmakers want them to. So who knows the real story.
Tonight I skipped our VegNet potluck for once, and went to IgniteBend 7, which was great, as always. If you get a chance to go to an Ignite sometime, somewhere, around the world—don’t miss it. In the meantime, watch some past presentations online. Or you could watch mine.