Wednesday, September 30, 2009

All Things Fangirl Interview! Part 2

The second half of my interview with is up, check it out.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Skuttlebutt around the interweb is that Johnny Depp may be questioning his involvement in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film!

From IGN:
A "regular tipster" for Latino Review claims that "even if (Depp) makes the fourth film, he definitely won't be back for a fifth or sixth. Given that the Pirates franchise was the only live-action property making any money for the studio, they could reach deep in their pockets and keep Depp on for #4, but they're also preparing to replace Captain Jack with a entirely new character if he refuses a fifth and sixth film." If true, might it be the oft-rumored Russell Brand as Captain Jack's brother Jonathan?
Gasp! With the movie still years out and the questionable veracity of internet rumors in general, only time will tell...

All Things Fangirl Interview!

Check out this interview with Me and Jeff Gomez at I even talk a little about the work I did on Pirates of the Caribbean for Disney.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pirates at the South Street Seaport!

From now until Oct. 18, history buffs, pirate enthusiasts and NYC addicts can treat themselves to Michelle Vaughan's FREE Sea Warriors art exhibit, which depicts 11 historical pirates -- including Queen Teuta and Sir Francis Drake -- painted on wood panels.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebies

For Talk like a Pirate Day:

Video Games:
In observance of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Telltale will be giving away the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island.

Gamers looking for this free booty should set their compasses towards Telltale’s “Play Like A Pirate” website starting at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday (that’s midnight UTC) to nab the download. A classic Monkey Island game will be discounted on Saturday as well. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, LucasArts’ re-release of the 1990 original created by Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman, will be half off for the iPhone and iPod Touch (via the Apps Store) and PC (via Steam and Direct2Drive).

Less enjoyable probably but still topical:
The Pirate Translator
The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh is offering free admission to those dressed as pirates.

There's a pub-crawl in Phoenix, AZ and I'm sure lots lots more...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Ghost Fleet of the Recession

'This is the time of year when everyone is doing all the Christmas stuff,' he points out.

'A couple of years ago those ships would have been steaming back and forth, going at full speed. But now you've got something like 12 per cent of the world's container ships doing nothing.'

Aframaxes are oil bearers. But the slump is industry-wide. The cost of sending a 40ft steel container of merchandise from China to the UK has fallen from £850 plus fuel charges last year to £180 this year. The cost of chartering an entire bulk freighter suitable for carrying raw materials has plunged even further, from close to £185,000 ($300,000) last summer to an incredible £6,100 ($10,000) earlier this year.