Archive for October, 2008

Segway monkey

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Yes, it’s a chimp on a Segway. I’m not sure about the dungarees and the helmet but he does seem to be getting the hang of it by the end. Guess that means it’s only George Bush who can’t ride one.

Ook ook, “Ook ook, ook ook ook!” Ook ook Tarzan ook.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Books today, and news that Cheeta the chimpanzee has published his memoirs. Apparently he’s rubbed shoulders with Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart. He’s been described as the simian F. Scott Fitzgerald so it has to be worth a look.

Me Cheeta - The Autobiography

Me Cheeta - The Autobiography

I wonder when we can expect Bubbles’ tell-all biography about his life with Michael Jackson?

The Secret of Monkey Island – the play!

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I still love the game, but I never thought anyone would turn it into a play – they even have subtitles! Just needs a point and click interface for the audience..

(Ok, there’s more pirates than monkeys in it, but they’re awesome too obviously..)

Rob and Elliot (and monkey)

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

An excerpt from the Rob and Elliot webcomic (which has an iMonkey in it!)

Bamanas

Bamamas

Code Monkey

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

No monkey related blog would be complete without a link to ‘Code Monkey’ performed by the excellent Jonathan Coulton.  Here is is at PAX performing it live.

pssch-pssch-pssch-pssch-pssch-pssch-plong-ting

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Opera today and a retelling of the classic TV show, Monkey, composed by Damon Albarn from the monkey featuring band Gorillaz and Blur, which is about to start playing at the O2 in London.  I loved the TV show, so I’ve got high hopes for the opera.

Monkey - Journey to the West

Monkey - Journey to the West

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the title is my attempt to render the sound of Monkey summoning his cloud in text form  (which will mean nothing to you if you’ve never seen it…)

Isn’t the phrase “Catch a tiger by the tail?”

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Gibbons really are archetypal cheeky monkeys..

Even Francis Bacon has monkeys

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Just got back from the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Tate.  He has a couple of monkey paintings, including this fantastic one of a baboon.  Even in art, monkeys are awesome.

Study of a Baboon - 1953

Study of a Baboon - 1953

Buy yourself a bigfoot

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Ok, I’m not sure if Bigfoot counts as a monkey or not but it’s impossible to ignore the chance to pick up the Bigfoot body which featured in the well publicised hoax of a few months ago.

It’s currently available on eBay for a bargain price of $202,341.25.  Could be just the thing to go next to your Piltdown man skeleton in your front room?

[Edit]  Looks like it sold for $250,283.00!

Bigfoot Hoax body

Bigfoot Hoax body

I need a trunk monkey..

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Sadly it wasn’t an option on my car, although I’d probably have to have something a bit smaller than the chimp model. Strangely they’re not mentioned as additional security features on car insurance policies either. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.


All The Trunk MonkeysMore bloopers are a click away