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31 Oct

MonkeyCon Actual Play: Zorcerer of Zo

Our third con-fectionary is something not at all unfamiliar to followers of the Jetpackless–a game of Zorcerer of Zo. However, this time, Darfo takes the helm, and an all-new cast of characters gives us an adventure to remember.

Thanks once again go to Zircher for permitting us to crosspost this recording from the Sunday Skypers.


31 Oct

MonkeyCon Actual Play: Hocus Focus – Morning Edition

And the MonkeyCon melange continues with Celine S. Sauve’s “Hocus Focus” Fiasco game, as brought to us through the courtesy of the Trilobite over at Porcellaine Llama Theater, a podcast which demands your listening time and attention with its quality. We of MTMJ thank Trilobite and everyone involved for allowing us to share in their fun gaming experiences.


31 Oct

MonkeyCon Actual Play: The Trouble With Rose

Well, okay, real life intervened once again and I have no Halloween issue for you. I hope this will make up for it: A batch of actual-play sessions from MonkeyCon, starting with this one. Thanks to Zircher for allowing me to crosspost this here. MTMJ will be a central hub for all MonkeyCon AP recordings, so if it happened at MonkeyCon, you’ll hear it here. Ya hear?

Okay, enough of that. Enjoy the game, and do yourself a favor. Subscribe to the Sunday Skypers Podcast.

Whoops. Almost forgot the download link.


25 Oct

MonkeyCon Wrap-Up Show

Hi, gang. Come Halloween, we’ll resume our regularly scheduled gaming goodness. But with MonkeyCon 0 having happened this past Saturday, I thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the hard work, fun and frivolity that ensued with a Monkeys Took My Jetpack send-off. So here it is.

Like the feedback shows, this is pretty much just as it happened live over the Skype link. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our MonkeyCon Wrap-up show. Thanks to everyone who made MonkeyCon happen. It was, to say the least, a smashing success!

20 Oct

Feedback Show (October 17, 2011)

Don’t worry, this is not going to become a regular thing–this posting two feedback shows before another issue is posted. It’s just that my editing is lagging behind, and MonkeyCon is approaching, and I wanted to get something out before MonkeyCon … soooooo …. here’s feedback.

Thanks, Trilobite, for that cool little MonkeyCon Promo at the beginning. And beware. This feedback show is NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR CHILDREN. We earned the Explicit tag on this one. Who do I blame? Kedamono, that’s who. Want to know why?

Download the show and find out!

11 Oct

Monkeys Took My Jetpack Feedback Show (September 26, 2010)

Gotta be honest. Never really know what to say about these things. It’s a show. It has feedback. Opinions, annecdotes, banter, long pauses, umms, uhhs, stammers, a few swear words, .. this show has it all!!

So go download it, already!!

Oh, and thanks for all the feedback.

This show is dedicated, with a wink and a smile, to Celine Sauve, without whom this show would never have been possible. Or at the very least, not nearly as long.

All joking aside, we can’t tell you how much we appreciate not only listening to the podcast, but going back and catching up on even the issues iTunes no longer deems necessary to list. Please do not misconstrue our goodnatured jabbing as anything other than exactly and only goodnatured jabbing. It’s how we of hairy chests show our love.

Okay, for not having a lot to say, I certainly have said it. I’m stopping now, or this will never get posted!


11 Oct

How Steve Jobs Ruined My Life

[As written on Friday, October 7, 2011]

This morning was a typical morning in my house, which is to say, my life. I woke up to the sound of my iPhone’s alarm. I turned over, shut off the alarm, and set my phone to play my Wake-up playlist with its iPod feature. I then got myself a drink and read my morning news articles with my iPad. After that was done, I made plans to go to the Portland Apple store, that being the closest to me, to replace my computer’s battery. In fact, as I write this on my MacBook, we are driving to Portland. What do all these things have in common? Apart from my drink and the car (and Portland), almost every noun in this paragraph was made possible by a man who changed the world for many, many people.

That man is Steve Jobs.

And he has ruined my life.

As a blind computer user, I used to be quite content to type away on my Windows desktop, having been granted the ability to read its screen by paying upwards of $800 above and beyond the cost of the computer itself. I was content to only use a cell phone for phone calls, unless I wanted to pay an additional $300 or more for the price of an add-on screen reading software package. I was content to look down my nose with smug superiority at people who spent so much time browsing the web, texting, and doing all manner of things with their phones *other* than making phone calls. I justified this with statements like, “If their phone breaks, they’re really in trouble, huh?” or, “How lazy are we getting as a society? I like every thing to have its purpose.”

And then Steve Jobs ruined me.

How, you ask?

Steve Jobs made a screen reading software package a part of the operating system which powered the Mac computer, as well as eventually taking that a step further and powering the iPHone as well, not to mention every other Apple product line. No longer must I pay extra for access to my technology. No longer can I sit idly by when companies like Amazon give the blind consumer bare-bones attempts at accessibility in a not-so-subtle attempt at mollification. I now am forced by my conscience to stand up and shout to anyone who’ll listen that it isn’t enough. How do I know it isn’t enough? Apple proved it.

Perhaps lawsuits were instrumental in granting this accessibility, and perhaps they weren’t. We’ve seen what lawsuits bring about in terms of obligatory accessibility. (I’m looking at you, Kindle.) Even if lawsuits played a part, Steve Jobs went hundreds of miles above and beyond the call of duty, and has forever changed not only what is possible for accessibility, but also what is (or should be) expected from companies when providing accessibility.

No longer am I able to settle for whatever drippings the lords of the manor see fit to bestow upon me. I now have to live life knowing there’s a better way. Ignorance was bliss. I, and all of us who use Apple products, have been forever changed.

We lost Steve Jobs a few days ago, and he has left a vacancy which, I fear, will not soon be filled. If ever a man or woman embodied the creative spirit, that can certainly be said of Steve Jobs.

Thank you, Mr. Jobs. Youou may have ruined my life, but you’ve done so in the best possible way…

…and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

5 Oct

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #29: Dream Thiever

Hey there, hi there, ho there (Where?)! We’re back with yet another issue crammed full of action, excitement, and entertainment! Once again, we’re returning to the Zantabulous Land of Zo, as provided for us by the wonderful roleplaying game, the Zorcerer of Zo, from Atomic Sock Monkey Press. If you don’t have it, get it!

We join Jarrod and his newly-acquired Speaking Sword poised on the brink of battle, while across the way, Princess Zephyr seems unavoidably poised on the brink of battle with none other than Thomas the Big Ol’ Grumpy Talking Bear! What will become of our heroes, and will any of these shenanigans bring them any closer to Nick Pockets, the Dream Thief–to say nothing of finding Zephyr’s missing sisters? Download via the above link, and find out!


21 Sep

Feedback Show (September 10, 2011)

Hi, gang. It’s a feedback show. It has … er … feedback. ‘Nuff said.

Oh. Not quite ‘nuff said after all. Since this was recorded, I learned I’d been accidentally giving eroneous info about where to go to sign up for MonkeyCon. Don’t worry. Our promo has it right; I just thought I had found a shortcut to go directly to the convention itself.) So in order to visit MonkeyCon and sign up (and you *all* want to do that, right? Riiiiiiiight.), either go to Con Planner and search for MonkeyCon, or just click on the nifty link here in the Links section of our website.

Hokay. Enough outta me. Enjoy the feedback.

20 Sep

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #28: Preparations

Hello, everyone. If you are wondering what took this issue so long to materialize, you need look no further than George Lucas and Mrs. BlindGeek. For an Anniversary present, she bestowed upon me the Star Wars Saga Blu-Ray box set. As it is, I’ve only managed to get through the first four parts of the saga, factoring in time for listening to the commentary tracks, and the coolest thing ever–all six Star Wars films were given descriptive-audio tracks! What this means is that a narrator describes the action on screen, making sure to not step on dialogue. It’s pre-scripted narration, so they give a pretty decent amount of detail. If you ever feel like watching a Star Wars film while doing housework or something else where you can’t see the screen while you work, you might have some fun checking it out.

Anyway, you don’t read this blog to learn of my movie-watching habits. You want to learn about the latest issue!

It’s another chapter in our Zorcerer of Zo saga. We find our heroes together but apart (Hmm, probably would’ve been a better title, but oh well…) on the Island of Repose. Will they find each other? Will Zephyr find Nick Pockets? Will Thomas run afoul of anyone while he’s here? Will Webster find true love? Is he even looking for it? Will Jarrod find a way to make himself useful? Some of these questions will be answered in this issue. Of course, some won’t … but finding out which is which is half the fun.

Enough babbling from me.

Go forth and download!