Excuse me, I meant privateer, you know, the quasi-legal version of piracy. I recently had a conversation with a friend about the British and American hiring and supporting of privateers during the 17th and 18th centuries. It must have been quite the life to escape for your ordinary day job as a laborer, craftsman, farmer, or sailor to go carry out raids on foreign vessels (often owned by your enemies) and being able to keep whatever you could carry after getting the requisite tribute for your employer. I joked that I wish that was still a career option for those of us bored with the antiquated (or highly cyclical) thinking of academia and the business world. I further added perhaps the DoD would allow me to borrow old Ironsides to go around and antagonize the lesser foreign dictatorships of the world, causing mischief in a manner somewhat reminiscent of a 1970s cartoon gang. Well, a guy can dream anyway. Until then, I'll have to settle for admiring old model ships and drinking aged rum while wearing my skull and bones slippers.