Friday, June 30, 2006

GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND
A RACE PACKED FULL OF EXCITEMENT

GRAND PRIX of CLEVELAND

THE MONKEY REPORT:

Back from another exciting trip... this time to Cleveland, Ohio where I encountered every kind of weather imaginable. Luckily, the rain stopped by race day and it was sunny and clear for the 25th annual Grand Prix of Cleveland. It's a very unique race as it takes place on a fully functioning airport runway (closed for the race). The airport locale led to some fast racing and plenty of action and accidents on the track.

Over on the stage, a new Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland was appointed. Congratulations to Skylar Starks. Also of note and congratulations to them as well, are 1st Runner Up, Jessica Gidley and 2nd Runner Up, Ashley Deihl. All of the finalists did a fantastic job and wowed the crowds. A surprise to everyone, including 2005 Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland, Sarah Blanton, was when her boyfriend appeared on stage and proposed to her. He is now officially her fiance.

Here are some photos from the race weekend.

Monday, June 19, 2006

MISS GRAND PRIX of CLEVELAND

MISS GRAND PRIX of CLEVELAND

THE MONKEY REPORT:

We're off again to spend some time with the wonderful girls who are competing in the "Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland" event. The actual race course is pretty unique as it is a 2 mile road course that incorporates airport runways and give fans views of the entire track from anywhere in the grandstands.

Please don't get mad, but posting may slow down while on this job.

LIGHTNING IS COOL

LIGHTNING IS COOL

THE MONKEY REPORT:

As a visitor to Houston, Texas I was amazed at the heat and humidity throughout my stay. The trip was good, but I am not a fan of weather so sticky that is uncomfortable, so I was looking forward to returning home. As we approached the George Bush Intercontinental Airport the sky seemed to quickly take on a rather dark and ominous shade of grey. Moments later we were in a torrential downpour and surrounded by a breathtaking show of fork lightning.

Pulling up the terminal, it was hard not to notice the tremendously long line of planes not going anywhere. The airport was closed to all air traffic – no planes in or out. I was able to check in and sit at the gate, but there was no plane for me to get on to. As the crowd of similarly stranded traveler’s grew, I pulled out my digital camera and with sheer luck, was able to catch a stunning movie of two lightning strikes hitting the runway. The detail is amazing and you can even see the bolt of electricity travel back upward for a bit.

It turns out that one of the lightning strikes caused a power outage in part of the airport which meant further delays. Eventually I boarded my plane, although it was five and a half hours late which caused me to miss my connecting light, forcing me to overnight in Phoenix...which, by the way, was 40 degrees celsius by the time my plane lifted off the runway en route to my Vancouver home.

Monday, June 12, 2006

FILM SET INSPIRES NEW MUSIC

FILM SET INSPIRES NEW MUSIC

Dean Reorda works in film. He loves his job. They feed him all day long. Dean is an electric and a musician. Beautiful Handbasket is one of his latest songs inspired by working on set.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

PJOTRO LOVES MUSIC

PJOTRO LOVES MUSIC

Pjotro loves music, dancing and engineering, and has combined all three of his loves to form the musical suit. Although this was created as a viral marketing champaign for Nokia, we don't mind because it is a pretty cool site. You become the choreographer as you make Pjotro dance in his musical suit. Try it.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

SHAVE EVERYWHERE

SHAVE EVERYWHERE

It's no secret that hairy men are more intelligent than the hairless variety... or that last year men and women spent $8 billion removing their excess body hair. Body grooming is a sensitive issue which is why Phillips/ Norelco has come out with the BODYGROOM. We were so impressed by their website that we ran out to the store and bought one right away... to shave our office chimp. Wow. The thing is pretty impressive. If you don't want to cough up the cash for one of these bad boys, perhaps you should be looking into doing something productive with your extra hair? And for a little human hair removal history, go here.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

BLACK IS THE LAST ADIDAS ADICOLOR SPOT

BLACK IS THE LATEST ADIDAS ADICOLOR

The terrifically unique Adidas adicolor campaign has come to an end with the release of the last spot by Saiman Chow for the color black. Be wared, this black and white stop motion piece about a little panda is a little twisted. The film series celebrates color, customization and personal expression. Each director was given a blank canvas to create a short film based on their emotional and creative response to a given color - red, blue, yellow, green, pink, black or white. The seven directors are Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel, Neill Blomkamp,PSYOP, TRONIC, Saiman Chow, Charlie White, and HAPPY.

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BLACK, Once you go black, you never go back.
RED, a brief history of red by Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel.
YELLOW, yellow is different by Neill Blomkamp.
BLUE, not the blue you that you used to know.
PINK, supremely unique with a super cute teddy bear.
WHITE, featuring Jenna Jameson.
GREEN, with the Finkel's and the Gladstone's.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

6th DAY OF THE
6th MONTH OF THE
6th YEAR

666

Well, it is the 6th day of the 6th month of the 6th year. 6/6/6. Crazy. What's going to happen today? Is the devil coming? Will bad things happen? Cross your fingers and hopefully we'll make it through the day. In the mean time, check out a humourous look at the end of the world or read about the world's most expensive phone number at £1.5 million!!!!

The number 666 has some interesting history. Former U.S. president Ronald Wilson Reagan had six letters in his first, middle, and last name. He also live in house number 666 when he lived in California until Nancy Reagan changed it to 668. The anti-impotence drug Viagra has a molecular weight of 666.7g/mol. In 1999, Intel marketed their Pentium 666 Mhz chip as 667 Mhz, conveniently rounding up.

Have a fun day!