Entries for April 2016
Hey, ladies, summer is upon us! At least it is here in Central Florida where I live -- it is currenly in the 80's and sunny skies. You know what you definitely need to keep those harsh solar rays off of your skin? A parasol with a Kraken on it, available from TheVioletVixen.com for only $28.
I woke up this morning to a lovely Earth Day doodle from Google. Happy Earth Day, everyone!
Got the news today that Prince has passed away. This image by Jackhavokk pretty much sums up my feelings.
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."
Could there possibly be a more aptly named species than the Wonderpus Photogenicus?
A special thanks to reader Lori DeFuso for pointing out this tenticularly awesome locksmith located right here in my home town of Winter Garden, Florida.
Sticking with Disney for the weekend, here's an Antiguan stamp issued back in 1996:
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.
Cartoonist Shanghai Tango has this parenthood vigniette:
Artist Jason Edward Davis (Facebook, website) says, "i've got busy hands and an ambitious plan"
Here's a nice find from The Internet Archive by way of johncoulthart.com - a really nice illustration from a 19th century German book. (Sorry, I took two years of German in high school but failed to retain anything).
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."
I'm not saying I might need this octopus ice mold. I'm saying I definitely need it.
Check out these awesome robotic octopodes from the Seattle Aquarium!
Part ten in my apparently neverending series of posts about people wearing octopodes on their head, here is a really neat design by Indonesian artist Jaelani (aka Rectopus).
Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL has a pretty cool octopus topiary:
Here's a cool little two-minute documentary on the mimic octopus.
The latest entry in my seemingly never-ending series about people with octopodes on their heads. Because, of course.
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.
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...
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:
Maybe I'm a curmudgeon, but I don't do April Fool's Day. Sorry.