Useless Drivel – Vibrating Raspberry Pi

Happy Belated Birthday to us!! While we’d like to say we were too busy partying last week to celbrate 6 full years of Monkey in the Cage Productions, we’d be straight-up lying. Nevertheless, the cast is back this week, so join you hosts Amanda, Robert, and The David as they take you on an auditory joy-ride through WTF land! Hold onto your butts, because it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel –  A Podcast Without a Point!

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Episode 89 – Man of Steel


Look!  Up in the air!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! It’s a flying dude with more muscles than he knows what to do with!  That’s right kiddos, the “Superhero Summer” continues as this week we discuss the new incarnation of pop-culture’s first heroic icon.  We’re joined in-studio by our special three-peat guest – artist extraordinaire and comic book aficionado Dennis Salvatier!  Be sure to ditch those red undies, work out your back-pecs, and practice punching people into ghosts as you prepare for a brand new super adventure on this week’s Monkey in the Cage!

Also, be sure to support Dennis in his artistic career and check out his site here! – Salvatier Studios and (and buy some awesome art!)

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Episode 57 – How Gaming Keeps Us Young

Benjamin Franklin once said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes.  If that’s the case, then Gary Gygax’s response must have been “I thought it was criticals and fumbles?”  Time marches on.  Nations rise and fall.  All we are is dust in the wind… but who cares!  Join us this week as we discuss the reasons we believe gaming to be the true fountain of youth.  From tabletop to video games, nothing does better at keeping us young at heart like a good session of gaming.  Sit back in your easy chair, adjust those trifocals, and give Ponce de León the old two finger salute as you get ready to get young with a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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2012 Geek Resolutions

I love the new year.  My type A, OCD-addled personality loves how perfect January 1st looks on the calendar.  We all have resolutions, even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t “believe” in them, it’s a great time to set some goals and make some improvements.  So here are my geek-related resolutions for the new year!

Go To the Movies

I can’t tell you the last time I went to the movies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the movies it’s just hard to get out.  However, with so many awesome geek movies on the horizons we are going to have to sneak away once a month or so.  Here’s my Top 3 Must-Sees:

The Avengers coming May 4, 2012:

Batman:  The Dark Knight Rises coming  July 20, 2012:

The Hobbit coming December 14, 2012:

Play More Games

It must be noted that this does not mean buy more games.  We have a walk-in closet chock full of awesome games that have yet to be played!  Here’s my Top 3 Must-Plays:

Arkham Horror by Fantasy Flight Games

This game has co-op game play set in a Lovecraftian world so what has kept us from playing?  A dauntingly long rule book and laziness, or course!

Bang!  (La Pallottola) The Bullet!  by Da Vinci

A Western-based card game should have us chomping at the proverbial bit to play this one but it fell to the wayside for quicker-to-play fare and once again.. laziness.

Battleship Galaxies by Wizards of the Coast

I loved Battleship as a kid and when I saw this new variation of the game I immediately impulse-bought it!  I wanted to get my Captain Maul Mal on but the guys seemed meh about the whole thing.  So lack of interest and wait for it… laziness sent this one to the shelf o’ “how long have we had that game!?”

Read More Books

Since I finally got out of my vocabularily-abusive relationship with Fablehaven it’s time for me to sow my oats and see what else is out there for me.  Here are my Top 3 Must-Reads:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

When I first heard of this series my inner voice yelled, “Didn’t you learn anything from Twilight!?  Don’t believe the hype!”  But I quickly quieted that voice and hopefully clicked the purchase button.  I am about five chapters into the first book and so far I am liking it!  Katniss Everdeen is no Bella Swan and that alone makes this series far superior to Stephenie Meyers’ dreck.

Locke & Key by Joe Hill

I own all four hardcover volumes of this series:  Welcome to Lovecraft, Head Games, Crown of Shadows, and Keys to the Kingdom but just haven’t found the time to read them.  When I first started hearing buzz about this series I was very intrigued.  It’s written by Stephen King’s son and that makes him a legacy in my book.  I picked up World War Z for a similar reason and Max Brooks impressed the hell of me.  It was also optioned for a television series  on FOX and although it didn’t get picked up (much to my dismay) Cryptozoic is making a board game based on the series this year.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

When I heard that this book was originally conceived during a NaNoWriMo project I knew I had to pick it.  Writers write whether it’s National Novel Writing Month or not but I like the idea of setting aside a special time to chase that manuscript that is always rattling around in my head.  Erin Morgenstern did just that and I am beyond curious to see what she came up with. Oh, and Matt, I know you got your hopes up but it’s not a sequel to Night Train.

So, fellow geeks resolve along with me to get some checks on that old to-do list!  What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2012?


Episode 12 – New Year Nostalgia

The New Year is finally upon us.  2011 brought some good times for us here at Monkey in the Cage, namely the birth of our wicked cool podcast (that’s for any fans we may have in Boston).  But, as awesome as 2011 was, 2012 is going to be a thousand times better.  This year is going to be a geeks dream year come true – everything from video games and movies to conventions and podcasts.  Like everyone else, we look forward to the new year and what it brings, but at the same time, we can’t help but take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

This week, as everyone is looking forward, we’re looking back.  Join us as we talk about the a crap load of things from our childhood and adolescence that we both love an miss.  Be it cereals, tv shows, cartoons, or professional wrestling, nothing is off-limits as we babble on and on and commit the cardinal sin of dating ourselves and feeling old.  Let your ears take a listen and your mind reminisce on the things that helped make us the geeks we are!

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