Pharyngula

How is this guy painting my dreams?

I mean, really, giant steam-powered robotic octopods rising from the deep to take over the world? How many people fantasize about that?

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Although, if it were me, I wouldn’t be focusing so much on the wicked biped with the gun trying to frustrate the steam-o-pod.

Comments

  1. #1 Glen Davidson
    April 3, 2009

    There, how does evolution explain that?

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592

  2. #2 Janine, Insulting Sinner
    April 3, 2009

    I, for one, am grateful I have no such dreams.

  3. #3 www.10ch.org
    April 3, 2009

    It is irreducibly complex; therefore, it must be intelligently designed.

  4. #4 Cuttlefish, OM
    April 3, 2009

    You mean… it was only a dream?

  5. #5 Jo
    April 3, 2009

    Hey! A poll on the Iowa Supreme Court decision:

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090403/NEWS/90403010

    It’s at the end of the article…

    Yes (agree to decision to allow same-sex couples to marry) is ahead, but only a little…

  6. #6 The New Atheist
    April 3, 2009

    Arrrrr, that Sea-Beast be the scourge of evolution. Eyes that big must have been fabricated!

    http://www.thenewatheist.com

  7. #7 Greg F.
    April 3, 2009

    So PZ sleeps and dreams about steampunk anime?

  8. #8 MADRONE
    April 3, 2009

    Name of the ship…”DONTPANIC”. Uh, OK.

  9. #9 Alex
    April 3, 2009

    Your dream?! Really?

    You are Cthulhu! (in primate form)

  10. #10 Facehammer
    April 3, 2009

    Somewhere, Captain Nemo goes green with envy and pilots his ship into a whirlpool.

  11. #11 Norman Doering
    April 3, 2009

    Janine, Insulting Sinner wrote:

    I, for one, am grateful I have no such dreams.

    I liked mine. Some nightmares can be very profitable:
    http://hubpages.com/hub/A-Blog-from-Hell

  12. #12 Qwerty
    April 3, 2009

    The name of the steamship that the giant robotic octopod is attacking is the Dontpanic which means it was owned by the White Star Line as their ships ending in ic (Olympic, Oceanic, Britannic, and the most famous White Star liner Titanic.

    Enough trivia…

  13. #13 Brownian
    April 3, 2009

    Although, if it were me, I wouldn’t be focusing so much on the wicked biped with the gun trying to frustrate the steam-o-pod.

    Is that Kevin Costner? Investors, run for your lives!

  14. #14 Janine, Insulting Sinner
    April 3, 2009

    Norman, I was being a smart ass more than anything else. I came up with a much better line long after that. Do PZiods dream of steam octopus?

    Thanks for the link.

  15. #15 Jonathan
    April 3, 2009

    This is all kinds of cool. I’d be all for something like this happening. It’d be a much more interesting world.

  16. #16 misc
    April 3, 2009

    Psychoanalysts like Fromm claimed the deification of technology to be a prominent sign of necrophilia – and wouldn’t you know it, Fromm also presented Hitler as the corresponding paragon. Guess that opens up a whole new and exciting line of accusations, PZ.. ;)

  17. #17 Jim A
    April 3, 2009

    Hrmpf. It looks like the deck gun has an Anti-Aircraft sight but won’t elevate more than 30 degrees.

  18. #18 mikespeir
    April 3, 2009

    What I want to know is, if the tentacles are articulated, why are some of the segments bent?

  19. #19 Praetorianstalker
    April 3, 2009

    I for one am glad that I share PZ’s dream. Right now he and I are wrestling over the giant octobot’s control panel (No, I want to drive, dammit!!!).

  20. #20 blf
    April 3, 2009

    So if robots dream of electric sheep, and Pee Zeds dream of steam octopuses/octopi/octopodes?, what do magical crackers dream of??

     ? This description approved by the Commission for Equal Opportunity Pluralism (CEOP).

  21. #21 BobbyEarle
    April 3, 2009

    Just don’t let the engineers at John Deere see this. Well,
    maybe that could be a good thing: soon everybody can get
    themselves their own smoke belching, coal powered anti-steampod weapon system (with built-in lawnmower).

    Be the first on your block!

  22. #22 Mark
    April 3, 2009

    trivia..

    Although the ship is named in the White Star line series..I can’t help but think the ship is modelled on the SS Great Eastern..the midship paddle wheels weren’t featured on the White Star ships that I know of..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Great_Eastern

    The story of the Great Eastern is fascinating..

  23. #23 Mark
    April 3, 2009

    trivia..

    Although the ship is named in the White Star line series..I can’t help but think the ship is modelled on the SS Great Eastern..the midship paddle wheels weren’t featured on the White Star ships that I know of..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Great_Eastern

    The story of the Great Eastern is fascinating..

  24. #24 tresmal
    April 4, 2009

    Your dream? I thought it was the goal of your research.

  25. #25 Peter B.
    April 4, 2009

    PZ is not alone…

    Terrors from the deep modelled on Cephalopoda have long been in the dreams of seafarers – take the Kraken for instance, and that old (1955) sci-fi flick with the great Ray Harryhausen monster It Came from Beneath the Sea. The steam driven leviathan in this picture also strikes me as an interesting fusion with HG Well’s Martian war machines and the Nautilus.

    BTW – The “wicked biped” with the huge and distinctly phallic cannon is an obvious symbolic metaphor for the artist’s deep sense of inadequacy about his own genital endowment and sexual prowess.

  26. #26 Mike
    April 5, 2009

    “Steam octopus”? It’s a cookbook!

  27. #27 Rev. Barky
    April 6, 2009

    I seeing steam punk stuff everywhere now. cool.

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