⚙️🦑Giant Mechanical Squid 🦑⚙️
Mechateuthis is a mechanical giant squid named after “megateuthis”, the largest squid species. It’s arms, tentacles, beak, eye pupils, and mantle fins are driven by 8 hand cranks. Each crank controls a different motion. This imaginative use of steel was made possible by mechanical artist Barry Crawford with the help of a grant from Burning Man Arts & a successful GoFundMe campaign. Barry’s mechanical squid premiered at Burning Man 2015 and now part of Bay Area Maker Faire 2016. What do you think Nation??? 🥇❤️⚙️

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Notice anything different? It’s fine if you don’t. It’s a bit subtle. Let’s take a look at the original.

See it now? Doesn’t Rose looked a bit cramped there in the corner? Hard to see? Made less visible? Most of her leg is missing. Hell, the outside of her hair is kissing the edge of the page. Cropped any closer and we’d start to lose part of her head. That’s funny, because Poe has plenty of space.


This is an internationally famous magazine, employing world-class photographers and designers. Surely they wouldn’t make such a clumsy crop by mistake?

It’s almost like they did it on purpose.

Because they did.

The photographer who took the photos used for this cover, Annie Leibovitz, is one of the most famous portrait photographers in the world. It’s hard to imagine that she would photograph one of her subjects in such a cramped pose.

Because she didn’t.

Let’s take a look inside the magazine…

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Look at that, I’ve been accepted to Maker Faire KC for the second year in a row! Black Feather Studios is going to be out in full swing with Sarabi and a few other puppets I’m working on! 

 Namely, a six foot chameleon and hopefully also a ten foot Taun Taun (say that ten times fast!) I hope you come visit my booth!


Wonder not, sovran Mistress, if perhaps
Thou canst, who art sole wonder! much less arm
Thy looks, the Heaven of mildness, with disdain,
Displeased that I approach thee thus, and gaze
Insatiate; I thus single; nor have feared
Thy awful brow, more awful thus retired.
Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair,
Thee all things living gaze on, all things thine
By gift, and thy celestial beauty adore
With ravishment beheld! there best beheld,
Where universally admired; but here
In this enclosure wild, these beasts among,
Beholders rude, and shallow to discern
Half what in thee is fair, one man except,
Who sees thee? and what is one? who should be seen
A Goddess among Gods, adored and served
By Angels numberless, thy daily train.

BOOK IX.Milton: Paradise Lost

Satan flattering Eve to tempt her to eat the apple.


A Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Computing

Dr. Talia Gershon, a materials scientist by training, came to IBM Research in 2012. After 4.5 years of developing next-generation solar cell materials, she got inspired to learn about quantum computing because it might enable all kinds of discoveries (including new materials). Having authored the Beginner’s Guide to the QX, she passionately believes that anyone can get started learning quantum! - Maker Faire Bay Area 2017

Jobs/Careers for the Signs

ARIES - Because they are excellent promoters and have an outgoing nature, they may find the world of advertising and public relations appealing.

entrepreneur, soldier, rescue worker; work well in the fields of government and politics, television, and recreation

TAURUS - Taurians are extremely dependable and excellent team members. They are also know for there clear, strong voices.

accountant, educator, engineer, lawyer, designer, landscaper, chef

GEMINI - Jobs that require travel are perfect, as are jobs that require social networking. Geminis are optimistic and full of energy—they should be encouraged to let go and express themselves rather than be confined to traditional rules.

stockbroker, switchboard operator, technical support, teacher, architect, machine operator, rescue worker

CANCER - Cancer is the mother of the zodiac, so these sensitive types do well in jobs that require nurturing or taking care of things. Cancerians give great advice and are very protective. They handle responsibility with ease and are imaginative problem solvers.

gardener, social worker, childcare, human resources, lawyer, teacher, CEO, soldier

LEO - Fearless, inspiring, and independent, Leos work best when they are in the spotlight and love jobs that bring status and power. Leos possess spontaneity and ingenuity and do well when encouraged to lead instead of follow.

CEO, performer, tour guide, real estate agent, interior decorator, fashion designer, government, saleperson

VIRGO - Virgos are known for their perfectionism and do very well in detailed-oriented professions. They remember things, excel at abstract thinking, and are very tidy and neat. Writing, research, and statistics come easy to the meticulous Virgo brain.

editor/writer, teacher, critic, technician, translator, detective, statistician

LIBRA - Their cooperative nature makes them excellent ambassadors and team leaders. More so than any sign, Libras are people people. They thrive in buzzing, social environments. Many Libras gravitate toward the arts and will most likely be the lead singer of a band, interacting with the audience, rather than a brooding songwriter.

diplomat, dancer, salesperson, host, negotiator, travel agent, supervisor

SCORPIO - Scorpios are able to block out distractions, concentrate, and focus like a laser beam. They are curious and are often drawn to mysteries—you would never want to be cross-examined or interrogated by a Scoripo for they are not only intimidating, but also very intuitive.

detective, lawyer, educator, scientist, surgeon, physicist

SAGITTARIUS - Sagittarians are ethical, full of energy, and rather philosophical. They are excellent decision-makers and make fair and easygoing bosses. Many Sagittarians are spiritual, which can translate well into careers involving the environment, animals, and counseling, as well as religion. They also love to travel and be outdoors. Outgoing and fun-loving, they are likable and witty coworkers who can defuse tense situations with humor and tact.

animal trainer, editor, public relations, coach, and anything having to do with travel

CAPRICORN - Capricorns are very ambitious and need challenges to be happy. Most are responsible and conscientious; many enjoy power. They run a tight ship—they will enforce rules and keep everyone on schedule. If you need something done right (and to exact standards), look no further than a Capricorn. They also tend to be workaholics.

manager, administrator, editor, banker, and anything science-related

AQUARIUS - They love to explore avant-garde ideas and have a curious and adventurous nature. They are the most likely to have an unconventional job, maybe even one of their making. They will rebel against corporate environments, needing freedom of thought and movement. They will not be satisfied doing things the same way they have always been done.

scientist (if they can explore new theories), inventor, organic farmer, designer, musician

PISCES - The key words here are creative and passionate. They excel in the traditional arts (music, dance, photography). Pisceans are also highly intuitive. This helps in fields that require compassion.

artist, nurse, physical therapist, philanthropist, veterinarian, psychologist.

Recent Activities

Sorry I’ve been neglecting this blog and my older zine projects. This is what I’ve been working on lately:

- Looking for a job

- Getting my health in order

- Therapy

- Tabling at zine fests and other fairs (Pioneer Valley Zine Fest, Springfield Book Crafters Fair, Queer/Trans Zine Fest, Western Massachusetts Queer Makers Fair, Street Festival in my hometown)

- Running zine workshops in local libraries

- Trying to start the Litchfield County Zine Fest (I applied to get a state arts grant, but the grants are on hold due to the state not having determined its budget yet)

- Programming a zine trading social network Android app called Let’s Trade Zines that will go into beta testing within a week or two (more on this soon)

- Making other zines that I haven’t posted about here, most of which are on my Etsy (Uncanny #1, (meta)paradox #6: The Brainweird Issue, Infinitism: The Zine, Ephemeral #1, Anecdata #7, Meta (meta)paradox)

I hope to be able to finally finish the zine projects that I haven’t gotten around to finishing (many of which are actually almost done), running a call for submissions for Asexual Content #2, and updating the Ace Zine Archive website. Sadly I’ve had some weird executive dysfunction issues that can make it difficult to work on something if I go too long without doing it.