Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Godzilla gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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This much Mieville knows

China Mieville tells the Guardian what he knows:

"I'm in this business for the monsters. My single favourite monsters are the beastmen in The Island of Doctor Moreau. I love the octopoid creatures and the giant swine spirit in William Hope Hodgson. I have a lot of time for pig monsters. I've always liked being terrified of monsters from underwater coming up, like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. There's a picture of Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher with the trout about to bite his foot and he hasn't seen it yet. Completely terrifying."

Friday, November 05, 2004

Giant squid on the march

This story is fun for its headline alone: Giant squid 'taking over world.' According to the article, giant squid have a greater biomass on the planet than humans do. Apparently, there are fewer predators of these cephalapods.
The scientists in the story seem to refer to cephalapods without mention of giant squid. I wonder if they mean giant squid or just squid in general? And if it is true that there are so many giant squid, why haven't we captured a live one yet? I don't get it. The world continues to confound us.