Friday, October 20, 2006

Back from the dead

Adjusting to a new work schedule has pretty much killed the list for the moment, but hopefully this should change soon.
In the meantime, I've been busy with the art, and have put a few things up on Flickr.:


Thursday, September 14, 2006

JoCo Second Life concert

JoCo Second Life concert
Originally uploaded by xtopher42.
Great concert in Second Life by Jonathan Coulton.
With Giant squid.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Munchkin Cthulhu

Something else to add to my wishlist..
Coming In November from Steve Jackson Games
Munchkin Cthulhu


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Sunday Supplemental: 1000 Tentacles

Leong Wan Kok and pH Khor's website is called 1000 Tentacles.  Can you really ask for much more?

Monday, July 31, 2006

Screw-On-Head, Brass Goggles blog has an animated pilot  The Amazing Screw-On Head available for viewing online.  Looks very steampunk, very cool. It's based off the comic of the same name by Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy. I actually picked up a copy of it a while back and found it thoroughly enjoyable. From the website:

In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head.

When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.
Of course, viewing the video requires the latest version of Flash.
This was found via the delightful steampunk blog, Brass Goggles, which is definitely worth a look.  Of recent interest: Steampunk Transformers, and  The Steampunk Lego Flikr Pool


Re: Links: 7.20.06: science!

Pharyngula pointed out this little comic:

Friday, July 21, 2006

Modern Squid

You know what happens when I do a search for Squid on flickr?
I find this:
This woman made a giant plush squid. Giant.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Another inspirational poster

Inspirational posters

I found a large repository of inspirational gaming posters:
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Scaffolding art

Nelson's Column in London was being rennovated recently.  I love the art on the scaffolding!
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Friday, June 30, 2006

Jason Hakenwerth, Balloon Animals from Beyond the Stars

Jason Hackenwerth does strange and unnatural things with balloons:
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His work can be found here:
I need to contact this artist about my ideas for a theatre adaptation of Urotsukidoji ,  Legend of the Overfiend, The Musical, as this is finally someone who would ge the costumes right...

Monday, June 12, 2006

New Zeland cephalopods is the new electronic encyclopedia for New Zeland... and it's got a great section on native cephalopods here: Octopus and squid

According to legend, the Polynesian navigator Kupe was led to New Zealand by the giant octopus Te Wheke-o-Muturangi. Intent on killing the octopus that was robbing his tribe of fish, Kupe, along with his family and some warriors, set out in a large canoe to hunt it down. The octopus swam south for weeks and eventually took shelter near Cook Strait, where Kupe found it. After a ferocious battle, Kupe tricked the octopus into wrapping its arms around some water containers, and killed it with a blow to the head.
Māori caught octopus by hand. They placed one hand into the water to act as bait and when an octopus wrapped its tentacles around their arm, they seized the body with their other hand and hauled the animal out of the water.

First Contact

I put up a new watercolor in flickr that I'm fairly happy with. Full set of my stuff here.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Jonathan Coulton

Late day instructions:
Click this link, listen to this song.

skullcrusher moutain

Welcome to my secret lair on Skullcrusher Mountain
I hope that you've enjoyed your stay so far
I see you've met my assistant Scarface
His appearance is quite disturbing
But I assure you he's harmless enough
He's a sweetheart, calls me master
And he has a way of finding pretty things and bringing them to me

I'm so into you
But I'm way too smart for you
Even my henchmen think I'm crazy
I'm not surprised that you agree
If you could find some way to be
A little bit less afraid of me
You'd see the voices that control me from inside my head
Say I shouldn't kill you yet

The artist's site is here:

He also has lovesong about a giant squid,

I Crush Everything


omg.. I think I wet myself a little...
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San Francisco Bay Area artist Nemo Gould has created a fantastic giant squid kinetic sculpture. Here's a video of the giant squid in action.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Pharyngula has a lovely little roundup of cephalopod links:

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Poulpe Pulps!

Tentacle jackpot! (via BoingBoing)
Poulpe Pulps: Here you will find hard-to-locate images of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure pulp and comic covers featuring the wily octopus.


Originally uploaded by xtopher42.
Lord Cthulhu commanded me to paint.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Meomi has some of the most painfully cute stuff ever.

The above images are from calendars they made from 2002-2004
Oh no.. they have buttons too..

Meomi's Ahoy


Thursday, May 18, 2006


Felted squid hat! You can make it with this pattern. Link. ( via)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tuesday, May 16, 2006



The dispenser has a small ink marker on the pump that leaves a dot on the hand when pressed. Scrub your hands until the ink washes off to assure that your hands are clean. Wash for less than the recommended 15 to 20 seconds, and the mark will not disappear.

Via Squidblog

Cthulhu in Sepia

I uploaded some of the watercolors I've been working on lately.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Oddica has some great t-shirts.
Of course, this one's my favorite:

Robot Tentacles!!!!

I think I've waited all my life for robotic tentacles.  Moohoohahaha.
The tentacle-like manipulators, known as "Octarms", resemble an octopus's limb or an elephant's trunk. They were developed through a project called OCTOR (sOft robotiC manipulaTORs), which involves several US universities and is funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Each Octarm is powered by compressed air and has surface pressure sensors, positional sensors and a camera mounted at its tip. This allows the limb to nimbly investigate pipes, tunnels and other narrow spaces. 
There's also a range of videos showing it's various uses. All SFW. ogod. why did I need to include that...
Big thanks to Steven at  Ego Likeness for sending the link... who's in the process of putting together an nifty looking compilation CD "Where's Neil When You Need Him?" of music inspired by Niel Gaiman... which, I noticed, has songs by Raputina and Voltaire, as well as other notables.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


"A myriad of circular scars are located all across the whale's snout, visual proof of its predation on unwilling Architeuthis and most of the scars are 2.5-3cm in diameter, suggesting this animal preyed upon squid weighing 200-300kg."
That's a lot of pissed off cephalopod.

Monday, May 01, 2006


Occasionally searching the flickr tags for "Cthulhu" turns up fascinating results.

I want one of these.

Larry Knox

Larry Knox was hired to do the cover of a reprinting of War of The Worlds, for which he used a squid conveniently bought at a local chinese market as a prop.  The results are creepy and amazing:

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Light Switch Cover

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Cute giant squid lightswitch cover from cafe press!

Cthulhu Mask

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Bob Bassett, a russian artist and leatherworker has produced a nifty cthulhu mask.
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Some of is other stuff is pretty incredible too, such as:
-A big thanks to NorwoodMatt for the links!

Friday, April 28, 2006


Originally uploaded by xtopher42.
Found randomly, and I've been unable to find the originator of this delightful new ice-cream.

My google-fu is weak today.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Baby Pirate Cabana Street Fight 2006!!

 You have an assignment today:

You will all find a broadband connection capable of downloading this 100mb movie file, and you will watch it. Trust me. It's worth it.
Paul Robertson is the demented mutant responsible for this short animation piece about a video game that never existed, but should have.
Viewing is mandatory.  Cephalopods (and zombie cephalopods) feature heavily.

Originally found here

Friday, April 21, 2006

More Tentacle Kids

Our Child To Be
Originally uploaded by douglasamcintosh.
Rember, we love the Great Old Ones, we don't love the Great Old Ones.

Or else this is what happens.
Aww, but just look at its little suckers!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Geologic Cookbook

I know what we're making for Cephalopodmas next year:
Ammonites in a blanket!

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Geologic and Paleontologic Cook Book: How to make edible goodies for teaching and fun!
There are also trilobite cookies that look awesome too.
Found via the Cephalopodcast Blog

Kraken Girl

Kraken Girl
Originally uploaded by Grabthar.
Created for a photoshop contest

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Infinite freedom of motion

Researchers recorded muscle activity in octopus limbs, and found that an arm generates two waves of muscle contractions that propagate toward each other. When the waves collide, they form a part-time joint.
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Monday, April 17, 2006


This site has some amazing jewelry.
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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Giant Sea Anemone

Giant Sea Anemone
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An enormous sea anemone from 2500m depth on the East Pacific Rise is reported this month in the journal Marine Biology. The monstrous actiniarian Boloceroides daphneae is abundant on boulders, cliffs, and rocky outcrops near hydrothermal vent sites but not on them, writes author Marymegan Daly from Ohio State University. The largest living specimen she found had a column diameter of 1m, a tentacle crown of 2m diameter, and tentacles trailing an estimated 3m and more. That's just downright dangerous. B. daphneae's closest living relative is the comparatively diminuitive Cerianthid anemone found in warmer coastal waters.

The new species has been known since 1990, but it was tough to collect, and it provides a good example of commonly encountered but largely unstudied species in the deep sea environment. According to Daly, the eggs of B. daphneae are yolky, and should therefore be long lived. Theoretically, they should also be capable of fairly broad dispersal on deep ocean currents, maybe even caught in a hydrothermal updraft to be cast even more widely. This would account for their broad distribution. Ten or more giant anemones can be seen in a 'typical' eight hour dive.

Here is a link
to more .

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Who's laughing now?

Who's laughing now?
Originally uploaded by xtopher42.
More of my watercolors. Not bad for my second attempt.

He'll be comin' round the mountain

I've been dabbling in watercolors. Bad things have happened.