Google, where choosing the "Language" link to the right o' the search box (or just followin' our link, above) pulls up a long list o' languages fer yer search results, including "pirate." But still no Doodle, alas ...
FaceBook, where users can "go pirate" on TLAPD (or any day) by selectin' the "English" (or whichever language they're usin') link at the very bottom o' the page and changin' that to "English (Pirate).
Tweet like a Pirate for one week only with a special, pirate-ized version of SwiftKey X, an Android-to-Twitter app from TouchType. Try it out here.!
If yer preferred social network, blog, forum or letter to yer granny ain't equipped to translate, you can use Post Like A Pirate (today or any day) to turn yer post into proper pirate talk!
Don't forget to check out our new Ustream channel on Sept. 19. for special, live video streams from the Pirate Guys themselves (assumin' they figger out the technology)
Lookin' for some shipmates for Talk Like A Pirate Day pillagin' and plunderin'? Our mate Cap'n Deadfish the Rubber Duck has set up a special TLAPD category on Meetups Everywhere. Just go to www.meetup.com/talklikeapirate, sign up, list yer event and send out an invite (or post it to our FaceBook page!) And don't forget to tell the webwench about yer plans!
American Girl Doll Collectors are at it again and the members are having a ball! For the 5th year in a row our membership(3,000+) is celebrating TLAPD. Again we have changed the forum and collectors around the globe are crafting, changing user names, and chatting it up in pirate speak. Our wee bonny plastic lasses are in on the fun too!
Over at Savings.Com, they blogged pirate-friendly recipes for TLAPD. Honey cake and bumboo, anyone? Good tips, too: "Eat with your fingers. Utensils weren't really standard practice on pirate ships. Who needs them? There's dishwashing at the end of the night that way!"
Excellent news: The Theme Show host ishtarandromeda has resurrected her classic 2006 and 2007 Talk Like A Pirate Day shows from the digital dustbin, once again making the best pirate playlists we've come across available fer yer listening pleasure. Perfect soundtrack for a pirate parrrrty!
Women of G+, an email newsletter for, well, women who are part of the early adopter Beta test for the new Google+ social network, featured our very own Webwench, Jezebel, as its Profile o' the Week!
It's become a tradition for lots o' Web sites to "go pirate" for the day. Let us know if ye spot one!
Laughterpiece Theater, a comedy duo dedicated to "MST-ing" vintage films via YouTube, does it pirate-style to the classic Robert Newton film, "Long John Silver" (yes, the whole movie) for Talk Like A Pirate Day:
As part of the online celebration for Talk Like a Pirate Day, LiveJournal infused the homepage with a little pirate-friendly wording and ran a contest. 45 random LJ users who answered the Writer's Block, arrr, Scrawl question (tell us your favorite pirate-themed joke) on the homepage were eligible to win episode one of TellTale's "Tales of Monkey Island" game. The 5 favorite pirate jokes chosen by the staff received a free copy of the complete game.
Thoughthammer.com is Thoughthammarrrrr for the day, and piratized from stem to stern.
Game like a pirate
We expect to see pirate action on WoW and elsewhere in the gamesverse- but we're too busy to game, so we count on you to let us know.
Lightwood Games has an iPhone game "Face Rivals" - a silly quiz game where answering questions lets you slap stickers on your friends faces.
The game includes a pirate themed pack . On Sept. 19, they did a one-day giveaway of the "premium" version including the pirate gubbins (and a few others) for free!
Let It Ride League, a fantasy sports site , has a new game "Pirate World Cup." Free to enter - choose 8 territories and they battle it like true sea dogs over ten sailings.
"The Lord of the Rings Online has a pirate week every year... starts tomorrow. Not officially a TLPD event but I don't think it is coincidence either. Stop by Landroval Server and say ARRR to Merrydew or Eija, the game is Free to Play." - Merrydew Sweetblossom More information here.
Each year brings new pirate apps for the Android, iPhone, etc. Here are the latest we've heard of:
uPirate - A new Android app, especially for Talk Like A Pirate Day, provides pirate captions for your camera-phone snaps.
PixelsOfEight (best company name EVER) has just released Swivelgun, a pirate-themed shootup game for the Android, soon available for iOS.
aRgh, a free iPhone/iPod app that spits back yer words in pirate-talk.
Fat Cat Pirate Chat - Talk, text, and tweet like a pirate, with rapid-fire buccaneering broadsides, and snappy corsair comebacks.
Just as importantly, the interface is based on the developers' work in assistive technology, so folks with communication disabilities can join in the fun!
Penelope the Purple Pirate storybook app is sale on the iTunes store through Sept. 20 from $1.99/$2.99 HD to $.99 for both versions in support of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Polka Dots Publishing and storybook app developer PicPocket Books is offering ita educational iPad storybook app at a fraction o' the normal price in honor of The Day.
We depend on Savage Chickens to come up with a week's worth o' pirate chicken cartoons every Talk Like A Pirate Day. Because what could be better than pirate chicken cartoons drawn on PostIt notes?
Cap'n Dan and the Scurvy Crew, the official rap/hiphop artists of International Talk Like A Pirate Day (because we declare them so), have a new "greatest hits" album and a pair of instant holiday classics, "Rap Like A Pirate" and "Ninja Hater."
When Mystery writer Laurie King's publisher was trying to set up the publication date and surrounding events for her next novel, she writes, "I said they could choose what they wanted--just so I had at least one event on Sept 19. Because the name of the book? Pirate King. And Sept 19th? My birthday." As it turns out, the grand finale of her book tour fell on Sept. 19, with winners of various contests announced at Denver's venerable Tattered Cover bookstore.
Romance writer Patricia Leever is releasing a new novel, Cat O' Nine Tails - a historical romance about a female pirate captain - on Aug. 30, and planning fun stuff on her website to celebrate TLAPD. She's also runnin' a Twitter contest on Sept. 19 to win an ebook copy & some swag. On Sept. 19 she asked folks to tweet their best pirate pick-up lines to @omnitraci or @patricialeever for a chance to win the booty!
Voice actor Chris Hendrie has produced an audiobook of the original R.L. Stevenson Treasure Island, performing 16 different pirate voices (including, of course, Long John Silver). For Talk Like A Pirate Day, he's offering a limited-time download of the whole book for only $5.99 from Sept. 19, 2011 through Sept. 19, 2012 (!) at http://chrishendrie.com/audiobooks.html
Audio4Fun.com offered discounts and piratical "treasures" for its VoiceChanger software for Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Australia - "Lombard The Paper People are a party store located nationally through out Australia. One of our biggest selling range is a our pirate party theme. On the 19th of September, all stores will be participating in International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Staff members will be dressed up as pirates and will speak in Pirate (to the best of their ability!) Customers are encouraged to join in the fun, for every customer who speaks pirate will in return receive a free eye patch. A fun day for customers and staff to enjoy." - Cap'n Olivera G.
Black Sails is a new UK vendor offering what look to be high-quality pirate, gothic and steampunk garb and accessories - launching their online store on Talk Like A Pirate Day 2011!
Bookaholic bookstores in Wichita, KS, offered 20% off coupon for anyone who comes in dressed like a pirate or just talking like one on Sept. 19.
"Me name be Captain Jack Gonzo and I be the DJ of The Saxon Files on CoogRadio.com. It is a student run radio station for the University of Houston. On the 19th I will be having a special Talk Like A Pirate Day show from 1pm-3pm...maybe more if I be able to keelhaul the next shift. We are available only online at coogradio.com which means everyone can join in on the fun. I will playing such bands as The Pirates Charles, Alestorm, The Pyrates Royale, Captain Dan & The Scurvy Crew, and many more.
DJ Boffles, on Dark Militia Radio, plans special TLAPD programming for the station's gamer listeners; last year (on another internet radio station), he organized activites in Eve Online; this year he's hoping to draw in WoW players, too.
The Disney Channel once again celebrated ITLAPD, this time with a marathon o' Neverland Pirates.
From the shores o' Lake Chaplain in Vermont USA, The Radiator be broadcastin' hearty Chanteys from all corners o' the seven seas actually ON Talk Like A Pirate Day herself. Tune in me maties, ta www.theradiator.org (or The Radiatarrrrrr" if ye prefer) Monday 5-7pm E.S.T. Yer requests-in-a-bottle can be floated over ta firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beachfront Radio aired a special TLAPD show, featuring an interview by Cap'n Cali of the Pink Pearl with our own Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket! Catch it on the Web during the Sept. 19 Amish Beach Party show with DJ Jeff Allen, 11 am to 1 pm Pacific time.
Speaking of interviews, one or both of the Pirate Guys were heard live or on tape at
Before Sept. 19:
Gold Radio Network, UK
WSWR Mansfield Ohio, Ed Gutchall
Ross Brittain "Mornings, 98.1" WOGL-FM /Philadelphia, The Ross Brittain Report
Y106 Indiana Tonya Haze
Perth Australia, 6PR Perth (live Sept. 18.)
MORE FM Auckland New Zealand
Australian Broadcast Corp Radio, Ballarat Australia
2GB radio in Sydney, Australia's No. 1 radio station
Sept. 19, (PDT) 9 a.m. EST, Jim Polito, News Talk 580AM/94.9FM Paxton, MA
Sept. 19, 10 a.m. EDT, Bill and Marla on KEZR the mix