Pie-hacking baker Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (AKA @thePieous) writes, "I've been experimenting with pushing the boundaries of pie design for just over a year now, but my big white whale - how to make pies 'tall' - had always eluded me... until today. Meet my new invention: Piescrapers! What is a Piescraper? Essentially a pie that is built 'up' using a series of engineering and baking tricks to enhance structural integrity and make tall pies stable, and delicious!" Read the rest
Biomimicry continues to make amazing strides. Festo just released footage of their OctopusGripper being put through the paces. Read the rest
In Global proliferation of cephalopods a paper in Current Biology, an esteemed group of marine biologists reports that the population of octopuses (and other cephalopods) is booming thanks to its ability to adapt quickly to ocean acidification and temperature change, which is killing off other types of marine life at alarming rates. Read the rest
Heather Ann, a Dallas costume/prosthetics maker, created these $110 snail shell helmets (tentacles not currently included). Read the rest
Jeffery Woods is a glassmaker who sells his custom-etched/painted glassware on Etsy, including these Cthulhu-inpsired tentacle pint glasses, $65 for four. Read the rest
Designer Kermit Tesoro released images of this custom-designed POLYPODIS 2015 shoe. Read the rest
If Peggy Olson had one of these hand blown pink glass tentacle massagers ($(removed)) on her desk, it would go nicely with her Hokusai.
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Each were given 52 frames of Shake it Off, and the result is "2767 frames of lovingly hand-drawn rotoscoped footage." Come for the tentacles, stay for the surrealist dragon kin.
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Mary O'Malley's "Bottom Feeders" sculpture-series depicts cups, teapots, plates, saucers and bowls that appear to have been recovered from the sea-bottom, covered in barnacles, coral, tentacles and crustaceans. Read the rest
Kate MacDowell's Entangled is a beautiful, tentacly porcelain sculpture depicting two hearts whose questing tentacles have entwined. (via JWZ) Read the rest
Joshua sez, "I've been nagging my wife (a jeweler; you posted her sci-fi wedding rings a few years ago) to make a squid ring for years. She finally did it. Sort of art nouveau meets Jules Verne. It's hand carved from wax and cast into 18k gold. The prototype is mine, but the design's also on Etsy."
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The Kudoktopus watch is the €30,000 creation of Stefan Kudoke in collaboration with Maria and Richard Habring. Out of my price range by a damned sight, but it gives me pleasure to consider a timepiece with such tentacly wonderfulness lurking within its display face. Read the rest
You'd better not ___________, you'd better not __________, Santapus is coming to town. Read the rest
This terrifying, betentacled vision of a globe-circling monster octopus is the actual, no fooling new logo for the National Reconnaissance Office, the agency that operates America's spy satellites. A spokewoman explains: "NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide."
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Rebecca Klee and Siouxsie Wiles's "Living Light" is a 3D printed hollow squid filled with bioluminescent bacteria. They've thoroughly documented their build-process, and the project is really shaping up to be gorgeous.
From the lab to the park
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Etsy seller Dellamorteco's $250 kraken bookends are made of resin and hand-painted; they're beautiful (as are his Tentacle Candlestick Holders). My only concern is that the resin might not be heavy enough to hold the books in place -- I've lost some beautiful bookends when they were pushed off the shelf and to the floor far below.
Kraken Bookends, Limited Edition
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Matthew Borgatti built an air-powered, 3D-printed robot tentacle that waves in a friendly fashion and lends a helping hand.