The digital anthem


Tony Blow, a longtime commentor on Collision Detection and publisher of Typescape, has just launched the Squidblog — a blog for people “who are fascinated by giant squid and related semi-mythical creatures.” There could be no task more noble. This thing is now a daily part of my news diet.

And this month was a hell of a propitious time to start a blog about squid, because of the recent invertebrate invasion! Last week, about 1,500 jumbo squid washed up dead on the shores of Orange County in California. As The Seattle Times reported:

“These things are invading, and we don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “It may be they’re following a warm California current. Oceanographers don’t have a clue why a large population of squid like this is moving north or why they strand themselves.”

One theory is that fisheries have sufficiently depleted the area of sharks and and big tunas that the squid can now “forage without a threat”.

(Thanks to Tony for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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