Slashdot is turning 15 years old and celebrating all month with interviews and videos, but I suspect it’ll be hard to top this video that Jonathan Coulton emailed me. This is of course the classic “Code Monkey”… the Slashdot employees used to refer to me as their ‘Boring Manager Rob’. A touching little message from JoCo follows…
A message from the man himself:
Mr. Taco Sir:
I made a little video for you guys in celebration of your 15th anniversary of being a thing.
As you know, way back in 2006 you linked to Code Monkey. It was more than halfway through Thing a Week, and I was still desperate for any sign that what I was doing was valuable and/or capable of reaching people. As you might imagine, a Slashdot link was probably the best thing the world could have shown me: I started reading Slashdot when I was writing software, so it was real thrill to see my name there. Though I’m still a little mad that the traffic crashed my servers.
It seemed fitting to do a new version of that song. I have all these gadgets that I buy and barely learn how to play, and when I heard you guys were looking for videos and things, it inspired me to sit down and actually try to get some of them working. What you see is me doing a version of Code Monkey performed live on electric guitar and laptop. The grid with lights is a monome running Pages, Polygomé and mlrv on my mac. You’re also hearing some loops and noises from Ableton Live, controlled by footswitches, the monome, and the little keyboard, which is an OP-1. Back in 2006 I didn’t know what I was doing, and with all these gizmos, I still don’t. So that’s a relief.
Thanks for everything, and congrats on the first 15 years.