Monday, November 2, 2009

100 Followers Under the Sea


Some of you may recall, that upon reaching our 50th 'follower' we held a contest. Its time again for us to bring out the prizes and offer up a chance at winning through simple participation! Entry is simple, and there are multiple ways to enter. For completing each qualification you will receive the ethereal internet equivalent of 1 raffle ticket, the more tickets, the greater your chance of winning!

Quests to Complete:

1) Comment here, in response to this post. Tell us your favorite Cephalopod and why. You may be as general (the cuttlefish) or as specific (Enteroctopus dofleini - the Giant North Pacific Octopus) as you want. You are not even restricted to living things, its possibly you have a stuffed octopus named Harvey who is your very favorite cephalopod ever and we're okay with that too! But you MUST tell us WHY it is your favorite!

2) Draw us something! It does not matter if you are Da Vinci or someone's three year old neice, if you draw with finger paint or photoshop, and there will be no judgement rendered upon art, only happy cheers of joy that you care. Just like last time, we will feature any art we receive in a blog post here.

3) Tell us what your favorite post we've ever made was. Maybe you got an idea, or learned something new or went out and bought something. Maybe you just thought that one time when we posted that youtube video was really awesome. Just tell us about it!

Please note (and this is important) - if your email is not in your profile (the one we can get to by clicking on your name in the comment box) then please include it in your comment! We MUST have a way to contact you or you might not get your prize.

The contest will run through Monday Nov. 9th. Prize drawing will take place the following day. Prizes will be added and updated during the course of the week!

PRIZES


Two tentacle pins! (drawn for separately)
Each pin is cast from an original twisty tentacle sculpture by Sarah Dungan, in cold cast bronze. Antiqued and buffed to bring out the details in all those little suckers. Gentlemen, you may request they arrive as a tie-tack instead!





ADDED: prize number 3, pirate and tentacles mini print. 8.5 X 5.5 inch print of a pirate ship and its eventual DOOM!

32 comments:

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Congrats on your number of followers. It is said to take pleasure in your enemy and enjoy their sucesses. We may always disagree on the relative evilness of the Cephalopod (you denying it and me screaming it at the top of my lungs) but I admire what you do create. Good Work.

nullalux said...

Love those pins!

katarinanavane said...

gotta go with any 'ol octopus. You know why? They're absurdly smart for invertebrates, they can open jars and figure out all sorts of puzzles.

congrats on 100 followers

wakkafan@hotmail.com

Redundant Bombshell said...

Vampyroteuthis infernalis fo shizzle. Vampire Squid. I long to have one for a pet. Their little earsies are so frickin' cute. Evil and cute go so very well together. Bonus: They are vampires. That DON'T FUCKIN' SPARKLE. HAHAHAHA! Win.

Redundant Bombshell said...

Do I really have to draw? Can't I just show you some I made another way? No? Ok, fine. But it's not very good.
Is mermaid-me with a (possibly over-)friendly octopus.

Favorite-post-wise, Brandi Milne Does Sea Creatures was so full of beauty. Her stuff really got to me.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

"They're absurdly smart for invertebrates, they can open jars and figure out all sorts of puzzles."

When will you people realize that this is NOT a good thing???? They plan, they scheme and they wait.

melanie said...

The Nautilus, because they have a logarithmic spiral and are living fossils!!

donna said...

Blue-ringed octopus...both beautiful and venomous...don't you just love that Mother Nature created so many look-but-don't-touch creatures?

Mad Marley Grey said...

Ohoho, we can go with non-oceanic cephalopods now? Well, then, let me introduce you to my favourite (local) tentacley friend:

The Lobotopus. This poor fellow, perhaps the last of his kind, was saved from certain doom at the stuffed seafood display. Alas, he did not come through the experienced unscathed - a terrible wound on the top of his head (not visible in this photograph) has allowed a portion of his brain to creep free. No doubt, this injury accounts for his expression of perpetual glee - he is simply unaware of perceiving the reality of his surroundings and, with the approximate memory of a goldfish, fails to realize that the delights of his current existance are not in fact new each day. Were he to be released into the wild, he would no doubt perish swiftly, and at any rate, his potential scientific value cannot be underestimated. Here, he enjoys the company of his friends at the Asylum, where he will receive tender and affectionate care for the remainder of his days.

With luck, I shall return with two more entries!

(And I can never remember if my email's on my profile, so - ellopoppet (at) gmail (dot) com)

Carapace said...

Oh man, oh man! An excuse to draw cephalopods! Especially the noble squid. I love squid. They shoot ink! Into water! All that effort and smoke, and then it dissipates with no lasting effect. it's like a metaphor for darn near anything.

carapacenator(at)gmail.com, now off to draw

Alexander said...

I'm going to have to opt for the Piglet Squid, simply because they're so darn cute!
http://squid.us/wp-content/uploads/piglet_squid.jpg

Alexander "SquidLord" Williams said...

Fave squid: Always and forever Vampyroteuthis infernalis. But I won't be horribly disappointed if someone else names me as their favourite squid.

As for drawings, does the long-time logo of my call-in talk show count? http://www.flickr.com/photos/squidlord/2777062598/

Leith said...

I'd have to go with the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus! LOVE those pins btw.

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Cap'n Alex said...

[Sincere apologies for the earlier deletions...]

What's that? You would like some drawings as well?

Very well, I got dressed up for the occasion: http://ow.ly/i/6ai

wyanne said...

Any octopus...is wonderful. They keep showing up in my paintings...and I'm not sure exactly why. I am just really attracted to them and am SO HAPPY to found this blog! Love, Wyanne

ArtSnark said...

Congrats! My fave is still the Nautuilus - just something about the spiral & they're supposed to be clever fellow ;D

Laurie said...

Truman is my favorite cephalopod, because he's my local octopus ambassador at the New England Aquarium. Once when we visited, he was hiding, then popped out of nowhere and thwapped his tentacle against the glass, scaring the heck out of my husband. Hilarious. I also love him because he can do this.

Mad Marley Grey said...

-returns, somewhat belatedly, with Entry #2-

My favourite post, I think, was Air Kraken Day - the histories were just so much fun to look through!

Wenchie said...

Although I don't like to choose favorites when it comes to cephalopods, because they all are equally unique, I will have to go with dosidicus gigas or the Humbolt Squid. Simply because of knowing way too much about them through my husband working with Scott Cassell.

Wenchie said...

Favorite post would have to be about Air-Kraken Day.

Carapace said...

Ok, cannot resist the lovely luscious artistic allure of the cephalopod. Art!

http://caramakes.blogspot.com/2009/11/cephalopod-rodeo.html

Jason said...

For me, trying to choose a single favorite cephalopod is like trying to decide my one favorite Tom Waits song. Can't I choose them all??

Well it might be cliche, but I guess I would have to pick the cephalopod that started my life-long obsession with our tentacled friends--Architeuthis dux, the Giant Squid! I love how even though it has been recognized by science for over a century, it still remains nearly as mysterious and elusive as ever. The fact that one of the largest invertebrates in the world is seen so seldomly reminds us all how vast and unknown the oceans really are.

As for my drawing, I'm a really lousy artist, but an incessant doodler. I humbly submit to you the Squow.

My favorite post is actually Dr Grymm's Squid Attack goggles from this Halloween. A close second is the video you posted a while back of the octopus squeezing itself through a plexiglass maze. I posted that video myself not that long ago on Indie Squid Kid!

Scott said...

Just stumbled upon you fellow tentacle-ites today. You might like my giant animatronic tentacle: http://tangleofwires.blogspot.com/search/label/tentacle ....and FWIW, my new fav is the Pacific NW Tree Octopus (http://bit.ly/lCWm)

Niko said...

Favorite cephalopod: Probably the Hermit Kraken, because I made him up. He's a squid (probably--he's a little-studied species), that hides inside the discarded shells of other animals (like a hermit crab).

Drawing: http://tinyurl.com/yfl8gz5 (yes, it's a Hermit Kraken)

Fave post: Victor Hugo's Octopus (also Tea Party, for the nautilus plate), but mostly Mr Hugo. Oh, wait, I forgot about Poulpe Pulps. I love that one, too. Do I have to just pick one? I guess I'll stick with Mr Hugo.

My email should be in my profile, but if not, it's feynico at gmail dot com.

Kiriska said...

A friend of mine made a giant crochet Octopus for a project a few semesters ago. It is my favorite cephalopod! It looks like it's eating your head when you wear it because it's seriously huuuuuge! It's actually kind of hard to hold steady on your head because it's stuffed and heavy, so you have to tilt your head forward kind of and then it pretty much IS eating your face because your forehead and maybe your eyes will be hidden. Kind of awesome. :D

As for posts, I'm rather fond of this one because I am a huge sucker for alcoholic beverage labels. They're always so artsy!

I'm going to try and draw something later tonight too!

TotusMel said...

Ooh, I almost forgot to enter...I like the cuttlefish.

Sara said...

I love all the cephalopods equally, 'cause they are all extremely cool in their own way. However, the mimic octopus that can pretend be an eel, or sea snake, or lionfish, I dig, versatility rocks.
I love the art on your blog, and especially the recent Victor Hugo drawing.

Mad Marley Grey said...

And just squeaking in under the wire, Entry #3 - I'm afraid you'll have to make do with a photo of a sketch this time, since I'm having scanner issues. ^^;

(My inability to fix the contrast makes me sad.)

My love for you is as deep as the sea, shining under the cephalopod sun.

Sara said...

Oh yeah, I don't have a drawing, but i did knit a nautilus for my 3 year old niece's birthday!

Sarah Dungan said...

Thanks for entering!
Winners will be announced this evening :-)