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Google Doodle Celebrates Moby-Dick’s 161st Berthday Plus Listen to the Big Read! by Peter A. Mello



We love Moby-Dick at Sea-Fever so it was fun to stumble upon Google’s Doodle celebrating the 161st birthday of it’s publication in England. We can celebrate again next month because it was published in the US on November 14, 1851!

As a present to Sea-Fever readers, here’s the 1st chapter of the Moby-Dick Big Read. Here’s what’s that’s all about:

…an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.

They started posting a chapter a day on Sept. 16, 2012. Tilda Swinton spins an awesome yarn in Chapter 1 – Loomings. There are many other interesting readers and the artwork on the website is definitely worth a visit.

Of course, if you need any help deciphering Melville’s lexicon, there’s no better place to go than Meg Guroff’s awesome PowerMobyDick website.


Heading to the Amazon? Google Maps Street View can help! by Peter A. Mello
March 24, 2012, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Environment, Experience, life | Tags:

Check out the AmazonUNESCO World Heritage Sites, Historic Italy and a bunch more.

A Look Back at Good Mornings in Shipyard Park (2011) by Peter A. Mello
January 3, 2012, 9:35 pm
Filed under: life, photography | Tags: , , , , ,

Each morning I take a photograph with my iPhone using a program called Everyday to capture what the start of the day looks like at Shipyard Park in Mattapoisett, MA. I post these images to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ where they consistently get many thumbs up and comments. In fact, if I miss a day or 2, people get worried and email me often tongue in cheek complaining that their day got off to a rotten start without the image of Shipyard Park.

I have been taking photographs since I was about 10 years old and I’ve always been interested in using the media to capture time and place. The Everyday iPhone app is great because in addition to helping to set up the photo each morning, it also creates these cool little movies like this one for 2011. Enjoy.

Tanks Google! by Peter A. Mello
February 8, 2011, 9:46 am
Filed under: maritime, Oceans, social media | Tags:

Google’s homepage has a salty flavor today! Check it out while you can because it has a fun interactive element to explore.

Tanks Google

Flag dip to Sea-Fever Pacific Ocean Correspondent Mia Chambers.

Google, Hauls on the Bowline! by Peter A. Mello
May 11, 2010, 7:37 am
Filed under: maritime, maritime heritage, Marketing, social media | Tags: , ,

I love when technology companies celebrate maritime culture in their marketing initiatives. Remember when Microsoft caught Sea-Fever marketing Vista a few years ago?

Not to be outdone, here’s a new cool new video by Google that promotes the lightning fast speed of their new Chrome browser. Stick with it to the end for their little maritime ditty.

Here’s Bob Neuwirth’s version of Haul on the Bowline from the great Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Song And Chanteys.

Stranger The Fiction: Google Street View Car Attacked by Scuba Divers by Peter A. Mello
February 13, 2010, 10:20 pm
Filed under: life, maritime | Tags: , , ,

This kind of defies words, so click on the Google Map and move around Streetview and you’ll see 2 scuba divers sitting in lawn chairs as the car drives up and then chases you after you pass. These guys have serious Sea-Fever.

Via @the_gman on Twitter

Celebrating Samuel Morse’s 218th Birthday Google Style! by Peter A. Mello
April 27, 2009, 9:45 pm
Filed under: maritime heritage | Tags: , ,

Google Search page logo 

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was the American creator of a single-wire telegraph system and Morse code and (less notably) a painter of historic scenes. (via FB friend Jill M)

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