Friday Squid Blogging: Firefly Squid in Japan

Cool pictures of the glowing firefly squid.

Posted on April 21, 2006 at 3:40 PM • 17 Comments


Chris SApril 21, 2006 4:18 PM

Ok, apparently I missed the memo.

*Why* does Bruce do squid blogging every Friday?

stacyApril 21, 2006 4:23 PM

"*Why* does Bruce do squid blogging every Friday?"

'cause it is his blog and he wants to. That's good enough for me :-)

TimApril 21, 2006 4:28 PM

For some reason, looking at the picture on the link, I hear 60's psychedelic music playing in the background...Jimi Hendrix perhaps?

Keep the Friday squid blogs up--I like them.

Seth LapoddApril 21, 2006 5:29 PM

@ "*Why* does Bruce do squid blogging every Friday?"

Maybe, like the firefly squid's luminescence, it disguises his outline, or perhaps serves to intimidate or confuse potential predators.

JosephApril 21, 2006 5:41 PM

Clearly squid (and octopi) are related to applied cryptography. Let's see, disappearing ink, camouflage, love of sushi, just to name a few -- the possibilities are endless.

NE PatriotApril 21, 2006 7:15 PM

There was no memo. Sea creatures are cool, and part of that is because they can't be seen by humans without using special equipment. Ever seen rays "flying" across the seafloor?

Iannos KalamariApril 21, 2006 8:04 PM

The question is not why Bruce blogs about squids on Friday, but why he blogs about non-squids on non-Fridays.

More squid!

Too scared to sayApril 21, 2006 10:14 PM

"*Why* does Bruce do squid blogging every Friday?"

Bayesian posioning. He's trying to avoid being arrested for criticising security policies, and the squid throws the authorities' web crawlers off the scent.

And Goldilocks farmed another necessary lampstand. Not for anything murmered the squid.

GuillermitoApril 22, 2006 5:05 AM

It seems to be a hobby of some high-profile geek bloggers. At least I know another one : Clive of also has a squid blogging obsession, since - I think - much longer than Bruce. This week he also wrote about these japanese "firefly squid". Spanish people say "Cada loco con su tema" :)

Grant GouldApril 22, 2006 5:48 AM

If your threat models and security precautions do no take account of squid, can you really call yourself a security expert? Squid are a persistant source of threats to all information systems, and they are lurking, lurking, lurking everywhere.

GiceApril 22, 2006 8:45 AM

does anyone know how to decrypt the squid bloggings? i've been trying to decypher them for years now..

AleApril 22, 2006 9:14 AM

Squid and Octopi are very intelligent animals that have developed exquisitely effective adaptations to very difficult environments, where competition is tough and predators abound.

Kind of reminds me of the responsabilities of security professionals.

another_bruceApril 22, 2006 11:48 AM

firefly squid won't you come out tonight
come out tonight, come out tonight
firefly squid won't you come out tonight
and glow by the light of the moon.

EvanApril 22, 2006 2:35 PM

Damnit I saw this in last week's comments... Can't say I didn't see it coming, though.

Oh, and I think the Friday squid blogging is a parody of Friday cat blogging--see "Catblogging" on Wikipedia.

joeApril 23, 2006 10:50 PM

long time reader of your blog...first time clicker on friday squid blog entry.

very nice. most impressive. didn't even know these firefly squid existed.

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