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they got cars big as bars, they got rivers of gold.

Apparently, I'm spamming lj with links tonight.

Octopus picspam, leading to an Etsy shop with sterling jewelry made out of... you guessed it... jewelery made from with real cast octopus bits.

Which is kind of amazingly beautiful, though I don't hold with octopus murder. I try not to eat anything smart enough to need toys.


Did you look at the other one of really weird sea creatures? This lead to me googling around and finding more. Mm, cephalopods.
And there are plenty of other octopus charms that don't use real octopus parts available on etsy. That and Socktopusi.

...smart enough to need toys.

Agreed on that point.
Ooh, thank you! My evening needed cephalopods and deep sea creatures in it.

I'm with you on the jewelry. There's gotta be a better way to make stuff like that.
I am in love with the Giant Pacific Octopus Doflein.

Steadfastly not adding to the conversation

but the wind goes right through you, it's no place for the old!

Because, really, that song is meant to be a sing-a-long.

Re: Steadfastly not adding to the conversation

When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me Broadway was waiting for me...

Damn, I love this song. It's firmly stuck in my head now.
A friend bought me two pairs of earrings from that particular Etsy shop for Christmas and they are AWESOME (although I didn't realise at the time how they were made! Poor little octopusses :( ).

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I am now revising my usual "I don't eat anything that might be smarter than I am" to "that needs toys" instead, so as not to insult my own already much-maligned mental powers. (Actual stance of consumption unchanged; I never would eat octopuses or squid, although I might have considered making an exception for the wee bitty un-clever ones if they tasted really good, but they apparently taste more like rubberbands.)

And while I feel a bit bad about it, I'm still sort of proud to have had a grandfather capable of killing a large Pacific coastal octopus with his bare hands. He was picking abalone and found it in a tide pool. Took it home and tried to feed it to the family, found it inedible, stuck to abalone from then on. This was back when abalone was what poor working folks dug up for extra meals around here, which would probably shock the gourmets-come-lately. Ah well.)

Did you see the images of the back of a dissected giant squid eyeball? I can link if you wish (they're a bit gross and not nearly as nifty as I'd hoped for).
Yes, I saw!

Squid, I will eat, and they are quite tasty if prepared properly. But they're not particularly smart. I figure if they can't reproduce without stabbing themselves and bystanders, they're fair game.
I try not to eat anything smart enough to need toys.

Yeah, that's the way I've felt about it for years myself. I just wish Octopus wasn't so damn tasty.

*misses takoyaki still*
I'm trying to give up pig for ethical reasons, because they are also smart. Of course, they're smart and bacon is my favorite. :-(
I justify that based on the fact that poigs are not tool-users. As far as I know.

*adores pork, ham, bacon, etc*

I'll eat squid, but I don't think I'd eat cuttlefish, as their communication capabilities put them over the line into 'too smart to eat' in my mind.

Of course, I've never seen cuttlefish available on a menu, so it's kind of a moot point anyway...
I like dogs enough that I kind of feel bad eating anything that smart. And yet... bacon. :-(

My hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Penzey's smoked paprika makes things taste like bacon. It is sinfully good, yet ethically pure at least as far as not eating pigs is concerned.
You just keep fooling yourself. *g*
I could probably give up eating any other sort of critter as long as I didn't have to give up bacon. Mmmmm, bacon.
Alas. Poor Miss Piggy.
"Say goodbye to the frog, pig!..."
REALLY? does it really work? That would be so exciting.
The Asian grocery that used to be near me had frozen baby cuttlefish in packages of 12. I confess that I was considering making some sort of Lovecraftian dish with them.
I've never seen cuttlefish on a menu. Their "bone", however, can be used to cast metal with a really cool texture. I don't do it, because I like cuttlefish too much (plus it's really stinky), but I do admire the texture- it's like a deep woodgrain, sort of.
Here is Aus cuttlebone is routinely sold for birdcages to give pet birds (budgies and such, mostly,) something to gnaw on and help keep their beaks in check. The texture is wonderful, and I'd love to see/own a cast metal version of a cuttlebone.
They sell the cuttlefish bones for the birds here, too, but one can also get them from jewelry outfits, and those are a lot more expensive but also a lot bigger.

This pendant here shows a pretty good example of the cuttlebone texture when cast: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7258205, as does this one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17304019

I once tried casting a largish sheet of the texture in brass, hoping that I could then use the brass sheet to texture my silver instead of new bone, but the brass didn't flow well enough. :(
I would be oh-so-tempted- I've wanted a salt water aquarium for years- except that I've read that octopi only live for a year or 2. Cats and dogs have short enough lifespans; I don't think I could handle a smart, fun critter who died that soon.
It's worse than that even, Octopodes do have short life-spans, but they are also really difficult to keep in an aquarium, as they are really sensitive the their environment. So, trying to keep one is generally an expensive exercise in masochism. =(
Thanks. I've bookmarked that link. Sometime, if I ever have disposable income again, I'll have to get one of those rings for my wife (to go with the previous purchases of an octopus pendant and earrings). I would feel worse about eating octopus and squid if they didn't tend to live fast/die young anyway.
I try not to eat anything smart enough to need toys.

I like this rather a lot. I do hope I never find chickens, cows or sheep playing with toys...