February 8, 2011
Here are two different screen shots of today’s Google Doodle, an interactive journey to the depths of the ocean as viewed through a series of brass portholes (naturally spelling out the word “Google”). When you mouse over the little joy stick, you can spy a cornucopia of sea life, including: flying fish, jellyfish, a Megamouth shark, a trio of nautiluses, and the tentacles of an enormous cephalopod.
Joyeux Anniversaire Jules!
February 7, 2011
November 2, 2010
Submitted by Skye.
October 4, 2010
In ancient times, sailors were constantly losing track of their drinking vessels. If you set down your tankard of grog for even a second, it was very likely to be absconded (sometimes inadvertently, sometimes not) by one of your fellow mariners. This problem grew exponentially during the cocktail parties which were thrown at regular intervals on long voyages. It was at one such ship-board soiree that an enterprising seaman (whose identity, sadly, has been lost to history) first grabbed a handy cephalopod and wrapped it around his cup as a way of easily distinguishing it from those of his shipmates. This venerable (and completely made-up) tradition lives on in this set of colorful cocktail charms from the kitschmeisters at Accoutrements.
These cute little plastic squids (not quite anatomically accurate, but that’s OK) come in a mix of red, blue, green, yellow, and, as you can see below, they perch on the rim of your glass, looking as though they just climbed out of your drink.
Here you see a cocktail squid in action on the Bloody Mary I made myself tonight. (We were having omelettes for dinner, so it seemed only appropriate.) I would normally have used Kraken rum for a demo like this, but, tragically, we finished off our bottle last month!
One could also use these charms on a wine glass…say one full of The Tentacle 2008 Syrah. However, it doesn’t appear that Accoutrements makes these anymore, so if you want to obtain your own shimmering rainbow school of tiny plastic cephalopods, Ebay may be your only option.
September 20, 2010
The following squidtastic fabric patterns are part of the Sepia and Sky collection by Holli Zollinger. They are available from Spoonflower.com, a marketplace for print-on-demand textiles by independent creators. You can purchase any of these “Candy Squid” designs in a variety of fabric types and in sizes ranging from an 8″ x 8″ test swatch ($5) to multiple yards of cloth ($18-$32 per yard, depending on fabric).
Click on any of the images below to buy from Spoonflower or to find out more info.
August 17, 2010
July 15, 2010
Here’s another cool piece of cephalopod-y merch from the folks at ModCloth.
A flask! Covered in squid!
The site describes it thusly…
The stainless steel construction of this drink container along with a screw-on lid will keep your spirits safe, while a cephalopod print wrapped around the exterior will keep your spirits high!
The flask costs $29.99, but it is sold out at the moment. However, you can submit your email address if you want to be notified when it is back in stock.
If I had one, I know what kind of booze I would fill it with!
Sighted by my friend Stacie (the one who make the Sock Squid!)
July 14, 2010
So, I have a friend who loves squid. She also loves her del Sol which recently needed some bodywork. When talking about how much she loves her car she mentioned it would only be better if it had a giant squid on it. Her husband and her brother-in-law latched on to this and decided to make it happen.
Update: The del Squid has its own website. Check it out!
June 20, 2010
I’ve got a big day planned with Ryn and Kid Indie Squid Kid (brunch and then the NC Museum of Life + Science), but if I get a chance, I’ll try to post some sort of follow up to this photo. I can’t believe it’s been a year already!
So, pending that, here are two new Target sightings…