Most people who've used a helmet cam were filming their kite boarding adventures or following their friends as they slid down a ski resort, maybe even as they - gasp! - jumped out of bounds. Humphrey Cheung had a different idea. Bored with his recent jobs in IT and as a tech reporter, he strapped one on and flew to Libya, embedded himself with anti-Quadaffi rebels, and pressed record.
Blogging about his trip on Gizmodo, Cheung delivers some quotidian details about the rebels - their out-of-place camo (urban blue on black), soda pop of choice (Pepsi), military heirarchy (none), and arsenal of weaponry (mostly RPGs and AK-47s, though in one case, a steak knife). He also writes himself into the story, which starts with one of his first days on the self-assigned job:
"Damn! This is what Marines do," I cursed. Huddled behind an insignificant sand berm that barely covered my head, I wondered if I should have carried an AK-47. Instead, I was a walking PVR recording the Libyan Civil War with my Canon T3i and GoPro Hero HD helmet cam. A few hours earlier the anti-Ghaddafi rebels began their multipronged assault up Galaa's Sofitt Hill and I was along for the ride. Everything was going well until machine gun and sniper fire pinned us down.