Pirate guy is based on a photograph taken while I wore some gag gifts given to me for my 40th birthday by my graduate students. My department head had taken to calling me a pirate because I had an earring. One graduate students stole the image from my hard drive and uploaded it (without permission) to somethingawful.com. Later it appeared in French Erotic Film. Luckily I'm a big believer in open source and free media, plus I have a good sense of humor, so I have no problems with this.