My impression now

Every print has its own printing method. Depending on how much area you have to print, the texture of paper, and the quality of the ink, the pressure will vary, the touch at the roller will be different, many variables. Making a good print is hard work.

The Vampire Squid


Vampyroteuthis can swim surprisingly fast for a gelatinous
animal. Hunt (1996) estimates from videotapes that it can reach two
body lengths/sec and accellerate to this speed in 5 sec. An escape
reaction involves the quick movement of the fins toward the funnel
followed by a jet from the mantle. This sequence is repeated as the
vampire takes a series of quick turns in an erratic escape route (Hunt,
1996). The arms are sometimes spread forward to form, along with the
web, an umbrella-like or bell-shaped posture while the vampire slowly
swims forward (Hunt, 1996). The vampire appears to orient most commonly
in a horizontal attitude with generally one filament extended (Hunt,
1996). The filaments appear to be tactile sense organs (Hunt, 1996) It
has a posture ("pineapple posture") in which the arms and web are
spread aborally over the head and mantle (Robison, xxx). In this
posture the squid would be somewhat more difficult to injure and would
be covered by a densely pigmented cloak. The oral surface of the arms
and webs are the most heavily pigmented (black) regions on the animal.
The posture, therefore, is probably a defensive one.

Arm tip from a preserved vampire squid showing the
light emitting surface (unpigmented), as well as suckers and cirri
(photograph copyright © 1999, R. E. Young).

Hunt (1966) has observed bioluminescence displays in the living
animal. Fin-base photophores have been observed to glow brightly for
less than a second (a flash) or longer than two minutes. In addition
the light intensity can vary giving a pulsating appearance, and as
light is extinguished, the glowing disc can be seen to decrease in
diameter as well as intensity. Arm-tip organs are unpigmented on their
oral surface where light is emitted but otherwise do not look like
luminescent structures (see photograph on the right). The photophores
all glow simultaneously or they all can flash at a rate of one to three
per second or pulsate. With the arm-tip organs apparently glowing
continuously, the vampire moves the arms ("arm writhing") around
rapidly exposing and hiding the photophores which is "...very
disorienting [to an observer] when trying to visually fix the animal's
position" (Hunt, 1996 p. 104). Often a flash of the arm tips is
followed by a rapid escape response. Another unusual and visually
confusing effect is seen when viewing the vampire posteriorly from the
mantle apex. The apparently disturbed vampire can curl the arms and web
posteriorly over the head ("pineapple posture") then illuminate the
arm-tip organs and the fin-base organs. "...the arm tips appear to come
toward you, whereas the fin[base]lights appear to be moving away (due
to their apparent shrinkage)" (Hunt, 1996, p. 104). the The third
source of bioluminescence is luminescent clouds. These appear as a
mucous matrix with a few hundred to over 1000 discrete, glowing
particles embedded in it. The source of the particles is thought to be
the arm tip organs or possibly an undescribed visceral organ (Hunt,
1996). The particles can glow for up to 9.5 min.

NYC trip

It's confirmed. I'll be setting up a trade show in NYC in late January (probably starting Jan25). I'll be there a week, working long days, but I hope to clear at least a day-- more likely a lengthy evening ;) -- for meeting with people. It's a semi-annual event that I may start doing as a regular gig. Anyone going to be around?