Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Forget Tom Hanks. Telegraph blogger Charles Levinson's friend, Thayer Walker, who works for Outside Magazine is discovering how long he can survive "on a deserted island with a mask, a knife and the clothes on his back to see how long he could survive. ... In 11 short two-minute videos he eats slime nuggets, fails to build fire, and makes strange monster noises at the camera." Video. A castaway has video?

One of life's enduring mysteries has been how castaways on TV can suffer privations on a deserted island when there is clearly a camera crew around ready to film their every move. I mean if you were really dying of hunger couldn't you assault the camerman and his artistic director and loot their food? Plus, where does the camera get the power to keep going?

Nothing follows.


Blogger 3Case said...

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Pronunciation: 'burzh-"wä also 'buzh- or 'büzh- or burzh-'
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French, from Old French burgeis townsman, from burc, borg town, from Latin burgus
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the townsman or of the social middle class
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6/20/2007 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Robohobo said...

Raid the cameramans food.

When that is gone eat the cameraman!

6/20/2007 10:42:00 PM  
Blogger Starling said...

Maybe he's prepping himself so that he can later volunteer for this

"The European Space Agency (Esa) is seeking volunteers for a simulated human trip to Mars, in which six crew spend 17 months in an isolation tank."

6/21/2007 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger Lao said...

I'd be tempted to think he raids the camera man's food supply.

Must be hard watching the guy eat

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

6/21/2007 03:09:00 AM  
Blogger Panama Ed said...

elijah asked the other day, and the MNF has responded to some of the numerical answers.

Since its establishment under an amendment to CPA Order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 2,211 trials for suspected criminals apprehended by Coalition Forces. The Iraqi Court proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,957 individuals with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death.

For every Insurgent KIA, ten are captured. 50% of those ten move up the chain.
Well over 150,000 Iraqis have been detained, since April '04.
2,211 have been tried.

The balance, released before they got to the Court?

6/21/2007 06:40:00 AM  
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6/21/2007 06:51:00 AM  
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6/21/2007 06:56:00 AM  
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6/21/2007 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

Of course they got video.

A number of years back, Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, took a trip to a remote island in the Pacific. She was, as far as anyone knew, the first white woman to set foot on the island.

After stepping off the boat the first required task was to visit the local chieftain and pay their respects.

As they walked up to the hut the Chief's wife came out, looked at Dawn with astonishment and said "Mary Ann?"

They got video.

6/21/2007 07:45:00 AM  
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6/21/2007 08:13:00 AM  
Blogger Jrod said...

That was a good article. He seems to be a good sport mostly--not too terribly pious or anything like that. Though on the second day he had a boat bring out a can of bug spray to keep the sand fleas at bay.
If he wants to step it up though, he could join the freegans out back in the dumpster; or go live in the dark with and his family.

6/21/2007 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger Alex Sloat said...

Regarding the most popular instance of televised privation, I remember the Survivor people saying that they give the contestants nutrient supplements off-screen but not food. Basically, their rationale was that people can survive low-calorie diets for a month and change without great difficulty, but that "malnutrition makes for bad television", and that it doesn't interfere with the things people expect to see. Nobody expects contestants to sign up for scurvy, but everyone expects radical weight loss. So, that's what they see.

6/21/2007 08:37:00 AM  
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6/21/2007 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger jane said...

Gosh, am having a link-challenged day. And it's a little unsettling to find out that "Survivor” is really the Flintstones.

6/21/2007 09:25:00 AM  
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6/21/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Lee J. Cockrell said...

Yau-man from Survivor commented several times on the Something Awful forums about his experience after the season.

The cameramen did not have food on them.

6/21/2007 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger cathyf said...

Um, I can't believe no one has mentioned cult-sensation Bear Grylls and Man vs Wild. (Must be a small cult...)

6/21/2007 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Teresita said...

Alex Sloat: I remember the Survivor people saying that they give the contestants nutrient supplements off-screen but not food.

Gosh, I hope when all the Pakistani H-bombs that get smuggled over the Mexican "border" go off I can find some nutrient supplements.

6/21/2007 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger Brett said...

Sorry but Bear Grylls is a phony. His first episode on TV that I saw had him parachuting into the mountains (good so far) then running down a steep hill, sliding on his ass, busting through bushes, then jumping off a 60 foot cliff into a river and swimming down the 45 degree water until finally getting hypothermia. I’ve been a weeks hike from the nearest town by myself and thrashing about is something you don’t do because breaking a leg or an ankle has the potential of killing you when you can walk no more. Now Les Stroud, Survivorman, is the real deal. He is amazing and at least a little humble for his efforts.

6/21/2007 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It's just a reality Show Teresita, fear not:

Just like all those ABC Videos of an ever more Vibrant Al/Queda Taliban in Waziristan/Pakistan training suicide bombers for their "bit parts" after they cross the border.

After all, if it was *Real Life* don't you think we would be DOING something about it?

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Supporting Fatah, the Bush administration makes a deal with the devil.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
President Bush’s stirring post-9/11 message that regimes the world over have to choose between aligning with civilization or with terrorists should officially be interred in war-torn “Palestine.” Seriousness about the doctrine is the only realistic way to defeat our enemies, and now we make a mockery of it. A mockery built on the trifecta-fiction that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is an avatar of peace, that his Fatah faction has aligned with civilization, and that the Palestinian people — the ones who freely chose to install Hamas as their parliamentary majority and who have trademarked “Intifada” as an instrument of statecraft — are somehow worth prostituting ourselves over.
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6/21/2007 03:58:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

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6/21/2007 05:33:00 PM  
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6/26/2007 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger Thayer said...

I had a solar panel to charge the camera. I would have loved to steal my cameraman's Mars bar, but alas I was alone.

6/30/2007 11:43:00 AM  

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