Entries for December 2015
Looking for that perfect accent treat for tonight's party? Why not some octopus cupcakes? You can find the recipe right here.
This is a real place. I promised my wife I would take her there, but it is located on the island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean, so it might be a little more involved than just popping off down to the mall.
Artist Keng Lye does amazing work, a mixture of sculpture and painting that painstakingly builds up layers of acrylic and resin to create some truly amazing pieces. My favorite is pictured below, but you should definitely browse his work on both DeviantArt and Flickr.
True story: A few days before Christmas I was browsing around Etsy for cool octopus stuff (like you do), And I found this really cool print of an octopus couple, printed on recycled dictionary pages. I really liked it, so I showed it to my wife. She seemed completely disinterested, like she didn't see why I liked it at all. Fast forward to Christmas day, and I received a framed copy of that exact print. Turns out she had found it several weeks earlier, and when I showed it to her it was already wrapped and waiting for me. Isn't she awesome?
No matter how many times this talented young woman says, "You can do this", in my heart of hearts I know that she is wrong. I could never make a shirt this cool myself. Maybe one of my super talented artistic friends could do it.
Meet Incredibeard. He hasn't shaved in sixteen years. He (with the help of his wife) makes sculptures out of his beard. He once created a beard-y octopus. That is all.
Sadly, as of this writing they are out of stock. If it comes back in, I may order one for my wife.
Be of good cheer on this lovely Christmas Eve. Ukelele Octopus is here to spread holiday cheer (and some holiday spirits). Available now on Etsy.
If I have one regret in life at this moment, it is that I didn't write this book. But Paul Mattingly and F. Andrew Taylor did, and it can be ordered right here for a mere $7.99.
Seriously, kids, he sees you. Always. His orange tentacles writhing and grasping at your dreams, just at the edge of your vision. Sleep tight! (This insane window display from Stockholm only reinforces my desire to see Sweden someday.)
It's Christmas week. That means nothing but octopodes in santa hats. Sorry. I don't make the rules, I just follow them. Ok, wait, I do make the rules for this. Anyway, today's Santa octopus comes with a bonus mustache. You can buy it here as a customized greeting card. You're welcome.
Looking for the perfect touch to show your loved-ones just how much you care on Christmas? Well, look no further than these priceless octopus gift tags. (When I say "priceless" I mean $3.89 for a digital download.)
Reader Jan Taylor sent in this video of Montgomery, a giant pacific octopus at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Montgomery's favorite activity is when they use the watering can to pour water on him. You can see him watching, and then flaring out his legs to catch the water as it comes down. This is one happy octopus.
Our Giant Pacific Octopus Montgomery enjoys his watering can. This is his favorite enrichment toy so far!
Posted by Aquatic Animal Health Program on Friday, December 11, 2015
As of a few hours from now, I am on vacation for the rest of the year. Here's a little octopidal Santa cheer to celebrate, courtesy of Kiah Kiean at KaKiCreation.com.
Whelp, that's it. I'm not going to be sleeping tonight. Might as well keep the rest of you up with with me. Description from the original post: "As soon as I found this website I knew I had to send this in. It is a ceramic baby head, on ceramic octopus legs, and my boyfriend’s mother actually gave this to me for Christmas last year!!! It scares me and cracks me up at the same time. I am going to save it, and re-gift it to her in a few years. It will be hilarious."
In a tragic turn of events, the iconic Ozzy the Octopus has been taken down in Madison, Wisconsin. Having been bought out last year, the chain of Octopus Car Wash in Wisconsin is now Mister Car Wash. What a sad day.
Before it was a hashtag, before it was a pound sign or a number sign, it was an octothorpe. Artist Nicole Hanusek knows that.
Here's a very pretty octopus by artist Erik Snellman. The line work and the ink wash are beautiful.
Artist Ray Cicin spent a year creating this masterpiece using nothing but cheap, discarded ball point pens. The level of detail is amazing. I really encourage you to follow the links for the additional detail photos and look at the scale and inventiveness of this piece.
Over at Deviant Art, jewelry artisan KTOctopus hand-crafted this lovely set. Check out her Etsy store if you are in the market for tentacle earrings.
I commented to my wife yesterday that I don't even go looking for these things anymore, they just jump out in front of me during the normal course of my day. Case in point: I was looking at at this cool Star Wars Christmas tee, just minding my own business, when this design called "(s)inked" by artist Kharmazero appeared right below it. Sadly, it is no longer available as a shirt. But the design is still way cool.
Okay, so they're not really lips, it's just a funnel. But it sure makes her look all prettied up, especially with the bioluminescent tips to the tentacles. I know, it's a squid and not an octopus, but I thought this video was pretty cool anyway.
I'm not saying this is the most awesome coffee cup ever... Well, actually, yeah I am. It's stainless steel. It has an octopus. It's engravable. It's perfect!
BBC One captures some great footage of an octopus taking a stroll across the beach to check out some other tidal pools.
I would like to wish all of my Jewish friends a very Happy Chanukkah, which began last night. Please be careful as you light your candles. BTW - the image below is available as a holiday card over at Greymount Paper & Press.
This is specifically why I don't own a 3D printer. I'd spend all of my time making stuff like this, and I'd never get any useful work done. But yeah, I want one.
If you are searching for that perfect accent piece for your bathroom, then look no further. The Thomas Paul Nautical Octopus shower curtain has you covered.
See that pretty, pretty cephalapod with the neon cobalt patterns? That's the blue-ring octopus, and it is one of the most deadly creatures in the sea. Its saliva contains a potent venom that can cause paralysis, resperatory failure, and death. It doesn't even have to bite you -- simple skin contact is enough to cause neurological symptoms. Even worse, the bite is not painful at all; you may not even have noticed, and then five to ten minutes later the symptoms set in. "Interestingly, the victim's heart continues to beat until extreme asphyxia sets in. Some victims report being conscious, but unable to speak or move. They may even appear clinically dead with pupils fixed and dilated."
But she sure is pretty.
Smithsonian Earth TV gives us a reare glimpse of the glass octopus. If I didn't know better I would say this is a special effect.
Kaya Lady Octopus is a tattooist in Melbourne, Australia. Among other things, she does Star Wars themed octopus tattoos. Which, of course that's a thing. Why wouldn't it be?
Today is my sister's birthday. What better way to celebrate than to let Aquaman's trained octopus Topo play her a tune, as illustrated by comics legend Ramona Fradon?