February 1, 2011
Filmed in Blairgowrie, Victoria. Not sure what species this is.
(Via Sacred Squid)
November 1, 2010
Laughing Squid is more than just a web host, it is also on the front lines of culture and art. Their tentacles touch many parts of the Internet, including Tumblr. Here is a sampling of some recent cool content from
September 30, 2010
Eight Arms Cellars is winemaker Iain Bolton, who specializes in wine handcrafted from organically/sustainably grown grapes. One of his current offerings is The Tentacle:
This one really wraps it’s arms around you! It’s big and juicy with bright fruit flavors, a spicy palate and a dollop of vanilla on the end. This Syrah is best enjoyed with a hearty meal. Beware! Once you are caught in the tentacles of this wonderfully delicious Syrah, you may have trouble pulling yourself away.
The Tentacle is $12 a bottle, and to purchase it, or find out more about it and Eight Arms, visit www.eightarmscellars.com.
I have to admit that I don’t have a very sophisticated palate when it comes to wine. However, I know two things: 1) I enjoy a good Syrah, and 2) THERE IS AN OCTOPUS ON THE BOTTLE.
If any ISK readers live in the Bay Area, you should totally pick up a bottle of this and report back! Good idea, right?
June 18, 2010
In 2007, my friend Stuart (aka, Flickr user TheKingInYellow) toured the Japanese island of Kyūshū. While there, he visited the town of Kabejima (pronounced “Kabeshima”) in Saga prefecture, which is apparently renowned for its squid.
Here are a few squiddy pictures from the trip:
I don’t know what species of squid this is, but it’s pretty big…a good 1-1.5 feet long. At this particular restaurant, live squid are kept in tanks (shown above) and served, erm…just about as fresh as possible. Kind of gruesome, but I’m told it was quite delicious.
June 15, 2010
I first heard about The Kraken™ Black Spiced Rum this past October, and, as you may recall, I shared a trio of viral marketing videos which expounded the mystery and awesomeness of both the booze and its tentacled namesake. Kraken Rum hasn’t made its way to North Carolina liquor stores (yet), but my friends Mur (yes, this Mur) and Jim brought me back a bottle from her recent trip to Maryland!
I really like the the old-fashioned style of the bottle and the cool woodcut-esque label illustrations that look like they could have come out of some old book of maritime legends. (Cthulhu also approves!)
Here are some detail shots of the bottle art work:
We all know that the cephalopd depicted on the bottle is NOT Architheuthis dux, right? OK then, moving on.
So, how does it taste? Pretty damn good, if you ask me. Ryn and I recorded our initial tasting, and thoughts thereon, as part of the newest episode of the Random Signal podcast. You will obviously want to listen to the entire show (hint, hint), but, if you are really short on time, we discuss the rum pretty much right at the half-way point.
Does anyone have any suggestions for clever names/recipes for mixed drinks that include Kraken Rum? So far, we’ve come up with the “Kraken Libre” (= rum + Coke) and the “Stormy Kraken” (= rum + ginger ale), but there have got to be some better ideas out there! Leave a comment or email me at email@example.com!
If you want to find out more about The Kraken Black Spiced Rum, visit them online at www.krakenrum.com.
October 29, 2009
The “Return of the Giant Tentacle” Monster Gummy by Flix Candy is a foot and half of sugary artificial blue raspberry-flavored awesomeness. It is part of the Horror Flix Mutant Gummy Creatures line along with “Attack of the Giant Centipede” and “Revenge of the Giant Earthworm,” and all three are available at Walgreens (and probably other drug store chains as well?).
In case you were wondering, the entire thing is 480 calories, and the recommended Serving Size is 1/3 Piece, or, by my count, ~27 suckers.
I have Jonathan Wojcik at Blogleech.com to thank for making me aware of the existence of this gummy monstrosity. Blogleech is my kind of website. It is part Halloween blog, part catalog of weird and wonderful animals (including an awesome section about cephalopods!), and part online shrine to the most amazing collection of toy monsters I have ever seen. Seriously, I thought I was an obsessive collector, but Blogleech puts any of my paltry collections to shame.
October 13, 2009
Hot on the heels of Jameson’s inclusion of a giant octopus in their latest whiskey commercial, comes a new brand of rum whose entire marketing campaign and brand identity is cephalopod-based—The Kraken Black Spiced Rum. The Kraken’s website includes offers for a free poster (“Put a Beast in Your Belly”), free 47 page book , and this trio of cool clip-arty animated videos:
Admittedly, I’ll buy just about anything promoted by a cephalopod, but I really want to try this rum. (I also think a bottle of Kraken would look good an a shelf next to some Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka.)
Sighted by Nick