New Year, New Blog

Well, I’m back, and since I’ve been gone I’ve done some thinking about the future of this blog. Up until now, it has been about whatever I felt like writing about at the time, with no unifying idea to pull everything together in a way that makes sense.

After some soul searching, and possibly too much eggnog over the Christmas season I’ve finally come up with a theme that suits my purposes: piracy.

Roughly meaning breaking rules with good reason.

Clear as mud? Good.

You see I wanted an idea that made me excited, and that was broad enough to encompass everything I want to write about: stories from my life, current events, my creative works, people I find interesting, and random pop culture stuff.

Let me begin by further unpacking what I mean by piracy, or a pirate’s life.

Piracy is about freedom. About having the guts to go after what you really want. It’s about having the wits to survive and thrive in this world because no one else is going to do it for you.

It’s about economics, and politics, and art, and computer science and DIY and about a hundred other things.

Matt Mason does a pretty good job of summing it up in his book, The Pirate’s Dilemma:

Our world is today is starting to look a lot more like a punk gig (okay, maybe with slightly less spitting). The barriers to entry are being kicked down, and this new breed of fans-turned-performers, including you, is rushing the world stage. Technology is cheap; information is everywhere…The only thing left to do is stop defining ourselves by the old hierarchy and run up onstage.

Think about something you have always wanted to do but haven’t. You probably didn’t do it for a good reason; maybe you didn’t know how, couldn’t afford it, or didn’t think you could get your foot in the door. But with the wealth of information now available to us, we can easily find out how to give most things a try, for the price of access to a computer.

That my friends, is the pirate spirit.

Now here’s what you can expect from me:

  • Introductions to modern pirates. Out of the box thinkers who have done cool things we can learn from, like the guy who invented robots to talk to telemarketers for him (and you, if memory serves, for about 99 cents a month.)
  • Reviews of awesome books, like The Pirates Dilemma and The Scavengers Manifesto, and Superfreakonomics.
  • The Pirate’s code: where I talk about the principles that guide a pirate’s life.
  • Tales, mostly or completely true, of happenings out in the world and in my own life. After all, a pirate should practice what she preaches, and how could you believe me if I didn’t show you now all this works for me?
  • And the aforementioned discussions of pirates in pop culture. Sometimes with good reason, sometimes quoted completely out of context to lend colour to a point I’m making. And sometimes just for fun.

You’ll also be seeing significant structural changes to the blog as I move to a self-hosted site, and construct a shiny new layout, so please bear with me during the construction. I’ll see you all next week.

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