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Build your squid, name him, and let him play in the ocean. Come back later to see whet he's got up to. I named mine 'Albert'.
posted by orthogonality (100 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
There seem to be many Alberts, but there is only one* Raul.

* - at this time
posted by jquinby at 5:00 AM on December 31, 2008


SON OF A...
posted by jquinby at 5:02 AM on December 31, 2008


Aristos LIVES
posted by evil_esto at 5:07 AM on December 31, 2008


gnfti made friends with an albatross!

Egh. It'll probably just weigh me down.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:12 AM on December 31, 2008 [20 favorites]


Make your own squid and set it free. If it comes back to you it's yours. If it doesn't, hunt it down, kill it, and serve it wth a little lemon. Mmmmm... squid.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:16 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm trying to imagine just what a squid would have gotten up to.

SquidLog, Day 10: Arms and tentacles, arms and tentacles. I have decided to pretend that my tentacles are actually very long, boneless thumbs. One day I will surface, snatch some kind of pipe from a ship, and pretend to play the flute. Oh yes.

SquidLog, Day 18: Ran into my cousin, you know, Big Ted. He told me about tormenting a Japanese fishing boat, due to a little deal he had with some bereaved whales. I wish I were that large. Existential questions arise ... why am I a squid who looks like this? Was there a plan for me?

SquidLog, Day 27: Ate various other things from under the sea. Lurked in the deep some more. Feel somewhat abandoned.

SquidLog, Day 39: Came to the realization that, even if I can squirt my ink artfully over these pieces of parchment I found in a sunken vessel, nobody will read them. And I can't even get dial-up underwater. Why was I made, and by whom?

SquidLog, Day 41: Everyone likes the octopi so much more. "Oh look how clever they are, they can bang rocks on the sides of their tanks!" Bloody brilliant, trying to destroy your life support system. Surely someone cares about the squid.

SquidLog, Day 46: Plan to tap underwater transmission cable so I can send email to Bruce Schneier, who is evidently a big fan, was a painful failure. My disconnect seems total. My three hearts are breaking.

SquidLog, Day 53: "Invitation to free dinner," it says, but what is calamari? I suspect it is a sinister trap, but I no longer care. If there are no further entries, Dear Reader (whoever you are), understand that I met my fate not bravely, but with the apathy that can only come from suspecting that one's life is simply a cruel game, quickly unwrapped and discarded.
posted by adipocere at 5:18 AM on December 31, 2008 [80 favorites]


Sam (Thaminiya) is on the crawl.
posted by adamvasco at 5:20 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mine is named Davenport.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 5:33 AM on December 31, 2008


LOLUNABLETODETECTFLASH10
posted by DU at 5:40 AM on December 31, 2008


Aquamalina is out there... somewhere.
posted by pointless_incessant_barking at 6:00 AM on December 31, 2008


I checked back to see what mine was doing, and he had attacked and killed Peter Benchley.
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:05 AM on December 31, 2008 [4 favorites]


Rolf Squidboy is looking for some new glasses.
posted by afx237vi at 6:06 AM on December 31, 2008


Reginald just escaped a hungry sperm whale.
posted by device55 at 6:07 AM on December 31, 2008


Behold the mighty Ellsworth!
posted by Manhasset at 6:15 AM on December 31, 2008


Happy New Year's Eve, folks.
posted by orthogonality at 6:19 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hamsteak just made friends with a pod of killer whales.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on December 31, 2008


Mine became a Brazilian president
posted by qvantamon at 6:27 AM on December 31, 2008


Squiddy McSquid just arranged a New Years date with a nubile young sea cow.

(Once you've given your squid the silly name, is there anything these things can actually do? Because if there is, I'm not seeing it.)
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:32 AM on December 31, 2008


This is very cute. I passed it on to a squid-obsessed friend of mine.
posted by marginaliana at 6:33 AM on December 31, 2008


As long as we're being cute, oneko, for MS-Windows or linux.
posted by orthogonality at 6:34 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mine is Captain Squish.
posted by sweetkid at 6:35 AM on December 31, 2008


Beanie is searching for that Ned Land bastard. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
posted by steef at 6:37 AM on December 31, 2008


Murray!
posted by sadiehawkinstein at 6:39 AM on December 31, 2008


Mine is Qwert-shmarble. Named in honor of the elusive amazon.com product.
posted by Dr-Baa at 6:47 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately, Murgatroyd has a terrible memory. Earlier today, he had to flee a Green Peace ship. But now, having made friends with a giant jellyfish, he has completely forgotten the Rainbow Warrior. Only one adventure at a time for this squid.
posted by honest knave at 6:57 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Squiddy Boy seems a little disorganized. I'm going to give him time to get adjusted to his new environment.
posted by Joe Beese at 7:02 AM on December 31, 2008


There are a lot of squids from The United States named "Poopy", and now mine is one of them.
posted by Science! at 7:09 AM on December 31, 2008


Mine cost one pound Sterling!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:11 AM on December 31, 2008


Mine's named Lucy.
posted by sarcasticah at 7:20 AM on December 31, 2008


Go on Boris, drag down that Nautalis to its watery doom!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:22 AM on December 31, 2008


sadly, Randall doesn't seem to be up to a whole lot today.
posted by xbonesgt at 7:25 AM on December 31, 2008


I made Werner Herzog.

I look forward to reading his diary entries.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:27 AM on December 31, 2008 [4 favorites]


I don't hold out much hope for Zenobia. I suspect neon green with with pink spots might not be the best color choice for an Antarctic cephalopod.
posted by weebil at 7:27 AM on December 31, 2008


Shake hands with 'Gummo'
posted by sswiller at 7:37 AM on December 31, 2008


Eisenhower the Squid, we hardly knew ye.
posted by awenner at 7:42 AM on December 31, 2008


"EUNICE has swum through a school of barracudinas."

...what? I don't think I like the idea of my squid associating with fish that don't have swim bladders.
posted by giraffe at 7:52 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mine got into a fight the minute he hit the drink. (It could be all the polka dots on his hulking frame....kind of like the visual equivalent of "A Boy Named Sue")
posted by availablelight at 8:08 AM on December 31, 2008


it's like Spore...but without the DRM
posted by Hands of Manos at 8:14 AM on December 31, 2008


I called mine "Gaddle."

I wish I could summon that screen by yelling "GaddleGaddleGaddleGaddleGaddle" at the computer.

My dreams, they are simple.
posted by Kattullus at 8:26 AM on December 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


Garbag has been hunting for tasty crabs. As long as he doesn't catch them from his friend the penguin, I'm happy.
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:27 AM on December 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Mine got really huge and wrote a song, put it in a bottle, and some musician found it. ;-)
posted by elendil71 at 8:30 AM on December 31, 2008


kuujjuarapik just passed a leaking submersible.

ain't that the truth.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:46 AM on December 31, 2008


Yay! My squid is named Flingo the Wonderful, and he has been "hunting for a hook sharpener"! Just like me! Me and Flingo, we're gonna have some great times at Home Depot together!
posted by Greg Nog at 8:54 AM on December 31, 2008


And thus Larry has entered the world.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 8:54 AM on December 31, 2008


awww, I totally love my adorable squid. What fun! Thanks for this charming and endearing animation dear orthogonality.
posted by nickyskye at 8:57 AM on December 31, 2008


The squid named ImNotSpongeBob made friends with a scientist. Now if he can just get some DNA re-arranging by his new friend, he can be the star in a SciFi Channel Original movie with some catchy title like "Tentacles of Doom" or "Squidasaurus" or "Calamari This" or "Kraken IV, The Revenge" or "Sucker Punch" or "Ok, I'll stop now"
posted by forforf at 8:59 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Squid Billie has been hunting for a lost tentacle. Sounds like one of my offspring, all right.
posted by notashroom at 9:02 AM on December 31, 2008


There are many, many, MANY squids named Cthulhu. Also, many lonely geeks.
posted by The Bellman at 9:09 AM on December 31, 2008 [4 favorites]


23 Squidoo!
posted by grobstein at 9:19 AM on December 31, 2008


My squid torched an underground passage and beat up some priests.
posted by kurumi at 9:28 AM on December 31, 2008


MY SQUID HAS EVOLVED ELBOWS WHAT HAVE I DONE WHAT HAVE I DON.....
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:31 AM on December 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


Mine's name is Ptolemy, and he's a little grumpy.
posted by kalessin at 9:35 AM on December 31, 2008


Needs creepy elbows.
posted by schoolgirl report at 9:45 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


My squid has signed a three-picture deal with Pixar/Disney.
posted by terranova at 9:49 AM on December 31, 2008


Werner Herzog just escaped a scientist.

Werner Herzog has swum through a school of lightfish.

Werner Herzog held a gun to Klaus Squidski's head while filming of Aguirre, the Wrath of Cod.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 9:55 AM on December 31, 2008 [6 favorites]


Kenny says hi.
posted by kingbenny at 10:13 AM on December 31, 2008


DR. CHARLEMAGNE made friends with a sea pig.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 10:20 AM on December 31, 2008


Erasthmus made friends with a blue whale.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:29 AM on December 31, 2008


I named mine Pro Squo. Just because I could.
posted by PontifexPrimus at 10:35 AM on December 31, 2008 [6 favorites]


Bruce
posted by Rumple at 10:36 AM on December 31, 2008


Wow. So many 'Cthulhu's. I named my squid Erik. He's not doing much, but being a squid, that was to be expected.
posted by BabySeven at 10:59 AM on December 31, 2008


Mahler now explores the music of the sea.
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:54 AM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


I call this one Bitey.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:01 PM on December 31, 2008


"Molly has swum through a boat of tourists." Ouch.
posted by colt45 at 12:14 PM on December 31, 2008


Dangle
posted by beccaj at 12:28 PM on December 31, 2008


Jeremiah Leviathan had a fight with a teuthologist.

gompa had a brief encounter with Wikipedia.
posted by gompa at 12:37 PM on December 31, 2008


St. Sammy. Doesn't seem to do much. I think mine's defective. I may have flung him too hard against the side of the screen.

I'm so sorry St. Sammy!
posted by JHarris at 12:55 PM on December 31, 2008


I have the laziest squid in the world. He traveled 0 kilometres in, like, 10 hours, and made friends with an anglerfish. An anglerfish! Sometimes I feel like this is not even my squid.
posted by taz at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


i remember te papa museum... good times
posted by jcruelty at 1:36 PM on December 31, 2008


Squid Michaels chased an octopus.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:42 PM on December 31, 2008


Colonel Huffalump just kind of floats. What the fuck, Colonel Huffalump?
posted by Justinian at 1:49 PM on December 31, 2008


Scrumbly, seconds after release, had a run in with Japanese whalers! Look out little buddy!
posted by wherever, whatever at 1:54 PM on December 31, 2008


Gumhead will destroy you all.
posted by bh at 3:17 PM on December 31, 2008


McSquiddertons has been hunting for a t-shirt with ten sleeves.

Oh don't fret so, McSquiddertons! I'll make you one!
posted by Katemonkey at 3:21 PM on December 31, 2008


Sir Squidsalot likes big tentacles. He cannot lie.
posted by vibrotronica at 3:23 PM on December 31, 2008


Oognooble just broke the ice.
posted by dabcad at 3:41 PM on December 31, 2008


My squid, Fernando from United States, is red and has an incredibly dull life.
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:49 PM on December 31, 2008


Cuthbert is ready for some action.
posted by Dr. Zira at 4:08 PM on December 31, 2008


"ktulu had a fight with another squid."

Got to start somewhere, I guess. Must be tough shaking of aeons of undead sleep.
posted by juv3nal at 5:26 PM on December 31, 2008


juicejuice keeps floating to the bottom of the screen. The interface does not scale down to eeepc sizes very well. I figure since juicyjuicy (as I like to call him) is all eyeballs, his modeling contract can't be far off.
posted by idiopath at 5:44 PM on December 31, 2008


Predictably, John the squid soon became an extra in a shokushu goukan film and is now addicted to opium.
posted by Sailormom at 6:24 PM on December 31, 2008


Mine is named "t".

If he does not make me proud by the time I return from the event this evening, it's calamari.
posted by -t at 7:23 PM on December 31, 2008


Gloophar stares at me with bored malevolence when I grab him and spin him around by his flukes, but otherwise seems to be very listless. Emo squid.
posted by The otter lady at 7:45 PM on December 31, 2008


I'm gonna love him and squeeze him and call him George.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 7:46 PM on December 31, 2008


a wife of artie shaw just escaped a giant jellyfish. Other than that, she keeps aimlessly sinking to the bottom of the screen. I think she might be depressed about the slow dissolution of her marriage.

"Werner Herog just escaped a scientist." Hee!
posted by ubersturm at 8:18 PM on December 31, 2008


Mathowie can we please have a spot in the "Also on:" section of our profiles that links to our squid

I just feel like the women of metafilter should know that my squid is of extremely high caliber

Yes that is correct ladies
posted by churl at 8:19 PM on December 31, 2008 [4 favorites]


Bob.

Just avoided a fisheries observer.

That's right - he's smart.

Suck it, dumb squid.
posted by Samizdata at 8:45 PM on December 31, 2008


"GADDLE has been hunting for friends."

This squid is spawn of my loins... that's what I did tonight, drifted between parties, hunting down all the friends I only see once or twice a year, suctioning onto them with my tentacles.
posted by Kattullus at 9:27 PM on December 31, 2008


So, I don't understand this website.

Yes, I enjoyed creating my squid. I like flinging him through the walls of my browser.

But what does it all mean?
posted by mosessis at 10:07 PM on December 31, 2008


"Oognooble just passed a Greenpeace inflatable. "

Great stuff :)
posted by dabcad at 10:45 PM on December 31, 2008


Euripides Trousers just escaped a hungry sperm whale.

:D
posted by darkstar at 9:56 AM on January 1, 2009 [3 favorites]


Kalima is sparkling in the deep!
posted by flibbertigibbet at 12:36 PM on January 1, 2009


Gaddle has traveled 9 kilometers. Attasquid!
posted by Kattullus at 4:30 PM on January 1, 2009


OK, the "finding out about their adventures" thing is kind of cool, but the whole "pointlessly flinging them about the screen" is odd.

There may be ten stInky's, but mine is the only one with camelCase.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:31 PM on January 1, 2009


OK, the vain bastard has been "hunting for a camera?" Eat something, you moron!
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 9:16 PM on January 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mine is called "Douglas? Douglas."
posted by slightlybewildered at 11:55 PM on January 1, 2009


My beloved Martin is now bopping around. We'll see if he manages to escape the wiles of other, more violent sea-creatures.
posted by fantine at 1:50 AM on January 2, 2009


"Gaddle passed a vampire squid."

Is my Gaddle now a vampire? Or does it mean pass as in what happens to vampire calamari after it's traveled through a digestive system? Whichever it is, that sentence is all kinds of troublesome.
posted by Kattullus at 4:23 AM on January 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


I just logged back in and usually there are squid swimming about in the background but now there were no squid. Was that just me or is that true or others?
posted by Kattullus at 5:18 PM on January 2, 2009


That should've been "for others" in case it's confusing and since I'm posting I might as well mention that I logged back in and the gamboling background squid were back.
posted by Kattullus at 5:22 PM on January 2, 2009


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