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Monday, May 7, 2007
Pikachu des profondeurs, and more
Wow, my Brainiac post last Thursday about Grimpoteuthis, the deep-sea octopus that resembles Pikachu, was viewed by thousands of visitors over the weekend. The photo I used -- too bad I did such a lousy cropping job! -- has spread all over the internets; Grimpoteuthis now has fans who speak many languages. Thanks, Boing Boing, for spreading the word to blogs like: Progressive Gold, La Famille Casgrain, The Fantabulizer, Lindsayism, Scattered Genius, Trikinhuelas, Universo Nintendo, Hatena::Diary, and Baggurr.
I have learned since last Thursday that "The Deep," the book in which the Grimpotheusis photo appears, has its own, very cool website. There are many more great photos on the website; and there are hundreds more photos in the book!
The Brainiac item on "Battlefield Earth" was also visited many, many times, because it was posted to the Boston.com homepage. Thanks, guys! Right-of-center bloggers seemed to dig what I had to say. For example, see posts from: Blogs for Mitt and the libertarian blog Free Will.
Finally, as long as I'm patting myself on the back, I would like to direct your attention to my review of "The Iron Whim," in which Darren Wershler-Henry insists that, until quite recently, the act of typewriting exercised a sinister influence over our lives. (I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but in this case I couldn't go along with the gag.) The review appeared yesterday in the NYT Sunday Book Review (login required) and the International Herald Tribune.