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Now that’s a font

If only it were TrueType or Postscript, I’d be using this octopus alphabet all the time.

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Comments

  1. #1 Dwymore
    May 3, 2010

    Looks like something out of Hellraiser from far away… Creepy and cool.

  2. #2 subbie
    May 3, 2010

    It would certainly give you a leg up on the other bloggers.

    Sorry.

  3. #3 DLC
    May 3, 2010

    Somehow I almost expect to see Cuttlefish poems written in this. or at least the first letter of each paragraph, like the old illuminated manuscripts.

  4. #4 Cuttlefish, OM
    May 3, 2010

    Want!

    An octopus-themed alphabet book, for strange children with exceptionally good taste?

  5. #5 Caine, Fleur du mal
    May 3, 2010

    Awesome!

  6. #6 Sili, The Unknown Virgin
    May 3, 2010

    I give it 24 hours on the outside until a “By your command” is heard.

  7. #7 Crudely Wrott
    May 3, 2010

    A, b, c, d, e, f, g;
    H, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p.
    Q, r, s, t, u, v,
    W, x, w, and z.

    Now I’ve said my ABCs.
    Tell me what you think of me.

    I love that song . . .

    Use the squid alphabet, PZ. It will draw us deeper under your spell where we will be enabled to accomplish even more terrible things in your name.

  8. #8 Crudely Wrott
    May 3, 2010

    @ 7: Why is there no “y?”
    7: I dunno. Didn’t ask.

  9. #9 'Tis Himself, OM
    May 3, 2010

    Crudely Wrott #7

    Now I’ve said my ABCs.
    Tell me what you think of me.

    Do you really want to know?

    I love that song

    Mozart wrote a series of variations on the music.

  10. #10 randydudek
    May 3, 2010

    Actually Mozart’s variations were on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Totally different song. :o)

  11. #11 chgo_liz
    May 3, 2010

    Same melody: ABC song, Twinkle Twinkle, and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

    You can do them all in a round.

    Yes, I have children. How did you know?

  12. #12 randydudek
    May 3, 2010

    Sorry, Liz. I was shooting for sarcasm, but was pretty sure it wasn’t going to come across. I was a music major and had to dissect Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman.

  13. #13 Ben Goren
    May 3, 2010

    Randyduck, we didn’t just have to dissect it; we had to write our own, thirteenth, variation. Somewhere I’ve still got a copy of that assignment.

    As homework assignments go, it was actually quite a lot of fun.

    Cheers,

    b&


    EAC Memographer
    BAAWA Knight of Blasphemy
    “All but God can prove this sentence true.”

  14. #14 Glen Davidson
    May 3, 2010

    And you still don’t believe in God? Well, Cthulhu of course being God.

    Sure beats the Shroud of Turin as a manifestation of the divine — not that it’s saying much.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/mxaa3p

  15. #15 OurDeadSelves
    May 3, 2010

    That is amazing. Any chance your book will be typeset w/ the octopus alphabet?

  16. #16 Ben Goren
    May 3, 2010

    Glen,

    So long as we’re on the subject…one of my Music History professors often stated that the only sacred music was Mozart; all else is profane.

    Me? Well, Mozart wrote lots of good stuff, but I don’t think he can hold a candle to Bach or Stravinsky. And, as good as Mozart’s operas are, he’s got nothing on Verdi and Strauss.

    He did write an awesome trombone aria in the Requim, though. I have to give him that. I just wish he had written more than valved tympani parts for trumpet. Shit, even Papa Mozart wrote a trumpet concerto; Wolfie had no excuse.

    Cheers,

    b&


    EAC Memographer
    BAAWA Knight of Blasphemy
    “All but God can prove this sentence true.”

  17. #17 DLC
    May 4, 2010

    A is for Aquatic, which these animals are.
    B is for Brachiopods which these are not.
    C is for Cephalopod . . .

  18. #18 jcmartz.myopenid.com
    May 4, 2010

    It would use too much ink.

  19. #19 see _the_swells
    May 4, 2010

    Some horrible octopus serial killer is at work here evidently. Rest assured though, through incredibly good investigative work I?ve narrowed it down to a few suspects. It’s somebody that speaks English.

  20. #20 Pinkydead
    May 4, 2010

    http://www.yourfonts.com/ might work…

    …but I certainly don’t like octopuses enough to waste my time with a scissors.

  21. #21 Peter Ashby
    May 4, 2010

    It’s wrong, for one reason: the colour and textures don’t vary. It is not nearly funky enough.

  22. #22 wjv.myopenid.com
    May 4, 2010

    In lieu of an octopus font, there’s always the Groupsex font?

    http://www.fontriver.com/font/group_sex/

  23. #23 peter.jeaiem
    May 4, 2010

    octupus? Ah… looked like beards/moustaches to me at first glance.

  24. #24 pistoreyu
    May 4, 2010

    he?s got nothing on Verdi and Strauss

    That statement is MUCH more heretical than PZ’s on Sundays. Now I have a glimpse of how some people must feel reading this site.
    I’m no music major, just a common listener, but I don’t agree with your teacher either — I side with those that say Mozart’s music is thoroughly human.
    Oh, and the font is great.

  25. #25 pistoreyu
    May 4, 2010

    (Sorry for not breaking paragraphs. It seems I can’t comment here properly.)

  26. #26 Cannabinaceae
    May 4, 2010

    @11:

    You can also sing “Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies” to the tune of Gilligan’s Island.

    I’ve been damned by people for mentioning that.

    I would love for some artist to render the octopus font as a woodcut printed with octopus ink.

  27. #27 ChrisD
    May 4, 2010

    I emphatically encourage you to begin each of your posts using this typeset for the first letter of the body. It would be a welcome change to the stuffy, plain bold type that is so uncharacteristic of your blog.