I’ve been meaning to show you guys this! My amazing friend edenkathleencousins recently gave me their replica pirate flintlock pistol! It’s freaking awesome and I love it so much. (they also gave me some wonderful goblets that now sit on my altar and window sill!) I’ve been collecting and gathering up a lot of pirate-related items and books (and knowledge!) lately, and it just makes me so happy. I know that a lot of the pirate stuff I focus on is the more stereotypical side and is from only one part of piracy in history, but whatever, you got to start somewhere. xD

Writing Pirates - A Resource List

A helpful list of resources for all your fictional victorian piracy needs, brought to you by writingandresources! 

(The sources on this particular list is mostly relevant to European pirates of the 16th and 17th centuries only, not modern or Asian pirates. Some sources are from the Victorian era (1800’s) but should help put things in perspective. Take with a grain of salt, and keep this in mind even when writing fantasy stories!)






How I became “That Antisocial Girl” in my weekend letterpress class.

Comics are beautiful and intricate stories and artwork that you can HAVE so EASILY for way less than they’re worth, and if you’re going to steal them anyway, please just don’t talk to me about it or call yourself “into” them thanks.

(This guy was a “designer,” too. No excuse.)

But letterpress is really fun.

3DS homebrew is here! ⊟

If you have a Nintendo 3DS/2DS (or even a New 3DS!) and a copy of Cubic Ninja (they’re getting pretty expensive now), you can get started with running unauthorized games and apps on your system right now, thanks to Smealum’s “Ninjhax” exploit and the Homebrew Launcher.

But won’t this just pave the way for piracy? Won’t Nintendo immediately patch this vulnerability with a firmware update? What can people even do with Ninjhax right now? And will we ever be able to get around the handheld’s region lock? We asked the 3DS hacker himself, Jordan “Smealum” Rabet*, all of these important questions — read what he has to say below!

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November 22nd 1718: Blackbeard killed

On this day in 1718 the infamous pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was killed after a battle off the coast of North Carolina. Little is known about Teach - it is believed he was born in England and began his pirating career in around 1713. He began captaining his own vessel in 1717 after his captain accepted an offer of amnesty from the British crown. Blackbeard captured a French vessel, increased the number of guns on the ship and renamed her Queen Anne’s Revenge. The Revenge became the flagship of a four-vessel pirate fleet crewed by over two hundred men that terrorised the Caribbean and southern North American coast. It was during this infamous period that Teach earned the nickname ‘Blackbeard’ for his fearsome beard that he allegedly sometimes set on fire during battle to frighten enemies. In May 1718 the Revenge was shipwrecked, and with only one ship remaining Blackbeard sailed to North Carolina and negotiated a pardon with the governor in exchange for a share of his booty. A British naval force, led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard, was dispatched by the Virginian government to deal with the pirate. They confronted him and Blackbeard’s forces were eventually defeated after a bloody battle; it supposedly took five musket-ball wounds and twenty sword cuts to bring down the fearsome Blackbeard. The wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge was found on November 21st 1996. Several items have been excavated from the shipwreck, including a 1.4-tonne anchor, a cannon, and a range of makeshift weaponry. Her captain, Blackbeard, retains a strong hold on the popular imagination as the archetypal pirate.

thebeatmesa asked:

Do you have information on Caribbean pirates that weren't white dudes? Or slaves brought to the Caribbean who became pirates? Books I'm reading mention that they existed, but don't give me any details.


West Indies

I really don’t know who came up with the idea that the Caribbean was somehow devoid of people of color, considering that’s basically the majority of people who lived there. Not that pirates were necessarily from that area, but yeah the ubiquitous whiteness idea is a far cry from the truth. As is the “everyone was men” idea.

Rough demographics of pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy

Okay, but can we talk about the time that a game studio released a pirated version of its game (a game development sim) on The Pirate Bay that basically made the player lose more and more money due to piracy until they inevitably went bankrupt. 


And then players went to message boards etc. to ask about how they could stop losing so much money to piracy and it was basically the most beautifully ironic thing that we will ever witness in our brief lifetimes.



The independent film world is a fragile ecosystem. It allows for unique experiences and challenging stories to be told by bold filmmakers in adventurous and often unproven ways. Studio films do not take the same risks. But this adventurousness, this ability to surprise us, is why we love indie movies. By supporting this ecosystem, we are supporting the possibility of original, rewarding experiences that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Ti West

Filmmaker Ti West (The Sacrament, The Innkeepers) on why piracy hurts indie film.

3DS Homebrew Channel delayed ⊟

No big surprise here — at least with the rational among us — that coder Smealum has postponed the Homebrew Channel’s launch due to the upcoming release of the New 3DS. The hack promises to enable both new and old 3DSes to load homebrew apps/games (not commercial or pirated software), and could eventually circumvent the handheld’s region-locking.

But waiting until he has the updated hardware in his hands to test before releasing the hack allows Smealum to not only ensure the new system won’t lock out the Homebrew Channel, but also potentially find a way for the hack to tap into the portable’s additional power.

"I’ve worked way too long and hard on this to throw it away," says Smealum. “This exploit is our best chance to get a look at the new 3DS coming out in one month. Using this as an entrypoint … gives us a fighting chance to defeat whatever new shit might be in there.”

Smealum doesn’t expect to delay the release into 2015. The 3DS Homebrew Launcher image above, by the way, is a mock-up from Soully.

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