Uptown CyberSquirrel Octopus Migrates to Indonesia #FridayRecommends

Friday Recommends

Did you know that squirrels were introduced to the cities as part of a beautification effort? That they used to be exotic animals that rich people kept for pets? If you want to dive down that rabbit hole, visit the Uptown Squirrel episode on 99% Invisible. I’ll probably still be here when you get back.

Speaking of squirrels, apparently John C. Inglis, Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, said that the electrical grid is FAR more likely to be disrupted by squirrels than by cyber warfare. So says a highly secret, deep dark-web site that anyone can go to by following this link, CyberSquirrel. There, the squirrels document their activities “on the highest level”.

Now, wait ’til you see this. It’s amazing. Take a big sheet of paper, okay? Cut a silhouette of an octopus out of it. Now get a load of Masayo Fukuda‘s. Don’t beat yourself up: She’s been doing this for 25 years. A-maz-ing.

While we’re talking about wonderful animals, check out Lisa Ericson’s animal paintings. In her work, animals are migrating on the backs of pelicans and testudines, usually in company with other animals. She says she’s fusing the concept of animal migration with the reality of the human refugee crisis. Or crises, I should say. The paintings are gorgeous, and the feeling behind them is palpable. There’s more magnificence on her website.

Okay. A few times a month, I get emails from websites that cite some random thing I’ve blah-blahed about as evidence that my “readership” — all seven of you — will be interested in some article on their website. Usually, I go “BE-lete” and hit my favorite button. Sometimes I mock them publicly. Sometimes, though, they do interest me. So I got an email from Alice Springfield of Bookmundi, who thought the readers of a blah-blah blog would love an article about Indonesian dishes. Not recipes, just pictures and descriptions.

And I was like, “If I cared what my readers wanted, I’d tailor my posts.” But I checked out the article, and I love it and I do recommend it. For one thing, it has a pronunciation guide and it tells you about the dish. The site? Bookmundi is a tour-booking site. Another thing on the article Ms. Springfield recommended: FOOD TOURS! Who knew there was such a thing? Mom and I would totally have been on one of those!

I looked up reviews of Bookmundi and it got raves. They don’t just go to Indonesia, either. They have over 100 food tours all over the world!!! Okay, yeah, other kinds of tours, too.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off on a food tour of my refrigerator.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a food tour.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

You may also like...

One thought on “Uptown CyberSquirrel Octopus Migrates to Indonesia #FridayRecommends

  1. Ally Bean

    July 26, 2019 at 7:20am

    I’m intrigued. Food tours you say? Well, I am feeling a little peckish…

    Permalink  ⋅ Reply
  2. dan antion

    July 26, 2019 at 8:26am

    My octopus is a little less detailed than hers…and it only has two legs (stupid scissors). I like to do a mini food tour when I travel, especially crummy little diners.

    Permalink  ⋅ Reply
    • Author

      Marian Allen

      July 26, 2019 at 8:55am

      LOLing at your stupid scissors. How do you decide what crummy little diners are within your tolerances? I seem to recall a crummy little place you decided to avoid. My grandpa always looked for a place along the highway with lots of trucks in the parking lot.

      Permalink  ⋅ Reply
      • dan antion

        July 26, 2019 at 8:59am

        I look for telltale signs. Seeing police eating in them is always a good sign. I have found a bunch of little delis in NYC that serve breakfast off a flattop. I’ve never been disappointed in those.

        Permalink  ⋅ Reply
        • Author

          Marian Allen

          July 26, 2019 at 9:07am

          One cop car might be trouble; several cop cars with no lights going is probably a good sign. Mom and I found one of those little delis the last time we were in NYC. You’re right–it was the best breakfast I’ve ever had outside my own house.

          Permalink  ⋅ Reply

Leave a Reply, If You Ple-az

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.