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Monday, June 19, 2017

Celebrate Cephalopod Week: Squid, Octopuses, Cuttlefish, and Nautiluses

       It's the second annual Cephalopod Week.  How can you not love a creature whose name means head-foot? Cue the "open mouth/insert foot jokes."

        How will you celebrate?!


      Cuddle a cuddlefish with its 'W'-shaped eyes?



      Ogle an octopus, like this one from the Maldives? 



      Swim with a squid, like this technicolored fellow?



       Net with a nautilus?



      Come on out of your shell and join the Cephalopod Party. Cephalo off to Buffalo?

Do you have a favorite cephalopod. . .and why? {I like them all; off to celebrate!}
Steph

33 comments:

  1. Cuddlefish? Not unless we're talking about rock bands. (Of course, around here, you can take it for granite that we're often talking about rock bands.)

    I know I've posted this before, but the search function no longer seems to work on blogspot, so I'll post this wonderful piece, and vote for Octopussy as my favorite cephalopod.

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    1. What a beautiful piece about Athena, jan. Thanks for posting. Seeing with your skin sounds delightful to me.

      Hmmmm, the search function worked for me. I'll see if Blogger knows what's up. My search did not show a posting of anything relating to "octopus" or "cephalipod" other than this week's discussion.

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    2. Given the article above, how about renaming them Cephalo CutesOpods?!

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    3. That article has quite a reach. This PBS documentary on cuttlefish shows their ability to instantly change color to their surroundings, way cool.

      Makes me wonder if this might be a route to understanding synesthesia? I knew one guy who claimed to be a synesthete, and he certainly passed our tests of telling a color by touch....

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    4. I thought about synesthesia, too, eco. What an exquisite gift for that synesthete.

      Saving the cuttlefish documentary for this evening. Perfect fare for a 99 degree F day, though I know you folks are even hotter in CA and AZ.

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    5. Where I live we have the wonderful moderating influence of the ocean; Sunday got to 97° F (a bit tough with no A/C), but today was a glorious 77°.

      20 miles east of here is completely different, rule of thumb is a degree per mile as you drive east from San Francisco. I had a boss in SF who went from 68° at work to 98° at home. Arizona and Nevada are insane this week, and I understand they're getting the "monsoon" season early, so it comes with humidity.

      The cinematography of the cuttlefish is amazing.

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    6. Extraordinary cinematography. Wild about the male cross-dressers.

      Glad you are cooler in SF. We finally got a cool-down tonight. Last night it was 86 degrees at 10 p.m. (!) so I turned on the swamp cooler for its seasonal inaugural run. Tonight, just the attic fan will do.

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    7. Doesn't it normally cool down at night? High desert and all that, but if you get a humid flow....

      I live and work in Berkeley, a touch warmer and (slightly) less expensive than SF. Interestingly today's prediction is for 78° in the industrial flats near the bay where I work, but ±3.5 miles away at one of my projects it will be 90°! They love to talk about micro-climates....

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    8. Yes, eco, it does normally cool off dramatically once the sun goes down. Summer must have been letting us know she was here at 10:24 p.m. Tuesday evening. Whew! Glad we are back to cooler nights.

      Stay cool on the 78 degree side!

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  2. For you cat people -- you L know E who G you O are . . .

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  3. Interesting timing now with Cephalopod Week and Travis Kalanick,an Uber-Cephalopod, who just kept putting his foot/feet in his mouth.

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  4. It's so annoying when people ask me what I'll be doing in three years; I don't have 2020 vision!

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    1. Have you changed your name from Steph to Stev(en Wright)?

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    2. No, I don't have his deadpan delivery.

      My neighbor graduates in 2020. What a great year for graduates, not to mention optometrists and opthamalogists!

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    3. ...but if you want to see eye-to-eye, use an ophthalmoscope. (That "l" is fundusmental.)

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    4. My midwife kept her eye on my fundus during pregnancies, too. . .and it wasn't a GoFundUs page ;-).

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  5. Forget about celebrating the second annual Cephalopod Week. Let's instead celebrate the first projected-to-be-annual Stephalopod Week!

    And thanks for that "cat people" link, Steph.

    PegLegoWhoDoesIndeedKnowWhoHeArrrrgh!

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    1. Lego, "Stephalopod Week" -- I like it! I often put my foot in my mouth. . .

      Glad you found the cleverly hidden cat link, also. Looks like you are hooked on felines!

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    1. > "When the goal of memory is to win Jeopardy!, then you should try to remember everything you can."

      What other goal could there possibly be?

      Reminds me of the time a neighbor was telling me about a helpful class he'd taken on memory improvement. He said the woman who'd taught it had given them a lot of useful techniques. I asked him her name. "Hmmm," he said. "Let me think. She taught us some tricks for remembering names. It was a flower. Red. With thorns. Rose! That's it!" He turned toward the doorway. "Rose? What was the name of that woman who taught that memory course we took?"

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    2. Bwahaha.

      Seriously, jan, have you or any other PEOTS bloggers been on Jeopardy? If you can remember, of course. . .

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    3. I take the test when I can. Got called for the interview/in-person test/mock contest 3 times. Never got the real call.

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    4. Well, jan, you'll always have WILL CALL. . .

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    5. I just heard an ad, er, sponsorship message on NPR, that ties that Jeopardy! link to the answer to this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle.

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    6. And when you've run out of firewood or toilet paper, your Kindle does you no good at all.

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    7. A Kindle isn't good for kindling?

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    8. Not a kind thing to say, but, unlike a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, no.

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    9. Is the Galaxy Note 7 just the Big Bang in miniature?

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    10. For the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Intel engineers did a rough calculation of what would happen had a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle improved at the same rate as microchips did under Moore’s Law: "Here are the numbers: [Today] you would be able to go with that car 300,000 miles per hour. You would get two million miles per gallon of gas, and all that for the mere cost of 4 cents!"

      Either that, or the Ford Pinto would today be a Samsung Galaxy Note 7...

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  7. New post on "6/28: So Much More Than Tau Day, It's a Perfect Day" is now up.

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