Tenticular Gesticulation

Being a blog about my inexplicable fascination with octopodes

NOTE: I am not a marine biologist, I am just an idiot with a blog

Entries for April 2016

Earth Day 2016

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I woke up this morning to a lovely Earth Day doodle from Google.  Happy Earth Day, everyone!


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A trainer in New Zealand was able to teach an octopus to take photos of aquarium visitors. My favorite quote from the the article: "When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process. That’s faster than a dog. Actually it’s faster than a human in some instances."

20,000 Leagues

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Sticking with Disney for the weekend, here's an Antiguan stamp issued back in 1996:

Lilo and Stitch

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Tonight I had the pleasure of taking my son to see Lilo and Stitch on the big screen (the DisneyScreen program is awesome if you are near one of the participating theaters.) There are two great octopus moments in the film. The first happens in the opening sequence, one of the Galactic Federation members is essentially an octopus floating in a glass helment and driving a body suit. The other is when Plinkly gets a face-full of octopus while climbing to shore. Obviously, my son and I both enjoyed our evening out at the movies.

The Great Escape

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I've talked before about how insanely flexible octopodes are. Well, the staff at New Zealand's National Aquarium recently got an object lesson in that fact. Resident octopus Inky made a daring escape earlier this year, and by all indications made it all the way back out to the ocean. From the article: "Staff found octopus tracks, which showed he began his journey by slipping through a small gap in the top of his enclosure before travelling across a wet floor. He found a drain, about 150 millimetres in diameter, which led to the sea, and made a dash for freedom."

Hello DNNCon

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A big hello to anyone from DNNCon Baltimore who has actually taken the time to come and visit my site. I had a lot of fun doing my Ignite Session, and I am glad so many people seemed to enjoy it. If you decide to check out my book, or my sister site Shmoolok.com, that's way cool. If not, that's cool to. Feel free to drop me a line, just check out my Contact Info page for details.

Hank the Septapus

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Director Andrew Stanton and actor Ed O'Neill reveal the startling fact that Hank the Septapus has been hiding in plain sight in ever Pixar movie since 1995...


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Today I am in Baltimore at DNNCon, giving a session on why DNN is like an octopus. In honor of the occasion, here is my talk's mascot the DotNetNuketapus: