today i learned – mon 27th mar 2017

if you’ve read any of my other posts or know me as a human being, it’s pretty obvious that i’m somewhat obsessed with the use of emojis when i write things (much like the lack of capital letters in this blog, i think it’s me subconsciously rebelling against the fact that everything i write for work is all correct and professional 😷)

anyway, due to the fact that i’m obsessed with emojis, there was literally no way that i couldn’t add this little nugget the second that i learned it. #tdil that there is a book called “emoji dick” and it’s the entirety of moby dick translated into emojis 😱.

o.m.acca.g … i’m sorry, but that is literally one of the best things that humanity has ever done 🐳 (granted, it’s also one of the most useless).

so, what genius came up with this creation? well, the book was the brainchild of an emoji obsessed gent named fred benenson πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ€ – a data engineer at kickstarter (you know, that epic website where you can throw your money into inventions that’ll probably never see the light of day but #yolo). anyway, fred came up with the idea after he started sending countless emojis, through a third party app, in every text & email to everyone that he knew.

way before the days of apple allowing all mortals to use emojis easily, benenson decided to do a little test – “what’s the furthest i can push my new found form of expression?” … naturally, his conclusion was to translate an american classic πŸ˜‚ #literallylovethisguy.

whilst it may have been fred’s idea to create the book, he didn’t do it alone. instead, he used kickstarter to raise over $3000 and pushed the work out to amazon’s online mechincal terk – a place where people get paid small amounts of money to do little online jobs (yeah, i had no idea that existed either). in total, over 800 people spent their time going through each of the 10,000 sentences and subsequently translated them into emoji πŸ‘πŸ».

now, you may be asking what the book itself is actually like! well, so am i πŸ˜’. i’ve done some (limited) searching around the internetweb and it’s quite hard to find anything with actual excerpts from the book itself.

“why not just buy a copy and see for yourself?” is what you might currently be asking yourself. well, you see i would … but the none-colour soft cover version is $40 πŸ’΅ Β and the hard cover in colour is $200!! πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

as we’ve established, i love an emoji as much as the next guy … but not quite that much πŸ˜…. what i do know about the book is that each of the original lines of text is now accompanied by an emoji translation – something that i imagine is just glorious 😩.

there’s totally nothing else to say about this … if i’m honest, i’m amazed i’ve managed to write this much drivel about a book filled with emojis! πŸ˜‚. anyway, if you’d like to know some more about the book or buy it (or buy me a copy … to be honest, you could just let me borrow yours) then you need to go –>here<– #notsponsored πŸ‘πŸ»

and that’s that 😬 in other news, casey neistat has restarted his vlog … this is very exciting news πŸŽ‰ so i’m going to go and binge on youtube videos.

laterz taterz 🐳 #tdil


(today’s image is…well…it’s the whale emoji as it seemed insanely relavent πŸ™ˆ. i don’t know what the rules are for using that image as everyone already has it 😳 … oh well πŸ™ƒ)

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