Tag Archives: Herman Melville


Mashups are a popular thing, right?

Only if you watch this show.

Wait, let me try that again.

Has this ever happened to you?

You: Hey, I want to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but I also want to participate in No Shave November for cancer awareness. I can’t do both at once, can I?

Me: Wait! You can! You CAN do two things at once.


Why yes, in this scenario, you are Bender from Futurama.


I Ch-Ch-Choose You!

It’s no secret that I read a lot. For school this quarter, I have read Moby Dick, Sheppard Lee, Ruth Hall, Clotel or The President’s Daughter, The Colonizer and The Colonized, Discourse on Colonialism, A Small Place, Black Shack Halley, So Long a Letter, Lesson Plans for Teaching Writing, Going with the Flow: How to Engage Boys (and Girls) in Their Literacy Learning, Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools: Theory, Research, and Practice, and, last but not least, Hong Kong Nights. I still have three weeks and about six books left of this quarter.

I, like many other English majors, have finally conquered the white whale. And by conquered I mean read and by white whale I mean Moby Dick, the book.
(Credit: Dovga.com)

While I enjoy my field of study and the work that I do in classes (a majority of these books have gotten 4 or 5 star ratings from me on Goodreads), I also like to read for pleasure. Recently, Goodreads had a poll asking users to identify how they pick out the books that they read for fun.

I’ve decided to explore the question in a post and look over the last three books I’ve read, outside of school, and how I came across them.


:-) ;-) :-p :-o :-?

Emoticons, or the little faces people make in chats and on message boards, are an interesting form of communication. They evolved, in my opinion, to convey the mood of speech which can often be hard to detect over chats on the internet when phrases can be taken more than one, intended way.

Example: Today was great.

This one phrase can change drastically depending on the emoticon used at the end of the sentence. Here are a few examples:

Today was great.

Hey look! A happy face makes it sincere.

Today was great.

Now I’m straight up flirting with you, dear blog reader. Something YOU did made my day great enough for me to throw a wink your way.

Today was great.
Today was great.

Uh-oh, sarcasm alert!

Okay, I think everyone gets my points. So emoticons are there to literally add tone and inflection that indicates emotion into a statement. Good. We’re settled on that. That’s why they are named emoticons.

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s talk about how someone translated Moby Dick by Herman Melville into emoticons. Yes, that’s right, someone took one of the densest tomes out on the market and turned it into all smiley and winky faces.