February 02, 2009

The Monkeys are No Longer Jumping

Hello, my friends.


I apologize for not writing sooner. As you've no doubt heard on TWIT, I've decided not to start up the Jumping Monkeys podcast again. 

I enjoyed our run and I can't tell you how much I appreciated all the feedback from you all. 

I can't thank Leo, Dane, Colleen, Tony, and Frederique enough for letting me barge into the studio once a week and blab on about geek parenting. 

And I can't thank you enough for taking the time to listen.

I also wanted to thank all of our guests for coming on the show and  their PR people who put up with my unprofessional scheduling style. And for those of you who I forgot to tell that the show was live, I apologize for that too.

Why did I stop doing the show? I have such a great respect for Leo and for everything that he's doing and I hope to continue to be a part of it in some way in the future. It's difficult to explain exactly why I decided to cancel Jumping Monkeys. The most simple answer is that I was finding it more difficult to devote the time that I thought was needed to make the show improve and blossom. The more complicated answer is that research for these shows is difficult. I never recommended anything that I didn't like, but it was getting way too easy to get content from the PR people who sent the most emails. And that's not always the best content.

I think I may close down this blog soon too. It has been a great seven years, but I think I explained why in my last post.

For now, you can follow my twitter silence at http://twitter.com/meganmorrone. As soon as I think of something worth saying to you, I promise I'll say it.

December 11, 2008

Jumping Monkeys Podcast: On Hiatus

In case you haven't heard, I decided to put the Jumping Monkeys podcast on hiatus until next year. I love working with Leo, but I was too busy and something had to give. I hope to carve out some time to write here, but I am finding that the closer my kids get to learning how to read, the less likely I am to continue writing about them in such a public forum.

November 16, 2008

Jumping Monkeys Episode 72: Servers Powered By Wind

Royalty3 Today we interview Anna Wondany of RattleMe. She talks about how to start a family business without sacrificing your values.

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  • November 12, 2008

    Jumping Monkeys Episode 71: The MommyDocs

    Mommydocs 

    Today we talk to the MommyDocs --Rachel and Jamie. They're podcasters, bloggers, doctors, and moms. They'll answer some of the medical questions you've e-mailed us in the past.


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  • SPEND: Froose


    GIVE: Nest


    LISTENER FEEDBACK:

    Paul loves Fantastic Contraption and recommends Whizzball

    Gina recommends Eyejot.

    Here's Ken's recipe for homemade detergent:

    80 Grams of grated soap
    110 Grams of Cleaning Soda
    5 L hot water


    Stir the soap and soda into the hot water until it's all dissolved and let it stand for 10 - 12 hours until it's a thick fluid. Put in a container and add to the wash in a plastic ball.

    She found that you need to use about 1.5 times as much as commercial detergent and if it's badly soiled or when you are running a dark wash add a dash (30-50ml) of Cleaning Vinegar. You should also try and
    avoid using a dryer as it costs 1 Euro per load.

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    November 03, 2008

    Jumping Monkeys Episode 70: ESP

    MarcNAmy On this episode we discuss the delicate art of Equally Shared Parenting or ESP with Marc and Amy Vachon.

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  • BOOK PICK: Homer Price by Robert McClosky read by Mike Ferreri


    OTHER LINKS:


    LISTENER FEEDBACK:

    Dee-Dee's homeschooling links:



    October 26, 2008

    Jumping Monkeys Episode 69: Co-Working with Kids

    Photo  On this episode we catch up with Felicity Chapman, founder of Cubes and Crayons.

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  • October 20, 2008

    Jumping Monkeys Episode 68: How Wikipedia Works

    Wikipedia_big On this episode we talk to Phoebe Ayers, author of How Wikipedia Works: And How You Can Be a Part of It . Phoebe gives us tips on how to help kids (and adults) use Wikipedia wisely.


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  • BOOK PICK: Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman


    LISTENER FEEDBACK

    John from My Family Loves It recommends Operation Safe Child in NY

    Jorge Sanchez says there is a World of WarCraft bike/treadmill that Leo wished for during our interview with Dr. Danny.




    October 12, 2008

    Jumping Monkeys Episode 67: Caring Corners

    CC_world Today we interview Mrs. Goodbee, a talking dollhouse. We also chat with Jerry Perez of Caring Corners, creators of the dollhouse.


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  • SPEND: EyeClops Night Vision Goggles $72.84 at Amazon



    BOOK PICK: Socks by Beverly Cleary read by Neal Patrick Harris

    LISTENER FEEDBACK:

    Duncan recommends Tutor.com.
    Jason and Heather recommend Donors Choose.



    October 05, 2008

    Jumping Monkeys Episode 66: The Baby Name Wizard

    Babynamewizard500heightOn this episdoe we interview Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard and the Baby Name Voyager. I am addicted to Laura's blog. Am I the only one who wants to have another child just so I can have something else to name?

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  • SPEND: New Nanos

    SAVE: PicWash

    GIVE: Amuse Me Baby

    BOOK PICK: The True History of Little Goldenhood

    LISTENER FEEDBACK:

    A+ recommends:

    Signing Time
    Sesame Street
    Finding Nemo
    Thomas the Tank Engine

    We recommend:

    Choo Choo Soul

    Robb asks about a way to turn your blog into a book and we recommend Blurb.

    Ryan recommends Big Buck Bunny.

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