Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Long Island Pirate Festival: June 14 and 15

The 2014 Long Island Pirate Festival will be held at the Long Island Maritime Museum On June 14 and 15 from 11AM to 6PM. Visit the official website for more details:


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

If I have not mentioned it before, I'll say it now; I spent a large portion of my play time in childhood playing with my Playmobil pirates (I believe the ship I had (and still have) is set 3750). I would often have my own piratical adventures or play at Treasure Island or Swiss Family Robinson. My ship filled in as needed (though I often wished I also had the Playmobil Schooner with the light blue hull).

These days there is a thriving Playmobil community online, and that includes customizers. On the playmofriends forum, a user going by BlackPearl2006 was not content to use one of the stock Playmobil ships as a stand in for the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean. I went so far as to use three different ships (Playmobil 5736, Mega Bloks Black Pearl and Zizzle's Ultimate Black Pearl Playset) along with a lot of scratch built parts to create an amazing three masted, 20-gun Black Pearl that is reconfigurable for display, play on land, play in the pool or even in rougher waters. The transformation from 5735 to the final Black Pearl is amazing.

See detailed pictures and descriptions of the conversion process on the playmofriends forum.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Trailer: NBC's Crossbones

NBC has released a trailer for their upcoming pirate TV series, Crossbones, which stars John Malkovich as Blackbeard. Of course the unanswered question is; where is his black beard? Like Starz's Black Sails, this looks like it is certainly not a family show. Crossbones will premiere on May 30 and show on Fridays at 10pm on NBC.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Grammer Pirates

Cannons ARE ready captain

via facebook sensation George Takei

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time Lapse - building a pirate treasure chest

Some interesting techniques going on here. I was impressed by how he shaped the sheet metal using a vice or his own strength rather than some of the tools I usually associate with metal working. The all-welding, no-nails approach to the wood panels is also neat.

via make blog

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Friday, February 7, 2014

…many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese--toasted, mostly

In Treasure Island, the character Ben Gunn pines for cheese after been marooned for years. Specifically he says he dreams of toasted cheese. But what is toasted cheese? I posed this question to the Culinary Historians of New York and chairperson Cathy Kaufman was kind enough to respond:
Toasted Cheese is another name for Welsh or Cheese “Rarebit” (aka “Rabbit”), basically lightly toasted bread covered with thin slices of cheese that have been soften with wine and spiced with mustard. The softened cheese is put on top of the bread and placed under a salamander to brown. You can see the relationship to grilled cheese, but the dish is different.
So there you have it, it’s Welsh Rarebit, not a grilled cheese sandwich. We’ll all have to keep this in mind if we have a Treasure Island themed party.

Dr. Livesey happens to keep a piece of parmesan cheese in his snuff box, and it is implied that this is given to Ben.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Black Sails arrives on Starz

While waiting on news a premiere date for NBC’s Cossbones (which will star John Malkovich as Blackbeard) I completely missed another pirate TV series setting sail this week: Black Sails.

The official trailer is in this post AND anyone in the US can watch the first episode for free on the official website or youtube.

Be aware that that this is NOT a show for the kiddies. There is fowl language far beyond your Yarrrs and Arrrs. There is also some clothes-lessness and very graphic violence. You’ll want to wait till the kids are asleep to watch this one. The free preview version of episode one is censored and blurred, but even still.

The show bills itself as a prequel to Treasure Island. If you have read this blog in the past you know that Treasure Island prequels don’t sit right with me, but so far (having watched episode 1) it does not fall into the trap that most prequels do of trying to explain every mystery and pointing out every loose end.

 One other note: why are everyone’s teeth so perfect and sparkly-white?

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