Since I've already done the Pirate Name Generator, and Who Are You from POTC, I decided to try the Pirate Pesonality test. Here are my results:
You are The Cap'n!
Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.
What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!
My favorite part of the test is the disclaimer at the bottom:
*Note. School Psychologists,
Social Workers and Clinicians should be wary of using the TOTLAPPI when
qualifying students for IDEA services, DSM IV identifications (under any
axis) or as a part of any professional assessment. Medical professionals
are hereby cautioned not to use the TOTLAPPI as a tool to determine appropriate
medications and/or dosage. Lawyers are hereby notified that the results
of the TOTLAPPI are not admissible in most state and federal courts with
the notable exceptions of The Bahamas, French New Guinea, Madagascar and
Wyoming. Amnesty International has requested a moratorium on the TOTLAPPI
in Death Penalty Cases until the American College of Psychiatry and the
British Psychological Association can complete a twelve-year longitudinal
study into the TOTLAPPI's efficacy rate and cultural bias. This tool was
designed for use solely by Pirate Captains and Web Surfers. Please do
not attempt this in any professional setting.
Two years ago, after
spending six years attending St. John’s-Northwestern Military Academy courtesy
of my ex-husband’s relatives, my youngest son from my first marriage decided to
enlist in the Army. I was extremely
proud of him, being a patriotic American, as well as the daughter of a former
Korean War medic and married to someone who spent nine years in the Air Force.
His chosen field would
eventually have him stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Off he went
to Ft. Benning for basic training, but seven weeks into the training an inherited
blood disorder caused his spleen to become enlarged and he became
jaundiced. We won’t go into how the
recruiter was able to get around that little fact and get him in without a
pre-enlistment physical. Suffice it to
say he was given a medical discharge and a huge let-down. As a mom, however, I breathed a sigh of
Fast forward to last
week: my stepson, who has lived with his
dad and I since he was four years old, came home and told my husband he had
enlisted in the Army. Not only had he
enlisted, but in less than a week he would be on his way to Ft. Leonard Wood to
start his basic training and become a Combat Engineer. Although no one knows for sure where he will
end up, we’ve all got a fairly good idea.
Now he and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. In fact, when he hit the teenage years, our
own battle lines were drawn. For the
past several years we have gone back and forth from uneasy truce to full-blown
confrontations. But I never, EVER lost the
love I have felt for him since the first day I knew him. I shepherded him from Tiger Cub through
Webelos, learned that you drop a middle school kid off at least two blocks from
school so no one sees he is getting a ride from his mom, and cried when he
walked across that stage and got his high school diploma.
Oh, sure, he knows exactly
which buttons to push to drive me right up the wall, but I still love the
kid. He may think he’s not a kid
anymore; after all, he just turned 22 years old. But in my mind he’s still the little kid in
the blue sweater and red turtleneck, grinning for the camera in his
So, tonight we will take the
family out to dinner for his birthday and farewell. We’ll all smile and laugh and have a good time. And when it’s time for him to leave, I will
hand him a copy of this because I want him to know that for the past nearly 18
years, I have loved him as dearly as any of my own children. In my heart of
hearts, there is no “step” in front of son.
I want him to know how proud I am
of what he has chosen to do, and of how terrified I feel that there is a chance
I could lose him.
So, Tom, good luck. Be safe.
Make us proud.
Sheesh, after the weirdness in the seventh inning in yesterday's Cubs-Cardinals game (which I'll get to in a minute) you wouldn't think there could be anything stranger than that.
Oh, come on folks, these are the Chicago Cubs, people! Of COURSE it can get weirder!! Let me set this up for you. Bottom of the ninth, one out, Cubs at bat trailing 2-1. Jason Isringhausen (remember how Harry Carey used to try and pronounce his name?) is pitching. Pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno is on first, Jacque Jones is batting. The count is 3-1 and Jones swings at what should be ball four. Okay, nothing out of the ordinary for the Cubs there. Cedeno has in his mind to steal and has a good lead off first. The pitch and he goes! He slides head first into second, but it's ball four. The catcher, not waiting for the call throws the ball to second. The second basemen tags Cedeno. But, hey, the Jones just drew a walk. Great. We've got men on first and second! Nope, he's OUT!
For those of you scratching your heads as I was, wondering how in the world you can throw a guy out at second when the batter walked, here's how it worked.
Cedeno was running, the catcher threw to
second, Cedeno overslid the bag and the shortstop tagged him
for what turned into the second out of the inning.
Second baseman David Eckstein and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa both argued Cedeno
should be out. After conferring with one another, the umpires agreed. Matt Murton
then popped out to end the game.
"I said 'Hey, he went past the base,'" Eckstein said. "They talked
it over and just made sure they got the right call. Once you touch the
base and you come off, no matter what the situation is, he's live as a
Crew chief Larry Young said the umpires met to make sure they got it right.
"Call there was ball four, the runner is entitled to second base but
that's it. He overslid the base and was tagged out," Young said. "We
got together on it, yeah."
Only the Cubs. Now about that play in the seventh inning...
The Cubs had two on, nobody out. Henry Blanco pops up a bunt in front of the plate. The catcher reaches around Blanco to make the catch and the ball hits the ground. The cacher tags Blanco, throws to second with Eckstein covering. Eckstein throws to the third and Scott Rolen tags Mark DeRosa. Rolen whips the ball to first - triple play, right? Not!!!
After conferring, the umpires determined Blanco should be ruled out for batter's interference, and the two Cubs base runners were sent back to their bases.
Like I said, only the Cubs!
I've been searching around for info on the new AOL game "Million Dollar Bill" and found a little info. Apparently, it will work similar to Gold Rush - with daily online games, but will also involve the top players competing on TV and playing along at home, all for a chance to win a million smackeroos. The game is scheduled to begin sometime early next year:
AOL Announces 'Million Dollar Bill' Interactive and TV Game, with Host Leeza Gibbons
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- AOL announced a new online game and
cross-media program that will let players compete for the chance to
turn everyday one dollar bills into cash prizes of up to $1 million
dollars. Leeza Gibbons (Leeza) has signed on to host the game, which is
scheduled to launch in the first half of 2008. The program is
co-produced by AOL, Madison Road Entertainment, Scott A. Stone (for
Stone & Co) and Viewer Rewards, LP.
In the game, players will compete on AOL (http://www.aol.com) in a
series of challenges that will reveal serial numbers on real dollar
bills in active circulation. Each day, there will be new games on AOL -
from "21" and "Hi-Lo" to celebrity trivia. Top players will compete in
90-second video segments aired on network TV as well as online.
"This is the first game show where every American already owns a ticket
- probably lots of them, and we are thrilled to be working with Madison
Road Entertainment, Stone & Co., and Viewer Rewards to bring it to
our online audience," said Mike Kelly, President of AOL Media Networks.
"With 'Million Dollar Bill' we are taking online interactive games to a
whole new level. It is another example of how AOL is able to produce
and distribute fun and entertaining online programming for consumers,
and provide innovative new ways for marketers to reach consumers
Recently, a friend received an email to preview the beta version of the online Pirates of the Caribbean role play game from Disney. You can read about the game here: http://disney.go.com/pirates/online/thegame/index.html
(BTW - This game has NOTHING to do with the Volvo POTC Treasure Hunt, by the way, it's just more piratin' fun.)
However, when she went to register, it asked for a credit card number to "verify you are at least 18 years of age". None of the other online role play games I have had dealings with required a credit card just to register to play a free version of the game. I've contacted the Disney people to verify whether or not this was a legit email and request, but haven't heard back yet. I will update when I do hear something. In the meantime, if any of you have had a similar email or experience, - or know more about this - please let us know.
I do know that there are two versions of the POTC online game - the free version with sponsor ads and a premium version that for $9.95 a month has no ads.
The online game looks INCREDIBLY cool:
(From the official website)
Set sail on the vast blue waters of the Caribbean in
search of adventure, fortune, and fame in the world of the infamous
Jack Sparrow and the evil Davy Jones. Create and customize your own
pirate, build and outfit your own ship, and assemble a crew of your
fellow rogues. Set your own course, your own adventure, and truly live
In Pirates of the Caribbean Online,
a massively-multiplayer online game for the PC platform, you, alongside
thousands of other players, will be able to fully experience the
adventure of the films and explore beyond these boundaries to discover
new myths and untold stories. Forge alliances, hunt for buried
treasure, battle evil undead forces, and use cunning and strategy to
outwit your foes - all to become the most legendary pirate on the high
Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!
- Create your own Pirate character - Choose from
millions of combinations to fully customize your character (shapes,
colors, clothing, names, etc.). Further enhance your pirate persona
with eye patches, peg legs, tattoos, scars, and more!
- Set sail on your own Pirate ship - Purchase, customize, and captain your own ship. Recruit your crew and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.
- Quest for adventure and treasure
- Embark on ship and land-based missions using secret maps to locate
buried treasure. Explore lush jungles, volcanic caves, and vast
tropical islands. Keep your wits about you though, as traps, ambushes,
and double-crosses are an everyday occurrence when keeping company with
- Use advanced weaponry
- Jump into battle with a variety of weapons, each requiring a unique
set of skills to master. Improve your reputation as a fighter to be
reckoned with and unlock more powerful weapons.
- Become a legend
- Master a variety of skills, including sword fighting, card playing,
and treasure hunting to become the most notorious pirate in the world.
- Work your Voodoo Magic
- Voodoo magic is used to heal, travel, cheat in games, and cast curses
on enemies. Use items found in the world to craft your own curses.
- Get some Booty -
Earn extra loot and build up your notoriety by competing in mini-games
such as poker, blackjack, and darts. Server-hosted tournaments and
contests for the games will award rare items and gold.
- Build a notorious crew or guild
- Band together with others for expanded adventures and added power.
Form your own crew for a quick battle or join a guild for longer-term
- Grow your wealth with money and rare items
- Hunt for buried treasure including gold, precious gems and mysterious
artifacts. Trade these bounties among other pirates in the open market
Most of you have seen the movie Major League, starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen as the bottom of the standings Cleveland Indians and their journey to the World Series. What you may not know is that it was filmed in Milwaukee at the old County Stadium, home to the Milwaukee Braves and later the Milwaukee Brewers. (We won't go into Atlanta stealing the Braves, that's a whole different story.)
Last night, after being snowed out in Cleveland, the Indians finally had their home opener - in Milwaukee; and plenty of people showed up to cheer them on. While the snow stopped falling in Cleveland, they are still carting it off the field and out of the stadium. So, MLB decided for only the second time ever to move the games. They considered other cities such as Houston and St. Petersburg, but couldn't find the hotel rooms to house the teams. So they decided to try Milwaukee and the domed Miller Park. We had the rooms (I mean, who spends Spring Break in Milwaukee, right?), the Brewers were in Miami, so we welcomed Cleveland for a three-game 'home stand' against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (who names these teams, geez!)
That meant Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Executive VP of Business Operations was faced with just a little over 24 hours to host the first game with a full contingent of employees, parking attendants, concessions, etc, etc, etc. Food had to be ordered, people brought in and things spruced up to make ready. "And I was supposed to be home early last night," Schlesinger
joked. "But you know what? Our staff came together and really made a
commitment to get this done. And it worked."
Oh, yeah, and could you get some fans in there, too? So, they put tickets on sale for $10 a piece. They hoped to be able to fill the first level of Miller Park with 9,000 fans. Final attendance figures for last night's game? The official count: 19,031 showed up. "I don't know what we would have done if even more people would
have showed up," one Brewers official said. "We might have been in
trouble."They filled the first level and opened the second to accommodate everyone. How cool is that? Nearly as cool as the famous slow motion wave we do here in Wisconsin! A tradition at the University of Wisconsin Badger football games, the fans demonstrated it in the 7th inning, and wowed the Indians.
"It was one of the coolest things I had ever seen," pitcher Joe Borowski said. "I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me."
"I had never seen the slow-mo wave before," manager Eric Wedge said. "That locked me up."
The size of the crowd thrilled the Indians as well. They placed bets on how many would show up. "I thought it would be like five, maybe 500," Borowski said. "I thought
it would be like an American Legion game. I mean come on, less than 24
hours notice? I didn't think anyone would be here."
"I thought maybe there would be like 2,000 fans," reliever Roberto Hernandez said. "But the people from Milwaukee showed a lot. It felt like a regular game out there tonight."
But, back to Major League. Here are the Cleveland Indians playing in their home uniform, and whose voice do you hear on the stadium radio feed but Bob Uecker who was the announcer in Major League. "Just a bit outside."
And, when Joe Borowski took the mound in the 9th inning, they blasted "Wild Thing" and the crowd went crazy!
By the way, I will be at the Thursday game, with some of the best seats I have ever had at any ball game. Nine rows back behind third base, right by the Indians dugout. Sweet!