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8 days left…

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The days are going fast, with little time to deal with the occasional small technical issues, but fortunately we’re able to work around everything so far (even if the results are not always optimal).

I think we have about 12 more profiles to shoot before we return to Boston on May 13th. Right now we’re in Chicago, with a couple days to go here before we head further east again. We’ll stop at another animal sanctuary in Michigan on Thursday, and then head to Toronto on Friday. I guess we’ll finally be back in our usual time zone soon, which will be nice.

Here’s some more pictures from our travels to tide you over until I can post videos again (if you want more frequent updates, you can follow our progress at Twitter):

Yet another feedlot

Yet another feedlot


John at the gym

John at the gym


Driven to distraction by the dogs

Driven to distraction by the dogs

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Over the hump

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As of now, we’ve finished shooting 38 profilee interviews. We only have a couple dozen or so more to go! I think we hit our halfway mark back in Los Angeles, which was a bit of a whirlwind visit. Then again, most of our stops have been whirlwind visits. Every once in a while we’ll be somewhere long enough and not have quite so much planned that we can’t find time to change the oil in the van and so on. I haven’t had much time to record, edit, and upload video, so that may have to wait until I return to Boston. Meantime, here are a couple of pictures. One is Spencer shooting Arizona dairy feedlot footage from the roof of a van and the other is Spencer and I preparing to shoot an interview with one of our profilees in San Francisco.

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Footage from a feedlot in Arizona

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I tweeted yesterday about stopping along our route to San Diego to shoot footage of a feedlot that we saw off I-8. The photo I uploaded with that tweet hardly did justice to the place, so I thought I’d share one of our video clips here, which was shot from our van as we drove from one end of the lot to the other. Even this does not begin to give you the scale of what we encountered, as the closest we could get to the cows was the narrower end of the lot:

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