The Pitcairn Islands. What are they? Where are they? Are they for real?
I thought it sounded like the islands where “Sabine” comes from in Griffin & Sabine
– but it isn’t, that would be the “Sicmon Islands.” There is even a site where this guy tries to extrapolate where the Sicmon Islands are
, which is too funny.
Why was I even thinking about the Pitcairn Islands? Shac
recently showed me this
on the history of redelegation of the .pn
A top-level domain is the set of all the machine names (used in URLs, like “www.prestonscandy.com” which end in a particular word- like “.com” or “.net.” Other countries have their own top-level domains- so for example Amazon‘s Japanese site is www.amazon.co.jp, because Japan’s top-level domain is “.jp.”
Okay now that we’re caught up: the IANA report
describes the (not very interesting) history of the account… then, as part of its analysis, describes the population-
has a total population consisting of approximately 50 descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives.
…and the state of the existing information infrastructure:
Pitcairn Island’s telephone service consists of a local party-line telephone system. International telephone service is limited to Inmarsat service within a daily window. The local system is not presently capable of transmitting e-mail. The island has no airstrip. The economy consists of subsistence farming, fishing, and handicrafts made for sale to passing ships.
And now they have their own top-level domain! I just think that’s funny.
The Pitcairn Islands, like their fictional counterparts in Nick Bantock’s books, have their own stamps
… although of course they are not quite as pretty. And since they are printed in Singapore and the entire island is only 50 people, I have the impression they are mostly used for collecting, rather than actual postage.
I thought the Pitcairn Islands sounded like the islands where “Sabine” comes from in Griffin & Sabine– but it isn’t, that would be the “Sicmon Islands.” There is even a site where this guy tries to extrapolate where the Sicmon Islands are, which is too funny.