Will Octopuses Become Our Overlords? Join Me @ Nerd Nite Denver, October 30, To Find Out!

Octopuses are smart, sneaky, and can camouflage the pants off even the best-dressed human hunter. So the question is not whether octopuses will take over the world--but how? Join me and fellow curious humans October 30 at Denver's very own Nerd Nite. There will be two other awesome short talks (about coffee and quantum physics), …

Get Your Books & Brews On With Octopus! In Greeley, CO, October 25th @ 5:30pm

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Here in Colorado, we mix everything with beer. (Really good, local microbrew beer, that is.) Running? Why not. Cycling? In moderation, of course. What about books? Duh! So when the good folks in the Front Range town of Greeley asked if I would participate in their annual Books & Brews event this Saturday, October 25, I …

When Cephalopods and Vice Presidents Collide: An Interview with Veeptopus Creator Jonathan Crow

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We all love octopuses for their wondrous biological feats (changing color, using tools, generally being badasses). But another incredible thing about them is their versatility. They are becoming robots, art pieces, and, now headpieces for lesser-known political figures. As a self proclaimed history nerd, Los Angeles-based artist Jonathan Crow decided to embark on a project illustrating all …

What Better Way to Celebrate Octopus Day than By Putting Octopuses on the Heads of Vice Presidents (and Unsuspecting Authors)?

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When you get a Twitter shout out from someone who draws vice presidents with octopuses on their heads, you listen. Jonathan Crow, an LA-based artist (and, apparently, genius) decided one day to start drawing the vice presidents (all of the vice presidents) with octopuses on their heads. And so was born the Veeptopus. Along the …

Time Out New York: Culture vultures should check out “Octopus!” April 3 in NYC–proceeds to benefit Housing Works

Never mind the cooked octo-arm in the profile pic, Time Out New York recommends "Octopus! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior--and Robots" on Thursday! I couldn't agree more. We'll have Jennifer Basil discussing her work with these and other amazing cephalopods, Robert Lurz philosophizing on what octopuses might think about other octopuses, and Frank Grasso describing his …

Octopuses + Brains + Robots: An Awesome Evening of Weird Science in NYC, Thursday April 3

What can octopuses teach us about the evolution of intelligence? What about robots? Join me and three amazing experts Thursday, April 3, 7-8:30pm at Housing Works Bookstore, for a fascinating evening discussing the weird and wonderful things octopuses have helped us understand about brains and bots--and what we still have to learn from them. Thursday, …

Octopus! Book Reading in New Hampshire, Sunday March 30

Bundle up, and come out to hear some high-seas adventure tales about the octopus this weekend in New Hampshire! I'll be reading from my book, Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea Sunday, March 30, 4pm, at the wonderful Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH. Come learn about the amazing, intelligent and weird octopus. I'll also be …