Monthly Archives: October 2008

Going on the Account: Part the Eighty Fourth

Part the Eighty Fourth is now up, and may be read here

 

And for those walking out this night, when the veil between the Mundane and the Other is at its weakest and one could slip between the two…  Be careful out there, will ya?

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Going on the Account: Part the Eighty Third

Part the Eighty Third is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Meanwhile, Among Real Pirates…

The latest word from Somalia is that private security firms are being brought in to work on suppression ops.  And right there, in the opening sentence of the article, is word that Blackwater Worldwide is being given an opportunity to participate in this theater.

 

This.  Will.  Not.  End.  Well.

 

And yes, the standoff over the Faina is still ongoing…

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Going on the Account: Sailing with a Rutter at Hand

So now there’s a new trend towards having footnotes in fiction

 

I admit, I do a little of that here, and so far no one’s complained.  Yet…

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Going on the Account: Adorning Your Finery this Halloween?

Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, Smahain, the American Guy Fawke’s Day, what-have-you, there is an interesting article on pirate reenactors online

 

As to the popularity of pirate dress-up, we had a Halloween party at my son’s school on Friday, and the buccaneers were well in attendance that night; we had enough going through the party to man a sloop.  And a large number were young ladies, to boot.

 

According to the article, there’s a certain amount of annoyance at all of the Jack Sparrow-inspired pirates showing up.  If there’s anyone out there looking for a non-PotC derived character to work from, well, there’s a lot of good possibilities here…

 

And hey, if you do decide to do Abigail, Hope, or any other crew from the Raging Gale, I’d love to share pictures of your costumes with other readers.  Post here links to anything you have uploaded and want to display.

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Going on he Account: Part the Eighty Second

Part the Eighty Second is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Part the Eighty First

Part the Eighty First is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Part the Eightieth

Part the Eightieth is now up, and may be read here.  And for those who read it ahead of time, what’d ya think of it?

 

Yes, ahead of time, I said.  As part of the housekeeping functions I added a second Table of Contents section, which summarized Parts 39 through 80.  And anyone who came in yesterday and found this page had a chance to read this part ahead of its official publication.

 

Which means, if you come back to this site from time to time other than after a part officially goes up, you might find content before everyone else does.  It’s like running across a shoot for a movie or TV show without warning and finding some performer on set that even your folks would know if you dropped their name…

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Going on the Account: Somali Sale?

According to the AP, the pirates holding the Faina will not blow up the vessel even if the deadline passes.  With the ransom dropping faster than most stock portfolios (maybe in concert with them, with the hijackers tracking the stock value of the insurance company protecting the ship’s owners?), this incident is reading less like Jack Finney’s Assault on a Queen and more like O. Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief

 

Frankly, with a large number of NATO navy vessels in the region along with a Russian deployment, and now with the Indian navy joining the flotilla, the game may be up for these folks.  Seizing the Faina may have been one costly mistake that drew so much attention to them that there was no way business as usual could be conducted there anymore.  Much like what happened on the Barbary coast once the US decided not to pay tribute to the corsairs, we could be looking at the end of the line for the Somalis going to sea for the sweet trade.

 

We’d have to see what happens with the end game first, though.  If this goes down badly and we end up with a shooting solution, there could well be an extension of hostilities, with more ship seizures fueled by revenge as much as profit, which could make this messy.  If there’s a surrender or a clean extraction, then some of the buccaneers there might consider going back to fishing.

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Going on the Account: Part the Seventy Ninth

Part the Seventy Ninth is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Latest from Somalia

At this moment, there’s signs that the pirates will extend their deadline to negotiate a new ransom.  The signs seem to favor a negotiated settlement in this instance.

 

There’s signs that the Modern Age of Piracy is not going to continue on as simply a series of financial transactions conducted between insurance carriers and black market brokers.  Somalia’s getting serious about standing up to the brigands sailing off their coasts; it may not have been a win, but at least they showed up for the game.  (Note to self: Stop typing these entries while watching football at the same time…)

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Going on the Account: Action Tomorrow Aboard the MV Faina?

Tomorrow is the deadline for Tomex Corp. to pay the ransom for their vessel, the one transporting tanks to Africa before it was seized.  And the latest signs are, things could get real ugly…

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