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Also known as Octo-hacker?

or a better name?

You may notice the logo has changed a few times in the last couple of weeks.
We have been testing out a few designs.

We like this guy :) alt text

He could in theory be made into 'Merit Badges' for people who like earn an arbitrary amount of the 'Badges'

What else can we offer to people who put a lot of time and effort into the community? (besides the warm fuzzy feeling)

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So the octopus - why not!

Check out how clever these little chaps are - a news article about them using tools! (ok maybe only a coconut shell - but that still pretty cool)

Australian scientists on Tuesday revealed the eight-tentacled species can carry coconut shells to use as armour -- the first case of an invertebrate using tools.

Research biologist Julian Finn said he was "blown away" the first time he saw the fist-sized veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, pick up and scoot away with its portable protection along the sea bed.

"We don't normally associate complex behaviours with invertebrates -- with lower life forms I guess you could say," Finn, from Museum Victoria, told AFP.

"And things like tool-use and complex behaviour we generally associate with the higher vertebrates: humans, monkeys, a few birds, that kind of thing.

"This study, if anything, shows that these complex behaviours aren't limited to us. They are actually employed by a wide range of animals."

The use of tools is considered one of the defining elements of intelligence and, although originally considered only present in humans, has since been found in other primates, mammals and birds.

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I think the new favicon could use a little tweaking, it's so small right now it's not really recognizable. I think if you just cropped it so it was only his head, not his whole body, it would be better.

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I don't want to sound ungrateful, but frankly the warm fuzzy feeling of creating a community of answered questions is sufficient for me. These little bonuses are nice, but they're not really what the site is about. I wonder if anyone else feels this way?

Again, I don't want to sound ungrateful. I draw a comic in my spare time, and I know a lot of work can go in to the little things like mascots and "something extras" that are ancillary to the topic. It's appreciated, but I don't know that you really need to offer us more. The warm community you have fostered and the reputation system is thanks enough, and I'm glad you guys are doing all the heavy lifting to keep this site up!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I enjoy the community, but, to entertain myself, I did not read what the badges are for, minus a couple when I first joined, and I enjoy waiting until I earn them to be surprised by what they are for. I know it is nerdy, but it can give a giggle. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Dec 16 '09 at 5:58
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Can we change the octupus's color to blue? It would go with the site's look and feel better. I don't mind doing a little graphic work if you'd like me to.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree, the red and teal doesn't go with the blue. \$\endgroup\$ – terrace Dec 17 '09 at 6:48
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First look, I always though he was holding syringes. A sort of multitasking junkie. Peering very close, I think I can make out a resistor, a diode and some very tiny probe pin. That also makes the little guy about the size of a golf ball. It's certainly unique.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It's quite weird how two of its legs protrude from the head like ears!? - I do like it tho, picturing it at about the size of a golf ball scurrying around with resistors n stuff amuses me. Do you think Electropus is a girl, boy, asexual or maybe a hermaphrodite? ......it could be a futuristic robotic helper in the form of an octopus?......in that case it's probably asexual :) \$\endgroup\$ – Jim Jul 12 '10 at 16:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ But even with the ears, it's still a total of seven appendages. \$\endgroup\$ – XTL Jul 12 '10 at 21:09

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