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!)

SHIPS & SAILING

PIRATES

CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND CONDUCT

CURRENCY

AVOIDING INCORRECT STEREOTYPES

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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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.

Pirates

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

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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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"Like Doc Brown’s time machine or a bitchin’ singing voice, copyright law is an incredible power that can be used for both good and evil."

3 Insane Ways Companies Are Using Copyrights to Bully You

#3. The Whole Point of Anti-Piracy Measures Is to Stop You from Doing Legal Things

That’s not just speculation — an actual empirical study found that DRM is stopping more legal things from happening than illegal things. A blind woman who couldn’t get her screen reader to read aloud the Bible e-book that she had legally purchased ended up being forced to pirate a copy. Of the Bible.

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