Ahoy mateys. Today be humpday, as well as International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and so your Captain thought he would share some broadsides that me parrot done brought me. So while we chow down on our hearty lunch n’ grog, let’s throw these overboard and see what sharks they attract. Aye.
- Making Women Engineers. One of the problems with me career is that we don’t have enough women. We’ve got wenches in ev’ry port, but where are the women who are building our ships. Enter Debbie Sterling. This lass has designed a toy for the wee ones called GoldieBlox designed to appeal to the little lasses while encouraging them to build things and use engineering knowhow. I hope it works.
- Repairin’ Sidewalks and Trees. Landlubbers have this strange attraction to these things called “trees”, and like to walk on sidewalks. Aye, but the ones in the Port of Los Angeles are broken and expensive to replace, and the mates are mutinying over it. Your captain is well aware of this; we have a tree in the city-owned median that has a pest infestation. We can’t simply remove or treat it, but have to go through an expensive city process to take care of it, which I can’t even think of doing ’till I find where I buried my treasure. Arrrrrr.
- Finding Treasure. One way to get treasure is from this newfangled device called an ATM. Much less riskier to life and limb than the musket. An enterprising mate has done an analysis of the 4-digit PINs commonly used. Turns out quite a few of them are quite easy to guess. Maybe the crew won’t need to find that map after all.
- Dealing With Cravin’. When the crew is at sea for a long time, we get some mighty strong cravins’. Aye, and we have to fight them. This article tells of some ways to deal with food cravins’, and why they might not mean what you think they mean.
Music: Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell): “You Better Sit Down Kids”