Pirates first invaded my blog in March of 2008. If you read comments, you've probably noticed that the pirate theme seems to surface every now and then--often from left field. It's annoyingly sophomoric, and I have been tempted on many occasions to exile the pirates. Just about the time I intend to do so, however, somebody will post one that is actually clever. A handful of these have been stupid enough to be in the same category as the The Naked Gun 2½: you don't want to laugh, you know you shouldn't, but you can't help it.
One pirate-poster in particular, whose blogger profile name is arrrrg!!!!, seems to be particularly adept at relating anything whatsoever to pirates. This guy could find a web link that somehow connects pirates to tennis, turtles, or tutus. You have to put up with a lot of mediocre to get to his (or her?) occasional gem, though.
Just where did all this start? I told the story back on May 13th, in response to a question from another reader. Here's the reprint of that exchange:
- Anonymous said...
Please let the rest of us in on the pirate thing, I dont get it.
- May 13, 2008 2:11 PM
Tom Casady said...
I'm not sure I understand it, either, but I know how it started. Back in March, I wrote a post, Testing the iCrime theory. The second comment was from a reader named Chris. He had posted a message on an Apple forum about my blog post. I checked the thread, and found that someone else had posted a link to a graph implying a relationship between global warming and the demise of pirates. The graph is making fun of the tendency of some research to confuse correlation with causation--sort of the same point I was making in my post.
From there, the pirate thing took on a life of its own. One or more regular readers of The Chief's Corner figured out a way to work pirates into about all of his, her, or their comments. The humor wore off a long time ago, but I have to admit that I was laughing out loud when I looked at the pirate keyboard somebody linked in their comment in Tulips up.
In summation, a rather sophisticated intellectual discussion about research methods devolved into moronic Junior High humor. Come to think of it, I'm not sure which is preferable.