Moby Monday — A cobbler’s job


UK-based graphic designer Veronica Martinis has imagined a Moby-Dick wedge sandal: the whale’s flukes wrap around the wearer’s toes, and its spout forms the ankle strap.

Martinis isn’t the first shoe designer to be inspired by Melville’s tome. Naturally, there’s already a line of boat shoes called “Mobydick.”

I also found some pink canvas Keds silkscreened with a passage from the book. Curiously, it’s a passage about a squid with “innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas…” I”m no shoe designer, but that sounds more like gladiator sandals to me.

Margaret Guroff is editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.

Octokleptomaniac! It’s an ocean out there! (video)

This octopus MUST have seen this video and was hopping MAD about the bad PR so he decided to take things into his own hands tentacles.

Here’s what happened to Victor Huang while diving at Wahine Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand (via Vimeo)

“while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashes towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn’t feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus.”

It’s an ocean out there! Guard your valuables!

Flag dip to @kzelnio on Twitter and Deep Sea News

Eerie video of Sunken South Korean Warship being raised

On the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, here’s an eerie video of the recent sunk South Korean warship being raised from the depths.

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AMVER remembering the Titanic

For those who may not know AMVER (Automated Mutual Vessel Assistance Vessel Rescue System), it’s a unit of the United States Coast Guard that focuses on maritime safety and particularly rescues at sea. They also lead the way in using social media in the maritime world and government sector.

On the anniversary of the Titanic sinking, AMVER had a remarkable post on their blog which is a must maritime read. It included the this video.

Pssst, buddy, want a lobster roll? (Brooklyn’s Underground Lobster Pound)

Ben recently got busted but like every good “dealer,” he’s vowed to go even further underground which will be dificult because he already lives in a basement apartment.

You can learn alot more about Ben on his awesome website Seafood Secrets of the Brooklyn Chowder Surfer.

Flag dip to The Thrill List (The Lobster Pusher Man) and the great foodcurated.com

Moby Monday — Monster mashups


The website Woot is holding a design competition for best “classic literature mashup” to print on a T-shirt. Moby-Dick is well-represented among the entrants. In one design, The Owl and the Pussycat float inside the contented whale’s belly; in another, Tom Sawyer’s whitewashed fence bears Moby Dick’s silhouette. There’s also a whale-besotted Little Mermaid and a bridled Moby Dick with Odysseus (?) on his back.

For my money though, the best Moby-Dick mashup isn’t a T-shirt but a comic book—Huckleberry Dick, a collage of two Classics Illustrated comics by Paris photographer Ricardo Bloch. Interweaving the first-person tales of watery voyages, Bloch discovers new humor and absurdity. (He also brings Moby-Dick’s thinly veiled homoeroticism to the fore.) The collage, created with scissors and glue in 1995, was recently published in a limited facsimile edition of 250, available for about $30 via PayPal.

Margaret Guroff is the editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.

It’s an ocean out there! Sea Lion vs. Octopus

Amazing never before seen National Geographic film of a sea lion attacking and eating an octopus.

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