Chris Arkenberg: Thanks and sayonara!

Arkenbuddha-1 I've had a great week here at Boing Boing! It's been fun, educational, and a little bit nerve-wracking. And it's been a great opportunity to promote some of the minds & ideas that are inspiring me. Thanks to the staff for supporting me as a guest blogger, and special thanks to David Pescovitz who is just about as nice a guy as you could imagine.

Here's my own self promotion before I depart: I post all original content semi-regularly on my blog URBEINGRECORDED. I'm very active and trading a lot of sweat equity but I'm technically unemployed. Here's my LinkedIn.

I make music - mostly electronic but across diverse genres. My currently-posted works are at N8UR, including originals and a bunch of remixes. I'm very proud of my Radiohead remix so if Thom or Johnny are reading this (or anyone who knows them), please give it a listen. My most recent published work is an E.P. called Western Rains, embedded below.

<a href="">brahman by Chris23</a>

Also, related, my friend Jamie Wyatt is a great singer & songwriter.

I live in Santa Cruz, Ca. - one of my favorite places in the world. For someone like me who's mostly city-phobic (though I love to travel to mega-cities) I thrive in this idyllic community of redwood mountains, beautiful farms, and some of the best surf in the world. It's a fantastic community fortunate to be both near the SF Bay Area and also geographically insulated from the hustle & bustle. Someday I imagine myself working more closely with the city in some capacity.

So, here are some local Santa Cruz promotions:

Route 1 Farms - Great peeps and regulars at our local Farmer's Markets. Architect Mark Primack - former city council member, commercial & residential architect with a fondness for concrete and steel, and a great speaker on urban planning & development. Also tender of the Tree Circus. Jeff Traugott Guitars - simply amazing high-end guitars that I'll never be able to afford. Players include John Mayer & Charlie Hunter. Santa Cruz Guitar Company - excellent luthiers and slightly more affordable. O'Neill surf - an iconic global brand, born and raised in Santa Cruz. The Cinematic Syndicate - local film group doing exceptional work. NextSpace Co-working & Innovation - great peeps and a great work space designed by Mark Primack. Also just opened a space in SF. The Santa Cruz Design & Innovation Center - an incubator & promoter of local Santa Cruz design. Quiddities - design & dev committed to building community communication platforms. The Tannery Arts Center - "a first-in-the-nation art community that provides a sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County" UCSC Biomolecular Engineering & Genomics - some of the best in the world. UCSC Astronomy & Astrophysics - also one of the best in the world.

I could blog all this stuff here for, like, the next month but here are a few of my current video entertainment faves before I go... Nothing too radical or underground - just stuff I love and quote relentlessly: Sealab 2021 Archer - From the Sealab folks, featuring H. Jon Benjamin (Coach McGurk in Home Movies) and Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth of Arrested Development). The Mighty Boosh - I can not get enough! Thanks so much! I'll leave you all with this clip from The Boosh:


  1. like the remixes, chris. mc chris is a buddy of mine so i was happy to hear another deconstruction of his verbal nerdiness.

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