"Hey, how am I gonna keep this octopus I have somehow obtained?" you ask.
"This handy jar will suffice," your friend tells you.
Your friend is way wrong
Alphabet Blocks for a Geek Baby
"Amateur engineer/designer" Jonathan M. Guberman made his newborn son a set of custom engraved wooden alphabet blocks, with "things that his mother and I were looking forward to sharing with him" on 4 of the 6 sides. (See them all here)
"The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance" which makes them even more awesome. (Of course, your choices for certain letters may vary)
This August, Washington state's Fish and Wildlife Commission banned
giant Pacific octopus hunting (recreational harvesting) across seven popular scuba sites in the Puget Sound -- not because the species is endangered, but simply because the sea creature is revered by the Seattle community. The law went into effect on October 6. What triggered the ban? Therein lies a story
. [more inside]
Until recently one of the rarest animals ever had only ever been sighted once - the hexapus
. It's not an injured octopus but seemed to be a fully developed octopus that only had six limbs. The trouble with being so rare is that most people would never realize if they found a hexapus - like the vacationing family in Greece that found the second hexapus ever then cooked and ate it
. [more inside]
Aspiring Evil Overlord? Looking for a throne that suitably demonstrates your particular brand of madness?
Or how about some weapons for your minions that instantly evoke fear and can't possibly go terribly wrong?
I'm here to help. [via]
The sex lives of octopuses is often difficult to photograph in the wild, however Dr. Roy Caldwell got very fortunate with a pair in his lab. Here are some very rare pictures of the Abdopus aculeatus octopus mating, with a photo by photo explanation of what is happening
Need quick visual shorthand for an aggressively encroaching political entity? You want an Cartographic Land Octopus
! It's a subcategory of satirical maps
. More octopus maps here
(SLVimeo, warning: banjo)
'You Have a Smart Face': the $120 Million Wire Transfer, the Octopus, the Silencer, and the Corpse in the Alley.
An infamous fake trader fakes his own death, gets caught, is released, gets desperate, and is offered entrance into an apparent world of secret government, secret agents, and secret accounts.
True Adventures in Better Homes
- Here is a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or “sweats” meets Better Homes and Gardens. These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all danger and darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.
Texts From Cephalopods.
It is a well-established fact in marine biology that the octopus is the drunk texter of the cephalopod family. [more inside]
are inspired by animals which don't have hard internal skeletons, like squid, worms, and starfish. Developed at Harvard, with funding from DARPA, this
particular soft robot, "not only walks, it knows several different gaits and can deflate to stuff itself through tiny little gaps." Another design here
, and another
), and another
. In addition to movement, soft robotics can also be used for grip
. More information about the Harvard lab is available here
(with a student describing the research here
Inside the Mind of the Octopus:
"The heavy lid covering her tank separated our two worlds. One world was mine and yours, the reality of air and land, where we lumber through life governed by a backbone and constrained by jointed limbs and gravity. The other world was hers, the reality of a nearly gelatinous being breathing water and moving weightlessly through it."
In exploring the world and personality of the octopus, a journalist relates his interactions with a Giant Pacific Octopus and provides a look at the remarkable intelligence of the short lived cephalopods. [via]
And I say to myself... what a wonderful (underwater
) world. [more inside]
Over the centuries, the high seas have served as a blank canvas for cartographers’ worst nightmares. They have dotted the oceans with a whole crypto-zoo of island-sized whales, deathly seductive mermaids, giant sea serpents, and many more - a whole panoply of heraldic horrors. As varied as this marine bestiary is, mapmakers have settled on a single, favourite species for land-based beastliness: the octopus.
Bonus: Satire Maps and Fred W. Rose
(YT, 3:32); Fred Rose's Serio-Comic War Map
(YT, 1:52). [more inside]
Come for the Homicide, Stay for the Top Secret Beam-Weaponry Research
: The daughter of a man killed along with two others in a slaying some link to the murder
of Octopus researcher Danny Casolaro
digs into the Web's conspiracy subculture
; creates an elaborate online persona; succeeds, nearly thirty years after the murder, in tracking down a suspect via the Web; and then gets him arrested, put in orange jumpers, and hauled into court. Then, on the day of the hearing, Something Happens...
Loving father. Caring husband. Secret octopus
. Octodad! "Master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodian nature a secret from his human family."
The Maxwell Implosion
is Torsten Heller, a German DJ who fuses lounge, jazz, bossa nova, and soundtracks of the '60s and '70s. featuring Laila France
I am a giant squid
. I swam up from the briny ocean depths. I have a computer, with a specially-modified tentacle-friendly interface
. I have a fast internet connection. I seek to learn about humans and about the world. I have read much
on the internet
. Yet still, I have many unanswered questions
. And you must have questions of me
. We have much to learn
from one another. To this end, I have developed the assortment of quizzes
you find before you. They form part of my ongoing campaign to facilitate improved human-squid relations
. Try them out, you will most certainly learn something about squid
Exactly how worried should we be? The Octopus is a MetaFilter favourite, but their skill development
is coming on apace. Previously 1
, previously 2
Something vivid and sweet for Friday:
takes beautiful photographs.
Cool Hunting interviews
Vulgar Army: Octoprop to Octopop
is "an informal study into the representation of the Octopus in propaganda and political cartoons, and influence on, or co-option of, popular culture." [more inside]
Angry Octopus Comics
is a webcomic collaboration between Mikepop
and his daughter, updated twice-weekly. Created with mixed media and compiled in Photoshop, the premise is simple: the octopus always ends up angry. [via mefi projects
By popular demand, your new resident marine biology nerd has compiled some cool information about the Giant Pacific Octopus.The Giant Pacific Octopus (Octopus dofleini
) is one of the strangest animals in the sea- and one of the smartest. Though it is commonly believed that vertebrates are always "smarter" than invertebrates, these guys defy that convention. As this video shows
, they are able to easily open jars and retrieve food from inside. They are also, as the "Giant" implies, enormous
- the biggest one on record was 30 feet across (according to National Geographic
) [more inside]
From the greats of the silent era to the modern masterpieces of the 21st century, the medium of film has never truly achieved artistic perfection. Until today.
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium's gregarious and curious two-spotted octopus plays with tank filter resulting in the release of hundreds of gallons of seawater flooding the facility. FLICK pix here
Kure Kure Takora
was a Toho
produced, short form children's television show from the Japan in the early 1970's.
Meet the Cast: Kure Kure Takora, aka Gimme Gimme Octopus;
his closest friend, the coin vomiting squash Chonbo
; jellyfish bully Tororo
, the sexy walrus who gets around; Debura
,the grizzled and world-weary badger; Biragon
, lazy trust-fund iguana; and last but not least, the picked on, Sea Cucumber Gang.
An exhaustive listing of videos for all 220 episodes, most with plot breakdowns. [more inside]
is a nice short from Les Gobelins
, (last covered here
). The 'Making-Of
' is fun too.
Ever want to watch a comics page get drawn at ridiculous speed?
I've been reading Mer's comics
since day one, but seeing an entire strip drawn and inked as a movie is almost better than watching an animated cartoon. [more inside]
Way back in 2003, I posted a link to a video that showed an octopus transforming itself to look like its surroundings
. If you read the thread, there was some doubt about it and I think we all wished that web video was better at the time. Well, a friend posted a link to a TED talk recently that shows this same octopus at a much higher resolution
. The relevant footage appears near the end of the talk. [more inside]
Like squid? What about the good ol' octopus? The cuttlefish and nautilus? If you answered yes to these questions Dr. James B. Wood's Cephalopod Page
is your go-to site, with information on and pictures of 25+ species of cephalopods
including the aptly named (I'm sure) vampire squid from hell
. The site also hosts many articles
. Not sure where you stand on the coolness of cephalopods? Why don't you start by watching this video of an octopus squeezing through a one inch hole
James Fenton writes
in the Guardian that the entire "flat" collection of the British Museum
is going into a searchable online index. Currently there are about 265,000 objects in the database with about 100,00 images. The article says that high quality images, suitable for print reproduction, and free to academic users, are coming soon. The search page is here
. [more inside]
Way too much thought about tentacle porn
on this page, which details the history, current usage, and 'media' coverage
of what to many seems the extreme of internet porn weirdness. Also covered are Lovecraftian stories
, bestiality-inspired poetry
and modern pictorial porn
(this is weird porn, NSFW, I'm warning you). Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to bleach my mind.