A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

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A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Tue, Mar 13 2007, 10:36 PM

My new octopus is in the works at Peter Lynn in New Zealand.
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Hopefully it will take shape quickly if I am going to fly it in Berck.
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Postby Frodos Majik » Tue, Mar 13 2007, 10:41 PM

KWEL, I like purple. :up:
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby Draftnik » Tue, Mar 13 2007, 11:46 PM

How fun is that to get pics of a kite in progress! Do you name your kites, christen them like a boat?
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 12:50 AM

The picture was because they wanted to be sure about the red pupils, almost all of the other octopi have black pupils.

I rarely name my kites, I would have run out of names, or at least had the names hopelessly confused years ago (as I told a reporter a few years ago, I stopped counting at 100 kites). However, the old octopus did have a name. One finicky light wind day, I turned in frustration to the octopus and yelled: Fly or you're sushi! It did fly, but I still called it Sushi from then on.
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby Chris » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 05:49 AM

I like the red pupils. :up: For those who don't know how big these kites are, how big are the eyes?
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby Mike » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 07:31 AM

I can't see the photo :(
Did you sell Sushi? Or is she to be cut up for bait?

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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 08:17 AM

I would guess that the "whites" of the eyes are about six feet long, but that does not quite work out as the head is roughly 400 square feet do that would mean that the ryes are bigger.

Sushi is now at its new home in Italy.

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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby Draftnik » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 10:11 AM

Love the story behind Sushi's name. Glad to hear she's not bait! :lol:

A red eyed purple octopus, who's maiden flight is Berck, needs a name, Al.
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby awindofchange » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 01:01 PM

Is that a standard Octopus or one of the OLO octopus's?
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby Mike » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 01:56 PM

Kent,
what's an OLO octopus?

What's the plural of octopus? I hope you don't think it's a second declension Latin noun! :shock: :?:


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According to various sources, there are up to three forms of the plural of octopus: octopuses, octopi and (rare) octopodes. Octopuses is the most common form, but Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries accept octopi as an alternative form. The Oxford English Dictionary lists octopuses, octopi, and octopodes in order of descending frequency of use. The term octopod (either plural octopods and octopodes can be found) is taken from the taxonomic order octopoda but has no classical equivalent. The collective form octopus is usually reserved for animals consumed for food.

Fowler's Modern English Usage states that "the only acceptable plural in English is octopuses", and that octopi is misconceived and octopodes pedantic. Octopi derives from the mistaken notion that octōpūs is a second declension Latin noun, which it is not. Rather, it is (Latinized) Greek, from oktṓpous (ὀκτώπους), gender masculine, whose plural is oktṓpődes (ὀκτώποδες). If the word were native to Latin, it would be octōpēs ('eight-foot') and the plural octōpedes, analogous to centipedes and mīllipedes, as the plural form of pēs ('foot') is pedes. In modern, informal Greek, it is called chtapódi (χταπόδι), gender neuter, with plural form chtapódia (χταπόδια).

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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby Babbman » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 02:16 PM

I always thought the plural of octopus was octopi

Octopuses though according to my spell checker

I like Octopode though...lol

According to Google search hits though...

octopi 34,300
octopuses 33,800
octopods 2,310
octopodes 921
octopii 601

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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 09:04 PM

First, an OLO is an Overly Large Octopus - twice as much fabric, 130 - 140 feet long, a lot more money. I know of two in the US. One flew in Thailand, was serously damaged, repaired and sold cheap for more than a new full size to an east coast couple whose name escapes me. The other belongs to Tim Maruzack (sp?) who likes to fly at a park in Cape May, but does not seem to like festival flying (too crowded for him). I don't see a visual impact proportional to the increase in cost, weight and space needed to fly it. So, I stuck with the "standard" full size.

As to a name, one will either come naturally or not.
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Wed, Mar 14 2007, 09:08 PM

I prefer octopi.

Phil Broder lectured us during my first trip to France that Octopode was correct. Therefore I refuse to use it.
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby awindofchange » Thu, Mar 15 2007, 07:57 PM

LOl - funny way to refuse to use a name. Maybe that should be the name of your new kite...Octopodle
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Re: A New Octopus Takes Shape At PL

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Thu, Mar 15 2007, 09:05 PM

We were on a bus from Paris to Berck having flown all night to get there from the US. This was the time that Phil chose to go on at great length that Octopode was the only correct plural of Octopus. I decided then not to ever use octopode instead of octopi. One good thing came from that trip though, actually many things, and that was Phil's Quest. If you see Phil some time, tell him that you heard he had a quest and ask if it was ever completed. :twisted:
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