Information found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s go on a journey to the mysterious world below.
- O_O! Anoplogaster cornuta (Fangtooth) Size: 15 cm Depths found: 600-5000 m
This is one of the scariest creatures of the deep ocean. The appearance alone is enough to give you nightmares. These fish are powerful predators, and are outfitted with extremely sensitive sensory canals. Like a shark, the Fangtooth can detect even the tiniest motion in the deep waters. The monster’s jaws are so large, that the fish cannot close them. Although food is scarce in the deep, the Fangtooth has no trouble finding its next meal.
- Satyrichtys sp. (Armored Sea Robin) Size: 40 cm Depth 50-1000m
This strange animal lives on the bottom of the ocean, and has a flattened body. Its name comes from the bird-like sound it emits when on land. The two prongs on both sides of its body find prey that is buried in the sand. I believe that it looks like a cross between a manta ray and an eel. I would love to hear what you guys think of this creature in the comments’ section below.
Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my gallery is open once again. I hope guys are ready for some new pieces. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!
- The Blaze by Rene Magritte Oil on canvas 1943: Here, we have a very unique piece by the Fantastic Surrealist”, Rene Magritte. It is a very powerful work, and his brilliant use of colors really bring it to life. The main objects in the painting are leaves, which appear to be covering something. The background is a raging blend of red and orange. It is ironic that the leaves are used in place of trees, and this trickery is one of the main tools of a Surrealist. The work also has a humanistic vibe, with the patterns on the leaves resembling veins. I thoroughly enjoy this painting, and would love to hear what you think of it the the comments’ section below.
- Land of Magica by Larry Carlson Chromogenic Print 2013 (info about piece from Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com)
Now, it is time to dive into the psychedelic world of Larry Carlson! This work is a tumultuous blend of vivid landscapes and amoeba-like patterns. The background is sky blue with an assortment of bubbly clouds. On the ground, we see curvy bushes and a multi-headed UFO creature. The sky is even weirder, as it is covered with globular monstrosities. Dynamic, colorful, and absolutely insane, this is one painting you are not going to forget! I love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.
Drinks found on drinkzmixer.com and thedrunkenmoogle.com
Hello fellow mixologists! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again. Make yourself comfortable, and let me present you with today’s drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special! Remember to drink responsibly!
- Into Darkness (Star Trek cocktail) (drink found on thedrunkenmoogle.com and created by NerdFridayShow)
- 2 oz dark rum
- 4 oz ginger beer
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 5 dashes of bitters
Directions: In an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, add rum, Kahlua, lime juice and bitters. Stir. Top with ginger beer. Enjoy!
- Candy Apple Martini (drink found on drinksmixer.com)
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
- 1 oz Sourz® apple liqueur
- 1 oz cranberry juice
Directions: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake firmly and pour into cocktail glass. Serve.
All info found on yokai.com
Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to “The Land of the Rising Sun”!
- Karura are immensely powerful creatures of Japanese mythology. They are usually depicted as huge, humanoid beings with the wings and heads of eagles. Karura are red, can breathe fire, and can manipulate huge gusts of wind using their wings. These yokai are worshipped as Demigods in some branches of esoteric Buddhism. Karura feed on dragons and protect against poison and disease.
- Shogoro are incredibly strange creatures of Japanese folklore. They are depicted as small gongs with legs and a face. While not dangerous, they can keep people up with their incessant ringing.
Information about fish found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep.
Hello everyone! I wanted to bring back a topic that I thoroughly enjoyed creating. As seen by the title, this post is going to be all about creatures of the deep sea. In my opinion, they are the most fascinating fish to research. It is like they are from another planet, and god do I love it! So, let’s prepare to take a dive into the unknown depths below!
- Red paper lantern medusa (Pandea rubra) Size: 15 cm Depth the creature is found in: 500-1200m
The deep sea is home to some of the most beautiful Jellyfish, and this one is no exception! This gorgeous red creature was found in Japan by the biologist Dhugal Lindsay. The medusa has a strange ability to bend its form into right angles. It was first called the Origami Jelly by scientists in the United States who believed that they were the first to find it. This name did not stick, because of its original discovery in Japan and naming by biologist Lindsay.
- Pigbutt worm (Chatetopterus sp. nov) Size: 2 cm Depths found in: 965-1300m
This is definitely one of the weirdest sea creatures I have ever laid eyes upon. Either the ocean has a sense of humor, or I am going crazy, because I have never thought of seeing a floating butt in the deep sea! This freak of nature is extremely rare, and only ten are known to exist. It was first discovered by a team of MBARI scientists in California. The Butt Worm’s larvae spend most of their time floating in the water column. The worm feeds by inflating a mucus balloon, which collects organic particles on its surface. Aquatic life is weird!
If you guys want a wonderful look at the deep sea, check out this documentary. It’s quite an amazing look into the lives of some truly bizarre creatures.
Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some new pieces. Now, have fun exploring my gallery!
- Frizz by Larry Carlson chromogenic print on paper 2009 (info about art piece found on Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com) Here we have another fantastic art piece by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This work blends trippy patterns with human profiles. The center of the piece portrays a green-eyed female face surrounded by psychedelic electricity. As always, Carlson’s brilliant use of colors is a wonderful sight to behold. This is definitely a piece that I could see on a T-shirt, and I absolutely adore it. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.
- Battle of Fishes by Andre Masson 1926 Sand, gesso, oil, pencil, and charcoal on canvas (info about piece found on moma.org) This is a very unique piece by “French Surrealist”, Andre Masson. The figures in the work remind me of deep sea fish, and the style of drawing is very similar to my own. This is one of the instances when less color can create more emotion. The use of sand is absolutely fantastic, and really adds to the aquatic theme. The “fish” look more like ferocious, razor-toothed beasts, and I believe that this relates to the dangers of the ocean. I would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.
Hi everyone! I’m finally back from my vacation in Ojai, and boy was it fun! I stayed at the beautiful Ojai Inn, and I ate some pretty amazing food. I also went on a food tour, and that’s what this post is going to be about. Now, join me on this fantastic food journey! Also, this will be the first time I show my face on this blog, so be ready for that!
- The first place I went to was a Mexican restaurant called La Fuente. The restaurant’s specialty was Tamales, and I got to try three different types. There was a sweet corn tamale, that reminded me of a sweet and grainy cornbread. The second type was chile and cheese, which melts in your mouth, and has a very awesomely spicy aftertaste. The last tamale was filled with pork, and had an extremely unique and savory taste. Shown below is the restaurant and the tamales.
- The next stop on our food adventure is the Ojai Tortilla House. It is home to some of the most delicious tacos I have ever had. The most popular item on the menu was the “Street Taco”. It is a tortilla filled with steak, cilantro, onions, and salsa. Be warned! The taco is very messy, however, it is wonderfully flavored, and none of the ingredients overpower each other. Below is said taco, as well as my face.
- It is time to cool off, and luckily our next stop is the Ojai Ice Cream Company. Each of the Ice Creams were homemade, and they also had fudge! I decided to get a Rum Raisin Ice Cream Cone, and it completely blew me away! The rich and creamy texture of the dessert was an absolute pleasure, and it is definitely the best Rum Raisin I have ever had. The Rum flavor was both strong and delicate, while the raisins ended the taste with a sweet finish. Below is the amazing ice cream, can’t you just smell this deliciousness!
- The final stop on our journey is a bakery called The KNEAD baking company. The interior of the bakery had an amazing smell of baked goods, and it nearly made my mouth water! The best thing I tried was a “potato pizza” that was covered in rosemary and cheese. I hope you enjoyed the journey, and I will see you guys back for tomorrows’ art post. Have a great day!