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Amateur games historian Eon Fafnir posted a clip of this 1990 local news story about LucasArts (then still known as LucasFilm Games) yesterday, and while it’s fascinating getting a look behind the scenes of the studio during some its golden years, Monkey Island fans can squint and see some stuff that never made the finished game.
The famed Monkey Rock that overlooks Lake Tahoe from East Lake is off Tunnel Road in the Spooner Backcountry, part of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks.
The hike to Monkey Rock (More like a gorilla which is not a monkey but a great ape. We will let that go.) leads to a nice view of Lake Tahoe and surrounding snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
I went hiking with my oldest son Canyon, his brilliant girlfriend Emily and our faithful K9 Stella the wonder dog to Monkey Rock in late spring.
We decided to take the longer, but we think, more scenic Highway 50 approach on the way up. At Sand Harbor look for the Bullwheel parking lot in front of the Tunnel Creek Cafe. There is no parking at the trailhead.
Your hike begins from the parking lot and up behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe on Tunnel Creek Road. There is a $2 fee to hike the trails. An iron ranger with envelopes is up the trail a piece.
Once on Tunnel Creek Road it is all uphill. At the intersection you make the left with a steep uphill climb. You hike nearly 500 feet up on decomposed granite and sand. For this reason, I call this short hike moderate. The climb up is not so bad but coming down can be slippery. Wear sturdy shoes and if you are at all worried take your trekking poles. There is a longer route that spreads the hike over a greater distance and is less steep. You can find this alternative just a bit further up the main trail.
The steady climb is made easier by the ever-changing views of beautiful blue Lake Tahoe, the towering pines and bright granite boulders.
This is a popular trail. Once on top expect to wait your turn in the jumble of rocks that overlooks the lake and of course the co-star of the show, the gorilla shaped rock that sits taking in the view with you.
This in and out hike is maybe three miles total. You will not find signs declaring Monkey Rock. You must know what you are looking for. Other trails continue beyond Monkey Rock to Marlette Flume Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail and Twin Lakes.
The alternate route is up Interstate 80 to CA-267S in Truckee. Take NV-28E to Tahoe Blvd to Tunnel Creek Blvd in Incline Village.
Mary West is author of the book series Day Hiker — Gold Country Trail Guides (Available on Amazon). The books are a collection of the Day Hiker columns where West shares her longtime love of the outdoors, and favorite hikes in Northern California’s Gold Country and beyond. West was the recipient of the 2018 and 2019 CRAFT Award for Best Outdoor Column by the Outdoor Writers of California. You can follow West on Facebook and Instagram.
In June 1986, Traverse Magazine columnist Thomas BeVier noted a long-standing Traverse City tradition—to be accepted into polite Traverse City society, one must eat Monkey Tails.
For those who haven’t had the distinct pleasure yet, a Monkey Tail is a Bardon’s Wonder Freeze specialty, still sold today at the Traverse City ice cream shop on Front Street. What exactly is it? A frozen banana dipped in hot chocolate and rolled in crushed nuts.
Bardon’s, which opened in 1951, was recently sold in March 2020 to lifelong customers David and Dawnette Wessell, who plan to keep on making Monkey Tails at the Sputnik-topped dairy bar. Sputnik was placed on the roof by the original owners, Orrin and Nella Bardon, who purchased it as “a good-humored reminder of the Eisenhower years when the Russians beat out the United States with Sputnik,” Thomas wrote in the 1986 issue. And Dawnette confirms, Sputnik is staying.
Now, get on over to Bardon’s, order a Monkey Tail and become a part of a decades-long summer tradition.
This virtual performance piece Monkey, written by Libby Horobin and Jake Levy, perfectly captures the struggles of lockdown and the desperate need for human interaction over a Zoom pub quiz. The play centres around a group of five friends trying to overcome their own boredom in a virtual quiz that has become familiar to so many of us. With power dynamics underpinning the friendships, and one particular friend “Danny”, played by Charlie Bellwood, dealing with an escalating drug addiction, it’s not long before tensions arise and arguments break out.
The editors, Caetano Capurro and Charlotte Smith, helped to create a piece that felt both immersive and relevant
During a time where the theatre industry has suffered, it’s amazing to see the quality of work put into a virtual production. Having a video-chat format allows the viewer to really engage with the performance; it feels like we are a part of the zoom call ourselves. The lag and delay that occasionally happens in the audio realistically portrays the frustrating aspects of attempting to have a social life in 2020. The editors, Caetano Capurro and Charlotte Smith, helped to create a piece that felt both immersive and relevant.
Without giving away any spoilers, the last 2 minutes or so of the production focused on “Des” (Reilly Salmon) walking in the woods; which although was different from the video-chat format, still felt intimate and pertinent to lockdown. Perhaps too many blackout cuts were used in this scene, but it did add to the overall underlying sad and heavy tone within that scene.
The themes of drug addiction, friendship and alienation of communication over lockdown were woven together beautifully. Eloise Dooley, who played Ava (the only female character), was brilliant at portraying the emotional stress and vulnerability her character goes through. When Ava struggles against the other characters’ flippant reactions to the story of a traumatic experience her boyfriend went through, her reactions showcase the anger and disbelief perfectly.
Horobin and Levy’s script is fresh, relevant and entertaining
The whole cast worked naturally together; as the gradual deterioration of their friendships felt realistic in the struggle to stay connected during our now socially-distanced norm. Bellwood and Salmon’s characters were left on the video-chat last, and the conflict that Salmon’s character has between dealing with his friend’s addiction and his own moral compass highlights the genuine devastating impacts that addiction can have on a friendship.
Horobin and Levy’s script is fresh, relevant and entertaining. Their original piece is a fresh perspective on the definition of what theatre actually is and allows the viewer to be thoroughly engaged in a performance that is both incredibly relatable and exciting. Although there are a few moments where the dialogue feels slightly unnatural, this could be due to the presentation of it being in a video-chat style, and doesn’t negate from the overall quality and brilliance this performance has to offer.
This play has proved to be an innovative addition to the NNT’s Quarantine Season and has changed the way in which we view theatre. If you’re looking for a great way to spend half an hour, then I thoroughly recommend checking out Monkey, which premieres on Wednesday 5th August at 7:30pm.
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Welcome back, RotoBallers! Brooks Koepka looked healthy all of a sudden, and Justin Thomas avoided bogey after bogey despite misplayed shots on Sunday to claim his 13th career PGA Tour victory. It was quite the bunched, entertaining finish on Sunday, and it definitely got excited for another strong field with the PGA Championship coming up this week. The first major of the year sounds like it will play pretty difficultly, so we’ll see which studs can make the best of the long ocean breeze, long Par 4s, and thick rough in San Fran.
Using my PGA DFS and betting research for both DraftKings and handicapping, I’ll look into some of the Monkey Knife Fight prop bets for the PGA Championship to see which posted numbers make sense to take a stand on. You can use this advice to place your own wagers on MKF. As always, send any questions, comments, or banter my way on Twitter. You can find me @BellRoto.
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Bryson doesn’t need Par 5s to rack up birdies in a hurry. The issue for him this week will be if he can keep his drives consistent enough to avoid bogeys from missed fairways. However, when he does hit fairways, his length will give him a huge advantage, allowing him to hit shorter irons into these greens and get better looks at birdie. 18 Birdies or Better is definitely doable for DeChambeau.
Rahm seems to excel in tougher settings, especially when long, accurate drives reward players handsomely. Like he did at Memorial, Rahm should be able to hit a lot of fairways, resulting in many greens in regulation. The blow-up spot is always possible with Rahmbo, but racking up birdies should not be an issue.
Time and time again, we see Simpson succeed at short, plodding tracks that require accurate drives to set up wedge shots into greens. However, TPC Harding Park will play a little longer than that, and Simpson won’t have four Par 5s to exploit this week. I’ll take the under on this one and bet against Webb’s long irons again this week.
Despite his run at the title last week in Memphis, I’m not 100% sold that Koepka is all of a sudden back to his old self. He admitted to having knee issues despite his recovery from surgery prior to the return from the Covid layoff, and he’s looked extremely inconsistent leading into the WGC event. Sure, he’s a guy who always shows up for majors, but I am going to need to see it again if I’m going to buy in.
Meanwhile, JT’s game is sharp right now. He’s not the kind of player who will be complacent after a win last week, and this track sets up very well for his long, straight game with short game ability to boot. I think Thomas is in contention again this week, and I can’t bring myself to believe that Koepka can do it again unless that knee is all of a sudden fine.
While Cantlay may beat Bryson on the leaderboard this week, I think DeChambeau will have shorter putts throughout the week when he does hit greens in regulation, hopefully leading to a few more birdies. Cantlay is a consistent ball-striker, but he doesn’t have Bryson’s length off the tee or the same ability to get scorching hot in a second. It’s close, but I’ll take DeChambeau and the half-Birdie.
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Singapore – A monkey was caught on camera, strolling towards a supermarket, reaching for a bag of bread and quickly running away to enjoy his loot.
On Sunday (August 2), Facebook user Raven Qiu shared a video to Complaint Singapore’s page of a macaque grabbing a bag of bread from a supermarket. The presumably starving monkey looked unfazed as he approached the shelves with other shoppers within close vicinity. As if it knew exactly what it wanted, the macaque grabbed a bag of bread and made a run for it. An amused onlooker could be heard, commenting, “Wah so fast!”
The macaque took up a position near the middle of the pathway to enjoy its meal. As it was tearing off the plastic packaging, the individual recording the incident tried to get a closer view. This made the macaque climb a nearby tree to enjoy the bread without any distractions.
According to a comment by Facebook user Choon Lin Ng, the monkey was a regular non-paying customer of a Sheng Siong supermarket near Layar LRT station in Sengkang, as reported by singaporeink.net. The monkey had been visiting the store almost every day for the past six months, amassing an unpaid bill of S$300 worth of bread, shared one of the staff. Another staff member mentioned that their long-tailed customer would sometimes arrive twice a day, once around 9am and again at 5pm to claim its bag of bread.
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NParks released an advisory on how to deal and co-exist with the creatures, noting an increase in interaction between wild monkeys and humans was due to urbanisation. It is advised to keep minimal contact with them and to remain calm, avoid eye contact and back off slowly if one does come close.
Meanwhile, members from the online community suggested planting fruit trees in the area just like in Tampines to promote natural foraging for the macaques. “Its habitat must not have been able to provide sufficient food that is why it resorts to look for food elsewhere,” noted Facebook user Love Sunshine. Another netizen mentioned Coney Island to be another spot where more fruit trees could be planted for the macaques in the area.
Smart Alex haha.. When you saw please do not feed the 🐵.. 😱Monkey see..monkey do eat 🍞
A competitor on the Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4 premiere, Leavitt (6-0) will fight for a UFC contract Tuesday. Beyond what viewers will see him do inside the cage, Leavitt’s intrigue extends beyond his competitive skills.
Leavitt, 25, is a ground specialist and an undefeated MMA fighter – but he’s also an avid barefoot runner, political campaign worker, 100-books-a-year-reader, and a student. Leavitt has always liked sticking out.
“I’ve always been against the grain,” Leavitt recently told MMA Junkie. “I’ve never really cared about fitting in with people. It’s always been about what I want to do – things that push me and challenge me. But I’ve always been a person who’s been focused on one thing at a time. I’ve always had an obsessive nature. I was either obsessed with politics or obsessed with wrestling – so I just kind of traded it for fighting. I’m interested in all different things. I read 100 books a year – at least. I do yoga and I do love running. But fighting is definitely my obsession. It’s definitely a grounding influence in my life. It kind of puts everything else in order for me.”
The soft-spoken, self-proclaimed “nerdy kid” doesn’t fit the mold of a stereotypical MMA fighter. Oftentimes, people don’t think he’s a professional mixed martial artist. But Leavitt understands why and has accepted it.
“I definitely don’t think I fit the mold,” Leavitt said. “I don’t think I’m dripping of machismo. I’m not the most manly alpha-male type of person. I’m very smiley and very relaxed. … I’ve never cared about what people think. It definitely has helped me to stick out in this kind of environment. A lot of people are trying to be something they’re not. They have this idea that a fighter is supposed to be fit and supposed to be tough – or supposed to be macho. I’m just like, ‘I’m going to be myself.’ Real recognizes real, as they say.”
Being open and true to himself has bolstered Leavitt’s career. He doesn’t feel the need to promote himself by acting outlandish. He does admit, though, it was initially difficult for him to come to grips with how violent his career-choice is.
“I used to be a little insecure about it – especially when I was younger when I was a few fights in,” Leavitt said. “I hate hurting people. I’ve never been aggressive or a mean person. I’m probably overly polite. I’m probably too nice a lot of the time. It definitely took me a while to separate the violence from the sport for me. It’s not about hurting people. It’s not about me competing with my opponent. It’s about me competing with myself. I’ve figured out a way to frame it where it’s me becoming a better version of myself when I’m out there.”
A win would not only vindicate Leavitt’s pursuit of MMA as a career, but it would also provide him relief knowing he can support himself – and let the world know that.
“I wouldn’t have to be embarrassed when people ask me what I do and I say, ‘A professional fighter.’ They’ll respond, ‘So you make a lot of money doing this?’ I’ll respond, ‘No, I’m kind of broke.’ Fighting doesn’t pay the bills,” Leavitt said. “It’ll mean everything to say, ‘I fight. That’s what I do to pay the bills. That’s what I do to take care of everything.’ It’ll definitely make it feel like all the work I put in actually means something.”
DWCS 27 takes place Tuesday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The four-fight card will simulcast on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
To celebrate the anticipated release of the second season of Netflix’s The New Legends of Monkey, we sat down with two of the stars of the show to find out just what fun is in store for us in the sophomore series.
Chai Hansen (Monkey) and Josh Thomson (Pigsy) talk us about the show – a retelling of the classic show Monkey – and inspired by 16th Century Chinese fable Journey to the West, The New Legends of Monkey follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. The cast also includes Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, Emilie Cocquerel, Josh McKenzie, Jordan Mooney, and Jarred Blakiston.
In our chat with Chai and Josh, they talked about the first season’s success, the pressures of going back to the well for another season, the unique challenges of bringing such stories to life, and the sheer amount of fun they all have together brought this fantastic show to life.
You can watch the exclusive interview below:
Season 2 of THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY which will be launching on Netflix on August 7th.
Ayodhya, Aug 4 (PTI) Ahead of the groundbreaking for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the authorities here have taken stock of every possible threat – including that from monkeys.
An official said scores of workers will keep watch in the area around the Ram Janmabhoomi so that Ayodhya’s monkeys don’t get anywhere near the venue of the bhoomi pujan, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate on Wednesday.
Devotees going for a darshan of Ram Lalla at the makeshift temple are used to making their way to the deity through a caged gangway, partly because of the monkey menace.
An official from the government’s Information department told PTI that municipal authorities and the animal husbandry department have been asked to “keep the premises safe from monkeys’.
They will use catapults and wooden batons to shoo away any monkey spotted in the neighbourhood. But the most effective weapon will be gram and fruit, he said.
These will be offered to the monkeys some distance away from the site to keep them busy.
Sanitation workers, home guards and animal husbandry department employees will be on the job, the official said. PTI CORR ASH ASH
Jedd Cokayne, business unit director at The MediaShop, says not all brands are created equal and that a distinctive brand will be the most successful during 2020…
While I ponder over when I will ever get to the bush again and the fond memories I have of my travels, I think of one of the most iconic silhouettes on the African landscape – the Baobab tree, also known as the Tabaldi, Bottle tree, Upside Down Tree or the Monkey Bread Tree. The Baobab can grow up to heights of 20m and carbon dating indicates that it may live to be a staggering 3000 years old.
With an entire ecosystem within it from birds nesting in the branches to baboons devouring the fruits, bush babies drinking the nectar from the flowers and elephants eating the bark, this is one of the most distinctive trees in Africa easily recognisable by travellers around the world.
Distinctive brand assets
This distinctiveness leads me to the content of this article and the upward battle all brands are facing in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have read so much about marketing in a recession, how brands are reacting to new consumer behaviours and potentially what the new norm is, but what many brands are forgetting is the one thing that makes them stand head and shoulders above their competitors – that which creates their distinctiveness and potentially further develops brand loyalty.
All brands like to think they are unlike any other, but that’s usually not the case. What does make a brand unique are its distinctive brand assets. These act as an invaluable shorthand for a brand, it’s a cue for consumers to bring all their previous experiences and associated meaning of a brand to the fore and influence that purchase decision.
Now more than ever, distinctiveness is key to helping a brand stay afloat in very tough economic conditions. We forget how important various brand assets are in keeping the brand alive in the eyes of the consumer whether it is a name, a slogan, unique value proposition, visual characteristic or a logo, all of these things make a brand unique.
Identifying these distinctive assets
But how do we determine what a brand asset actually is from the various brand elements within a company? Each brand element needs to be unique, authentically associated and well known to consumers while representing the brand. Assets seek to reinforce the brand’s core values and convey the benefits it promises to deliver.
While brands are trying to develop new ways of working because of the pandemic, this is an ideal time for them to consolidate and identify those distinctive assets that will not only help them survive the current situation but also reinforce it and become competitive again in the future.
– Ruthlessly audit your existing brand elements or what you perceive to be distinctive. Remember to include historical icons etc that may still ring true for the brand.
– Your consumers are a great gauge of what is distinct about your brand, get feedback from them and collect data that can help in the future.
– The faster people make the association between individual brand assets and a brand, the more likely your market share will grow and not just your category awareness.
The below table is from the Ehrenberg Bass Institute (EBI) for Marketing Science and a great way of assessing brand assets and determining if they are worthy of highlighting or casting aside.
Once those brand assets have been identified and developed, leverage them and reap the rewards.
– Use them consistently across all marketing campaigns, channels and touchpoints available.
– Evaluate them often and rely on real feedback from your target market.
– Keep an eye on competitors and ensure you are agile. They are happy to hijack your ideas especially if they aren’t protected.
– Be smart when you introduce a new brand asset and ensure you run it with the brand name until you can measure the brand association.
– Take ownership of the brand.
The key to success is adaptability
Within a short space of time the marketing rule book has changed and what worked yesterday may not necessarily work today or tomorrow. The key to success is adaptability and the reliance on your brand’s distinctiveness to influence the buyer’s journey.
We previously mentioned that consumer behaviour has dramatically changed over the past four months but by utilising brand assets correctly with nurtured messaging at a decision-making juncture, will help consumer’s link the benefits and value propositions of your brand at the point of purchase and help protect your brand through the turbulent waters of 2020.
So, as we face this one day at a time spare a thought for the Monkey Bread Tree and all the changes they have had to endure and adapted accordingly over the thousands of years they have been around.