Man Overboard! Lend a hand?

Captain Jack, of the band Pirates of the Black Swan, recently lost his house to a fire – which we can certainly all agree is a complete bummer. Even more so when you visit the Black Swan website and see the remarkably unfortunate design choice :P. But never ones to let a little fire get them down, the pirate community is coming together to raise some coin to help Jack and his wife Mary get back on track.

FundRazr – Captain Jack & Mary

Please help out if you can. Fire is awesome when it’s prettily engulfing a Spanish galleon, but it’s much less so when it’s consumed all your worldly possessions.

Blackbeard’s Sword? Not Likely. Still Cool.

So I suppose it’s high time I post this, as it’s been cluttering the webosphere for a few days at least. In excavating Blackbeard’s Ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a sword hilt was discovered. Several news stories are even speculating that it might be Blackbeard’s very own sword, despite absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

So is it really so far fetched that it be Blackbeard’s sword? My thought is… YES. Not only are the odds of, out of a huge pirate crew, this being Blackbeard’s sword, tucked away in the bowels of the ship rather than topside being swung about by the man himself, incredibly small – but what’s more, we all know that Blackbeard’s sword was the size of a ship’s mast. Otherwise he never would have been able to decapitate Paul Bunyon, nor stab the sun (leading to the famous 30 Day of Night, dramatized in the recent vampire flick that was completely historically innacurate.)

So no, this isn’t Blackbeard’s Sword. Keep looking!

Save the Parrots!

So the Bilgemunky’s Birthday is coming up (Aquarius by old Zodiac, Capricorn by New Zodiac, and Monkey with a Brace of Pistols according to The Pirate Zodiac [via Pirattitude! by The Pirate Guys.]), and my special birthday wish is for no parrot to be left behind. Actually, I wanted rum and a new blunderbuss, but there wasn’t a good charity for that.

So aye, take a moment and drop some coin for the birdies sake! The charity is Parrots First, and I’m hoping to raise $250 by Friday!

And, for your amusement, here’s a short series of pictures where Captain Dan and a parrot seem to be in perfect sync during a concert 🙂

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Treasarrr – A new game for you fancy people with “smart” phones

I don’t have a smart phone. In fact, my phone is very dim. Special, some might call it. I think it’s time to upgrade to a smart phone, but I have another year on my contract and I don’t think I have a plan that allows for early upgrades. So another year of me and my phone “that might not be the brightest bulb in the bunch but we love it anyways.” Which also means I can’t properly check out Treasarrr, being a new app for smarty phones that lets you hunt for treasure maps at local businesses and win big prizes. Although I understand it’s mostly Sacramento-based at this time, so even with a smart phone, *I’m* daft enough to still be in Wisconsin, so no dice anyways.

Check it out – maybe it’s cool. I’m told it is. Redbeard said so, and he never lies.

Bilgemunky Radio 156 – Cold, But Not Refreshing


The weather outside is frightful, but Bilgemunky warms up with pirate tunage and a Dark&Steamy (Goslings Black Seal and Ginger Tea).

1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Dead Men’s Tales – Sailor’s Waltz (3:54)
3. Captain Darby O’Bill and His Matees Three – The Eastern Gale (3:23) Continue reading