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Choose your wine, Choose your loyalty…

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I have a deal of experience reviewing rum. And very soon I plan to broaden that scope into other fine spirits. But wine? Am I that fancy? I know stemmed glasses are involved, and you’re supposed to do something with your pinky, I think? Cheese also has something to do with it, I’m told.

Still, I just might have to figure it out, what with the “Wines of Westeros” about to launch. 12 wines representing 12 houses (more or less. Do White Walkers count as a house? Do they even have houses, or just rustic-but-charming igloos? G.R.R. needs to wrap these books us so we have answers!) (more…)

Pirates… and other stuff.

So if you’re here, you’re probably wondering what the hell’s going on. I mean, has gone through a few versions over the years, but this new look stands in stark contrast to anything before. Well, that’s not by accident.

I’ll freely admit that it’s been pretty quiet here the past two years. Sure, a post now and then, but ever since I shut down Bilgemunky Radio the blog has also been only an occasionally-updated entity. Well, I’m thinking it’s time to get back in the saddle, but with a twist.

To be honest, “all pirates all the time” just hasn’t been doing it for me like it used to. So rather than agonizing one moment further about how to keep afloat while I’m exploring other waters, I’ve decided to bring the site along with me. What does that mean? It means I have a Japanese Whisky sitting here next to me that doesn’t have squat to do with pirates. And you know what? I’m going to drink it. And then review it.

It means the next time I find myself as an official photographer at a dinosaur-themed fashion show, you’ll read about it here, even though it too has squat to do with pirates (but it was seriously, seriously cool.)

It means if I’m too busy playing Grand Theft Auto to review the latest pirate game, then screw it – let’s just talk about Grand Theft Auto already.

Basically it means space monkeys and ninjas and scotch and race cars and jedis and really neat gadgets with bells and lasers… if I’m fortunate enough to come across it and it’s cool and worth talking about, then it will be here. And yes, that still includes pirates.

A map. And rum. A map of rum.

So the fine folks at Coconut Bay Resort saw fit to create an interactive rum map. It’s sort of like playing Sid Meier’s Pirates, except you don’t have much chance of winning the Governor’s daughter. Loads of great rum, though, so click the map below to check it out!

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Review: Greenbeard the Pirate Pig

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All educational and child-rearing specialists agree on the importance of reading to your kids about pirates from an early age. But they sometimes forget to mention that sharing the true exploits of François l’Olonnais with an impressionable toddler can lead to less-than-desireable results. This is why we need books like Greenbeard the Pirate Pig to ease our youngsters into the basics of high seas shenanigans without prematurely exposing them to more advanced subjects (like cannibalism.) (more…)