about

Ryan Barrett
public@ryanb.org

snarfed.org has been around since early 2002. It was born on my own server, which lived first in dorm rooms at school and then in an apartment in SF. It later migrated to a Linux VPS at JVDS, and finally to its current home on a shared FreeBSD server at pair.com.

On the software side, it started on SnipSnap, then moved to PyBlosxom, and now runs on WordPress, first on its own theme and now on a modified Ryu theme. See my software page for more of its custom patches, plugins, and themes.

The header image is a satellite photo of a military staging area near Al-Basrah, Iraq, taken by Landsat 7.

27 thoughts on “about

  1. Hi i am looking for a person named Andrew cotton mothers name was susan olive and his fathers name was charles cotton they lived a long time ago in a small village in north wales near porthmadog this was in the 1970s im just wondering if he is the one on your web page

    - myfanwy humphreys

  2. Anonymous Cellphones might be possible. I got a VirginMobile phone setup and it seems as though I don’t even have to enter in my name, address or anything. Just email when I activated the phone. You can even pay cash.

  3. Hi Ryan,

    Just curious, but why, if you value privacy so highly (as you should in my opinion), do you use gmail?

    - Robert

  4. Hi i am looking for the guy that i saw in your collection of Big Game 2005 pics. He had on a hooded sweatshirt and shorts at the tailgate party before the game. Do you know his name or an email? He looks just like me cousin but i haven’t seen him in years cause his parents divorced. - Jennifer

  5. The Egyptian Athletic Champions Association says:

    Offer From

    The Egyptian Athletic Champions Association
    Registration No. 863 year 2005
    Egypt

    To

    Spinsters Association
    Dear general manager,

    The Egyptian Athletic Champions Association is pleased to interconnect with your Association to cooperate with you in marriage matching between our Bachelors and your spinsters to make a happy family.

    Where that our Bachelors Athletic Champions are:

    The most capable of providing the intimate relationship full of love, respect, understanding, trust, honesty, passion, faithfulness and family belonging.

    The most capable of understanding women’s nature and feelings control.

    The best one provides a healthy sexual relationship to give his wife the maximum degrees of pleasure.

    Always there for her, puts up with her and cheers her up.
     
    Good looking.

    Have the desire for immigration from Egypt and permanent living in wife’s country 

    So,
    The Egyptian Athletic Champions Association offers a friendly request to your association for visiting us in Egypt to provide all facilities to your members who have the desire for marriage to select the one they look for and spend the honeymoon in the Egyptian Charming atmosphere.

    Wait for your response

    The Director of International Relations: Mr. Khaled Abdul rahman
    Telephone: 0020103749023
    Fax: 0020403407917
    Email:  Egyptian_association@maktoob.com
    Best regards,

  6. alex says:

    Does anyone have the 31 dowloadable mp3s for beyond good and evil? I tried the stormeffect one and it doesn’t work. Thanx.

  7. hey robert, great question! actually, i don’t use gmail, but not because of privacy concerns. i just prefer pine.

    as for privacy, the vast majority of people’s email is stored on a third party’s servers. whether it’s their ISP, gmail, hotmail, yahoo, or another provider seems like a minor distinction. (ok, hardcore geeks with your own mail servers, you’re the rare exception. put your hands down. :P)

    if you’re thinking about the ads, i’ll let gmail speak for itself. personally, i think it’s just silly. spam filters have been “reading” our mail forever. in terms of privacy, gmail’s ad targeting is no different. they’re both just computer programs. people play the (unwarranted) privacy card because they want a way to diss ads.

  8. On the Twitter RSS feed, if I did it right, which I think I did, brdcst.it isn’t recognizing it as a valid feed. Anything I can do for that? Thanks!

  9. It’s a very long string. Might it be getting cut off in both brdcst.it and feed validator? Looks that way after I paste it in the latter.

  10. Hi loving bridgy – really enriching the comments on my blog. Is there any way that LinkedIn comments could be integrated too? Thanks Ross

  11. thanks for the kind words, ross! and thanks for the feedback, linkedin is a great idea. i’ve filed a github issue for it.

    it’s not an itch for me personally, so i probably won’t end up doing it myself, but if you or anyone else want to take a crack at it, i’ll happily accept it as a contribution !

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