July 11, 2006

The Mic Is on in Search of Pirates!

published this at 7:00 pm

It’s Like Open Mike Only Different

Here’s how it works.

open mike night

The rules are simple — be nice.

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. . . . Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME.

Some things we might talk about could include

AND THE EVER POPULAR,

What are the code-writing donkey and the drinking moose doing tonight?

A link anyone to was a member of the DCI related to one of the points above.

In Search of Pirates

Keep an eye our for the Jolly Roger!

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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335 Comments to “The Mic Is on in Search of Pirates!”

  1. July 11th, 2006 at 7:01 pm
    Trisha said

    Hello!

  2. July 11th, 2006 at 7:02 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Trisha!
    How is the pirate garden?

  3. July 11th, 2006 at 7:04 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Greetings me harties,

    Thought I’d drop in and watch the chatter tonight. Thanks to Cuileann for inviting me!

    Arrrr,
    Anton

  4. July 11th, 2006 at 7:04 pm
    Trisha said

    fine – the pirates are growing well!

  5. July 11th, 2006 at 7:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    What kind of stuff do you mulch them with?

  6. July 11th, 2006 at 7:05 pm
    Trisha said

    maybe that’s the problem – I’ve been using salt water

  7. July 11th, 2006 at 7:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    You’d think they’d like that. Maybe some old shivering timbers and some arghhhhichokes.

  8. July 11th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Anton,
    Sorry to keep you in the brig there. I was checking the trade winds.

  9. July 11th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    Rick said

    Ahoy!

    I hear seaweed would be a great mulch.

  10. July 11th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    Trisha said

    maybe I need a parrot – I like parrots, my husband doesn’t though – he says we can’t have one – not even a macaw.

  11. July 11th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    Joe said

    I sure hope the jokes get better, remember we have to impress good ol Jolly Roger……

  12. July 11th, 2006 at 7:09 pm
    Trisha said

    seaweed – didn’t think of that!

  13. July 11th, 2006 at 7:10 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Anyone up for starting an urban legend on how pirates invented crayons while on vacation?

  14. July 11th, 2006 at 7:10 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ahoy! Joe!
    Did you bring some jokes with you?

  15. July 11th, 2006 at 7:12 pm
    Joe said

    Sorry, I’m the only Joke I know !?!?

  16. July 11th, 2006 at 7:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Blimey!
    We’ve got crowd on the poop deck!

    Does everybody know everybody? You guys say hello to Anton. He’s new here!

  17. July 11th, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hi everyone!
    Hi Anton — I’m glad you could make it!
    Sorry I’m a few minutes late. How bad of me to invite someone and then show up after they do. Someone’s got to teach this girl a lesson!

  18. July 11th, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    Trisha said

    hello Anton!

  19. July 11th, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    Joe said

    Hello new here…

  20. July 11th, 2006 at 7:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Anton,
    You need to know that crayons were part of the pirates treasure. They’re very special here.

    We keep them in the sidebar — along with snack and beverages — which tonight i guess would be grog and weevils.

  21. July 11th, 2006 at 7:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Okay Who thinks Cuileann should have to walk the plank?

  22. July 11th, 2006 at 7:16 pm
    Rick said

    Hi, Anton!

  23. July 11th, 2006 at 7:17 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Yeah, or clean the heads (i.e. toilets). My folks are big sailors so I’ve got a bit of the jargon. A very little bit.

  24. July 11th, 2006 at 7:17 pm
    Rick said

    Can we fry the weevils, or do we have to eat them sun-baked?

  25. July 11th, 2006 at 7:17 pm
    Joe said

    Ok,
    I know I’m not seeing things, I just saw Cuileann’s comment now it’s gone…

    Jamie gotta gun,

  26. July 11th, 2006 at 7:18 pm
    Joe said

    Ok,
    Janie

  27. July 11th, 2006 at 7:18 pm
    ME Strauss said
  28. July 11th, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Anton works with my husband, and he has a brilliant wit. He wrote an excellent tongue-in-cheek article about his experience with Verizon. He turned it into a how-to on how to get out of your contract without paying a fee. I’m gonna find the link…just a sec….

  29. July 11th, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Rick,
    You can be the cook of this here ship until we all get scurvy. Then I pick Joe.

  30. July 11th, 2006 at 7:20 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Thanks all for the welcome!

    I think the plank is a bit harsh for Cuileann. That should be reserved for someone who eats the last crayon or drinks the last of the grog.

  31. July 11th, 2006 at 7:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s it, Anton!
    You got it. No crayon eating on this brig.

    We’ll let Cuileann go.

  32. July 11th, 2006 at 7:22 pm
    Douglas said

    Hey there. I see some new and familiar faces tonight.

  33. July 11th, 2006 at 7:23 pm
    Joe said

    Here’s one for ya…

    Where did the term “shiver me timbers” come from?

  34. July 11th, 2006 at 7:23 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Avast ye scurvy maties! They’ll be no paying of fees on this here brigantine unless you’d be wantin to stand before the mast!

  35. July 11th, 2006 at 7:23 pm
    Rick said

    But at least it would be over a lot faster than cleaning the head – with a toothbrush :o

  36. July 11th, 2006 at 7:24 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    RE: Verizon

    Unfortunately Verizon started sending out new terms that allow them to charge the early termination fee even if they initiate the cancellation :(

    I have not yet gotten one but a few people on evdoforums.com have posted about the letter.

    When did it become good practice to litigate and fee your customers to death?

  37. July 11th, 2006 at 7:24 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Without looking it up, Joe, I’d guess that Shiver me Timbers was a Popeye-ism.

  38. July 11th, 2006 at 7:24 pm
    Trisha said

    I don’t know – where did ‘shiver me timbers’ come from?

  39. July 11th, 2006 at 7:25 pm
    Joe said

    Hint:

    A shiver is an old term for a splinter…

  40. July 11th, 2006 at 7:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Shiver me timbers has to do with when a blast from a cannon hits the wood of ship and causes the wood to “shiver.” It’s a real term from history. We saw it on the History Channel. So it MUST be true.

  41. July 11th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    http://anton.lr2.com/archives/2006/07/06/howto-cancel-a-verizon-evdo-contract-without-paying/

    Finally, here’s that link to Anton’s stuff. Sorry for the delay.

    I thought their letter said they were waiving any fee. Hopefully they won’t come after you anyway.

  42. July 11th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Timbers refer to the mast and spars that hold the sails up. To shiver them would mean to reduce them to splinters rendering the ship immobile.

  43. July 11th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    Joe said

    Liz WINS!!!

    I saw the same show…

  44. July 11th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    Chris Cree said

    My mistake, Joe. Upon further review it was popularized by Robert Louis Stevenson who had Long John Silver say it in his book Treasure Island.

  45. July 11th, 2006 at 7:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Anton,
    When did it become good practice to litigate and fee your customers to death?
    Telcos don’t have customers they have prisoners.

    THEY ARE PIRATES!!!

  46. July 11th, 2006 at 7:29 pm
    Rick said

    This entry on Phrases.org.uksays it was first used in a novel in 1834 by Frederick Marryat.

  47. July 11th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe,
    People are supposed to know you already know the answer. :)

  48. July 11th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Verizon told me via phone that they would waive the fee. I guess if they don’t they’ll be getting an earful. Anyone want to round up the execs and corporate lawyers and make them walk the plank?

  49. July 11th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Interesting explanation of the pirate ship terms. Wow…it’s like we’re all literate or something.

    I guess we’re examples of the school system working.

  50. July 11th, 2006 at 7:31 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ok. Ok. As long as we are talking about nautical terms, why do sailors call the bathroom a “head”?

  51. July 11th, 2006 at 7:32 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Let’s see in the last month. I’ve dumped on AT&T/SBC and Sprint/Nextel. And Anton got Verizon. Who’d we miss?

  52. July 11th, 2006 at 7:32 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Cuileann, we are either edu-ma-cated or we know how to use Google. One or the other! :)

  53. July 11th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Thanks for your plank-mercy for me guys.

    The telcos might not be so lucky!

  54. July 11th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi .. I’ll be around in about 1-1/2 hours, but thought I would start with the jokes periodically .. Prime Time TV reality nut here .. Big Brother, Canadian Idol, Supernova, Last Comic Standing .. etc etc

    ~~~~~

    Q. How much did the pirate pay for his peg leg and hook?
    A. An arm and a leg.

    ~~~~~

    Q. Where can you find a pirate who has lost his wooden legs?

    A. Right where you left him.

    ~~~~

    Q. How much does a pirate pay to get his ears pierced?

    A. AAARRRGGG! A BUCK AN EAR!

  55. July 11th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    Douglas said

    Just on my way out for a bit, but I’ll be checking back in in a little bit.

  56. July 11th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
    Chris Cree said

    We fired Cingular when we moved to Savannah. Horrific customer service after having been a customer for over 5 years…

  57. July 11th, 2006 at 7:34 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    I dropped my Cingular plan today.

    I now have Sprint for both voice and data. Sprint’s EVDO seems to perform slightly better at home than Verizion did and it hasn’t dropped me once in 24 hours.

  58. July 11th, 2006 at 7:34 pm
    Rick said

    Nah. Just a quick hand at tacking into the wind as we use Google (for this landlubber, at least)

  59. July 11th, 2006 at 7:38 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Okay Hart.

    We’ll catch up later. I remember that Canada doesn’t have the option for TiVo. It drives me crazy when I’ve been up there! Likewise, our folks marvel when they see it down here.

  60. July 11th, 2006 at 7:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    There is no phone service. That is an oxymoron.

  61. July 11th, 2006 at 7:38 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    I dropped T-Mobile for AT&T about 3 years ago because they wouldn’t let me in on the new customer pricing for new phones even though I’d been a customer for 5 years without a contract.

    AT&T of course became Cingular and I managed to wrangle a free phone when they forced me to switch. Then I move to Texas and Cingular coverage sucks so I just dropped them.

    So far Sprint isn’t sucking but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

  62. July 11th, 2006 at 7:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Cingular is great, but you have to deal with AT&T to get through to them.

  63. July 11th, 2006 at 7:41 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Glad Sprint’s working out, Anton. We’re with AT&T and they’ve been pretty reliable for us. Thinking of trying Time Warner for everything (cable, digital phone, Internet) when we move into our new house.

  64. July 11th, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    Rick said

    I have Verizon phone, wireless, and DSL. I’ve been lucky, and haven’t had any problems – yet. I gave up on their service when I was calling them for a tenant at work and the only way to get a real life actual person on the phone was to confuse the voice mail system so much by speaking total gibberish that it gave up and handed me off to a real person.

  65. July 11th, 2006 at 7:43 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    I know you’ve had a bad time with AT&T Liz (hence your awesome post about that). For now, we’ve just been sticking with the devil we know.

  66. July 11th, 2006 at 7:44 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Evening all. Just got here. Haven’t gone back to read things yet — anyone wanna shoot me a quick synopsis?

    PS. Has Starbucker shown up yet?

  67. July 11th, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I posted one today about a worse experience with Sprint/Nextel.

  68. July 11th, 2006 at 7:45 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    I’m heading home now. I’ll be back online in about 30 mins.

  69. July 11th, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    Chris Cree said

    The Cingular store here in Savannah must be horribly managed then, Liz, because our experience here was abysmal. And the folks in the store here couldn’t really help us after making us wait for an hour to be attended to. They just got on the line with their call center and went through the same rigmarole that we went through before we went to the store.

    Since the person in the store wasn’t communicating our problem with any effect, we left and called the call center again. Then, after going through two levels of supervisors/managers they managed to drive Gorgeous to tears.

    I nearly throttled the manager through the phone. We tried so hard to stay with them and they drove us away. We’ve been with Alltel since. And it was a whole different customer service experience. At least here in Savannah.

  70. July 11th, 2006 at 7:48 pm
    Rick said

    Ahoy, matey. Cuileann has been saved from walking the plank. Grub is by me until you get scurvy ( you are looking a little peaked). The phone companies are piratical monopolies that hold you prisoner giving you as little as they can to get all they can.

  71. July 11th, 2006 at 7:49 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ben!
    No pirate talk, Bucko? Where’s the coding donkey?

  72. July 11th, 2006 at 7:49 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Getting back to Chris’s point about all of us maybe just getting bits of info from google. The keynote speaker at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference had a pessimistic, if not apocalyptic, view of where our society’s going. People just getting little bits of info out of context from a search engine, a sort of pseudo-knowledge, rather than really a full book. I’m more optimistic than that.

  73. July 11th, 2006 at 7:51 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Liz – the donkey’s working on the Fawlty Towers project, that’s why I was hoping to see Starbucker. The donkey may be hitting the road soon!

    Hhhm…pirate talk. Well, us Canadians already have a piratey accent, eh?

  74. July 11th, 2006 at 7:51 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris,
    Once again, it all comes down to the people. Take care of the people. Get the right ones and treat ‘em right and the company works.

  75. July 11th, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Cuileann,
    Your writers’ group leader sounds like someone who sees the downside. I think it depends on who it is that’s searching.

  76. July 11th, 2006 at 7:53 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ben,
    I’ve not seen Starbucker yet. I like your Canadian accent idea. Maybe all Canadians are pirates. HART sure left a lot of pirate jokes earlier. Hmmmm.

  77. July 11th, 2006 at 7:54 pm
    Chris Cree said

    While we were waiting that hour we watched them turn away an older gentleman who brought in his check to pay his bill. They pointed him to the ATM like kiosk in the corner for bill paying. The guy couldn’t handle the technology and just wanted to save the cost of the stamp and be sure they received his payment.

    They literally refused to accept his money. And he walked out of the store with his check still in hand. I felt so bad for him.

  78. July 11th, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    Joe said

    Ok, here is first hand knowledge for ya…

    It takes exactly 23 comments to get to the Beer Store and Back… ;-)

  79. July 11th, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    Rick said

    I don’t know, Cuileann. I was reading on Michael Fortin’s blog today where he described surfers as “…click-happy, and they search for information online at the speed of electrons all with the attention span the size of a subatomic particle.” A lot of the research on the scanning behavior of surfers shows the same thing. On the other hand, a lot of people are willing to put in the research needed to get a real grasp on something.

  80. July 11th, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    We are known for our plundering.

    And our love of treasure.

    I’m trying to think of what else to send Starbucker along with the Fawlty Towers DVD Collection. A Montreal postcard makes sense, so we can track where the DVDs go (each person would ship the DVDs with a postcard) but I want to think of something catchier too…

  81. July 11th, 2006 at 7:56 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Savannah has a bit of a pirate history. Kind of a result of being one of the first “big” cities close to the Caribbean.

  82. July 11th, 2006 at 7:57 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Yeah, Ben, I guess our accents are different. Mine has turned into a bit of a freak show (mostly kidding). I use the “eh?” and still get teased down here “about” my “abouts.” And in Canada, I get teased about the odd “y’all” I let fly. And then living in England, I picked up saying “Cheers” instead of thanks sometimes. I’m just a hybrid now.

  83. July 11th, 2006 at 7:59 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Cheers. Eh. Y’all.

    Wow, Cuileann, that is a mess! I can just picture some of the sentences…

    Cheers mate. How y’all doin’ eh?

    Hehe.

  84. July 11th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Cuileann, If you had spent any time in Wisconsin you could even add a “dohn ‘cha knohw” to the end of that.

  85. July 11th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hilarious, Ben! No, I haven’t deteriorated that far — yet. : )

  86. July 11th, 2006 at 8:01 pm
    Rick said

    I don’t know if they still do, but Tampa used to celebrate Gasparilla day celebrating when the pirates took over the town. All the local civic leaders dressed up as pirates and came sailing into the bay on an old sailing ship. The mayor handed them the key to the city. They had their best parade of the year.

  87. July 11th, 2006 at 8:02 pm
    Douglas said

    Hey everyone. I’m back. :)

  88. July 11th, 2006 at 8:02 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Wow! I just got this really weird image of you and Basil the Donkey in a Dickens story.

  89. July 11th, 2006 at 8:02 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Anyone know any good caricature artists?

    Basil the Donkey is thinking about having a portrait done…

  90. July 11th, 2006 at 8:02 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Anyone know who was the most successful (notorious?) Pirate?

  91. July 11th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Who did Milton’s picture?

  92. July 11th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Cool, Chris! Maybe I’ll move there to add that phrase to my repertoire.

  93. July 11th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Milton has a picture?

    Notorious/successful pirate? Blackbeard?

  94. July 11th, 2006 at 8:03 pm
    Joe said

    Chris,
    Is the term “head” a polite way of saying the deposit of excess food that was put in the mouth (head) and out the bottom half?

  95. July 11th, 2006 at 8:04 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Joe – did Notable (WordPress plugin) work for you? I haven’t gone back to check out your site today…

  96. July 11th, 2006 at 8:05 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Aha! I see it did. Sweet.

    I actually got that from Steve @ Why My Blog Stinks…it’s a great plugin.

  97. July 11th, 2006 at 8:05 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Not the way I learned it from both the Merchant Marine and the Navy, Joe…

  98. July 11th, 2006 at 8:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Move to Texas and you can hear a couple of
    “might coulds” and “might oughtas”

    I’m voting for Captain Hook!!!

  99. July 11th, 2006 at 8:07 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hi Joe,

    That “head” reference came from me. It’s the nautical word for toilet. But, yes, the term “head” could refer to many things, couldn’t it?

  100. July 11th, 2006 at 8:08 pm
    John Curtis said

    Hey all! I’m just pausing at the Apple store in San Antonio and thought I’d drop in. There are no pirates here that I can see, but I’ll keep looking.

  101. July 11th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    John Curtis said

    Oh, if you don’t know me, I am Cuileann’s husband.

  102. July 11th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Ben,
    Yeah, it worked great… Thanks.
    I did thank you in comments at my house, just so everyone knows how well it worked.

    @ Chris, Jean LaFeete?

  103. July 11th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ben, I installed the Notable plugin today too on your recommendation. Thanks.

    Liz, wasn’t Captain Hook fictional?

    Cuileann, Head does refer to toilet. But why, eh?

  104. July 11th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Whew! John,
    Good to know you’re keeping a lookout. We’d forgotten to keep an eye on that particular store.

  105. July 11th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Pleased to meet you John.

    And I saw Doug come back earlier as well…hi Doug!

  106. July 11th, 2006 at 8:09 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hey Babe! Everybody, this is my hubby!

  107. July 11th, 2006 at 8:11 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    John, that is…John is my husband.

  108. July 11th, 2006 at 8:11 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    I’m glad it worked for you Joe. I’ve experimented with a few other plugins – so let me know if you have any other WordPress-related questions.

    I still say Blackbeard. Or was it Bluebeard? Redbeard? Fuschia Beard? I know the most famous pirate definitely had a beard…

  109. July 11th, 2006 at 8:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Doug! Say something!

    Everyone, here’s more grog and limes and oranges.

  110. July 11th, 2006 at 8:12 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    People should read Doug’s blog. Simple as that.

    No artists out there? Caricature specialists? Basil really wants that picture!

  111. July 11th, 2006 at 8:13 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, I think I might have you stumped on two accounts. ;)

  112. July 11th, 2006 at 8:14 pm
    Joe said

    Curileann, Sorry I know, but Chris is (was) a nautical kinda guy, thought he may know.

    @John, keep an eye out for RedBeard too.

  113. July 11th, 2006 at 8:15 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    I think one of my comments was eaten. Chomp. Chomp. Liz, did it walk the plank?

  114. July 11th, 2006 at 8:16 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Nah, I’m thinking Askimet hung it by the yardarm!

  115. July 11th, 2006 at 8:16 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Actually, since we were talking about heads (and John I don’t think you’ve heard this), my step-father just got back from being on a crew trying to sail a boat from N. Carolina to Toronto. Turns out that both of the boat’s heads were broken — that led to some good times with cups and buckets. Ewww. But they didn’t make it all the way to Toronto. There was too much flooding in New York to take it through the locks so it’ll have to be trucked up.

  116. July 11th, 2006 at 8:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    My husband wants to know why no one has said Captain Kidd?

    I’m sticking with the fictional coward Cap’n Hook. He had the box office.

  117. July 11th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, maybe I should just stop answering questions ???

    I still think I’m right, but it could be Lord Nelson (after he retired from pirating)

  118. July 11th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Douglas said

    Hi Liz, Hi Ben!

  119. July 11th, 2006 at 8:18 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I’ve done the “no working head” thing in the Atlantic before… On an aircraft carrier. Can you say “Eww!”?

    But that still isn’t as tricky as trying to take care of business when you are strapped to an ejection seat for 5 hours or more…

  120. July 11th, 2006 at 8:19 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thanks for asking ben. All of this time, I’ve had Rick Keelhauled by Askimet.

    So sorry Rick.

  121. July 11th, 2006 at 8:20 pm
    Joe said

    That’s ok Douglas you don’t have to say hi to the rest of us… :-(

  122. July 11th, 2006 at 8:22 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Stop it, Joe!
    We said hi to Doug. You didn’t :)

  123. July 11th, 2006 at 8:23 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ok, O.K.

    The most successful pirate of the sailing era was
    (drum roll)
    “Black Bart” Roberts. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on Roberts

    He was the original Dread Pirate Roberts.

  124. July 11th, 2006 at 8:23 pm
    Joe said

    AAAAAaaaaarrrrrrrrhhhhhhh ;-)

  125. July 11th, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I like Cap’n Hook better.

  126. July 11th, 2006 at 8:25 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Chris – he had a beard right?

  127. July 11th, 2006 at 8:26 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I’ll give you a hint on the origins of the word “head”. Think sailing days, pre-plumbing…

  128. July 11th, 2006 at 8:26 pm
    Douglas said

    Hi Joe, hi everyone else. :)

  129. July 11th, 2006 at 8:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ben,
    That’s so funny. Let’s name the pirate Jack.

  130. July 11th, 2006 at 8:28 pm
    Joe said

    Thanks Doug,

    @ Chris, we know when, we don’t know what, matey…

  131. July 11th, 2006 at 8:29 pm
    Trisha said

    I say its the Dread Pirate Roberts – although I’ll admit I haven’t really been following this conversation too closely so I don’t really know what I’m actually answering.

  132. July 11th, 2006 at 8:29 pm
    Rick said

    Aargh! In the brig, again! Was the cooking that bad? (My wife thinks so)

    Hi again, everyone.

    Er, Ahoy!

  133. July 11th, 2006 at 8:29 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Ben, he died just short of 40 so he might have had a beard…

    But Blackbeard was a whole different guy who was dead before Roberts started Pirating (but only by a year or two).

  134. July 11th, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hmmm…dunno if I wanna know where you’re going with that head explanation.

    But I do know that I hadn’t thought of that 5 hours in the ejection seat conundrum. The movies never portray that.

  135. July 11th, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    Joe said

    Ahoy, Trisha and Rick…

  136. July 11th, 2006 at 8:30 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Did someone say Jack?…

  137. July 11th, 2006 at 8:32 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Cuileann, there’s a lot of stuff that wasn’t portrayed in An Officer and a Gentleman or Top Gun

  138. July 11th, 2006 at 8:32 pm
    Joe said

    So, now the donkey is a pirate named Jack?

  139. July 11th, 2006 at 8:33 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    I’m sure that’s very true, Chris.

  140. July 11th, 2006 at 8:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris,
    There wasn’t a guy in either movie named Jack or Cap’n Hook and none of them had crayons either.

  141. July 11th, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Sailors call the toilet the head because they would find a place up at the very front of the ship to do their busienss so that the sea water breaking at the bow would wash it away, there not being plumbing an all.

    They would say they were going to the head, which was also what they called the very front of the ship.

  142. July 11th, 2006 at 8:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Chris,
    I think you should teach at Successful Blog University. We’ll have a class on Piratology.

  143. July 11th, 2006 at 8:37 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I feel like Cliff Clavin tonight. “It’s a little known fact…”

  144. July 11th, 2006 at 8:37 pm
    Joe said

    I’m listening to Virgin Classic Rock from London… they are 5 hours ahead of my time, so this way I know what is happening before it happens here.

  145. July 11th, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Funny, you don’t look a bit like Cliff Clavin, or like Norm.

  146. July 11th, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Ooooh! Thanks for the explanation, Chris. That’s actually a much more pleasant scenario than some my mind had come up with.

  147. July 11th, 2006 at 8:39 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, I’m not really an expert on Pirates. I just happen to have a formal nautical education. So I know some piratey things. [*whispers* arrrrrrgggghhhh...]

  148. July 11th, 2006 at 8:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe,
    Wait until Cat shows up. It’s already tomorrow there. We’ll be sure that the sun is going to rise again. We’ll be able to sleep in peace tonight.

  149. July 11th, 2006 at 8:40 pm
    ME Strauss said

    That’s okay, Chris. I own the University. I can give you tenure. Then it won’t matter if you know anything. :)

  150. July 11th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Hello all!

  151. July 11th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    Joe said

    Talk about a time warp…
    We can all talk at the same time and it isn’t the same time whever we are.
    And we can learn about Pirates.

  152. July 11th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Actually Liz I know lots of stuff. I’m just not sure how useful much of it is. My dad used to say I had a very trivial mind.

    I still haven’t figured out if it is a good thing or not.

  153. July 11th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Hey Christine!

  154. July 11th, 2006 at 8:42 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine!
    Know any pirate songs?

  155. July 11th, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Rats… my hello was the very last post on page six. i think i got missed. hello again…

  156. July 11th, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    I don’t know anything about pirates. Except they all have beards, even the women.

    Hi Christine!

  157. July 11th, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Oh hey, you saw me!

    Pirate Days by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Very sad song. But beautiful.

  158. July 11th, 2006 at 8:43 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Rats are piratey things…

  159. July 11th, 2006 at 8:44 pm
    Christine Kane said

    But beyond, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum… i can’t think of anything else very pirate-y. I like the word pirate though. Isn’t it a good word?

  160. July 11th, 2006 at 8:44 pm
    ah Pek said

    Hi Liz, Hi Everybody!!
    it’s 9.42 am in Malaysia. I think you guys are preparing for bed?
    Sunny whether today after 2 days of rain.

  161. July 11th, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    Rick said

    Hi Christine.

  162. July 11th, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Christine,
    Do you know “Yo Ho Mo the men down”?

  163. July 11th, 2006 at 8:45 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Howdy ah Pek.

    *shivers* No rum for me please. Brings back some unpleasant memories. Do pirates drink gin & tonic?

  164. July 11th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Douglas said

    I feel very out of place tonight. :P

  165. July 11th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Rick said

    Hi, ah Pek! No, not quite bedtime yet.

  166. July 11th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey ah pek,
    It’s still a little early here. It’s only nearing 9pm

  167. July 11th, 2006 at 8:46 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Hi rick, hi joe, hi ben…

    Joe… in fact, I do. We used to sing it all the time back on the ship…

  168. July 11th, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    Rick said

    Grog is good, Ben. Tonic may be tough to find in the larder, though.

  169. July 11th, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Why is Douglas out of place? Is he not a pirate?

  170. July 11th, 2006 at 8:48 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Did y’all know that piracy is alive and well today? (and I’m talking about open water, boarders away and all that too.)

  171. July 11th, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    Douglas said

    I actually am a pirate. The name of my no longer personal updated personal blog has a named with pirates in it. :P

  172. July 11th, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    Trisha said

    I want tenure too – can I have it?

  173. July 11th, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    Ben Yoskovitz said

    Hhmmm…no tonic eh? Dang y’all!

    Alright, I gotta jet for now. I may pop up in a couple hours but I need to look at something other than a computer screen for awhile.

    If anyone knows a good caricature artist that could draw me a donkey, please get in touch ([email protected]). It’s for the Fawlty Towers DVD Collection Viral Project…

  174. July 11th, 2006 at 8:49 pm
    Joe said

    Hey ah pek,
    Still a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours left in me.

    @ Douglas, No one is out of place here, if you don’t like pirates, just start talking about whatever you like, someone will join in… ;-)

  175. July 11th, 2006 at 8:50 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Hey! There’s a picture of me bathing on ah Pek’s website. I guess that was just after I got off the pirate ship…

    hi ah Pek!

  176. July 11th, 2006 at 8:51 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Douglas and Trisha,
    You can both be professors if you like with full tensure. What would you want to be professors of?

  177. July 11th, 2006 at 8:52 pm
    Rick said

    G’night, Ben. Sorry about the tonic. The voyage has been long and the water’s gone bad.

  178. July 11th, 2006 at 8:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe,
    How many comments is 1 1/2 hours?
    I think I’m making you official Treasurer and CFO of Successful-Blog University.

  179. July 11th, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ben,
    Take some tonic from the sidebar — there’s always plenty of every beverage there. And feel better. Tell that Donkey to get the coding done. We miss his drooling.

  180. July 11th, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    See you later, Ben.

  181. July 11th, 2006 at 8:54 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Peter Blake two time America’s cup winner was killed by pirates off of the Brazillian coast in 2001.

    The Malacca Strait is classified a warzone by Lloyd’s of London because of piracy.

    And that’s not to mention what is going on off the coast of Somalia these days.

  182. July 11th, 2006 at 8:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Doug,
    What was the name of your “no longer personal updated personal blog”?

  183. July 11th, 2006 at 8:55 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, I think I got Askimeted. Too many links in my last comment. Sorry. :oops:

  184. July 11th, 2006 at 8:56 pm
    Douglas said

    Liz, how about customer service? :P I also know about web hosting.

  185. July 11th, 2006 at 8:58 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Christine, What did you say back there on comment 175???

  186. July 11th, 2006 at 8:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sir Doug, Professor of Customer Service and Web Hosting? That means you’ll have to deal with the telcos.

  187. July 11th, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    Christine Kane said

    i was being funny?

  188. July 11th, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Telcos? I’d rather deal with the pirates!

  189. July 11th, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    Rick said

    Poor Doug. He has to deal with the real landlubber pirates.

  190. July 11th, 2006 at 8:59 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, Chris, I saw that too.

    What did you say Christine. How did Ah Pek get your picture?

  191. July 11th, 2006 at 9:00 pm
    Christine Kane said

    no no no. i really was just joking!

  192. July 11th, 2006 at 9:00 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I just didn’t want you to think we didn’t notice you slipping another comment there at the bottom of the page. ;)

  193. July 11th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, I thought maybe Ah Pek had a bootlegged copy of a picture off a pirated disk. heh-heh

  194. July 11th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    I should do some more work on a post and publish it tonight. Hmm…I chose a huge topic and my perfectionism’s driving me nuts. It’s for writers — about how to do your homework before finding an agent. A subject big enough for a whole book. I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s just a blog entry to suggest some ideas, not a definitive guide. I’m almost finished it, though. I just have to make a few tweaks, put it in perspective, and click “Publish.”

  195. July 11th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    Joe said

    Liz,
    the 23 comments it took for the beer run = 15 minutes. Just multiply 23 x 6 or 8 and you get your answer. ;-)

    @ Ben, If you haven’t left yet try this guy Dave, He has cartoons for Blogs, so he may be able to help Milton get his picture took.
    http://www.weblogcartoons.com/
    He does have contact info and all.
    J.

  196. July 11th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Arghhhh! You’re right about that, Rick.

    Those landlubber pirates are nasty breed.

  197. July 11th, 2006 at 9:01 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I don’t know, Liz. That looks like to high quality to be a bootleg copy…

  198. July 11th, 2006 at 9:02 pm
    Christine Kane said

    no…that’s DEFINITELY not me in that photo.

  199. July 11th, 2006 at 9:03 pm
    Rick said

    Notice how many water terms have been taken into computing – pirate, bootleg, surf,..

    I ran out. Anyone have any more.

  200. July 11th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    She is a VERY nice looking lady. Ah Pek could make some money with that picture. Imagine what he could do if she were holding a crayon.

  201. July 11th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Cuileann… could you make it into sort of a series? It sound interesting to me. (Hi, by the way.)

  202. July 11th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Douglas said

    Yeah, we have to deal indirectly with telcos. That’s more at a datacenter level. We have a big cage in a large datanceter.

  203. July 11th, 2006 at 9:04 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Oh, Christine. Now your modeling secret’s out.

    How much you willing to pay to keep it just between us??

  204. July 11th, 2006 at 9:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Cuileann,
    Why not change the title to “One Thing to Get You Started Before You Send Your Book Off.”

  205. July 11th, 2006 at 9:06 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hey, is there an ending time for this? Just curious about whether I can go and finish this post and come back to the mic being still “open” (though I know the folks around it may have changed).

  206. July 11th, 2006 at 9:06 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Doug,
    That data cage idea. That just ensured your tenure. You’re in forever.

  207. July 11th, 2006 at 9:06 pm
    Christine Kane said

    Chris, Clearly as you can see in the photo, I’m very okay with my modeling career and all that it reveals. I will pay you nothing. (In fact, that photo could increase my visits!)

  208. July 11th, 2006 at 9:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Cuileann,
    You’ve got at least an hour and a half, probably 2 hours.

  209. July 11th, 2006 at 9:07 pm
    Chris Cree said

    The cages could come in useful when dealing with the Telcos too!

  210. July 11th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine,
    The photo is a Ah Pek’s blog. It’s going to increase HIS visits.

  211. July 11th, 2006 at 9:08 pm
    Douglas said

    It’s a cage with a lot of blade servers in it.

  212. July 11th, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh Doug,
    Blade servers. The image is too beautiful!

  213. July 11th, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I think I’d like it better if it was a little less green of you. It feels a little too Star Trek for me. I guess I’m no Captain Kirk, eh?

  214. July 11th, 2006 at 9:09 pm
    Christine Kane said

    You’re right Liz. I gotta re-think my porn career.

  215. July 11th, 2006 at 9:10 pm
    Trisha said

    ‘What would you want to be professors of?’

    I don’t know – of everything?

  216. July 11th, 2006 at 9:10 pm
    Rick said

    With signs that say “DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS” and “NO THEY SOUND LIKE THEY SPEAK ENGLISH, BUT IT REALLY IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND THE WORDS MEAN SOMETHING DIFFERENT”

    I know, I know. Long for a sign, but short for a wireless contract.

  217. July 11th, 2006 at 9:10 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Telco Cage Match, Pirate Style!

    Give each telco CEO a hook (cut their hand off first) and an eye patch and let them duke it out in a double elimination cage match!

  218. July 11th, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine,
    Stick around here. We’ll set you straight.

    Speaking of which, where is Vander Well?

  219. July 11th, 2006 at 9:11 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Complete with blade servers. I bet we could sell tickets. Maybe even get a juicy pay-per-view contract!

  220. July 11th, 2006 at 9:12 pm
    Trisha said

    I have to go too, if I can I’ll stop by again later.

    Sorry for not being very talkative tonight.

  221. July 11th, 2006 at 9:12 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Lady Trisha, Professor of Everything. I could go for that!

  222. July 11th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Rick, Doug, and Anton,
    The Telco Triplets, The Conquering Cagers.

  223. July 11th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    The winner of the telco cage match can go up against the cable company winner next week!

  224. July 11th, 2006 at 9:13 pm
    Douglas said

    And there could be a webcast hosted on the servers in the cage. That’d be ironic.

  225. July 11th, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    Rick said

    Bye, Trisha. Have a good night.

  226. July 11th, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    Cat said

    Morning all!!

    Pirates … pirates … I lived on Borneo for nine years where there are pirates even today.

    From what I read in the Borneo Bulletin, apparently they’d come over through the Sulu sea from the Philippines and raid small boats and those laden with goods.

    In this BBC article, they are calling them ‘maritime muggers’ but they are pirates all the same …

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/asia-pacific/4350881.stm

    cat

  227. July 11th, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    No worries, Trisha. I’m just glad to know we didn’t scare you away.

  228. July 11th, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    Trisha said

    I like Professor of Everything too! Or maybe it should be Professor of Life, the Universe and Everything?

  229. July 11th, 2006 at 9:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Cager=mania

  230. July 11th, 2006 at 9:15 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Yeah, but the losing company would block their customer’s access to the sites carying the event…

  231. July 11th, 2006 at 9:15 pm
    Joe said

    Curleann, what Liz meant was there a good 132 to 276 comments left until we all go sleepy-bye

  232. July 11th, 2006 at 9:15 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Professor 42

  233. July 11th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Rick said

    Doesn’t AT&T own Comcast? They could be on both sides. Talk about biting your nose to spite your face!

  234. July 11th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    Trisha said

    So when I turn 42 – will I be the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?

  235. July 11th, 2006 at 9:16 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I can do Life, the Universe, and Everything. Sure, why not?

    Christine, Are you going to be a professor at Successful Blog University?

    You all can be professors. Joe you can do that with your other duties.

  236. July 11th, 2006 at 9:17 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Christine could be the professor of modeling and the arts. *giggle*

  237. July 11th, 2006 at 9:18 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hi Christine,

    I’m glad it sounds interesting. This post is part of a series based on the Writers League of Texas Agent and Editor Conferences (I’ve been to 3) and what I’ve learned about the process from trying to find an agent for my novel, Consumption. I wrote a general post about the conference, then one about writers and blogging, then there’ll be this one (hopefully tonight) about researching agents, then one titled “How to Write a Query Letter,” and, finally, one titled “Let’s Get Married: The Agent/Author Relationship.”

    Are you into writing too?

  238. July 11th, 2006 at 9:18 pm
    Trisha said

    ok, I have to go for real this time. Bye everyone!

  239. July 11th, 2006 at 9:19 pm
    Douglas said

    Rick, AT&T owns everything.

  240. July 11th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Anton,
    You haven’t met Christine. She’s a famous singer. Check out her website and her blog.

    Christine Kane

  241. July 11th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Good night, Trisha!

  242. July 11th, 2006 at 9:21 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good Night, Trisha,
    Take care of Life, the Universe, and Everything!

  243. July 11th, 2006 at 9:23 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Liz, have you checked out your MyBlogLog.com account lately?

  244. July 11th, 2006 at 9:24 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, Chris
    I didn’t know I had a MyBlogLog.com account until you just told me.

  245. July 11th, 2006 at 9:24 pm
    Joe said

    Nite Trisha

  246. July 11th, 2006 at 9:25 pm
    Chris Cree said

    I didn’t know you had one either until they just unleashed the whole community thing this week. They are going in the web 2.0 direction. I think it is pretty cool.

  247. July 11th, 2006 at 9:26 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Cat!!
    Sorry I missed you earlier.
    You guys look up at all of the neat stuff Cat brought about pirates at # 226.

  248. July 11th, 2006 at 9:26 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hey Christine,

    I just saw your blog — it’s awesome. I’ll definitely do some more reading there.

    Yeah, I guess with music, you’d have lots of interest in/interactions with agents, too.

  249. July 11th, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Everybody. I was browsing a few pages back before posting again – lots of interesting chat tonight!

    Like, you know .. how’s everybody doing, eh? (Canadian Accent)

    ~~~~~~~~
    Q. Why are pirates called pirates?
    A. They just AAAARRRRRRRR.

  250. July 11th, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I guess I’d better use the MyBlogLog thing or close it.

  251. July 11th, 2006 at 9:27 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Hello Christine!

    I’m listening to one of your audio files now. Sounds good!

  252. July 11th, 2006 at 9:28 pm
    Christine Kane said

    oops. i disappeared and missed a lot. and now i must depart. cuileann, yes, I love reading about writing and all facets of people’s careers in writing. so, I’ll check out your blog tomorrow!

    Liz, I’ll be a professor. But I think I’d have to give up the modelling career. (did i scare Ah Pek away?)

    bye all! have a great night!

  253. July 11th, 2006 at 9:28 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Christine,
    What’s the new plugin that let you organize your archives. That’s really cool.

  254. July 11th, 2006 at 9:28 pm
    Christine Kane said

    oh! hi anton! Thanks! bye!

  255. July 11th, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    Christine Kane said

    liz, i’ll write you tomorrow and let you know all about it. it’s called “Clean Archives.” But it was kind of weird to set up.

  256. July 11th, 2006 at 9:29 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Personally I like letting my readers know which links are popular. I thought they had a good thing going before . And now they’ve embraced the whole community concept in a big way. I’m all about that.

  257. July 11th, 2006 at 9:30 pm
    Douglas said

    I’m out. See everyone next week!

  258. July 11th, 2006 at 9:30 pm
    Joe said

    Nite Christine, sleep tight…

    Hey HART…

  259. July 11th, 2006 at 9:30 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi HART!!
    Yeah, It’s been a fun night!

    We’ve drinking grog and eating oranges.

  260. July 11th, 2006 at 9:30 pm
    Rick said

    Good night, Christine.

  261. July 11th, 2006 at 9:31 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Actually I’ve got to crash too. There is way too much to be done tomorrow.

    Thanks for the laughs!

  262. July 11th, 2006 at 9:31 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night Christine!
    Thanks for the email promise

  263. July 11th, 2006 at 9:31 pm
    Rick said

    And good night, Douglas. See you next week.

  264. July 11th, 2006 at 9:32 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Doug,
    Love those caged blade servers. :)

  265. July 11th, 2006 at 9:32 pm
    Joe said

    Nite Doug

  266. July 11th, 2006 at 9:33 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Chris,
    See you around the blog,
    Sleep well and tell the cats to let you sleep later.

  267. July 11th, 2006 at 9:33 pm
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Bye Christine!

    Everybody else — I’m going to jump out of the talk for a bit.

    I’m going to finish editing, get some balls (cannon balls, of course) and finally post this thing!

    I’ll drop back in a while…

  268. July 11th, 2006 at 9:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So,
    Who’s here and have we beat this pireate thing to death?

  269. July 11th, 2006 at 9:34 pm
    Joe said

    Chris, not you too… Nite.

    One last question for you…
    What is Grog made from and why?

  270. July 11th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe,
    Do you already know the answer?

  271. July 11th, 2006 at 9:35 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Liz (and Christine) ~wave .. regarding the Clean Archives plugin .. I’m also using it at my new site – but, actually using two of them.

    1. Clean Archives Reloaded

    Basically, it gives a count before the list.

    2. SRG Clean Archives

    That’s the same as the archives of Christine’s blog..

    See example at http://DogLvr.com/archives/

    NOW .. A gratuitious Pirate Joke:

    Q. What has 8 arms and 8 legs?
    A. Eight pirates!

  272. July 11th, 2006 at 9:36 pm
    Rick said

    I’m still here for a bit. If Chris is gone, I know a little about the grog.

  273. July 11th, 2006 at 9:37 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Joe … and everybody here! ~waving madly as I forgot to say that at first!!

    ~~~~ Another Joke

    A glum looking pirate walks into a bar with a pile of paper-towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and the bar-tender asks “What’s wrong?”

    The pirate replies, “Arrr. I’ve got a bounty on me head.”

  274. July 11th, 2006 at 9:38 pm
    Rick said

    Is this where we hang our heads in shock, Hart? :-)

  275. July 11th, 2006 at 9:38 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Grog was watered down rum that was rationed to sailors for a couple of reasons.

    1. Sailors like to drink
    2. It helped kill some of the nasties in the water and stretched the ship’s water supply.
    3. And once they figured out the scurvey thing, they would also squeeze lemons or limes into it to get the sailors their vitamin C becuase they would drink the alcohol, but sucking lemons, not so much.

  276. July 11th, 2006 at 9:38 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, Of course, no teacher asks a question without knowing the answer…

    You’re on Rick…

  277. July 11th, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    btw// what’s “grog” taste like?

    ~~ Another Pirate Joke:

    Q: What does a Dyslexic Pirate Say?
    A: RRAAAAAAAAAAA !

  278. July 11th, 2006 at 9:39 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HART,
    I’m laughing too hard to comment. I think you must be part pirate.

  279. July 11th, 2006 at 9:41 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Joe, my answer was comment # 275. And I do have to sign out now. Or it’ll be to Davey Jones’ locker with me!

  280. July 11th, 2006 at 9:41 pm
    ME Strauss said

    My friends in Melbourne call all of their wine grog.

  281. July 11th, 2006 at 9:41 pm
    Rick said

    Joe, Chris got it. He’s had the benefit of a real career. I just have Navy Junior ROTC and Google.

  282. July 11th, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    Chris Cree said

    Rick, it may have been a nautical career, but I’m not sure how real it’s been yet.

    Liz, I’ll email you about my Chicago trip.

    Good night all!

  283. July 11th, 2006 at 9:42 pm
    Cat said

    Clean Archives looks great!

    For my new blog I’ll have my archives by subject rather then month. Hopefully there’s a similar plugin out there so it’s not done by hand.

    Similar to what MarketingProfs have done, showing the top posts in each subject, with the expanding list –>> http://www.marketingprofs.com/arch/index.asp

  284. July 11th, 2006 at 9:43 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Rick,
    I’m not ignoring you. You seem to be holding your own in the conversation, I’m off to get more grog for everyone. It can taste like whatever you want it to.

  285. July 11th, 2006 at 9:43 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi and Bye Douglas – if you are really going :)

    Rick .. I hope no one is “shocked” by my jokes and needs to hang anybody’s heads … I that that pirates AAAAAAAARRR the ones to push them off planks?

    ~~~ Okay .. one of only a few stupid pirate jokes left in my arsenal…

    Q. What do pirates drive?
    A. A Caaaarrh.

    Q. What do pirates fly?
    A. An Aaaarrhhhplane.

    Q. What do pirates sail?
    A. Their pirate ship….duh. (AAAARRRRRRR)

  286. July 11th, 2006 at 9:43 pm
    Rick said

    Good night, Chris. It’s beddy-bye time for me too. See you all next week.

  287. July 11th, 2006 at 9:46 pm
    Anton Olsen said

    Grog tastes like watered down rum. Think of what the Bacardi in your father’s liquer cabinet tasted like after your first high school party.

    They used half a pint of rum per quart of water so about 20% rum, 80% water. The rum was cheap alcohol and kept the ameobas and bacteria from thriving.

  288. July 11th, 2006 at 9:46 pm
    Rick said

    Shock – poor choice of words. I love puns. Shaking my head would be more accurate while laughing is more accurate.

  289. July 11th, 2006 at 9:47 pm
    Rick said

    And I can’t string two phrases together any more. “Shaking my head while laughing would be more accurate.”

  290. July 11th, 2006 at 9:48 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Liz,
    If you have a Professor of Piratology, I think it should go to Chris, waddya think?

  291. July 11th, 2006 at 9:49 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Laughing is good for the soul Rick :) But, so is sleeping, so if you are going .. G’nite.. I’ll keep up with the jokes as I can think of them! They’ll be here tomorrow…

    ~~~~~
    A pirate walks into a bar with a big wooden ship’s steering wheel attached to his belt buckle.

    The bartender says “Hey, buddy? What’s that for?”

    The pirate says “Arrr! It’s drivin’ me nuts!”

  292. July 11th, 2006 at 9:50 pm
    Rick said

    Good night, all.

  293. July 11th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Joe,
    I already made Chris that. He was the first professor I named.
    Good night Chris. We’ll catch up on your trip. I have one about the same time so we’ll have to coordinate.

  294. July 11th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    Joe said

    Nite Rick…

  295. July 11th, 2006 at 9:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Rick
    Thanks for coming.
    See you next week, I hope!

  296. July 11th, 2006 at 9:53 pm
    ME Strauss said

    So Joe,
    What professor are you gonna be?

  297. July 11th, 2006 at 9:54 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    When we visited the USA (Fargo or Grand Forks) .. we would always stop at the duty-free and pick up (besides cig’s) Bacardi 151 Rum .. Yuuuuum ..

    Liz .. for archives .. there is also another one out there .. KG Archives

    That’s the plugin I use at http://PetLvr.com/blog/ .. because I like the posts to be organized by category by month. I think you can list the historical posts by month for only one category at a time (what i REALLY want) but, I have too many categories and just figured that what I have is the best configuration without trying to reinvent the wheel.

    ~~~~~ PS

    A little boy is trick or treatin’ on Halloween by himself. He is dressed as a pirate. At one house, a friendly man asks him, “Where are your buccaneers?” The little boy responds, “On either side o’ me ‘buccan’ head!”

  298. July 11th, 2006 at 9:55 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I think, HART, you’re the professor of Comedy and Storytelling. Oh yes and of toast.

  299. July 11th, 2006 at 9:57 pm
    Joe said

    That’s baaad HART… *laughing uncontrolably*

  300. July 11th, 2006 at 9:58 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Umm… timber me shivers … before you go and say .. The last time I heard those Pirate Jokes HART .. I fell of my dinosaur! … I got them all at the site:

    http://www.ratemypiratejoke.com/

    ~~~~~ Such as this one:

    One day a Pirate and a bartender were talking to each other in a bar. The Bartender asked the pirate “Where did ya get that peg leg from?”

    The Pirate responded “We were sailing the seas when a big ol shark came up to me while I was swimmin and bit off me leg.”

    Later the Bartender asked “Where did you get that hook then?”

    The pirate responded “Well, me crew and I were in a battle and it got cut through the bone.”

    The bartender then asked “Then where did ya get the eye patch from?”

    The pirate said “In a harbor I looked at a gull flying over head and it took a dump right in me eye.”

    The bartender was puzzled and asked the pirate, “How would that make you get an eye patch?”

    The pirate responded, “First day with the hook.”

  301. July 11th, 2006 at 9:58 pm
    Joe said

    I don’t know Liz, what did you say a couple of pages back. Counting comments?

  302. July 11th, 2006 at 9:59 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Joe .. – that’s the end of my pirate jokes – you may now return to your regular Open night Mike chat! :)

  303. July 11th, 2006 at 10:01 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HART,
    I can’t believe you’re done . . .

  304. July 11th, 2006 at 10:03 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Weeeell .. never done – let’s just say “on a break”. BTW .. today’s my birthday. I posted birthday tunes on my blog and did the “born this day” thingy too .. (inspired from you!)

  305. July 11th, 2006 at 10:03 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Sir Joseph, Professor of Commentology and Time Warps

  306. July 11th, 2006 at 10:05 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HART!!
    The guy from My Friend Flicka!! How cool is that?

  307. July 11th, 2006 at 10:06 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Flicka? which guy is that?

  308. July 11th, 2006 at 10:06 pm
    Joe said

    Yeah, I like that…
    Sir Joseph, Professor of Commentology and Time Warps. Kinda fits I’d say.

  309. July 11th, 2006 at 10:07 pm
    ME Strauss said

    1922 Gene Evans Hollbrook Az, actor (My Friend Flicka, Matt Helm, Alamo)

  310. July 11th, 2006 at 10:08 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Yeah, Joe, now if I can only remember them all. It’ll be a pain to go through all of these comments to find them. :)

  311. July 11th, 2006 at 10:09 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Speaking of FlickR … I’m trying to downsize my server #1 to my server #2 .,. I’ve got about 600MB of wedding pictures, videos, misc amusing stuff etc. I also looked at the MySQL database and had a fit – I’m using about 10 different scripts over there.

    I was thinking I might get the FlickR wordpress plugin, pay for the premium account at FlickR $24.95 USD .. and between YouTube and Flickr .. less bandwidth, less space, …

    Is anybody actually using that flickr plugin? How’s it working out?

  312. July 11th, 2006 at 10:11 pm
    Scot Herrick said

    HART

    Happy birthday. I’m sure it is a pleasure to finally be old enough to drink the grog.

    I just dropped in to say hello and goodbye. Too much work and not enough fun. I’ll stick by for about ten minutes…

    Can a nuclear submarine be a pirate ship?

    Scot

  313. July 11th, 2006 at 10:12 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    oh THAT Flicka … // From that list .. the only thing I ever remember about what happened on my birthday is that Sir Lawrence Olivier died on it. Sad.

  314. July 11th, 2006 at 10:13 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Scot!
    Thanks for dropping.
    I think a nuclear sub is a pirate ship if it has pirates on it.

  315. July 11th, 2006 at 10:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HART.
    It’s so cool to have you here for your birthday. Here, I made a cake for you. It’s your favorite.
    What’s your favorite anyway?

  316. July 11th, 2006 at 10:14 pm
    Joe said

    I think it was great
    being a Pirate for a night.
    It was a wonderful date
    but the hags were a freight.

    Now for the last bit of Grog
    and off to the head,
    with my head in a fog
    I’m off to bed.

    Berma Shave
    Nite Liz
    Nite All

  317. July 11th, 2006 at 10:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Good night, Joe,
    I hope your workload gets a little lighter.
    Sweet dreams

  318. July 11th, 2006 at 10:15 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Hi Scot .. thanks for wishes :)

    And, to answer your question – I don’t see why a nuke sub couldn’t be a pirate ship – it would have to strictly depend on what you do with it, or who’s commanding it.

    You would have to go around threatening innocent sailers and boaters and steal all their grog me thinks.

  319. July 11th, 2006 at 10:18 pm
    Scot Herrick said

    Liz,

    So we need a summary comment every 100 or so (Most people would give their hook away for 100 comments on a post and here we are looking for summaries…cheeeeeze!). Just so we can read three comments and jump in.

    Anyway, what’s the scoop on the code-writing donkey and the drinking moose tonight? I don’t want to go through 300+ comments to know the only thing I want to know…

    (nite, Joe…)

  320. July 11th, 2006 at 10:20 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    My favorite cake? I think that would have to be Jeannie’s Cake (which, is a Local Winnipeg institutional product here) .. it’s a banana chocolate dry cake with lots of icing and a thick crust bottom.

    The Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes are also good for birthdays .. especially after a steak BBQ dinner!

    But, really any cake with icing and your name spelled on it is good – anything less is just fat pastry you can eat any day really ~

  321. July 11th, 2006 at 10:20 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey Scot,
    The donkey and the moose are turning into working stiffs and haven’t been showing up. Ben’s got the donkey coding all of the time and Steve’s got family and a new baby on the way.

    Most of tonight has been pirates with a short foray into a discussion about Christine’s fictious porn career that Chris and I made up.

  322. July 11th, 2006 at 10:22 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    (nite, Joe..)

    Liz .. I’ve also been trying to figure out what that donkey code is all about too! Although, I suspect it must have something to do with Joe and Ben ..(I could be wrong)

  323. July 11th, 2006 at 10:22 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Great!!!
    I made you the last and bought the first two. Here you go. You’ve got enough to last you until the end of the week at least!

  324. July 11th, 2006 at 10:25 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    Fictitious career planning. Sounds like something us consultants do all the time! I mean, OTHER consultants .. not me oh no. I never make up things or tell stories. Never. Ever. Nope. No Sirree!

  325. July 11th, 2006 at 10:27 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Oh no! Not me either. I was born with a complete lack of imagination. That’s why I’m so totally boring. . .

  326. July 11th, 2006 at 10:51 pm
    HART (1-800-HART) said

    * Taps on Mic .. is thing on?

    I’m still here lurking, if anybody is lurking .. but doing a little work in the background .. AAAAARRRRR

  327. July 11th, 2006 at 10:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I’m just swabbing the deck and such things. :)

  328. July 12th, 2006 at 1:45 am
    Martin said

    (#268) not on your life – seeing I’m late let me have some fun…

    Ahoy there Me hearties, just pillaged me some rum from the rest of the booty … and Arrrr, Shiver me timbers! it’s over – I’m a marooned Buccaneer with not a single soul to share my grog and weevils with.

    Argh, I always come late … Hart, don’t go there; do so and you’re walking the plank ;-)

    btw, Happy birthday.

    just skimming: a donkey, a moose, a porn career …

  329. July 12th, 2006 at 4:07 am
    Cuileann McKenzie said

    Hi!

    I think I’m the last one here now.

    Hart — Happy Birthday! Sorry I missed saying it earlier.

    Well, I finally made that post a few minutes ago. Don’t worry — I didn’t stay up super-late for that. I really slept in today, so I had trouble getting to sleep.

    Cheers, Liz, for hosting another great open mic!
    And to everybody, good night, eh? I’ll talk to y’all next time!
    – Hybrid Language Girl
    (just referring back a couple hundred posts) : )

  330. July 12th, 2006 at 7:51 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Martin,
    So good to see you.
    Glad you got some of the grog and weevils!

  331. July 12th, 2006 at 7:53 am
    ME Strauss said

    Lady Cuileann, Professor Hybrid Languages. That works for me! Thanks for coming. Yeah it was a fun one!

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