Mentioned in yesterday's video, here is a scan of the first page of the magazine article from April of 1949.
Holy cow, has it really been two months? Sorry. I kind of got distracted with a show I was doing and lost track. But I'm back now, and you will be shocked to hear I got some octopus-related gifts for Christmas. Here is a lovely new mug I got from my wife:
I don't know anything about the Octopus Drama Group except that they are named after my favorite cephalapod, they are an acting troupe (which is near and dear to my heart), and they are doing a fundraiser next month in Thornbury, England (just north of Bristol, and pretty dang close to Cardiff in Wales, home of Doctor Who which is also near and dear to my heart), with all procees to go to JIGSAW Thornbury, a local charity that supporst special needs children (my own son is autistic, so this is about as near and as dear as you can get to my heart). I hope you'll support them.
This crochet pattern by Mama Mosely Creations is nothing short of awesome. It is also exactly the kind of thing that I could never ask someone to make for me, because it would be such a huge piece of work. But holy cow it's great!
There's an old adage that says, "Friends come and go like the waves of the ocean, but the true ones stay, like an octopus on your face."
Check out this awesome fabric available over at Spoonflower.com:
Yes, I like your hat a lot. Who's a good dog? You are!
These awesome octopodal earrings were being given away last week at the World Hosting Days gobal event by technology company Plesk:
Today is the spring equinox, so naturally I googled "octopus spring". You can imagine my astonishment when it came back with this, very literal, result:
Submitted by reader "My Wife" (she's my favorite reader):
I got a new bubbler for my fish tank today. Check it out!
I love this one so much! Louis, the giant pacific octopus, with his Mr. Potato Head toy!
Jude Law, Sesame Street, and an octopus. Life is good.
Seems appropriate today.
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So, I've been kinda busy the last two weeks. Where does the time go? Anyway, I saw this at Target today:
I got a surprise present in the mail today, of an octopus pillowcase. It's different than these, but these ones from AliExpress are pretty dang cool too:
...so then, for some reason, I googled "lego octopus" and I was NOT disappointed...
Submitted by reader Chuck Rogers (whose book Heroes Road is really excellent, and you should buy it), check out this way cool steampunk octopus spirit decanter set:
It's been a Disney kind of weekend around here. Just yesterday, my son and I went to the Magic Kingdom and saw this:
(photo credit: MouseTroop.com)
Holy cow, there is a Doctor Strange Lego set with a Portal Beast that is on a set of gears that make the tentacles writhe and twist in a totally organic way. Amazing!
This cute plushy is on sale right now for 40% off at Think Geek:
Filed under "things that are thematically appropriate": October the Octopus by Matthew Van Fleet
Check out this tentical themed collapsible vase. It stores flat, but holds its vase shape when you add water (and, presumably, flowers.)
Check out this way cool embossed octopus journal, available on Amazon for only $11.99.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek. In somewhat related news: over the past two months numerous people have sent me the video of the octopus kite, and yet not one person has sent me this spectacular Start Trek octopus kite.I had to dig it up myself. It's a real thing, from 1979. You're welcome.
So I have this friend, he has a fear of moths. Which of course led to this picture. You are welcome, Michael.
I have posted before about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Here is an awesome archive photo, taken circa 1942, of a traveling sideshow that set out to demonize the majestic Octopus Paxarbolis.
I don't know from video games, but apparently this is an uncommon-but-available headpiece available in the World of Warcraft battle arena Defense of the Ancients.
I haven't sung in public in three weeks. Tonight I will fix that issue. There will also be drinking involved. It probably won't be with this glass, though.
After ten days of being away working a major conference in Vegas (and walking more than 80 miles during those ten days), and a long day of travel yesterday, I am finally home again. Hooray!
Filed under "things I need that I didn't even know existed", the EK Tools Octopus Paper Punch:
For all my fellow Americans, happy Independence Day! Here's a cool octopus firework:
In non-octopodal news, here John Cena (who is, for all intents and purposes, the real life Captain America) explaining what patriotisim really means:
Ok, so it's not technically a hat. But it's an octopus on a person's head, so same difference.
I took a week off from posting. Partially because I was on vacation. Partially because it was just a terrible, awful, no-good week here in my hometown of Orlando that was made even more difficult by family medical issues. But I'm back now. To celebrate my vacation, here's a book by Laura Jicha:
Check out this nifty Kraken Mug, available on Etsy for $17:
Check out this amazing photo taken by Albert Kang in the Philippines:
Available from Iron Accents, here is a lovely octopus teacup holder:
On this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a Seattle boy, born and raised, and so May 18th is forever etched into my brain as being Volcano Day. While it is true that National Geographic has an excellent hour-long documentary about the octopodes who continue to survive and flourish in the waters around the volcanic island of Stromboli, in the end I am going with the cool Octonauts toy today.
Today being Friday the 13th, I googled Scary Octopus. This was one of the results. Baby octopus for the win!
As a child I spent many happy hours flying kites nearby Haystack Rock at Canon Beach, Oregon. But I never got to fly an octopus kite. Now I'm kinda jealous!
We here at Octopodal Motion try to avoid political hot-button issues. I just want to say, as long as you keep your tenticles inside your stall and you wash your appendages after you are done, I don't much care what restroom you use. Rock on.
(thank you to reader John Abenroth for sending this picture)
Sorry for my absence (for the probably two of you that might have noticed). I have been out sick for the past week. But last night I finally got a good and restful night's sleep, all bundled up and cozy like an octopus in a clamshell.
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.
I'm not saying I might need this octopus ice mold. I'm saying I definitely need it.
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.
Looking for that perfect metallic green nail polish to accessorize your Saint Patrick's Day attire? Look no further than Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, available on Facebook and Etsy.
Last night was Daylight Saving (at least in my locale, your mileage may very because time zones are crazy and DST is crazy on top of crazy). In case your clock was broken by being smashed against the wall this morning, here's a swell Bronze Finish Steampunk Octopus Diving Bell Clock Statue available on Amazon for only $63.
It's a squid. For your shower. It has grippy tentacles to hold your stuff. You can buy it at UncommonGoods.com. (via BoingBoing by way of ScienceBlogs)