Monthly Archives: April 2012

Going On The Account: RED JENNY Part Sixty

Part Sixty of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: Words Fail Me…

…literally, I have nothing to add to this; it just, well, speaks for itself, really…

My thanks to Lauren Davis at io9.com for flagging this from Ian Brooks’ site.

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY Fifty Nine

Part Fifty Nine of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: Ask And Ye Shall Receive…

I wrote a while ago about the return of Rational Magic and how I was going toask if Aviva Rothchild’s market was open to a revisit in a series done for her before.

As it so happened, there was a little life left in the old place, enough for a new piece to be accepted.

The story’s name is “Vulgar,” a title that does have a couple of meanings, including the obvious, so if there’s a language filter you need to deal with (either on your machine or personal) you’ve been warned.

Sometimes you can go back to where everyone knows your name.  Or do they…?

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Going On The Account: If Ye Be Looking For A Ship…

One of the first things you learn if you want to be a pirate, is how to steal a ship.  You need to eye what’s available, check out her lines, figure what kind of control you can expect from her, keeping in mind the targets you’ll be going for, and then come up with a cunning audacious plan to seize her and take her to sea.

For those folks looking for a good many-masted vessel to go on the account with, you’re in luck:  Operation Sail is coming to New York this year, in memory of the War of 1812, the last war the US was in where sail was the principal means of engaging at sea.  There is an impressive list of ladies coming into port here from May 23rd through the 30th, including the Cisne Branco, the  Gloria, and the always-impressive USCGC Eagle.  Any of these fine ladies could make an old-fashioned pirate proud.

Just a word of warning, though:  There’s no obvious mention in these of any other vessels accompanying them, which is understandable for this year’s Fleet Week to honor such guests, but they do mention in passing that the USS Wasp will be in port over the weekend, and in a toe-to-toe fight even the best pirates might be hard pressed against a carrier with a compliment of Marines…

Fleet Week New York
May 23rd through 30th, 2012
http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com/

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY Fifty Eight

Part Fifty Eight of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: Both Real And Imagined…

Interesting how it all works out sometimes: Near the same waters where the USS John C. Stennis rescued the crew of the Al Mulhai, there’s word of the Iranian navy rescuing the crew of the Xianghuamen from pirates.

No, the Chinese are no closer to throwing their weight around the Gulf of Oman than they were back in October of 2009, yet it is interesting how much more committed IRIN is to showing the flag after the embarassment of having the “Great Satan” keep their waters open for them.  (While in the process of demonstating that at any time thay they could close those waters as well, but that’s details…)  Which just goes to show, that when you go pirate and sail against all flags, some of those you’re up against that you’d never expect to band together just might…

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Mind you, you say “pirates” to anyone outside of the shipping industry, or to people who think Jane’s Defense Weekly is part of a series that has “Dick and…” in the title of all volumes, they tend to think of characters from the Golden Age of Piracy, the rough folk from the early 18th Century we remember better from J. M. Barrie’s work.

Folk such as the ones featured in the advertising campaign for Island Federal Credit Union based in Hauppauge,NY.  Which when you look closely says something interesting here…

The obvious element they go for is the whole pirate attitude, the bucking the system mystique that define pirates and keep them popular today.  See, the point of their campaign is to offer themselves as a viable alternative to the “big banks,” the commercial institutions that frankly could easily make the Dutch East India Company of that day seem like a forlorn subsidiary in an asset-to-asset comparison.  And considering the  rise of piracy in that period was in large part in defiance of the Mercantilist System, where capital was restricted to limited avenues where the house would always win by taking a cut at every turn…

Yeah, that’s kind of a mixed metaphor, roll with me here a sec…

…because piracy was in part about taking money out of the preferred avenues of circulation and keeping some of it aside, what better spokesfolks can you use for a credit union than pirates?  And how many other businesses can you think of where pirates are just so right for your ad campaign?

My only real question is, why they went with actors when the folks of Long Island’s own Ye Pyrate Brotherhood could probably have crewed the spot.  Then again, bankers being who they are, they probably wanted someone who wasn’t going to misread their letter of marque, ifyouknowwhatImean…

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Anyways, if you think even these folks are too serious for you, there’s always the crew you can play in the game Pirates of the Stupid Seas.   For a flash game consisting of ballistic puzzles with a pirate theme, it’s not half bad, and the special features you can unlock when you get full sets of treasure are interesting.  No, Sid Meiyer has nothing to worry about from them, but it makes for a pretty decent time waster.

I should know; I am so  far behind in moving the novel along…

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