Several weeks ago, I noticed that I was getting quite a few hits on my Lord of the Rings Personality Test despite its utter lameness. By perusing access logs, I determined that a lot of them were the result of a post on LiveJournal by “Some Primate” (a.k.a. June the Primate Girl). I sort of introduced myself as the guy who’d written the test, talked a little about how and why, and so on, which earned me a “will write more later” kind of reply from a surprised-sounding SP. I bookmarked the thread and checked in occasionally to see if there was anything new.

Bored one day, I decided to check out SP’s actual journal and found myself quite fascinated. Turns out she’s doing primate field research in Borneo, and is having some pretty out-there adventures. Which brings me to the real point of writing this. Her latest adventure seems to involve poachers, less than fully cooperative sanctuary staff, monsoons and alligators. Scary. I’d like to ask anyone reading this to check out her last few journal entries. If you think, as I do, that this is a person who deserves some support and encouragement, please leave a note on this thread saying so.

Why am I getting all activist about this? Damned if I know. Well, no, that’s not true. It’s because I find myself surrounded (and, alas, permeated) by a particular techie brand of self-satisfaction and absorption in things that are, ultimately, rather unreal. The stark reality of someone who’s literally risking life and limb for their work, plunging into the jungle without any kind of support or backup in an effort to make a positive difference in the world – the real world – just strikes some sort of chord in me. Maybe it will for you too.