TGIF: Emoji Dick

This is either the awesomeest or stupidest thing ever:

Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji.

Example sentence from the kickstarter page

Each of the book’s approximately 10,000 sentences has been translated three times by a Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. These results have been voted upon by another set of workers, and the most popular version of each sentence has been selected for inclusion in this book. (As described on the book’s website).

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The hardcover, color edition will set you back a cool $200, but the softcover black and white book is a steal at only $40. Something to put on your Christmas List, perhaps?



Holly Bik (148 Posts)

I am a computational biologist at the University of California, Davis. My research uses DNA sequencing and genomics to study microbial eukaryotes (yeah, nematodes!) in marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on evolution and biodiversity in the deep-sea. I can neither confirm nor deny that I like Unix more than I like going to sea.