1. says

    I keep meaning to get a picture off of my camera phone to send to you, but I should just accept that I’m never going to do that, and will just ask you to imagine a whole huge bin filled with these.

  2. Baratos says

    I found a great picture with “Cthulhlu for president: Why vote for a lesser evil?” You should have that before the sun expands into a red giant and absorbs the earth.

  3. MJ Memphis says

    Heh… I have a bottle of Squid brand fish sauce in my kitchen. My wife tells me it is a good brand, but it still just smells like old fish to me.

  4. jpf says

    FYI… If anyone wants to etch the same octopus on their gadgets as the one on the iPod, it can be found on p. 497 of Illustrated Natural History of the Animal Kingdom (one of the books I linked to yesterday.)

    Oh, and would it be too shamelessly self serving to link again to this Cafepress shop that I created in response to a post on here months ago? An sexy octopus with bedroom eyes who loves a robot has got to be worth a little indulgence, right?

  5. Ichthyic says

    Cephalart indeed. What a glorious obsession.

    well, at the very least a heady obsession.

  6. says

    Heh… I have a bottle of Squid brand fish sauce in my kitchen. My wife tells me it is a good brand, but it still just smells like old fish to me.

    Straight out of the bottle, it’s too intense, but you may like it better in the following recipe (sorry in advance, but I don’t know the metric equivalents–I cook in cups and teaspoons–basically 1::1::3 proportions of the base ingredients, and then other ingredients to taste, if that helps):

    1 cup bottled fish sauce

    1 cup sugar

    3 cups water

    dash of vinegar (varies, according to taste–for example, I use 2-3 tablespoons)

    garlic, coarsely chopped, to taste (for example, I use an entire head of garlic for this much sauce, but that’s a lot)

    hot peppers (e.g., from a jar of Sriracha), to taste (for example, 3-4 tablespoons)

    Mix fish sauce, sugar, and water in a pan on stovetop over medium heat, stirring until all sugar is dissolved.

    Add vinegar, garlic, and hot peppers; stir until well-distributed.

    Let cool, and decant into a bottle or jar for storage in the refrigerator. Peppers and garlic have a tendency to settle out, so shake or stir well before using. Serve over noodles, rice, meat, vegetables–it’s pretty versatile.

    I owe an old friend from Vietnam many thanks for teaching me how to make this sauce.

  7. says

    >Daniel Martins
    You just had me remember that I bought a mini-octopus plush for 1 euro at IKEA.
    I love it. But, just as its elder bro, it only has 5 tentacles. Are they ophans from a disfunctional octopus-starfish family?
    or just in the process of growing tentacles one by one? :-D

  8. Betsy says

    At my daughter’s 40th birthday party yesterday, a beau brought her a beanie baby octopus. It is a georgious mixed orange pink color and she was thrilled with it. I asked him if he read this blog (and he is the type) but he hadn’t found it yet–so I will put him onto it soon. I tried to pod-nap the thing for my computer top but she is guarding it with her guard-cat (who may also have designs on it) so I am out of luck.