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Dinnertime When The Stars Are Right September 28, 2016

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Rossia pacifica (the Stubby Squid) August 15, 2016

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lives 900 feet down.  Not an octopus, however.

Another Cheery Sculpture June 15, 2016

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Also from Maker Faire. I want one, please

I Was a Callow Youth of Forty When June 7, 2016

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I first saw Ghost in the Shell, an anime of now classic status, which features cyborgs questioning their own humanity and a possible AI they may discover, and perhaps combat.  There is competent animation, what I imagine is good writing (the subtitles I saw on this fan-subbed version were perhaps a reflection of the translator, however) and an interesting soundtrack.

It also spawned a legion of anime geeks and fanboys, one of whom has made a copy of the mech of choice from said anime, the Tachikoma.  It is very, um, lifelike:

It’s a beautiful build. I would be so proud if this were my child.

Cute Attack!! June 16, 2015

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Wild flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.), a deep sea octopus, spotted on a dive made by the ROV Doc Ricketts. This species is on display in the special exhibit "Tentacles" at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

ROV Doc Ricketts, ©2013 MBARI / Monterey Bay Aquarium

"As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is," researcher Stephanie Bush told Science Friday. "One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis adorabilis — because they’re really cute."

Good Ship Steampunk May 21, 2014

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The door to this

looks like this

The perfect door handle

and leads inside to this:

Maker Faire 2014 (and others, to be faire).

UPDATE:

Cats and Octopodes Go Together like, uh, Well March 5, 2014

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Just because they are two things I like doesn’t mean they like each other.

I Was on Vacation or I Would Have Seen This August 10, 2013

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much sooner,

Sushi Fights Back at Last October 22, 2012

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Want! Part III July 26, 2012

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You can never have enough octopuses.

The Apocalypse Codex, by Charles Stross July 23, 2012

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The Apocalypse Codex is the fourth in the Laundry series of books by Charles Stross, and every bit as good as the first three, though not as humorous (or perhaps I am getting used to his wry take on summoning demon-spawn from the dripping maw of ichor that is Human Resources).  In this latest outing, Bob Howard (Robert E. Howard, the author of the Conan novels, was a great friend of H. P. Lovecraft, whose elder gods are the ultimate evil of this series), junior computational demonologist for the Laundry looks into a born-again evangelical intent upon hastening the Second Coming..but of what he has no clue. 

Bob does.

OK, no more hints.  Well, except that this assignment is kind of a training exercise for Bob, with all the frightening implications of that statement.

Read the book;  if you haven’t read the others read them first:

The Atrocity Archives

The Jennifer Morgue

The Fuller Memorandum

These links take you to the Amazon page for the paperbacks;  all are available as audiobooks, which I also enjoyed, but are pricier.  Kindle versions of all are available.

Don’t Be Afraid March 14, 2012

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It’s plastic, and unlikely to rule the world.

Cuteness personified.

Origami Octopus March 9, 2012

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Designed and folded by Swiss origami artist Sipho Mabona, probably from a single sheet in classical origami fashion.

Octopus Mouse Holder January 29, 2012

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Oh, yeah. This is a beautiful little sculpture with a purpose:  it keeps one infant from shutting down Sesame Street by grabbing the mouse on the media center and making the other cry.  From Instructables.

Want! (part three) January 18, 2012

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By Maximo Riera.

Black Smoker Ecologies January 3, 2012

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This photo is from an ROV in the East Scotia Ridge (at the bottom of the Southern Ocean), a thermal vent area and home to this beautiful octopus,  as well as a boatload of other, unique critters, and is part of a survey of such vents.  It looks like each vent area grows its own microecology, like this one apparently overwhelmed with yeti crabs:

The paper says as much: “Animals commonly found in hydrothermal vents of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, including giant Riftia tubeworms, annelid worms, vent mussels, vent crabs, and vent shrimps, were not present at the Southern Ocean vents. These discoveries suggest that the environmental conditions of the Southern Ocean may act as a barrier to some vent animals and that the East Scotia Ridge communities form a new biogeographic province with a unique species composition and structure.”

Awesome.  The paper is at PLOS.  One of the authors is a distant (very) relative.

Octopodian Cuteness December 14, 2011

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The follow-on suggestions from Youtube after this video are delightful, as well.

NSFW- Octopus Sex! December 12, 2011

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We will discreetly refrain from rude remarks, as befits this august journal.

Blanket Octopus December 3, 2011

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WANT! (part two) December 2, 2011

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