Office Poetry: Fires

Putting out fires – that’s what I do
From morning till night, all the day through,
Well not in the true sense of the phrase,
Never have I stepped into a blaze,
Perhaps “fighting fires” just sounds more noble,
Then shipping a package or faxing a logo,
Then tracking a bug or installing a patch,
Then configuring updates to run in a batch
Then running the conf call or training new hires
It’s much more impressive to be putting out fires
But all of these fires leave one open item,
Why does nobody ever claim to light em?

                                     – CrapMonkey Travis

Office Poetry: Troubled Outlook

… And I Wait
No sands fall from this spinning time piece,
My blueprint of the future desperately scrambles to collect the past,
Both of us, paralyzed in anticipation.
The soft hum of progress spins into a noticeable roar,
Tension builds – an elastic band stretched to its limits,
Further, and further, and further, and…
In a thunder storm of chimes my yesterdays erupt before me.
Dismiss All – I click,
And begin to feed the storm of tomorrow

                                   – CrapMonkey Travis

Office Poetry: Morning Mud

I have decided to begin a series of poems inspired by my days at the office.  I hope you enjoy them.  They will be under the category “Office Poetry” should you decide you’d like to read them all:

Morning Mud

Who were these infamous siblings?
Where are these Mythical Hills?
I must know more about this fantastic land where pure blandness can be disguised in such magnificently shiny little bags.
                      – CrapMonkey Travis


CMP-08-21-2006: CrapMonkey Podcast Episode 105

It’s been a while since I’ve delivered a show, but I have a long one for you tonight.  First of all, head on out to and check out the podcasts we did with the Youth Media Institute as well as the great podcasts created by the DigiGirlz Technology Camp.

In this episode, we share a little beer news (including a product called the beer belly), I also share some conversation from a Fantasy Football draft I attended this weekend.  Not getting your fill of restroom reviews lately?  Check out these video game restroom reviews at Maxim Online.

The song of the day is Stories and Fables by Jeff Fielder and Zach Harjo.  The Website of the day is (check out WABL if you are a Washington beer lover).  We close the show with a song called Flames in Synergy by a band called Inner Surge (keep an eye on these guys).

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CMP-08-08-2006: CrapMonkey Podcast Episode 104

It’s a busy summer in the land of the crapmonkey.  This weekend the CrapMonkey held a Brewfest that proved to be a most excellent time.  Images from the brewfest are available on my CrapMonkey Flickr Account.

Brewfest 2006

There are some great events brewing in Seattle.  Hempfest is coming up on the weekend of the 19th, as is the Barely Audible Music Festival at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. We are also getting close to OktoberFest Season. The Fremont OktoberFest is the weekend of September 22nd and the Leavenworth Oktoberfest starts the last weekend of September (watch last years video).

The song of the day is On a Podcast (aka – That Podcast Song) by Cruisebox and the website of the day is  We close the show with “All the Good Things” by Jeff Fielder.