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New design almost complete…

The new site design is almost complete. The Monku boards will return, with an added level of security to prevent spam companies from crappign all over it (as is the case now) and the template will match the rest of the site.

My first post on the new blog will deal with the launch of my new project: The International Monkey Mania Growing Experiment. I really need a much better acronym for the project…

Some of my favorite discoveries of 2006…

I found a lot of new (to me) bands this year. I’ll share some to close things out as I work feverishly on the new design. Also, Congrats to Jenny and Rick on their new baby!

Anyway, turn off the monkeytunes up top and takea look at these! We’ll start with Over the Rhine, a great folk group. Sorry for the poor video quality, but they don’t have much on YouTube. Great group!

Next, as a change of pace, Billy Talent, a Canadian punk group that rocked balls on the Conan O’Brien show. Here’s “Red Flag”

Erin McKeown is another great folksy musician. Someone spliced some home movie to her song “Born to Hum”. Check it out!

We’ll finish this post with Iron and Wine.”Southern Anthem is a great song evocative of Sam Beam’s best work. He wrote, produced, and played every instrument on this song (and every song on the album The Creek Drank the Cradle).

Looking for a surfing monkey


I thought I had an artist lined up for my new website, SurfMonkeyDesigns.com… I haven’t heard form him for a while, which is too bad because I like his stuff a lot. He had a style I really liked, kind of urban/manga/monkey thing… alas, it may never be now. I include it here for your viewing pleasure, and I open the offer to the public. I need surfing monkeys for my website…

EDIT… alas, I can’t even access the sketch off my server now… Boo hoo…

The closing of the year…

I’ll be updating for MonkeyTunes:The Christmas edition later today…
I’ve been out of town because of a family funeral. My wife’s grandma passed away at the age of 99. Words just can’t describe what a wonderful, energetic, hilarious, caring and loving person she was. So I’ll give you a picture instead:

Whee!

Here’s a bit of fun for you. One of those uplifting, darkly humorous videos about what we’ll go through for love sometimes. And sometimes, what you’re chasing isn’t what’s right for you. And sometimes, when you stop looking, and you’ve been roughed up by the skull man and his friends, you find love. And sometimes, when you’re happiest, that beautiful dream from the past turns out to be a monster that comes back to haunt you. And it’s all told with the magic of rotoscoped teddy bears, with a catchy alt-pop song to boot! You may want to pause the monkeytunes up top for the ultimate listening experience.

The time is coming for a new look…

I think January 1st will be the launch of an all-new Monkeywright.com. I’ve got a few things cooking, visual improvements, content, etc. Plus, the blog will be directly featured on the main page (which will help my google rankings. Does anyone like the Monkeytunes? I’m considering moving it sitewide…).

More importantly, I’ll be launching surfmonkeydesigns.com – my web design studio! I need to get some graphic work finished up, but I have a large enough portfolio that I think it’s time for the business to look like… well, a business.

The next two days will be rough. We’re driving to Tucson for Thanksgiving with Aleks’s friends, and then I’ve got to get up at 4AM to get over to BestBuy for a ridiculous good deal on a laptop. THEN, we have to find a CompUSA so Aleks can get more memory for her camera. I hate the crowds. I love the deals.

If you’re in trouble in Germany, F.A.R.T.!!!

Yes! As I don’t speak German, I can’t be sure this is real. But man, oh man. I would just love to see a Tom Cruise action movie about these guys. A high rise tower under siege, spotlights paint the building. A drug crazed criminal pushes a flaming desk out of the top window, crashing onto a team of paramedics below. The sergeant on scene knows the situation has become too hot to handle. He grabs his walkie talkie and shouts, “Get me F.A.R.T.! I want F.A.R.T. all over this!”

http://f-a-r-t.net/blog/Team

We need some kind of tagline for the trailer – July 2007 – It will blow you away…
Or – July 2007 – Hold Your Breath…
Or -…? Let’s make a contest out of this…

Anyway.
I’ve discovered the drawback of working with small children is working with their diseases, which they’re all too happy to inadvertently pass on to me. So I’m off to a NyQuil induced coma. See you in a few weeks…

The Most Annoying Jingle of All Time

So. I was driving to work one day long ago when a commercial came on for the Penny Saver, one or those local classified papers where people sell cars, trucks, furniture, relatives, etc. So the lady starts by singing the words “Penny Saver”. And she keeps repeating them. No problem, I think. Repetition, they’re just playing the old Ad Game…

But she keeps saying Penny Saver. Penny Saver. Penny Saver. Penny Saver.
THEN, and this is the best part – she starts rapping about the Penny Saver.
But not in a way that would be cool or helpful in describing the product. No. She starts each line of the song with – you guessed it – Penny Saver.

Penny Saver Who? Penny Saver How? Penny Saver Kill Me! Now now now!

At first, I laughed. Then I cringed in horror. Then I laughed again. Surely this commercial couldn’t go on much longer. I was wrong. Oh so wrong. They need to send this MP3 to Git’mo to aid in interrogation. This would break any suspect in under an hour…

Listen for yourself! This month, on the Monkeytunes, the last track is this aural poison. Listen if you dare!