Who writes this stuff?

Jared Earle

Photo by William Duffy, 2008Jared frequently refers to himself in the third person when writing colophons. He’s an Englishman, born oop north in the 1960s, now living in Scotland with his other half and three cats. He’s worked in old-school role-playing games as both a writer and graphic designer for the exceedingly brilliant Nightfall Games, but he shifted to IT in the late 90s web boom after a five-year spell at Wizards of the Coast. In 2007 he returned to Scotland after 8 years in Paris.

Work? That would be as a Systems Administrator, doing both Windows and UNIX Admin for clients including BD Network, Realview and Nightfall Games. He’s available for freelance gigs, if you need someone that can manage and tune your web servers, optimise your LANs, hack your Gibsons and ‘shop pictures of kittens.

He’s done a few sites on t’interweb including a now-defunct twitter reminder, the no-longer-available URL shortener tw3.it, a Tweetie Image Service MyQuim and, with Stuart Dallas, a gallery system called Vignettes which can be seen in action here. Oh, and he runs the off-topic-by-design OSX-Nutters mailing list, hosted on the obscenely-named tit-wank.com and hosts a few sites on his cat5.org domain. His most recent website is the (unfortunately, now private) super-combined image service and URL shortener 23x.me, a companion to this very blog. His interests include, but are not limited to, riding his Ducati 748, watching motorcycle racing, wearing mechanical wristwatches and basically living up to the stereotype of a geek.

As can be gathered by the number of articles on photography on this blog, he quite likes taking photos. He has a Flickr account for regular photos, as can be seen in the photos on the right of this page, and another for his daily iPhone photos. In addition to this blog, he also writes for MonsterBook, along with fellow Nightfall founder Dave Allsop, and occasionally for the motorcycle racing blog MotoRaceReports where, alongside the writing, he’s also a staff photographer. As if this wasn’t enough, he is back writing for Nightfall Games whose stuff is available for sale online and he’s the WSBK pundit at MotoMatters, one of the most respected motorcycle racing websites.

Some of his work was described by the Conservative Party as “Vulgar” in no less than the Daily Mail and “Despicable” in the Telegraph.

Yes, he really does like Munchy Boxes and not in an ironic, post-modern way. No, he doesn’t think it’s particularly pretentious to refer to himself in the third person. And yes, he really does have a movie deal.

If you like that sort of thing, you can always follow him on Twitter. He doesn’t use the third person there.


  • Toni

    Hey Jared.
    I found your page when I tried to find out what happened to one of the coolest sites I can remember: amigameorlame where games battled head to head.. kinda.
    Does this site still exist somewhere?

  • I remember that well. That was one of Gribbley’s sites from 1999. I don’t know where it is, though.

  • Toni

    You got an idea how I could contact him to find out what happened to the site?

  • Hi Jared – meaning this in the best possible way, you’re just the sort of self-opinionated geek I’m looking for. Would you be prepared to kick the tyres of a new Scotland-based cloud IaaS and give us your valuable and brutally honest feedback about what you like/don’t like? I won’t sully your blog by putting in a link to it here, so please reply to me directly if you’re interested. I’ve got over 40 takers so far to my offer of a free beta trial and I’d like to hear your views too as I get the feeling they’ll be straight.
    BTW – nice cat pic. I’ve got 2 British Blues, one sitting on my desk right now. Best stress-busters you could imagine.

  • Dan

    would be interested to produce some not yet tees…

    would you be interested in collaborating?


  • thanks for the comment my buckie lovin amigo.

  • Robbie

    You are an idiot of the highest proportions.. FYI it is pretentious to refer to yourself in the third person. Don’t for one minute assume you are some kind of internet hero for that pathetic website that you made. Despicable and Vulgar don’t begin to describe how low you are.

    • Thanks for the comment, Robbie.

    • Steven van der Werf

      You, Sir, are unbearably awesome.

      I wish I were capable of being just like you


  • cafeguaguau

    please tell me where that picture and I must do my apologies for the inconvenience please contact me by email

  • Ali

    Hi Jared,

    If you’re open to accepting advertising on your site could you please contact me by email? VERY sorry to contact you through the comments section.


  • Pete

    Hi Jared,

    Just checking out the thatcher site, I note it’s not displaying correctly in IE. The issue is you need to split your @font-face css rule into separate rules for each browser, ie,

    @font-face {
    font-family: ‘SansThirteenBlack’;
    src: url(‘/fonts/sansthirteenblack.eot’);
    font-weight: normal;
    font-style: normal;
    @font-face {
    src: local(‘?’), url(‘/fonts/sansthirteenblack.woff’) format(‘woff’), url(‘/fonts/sansthirteenblack.ttf’) format(‘truetype’), url(‘/fonts/sansthirteenblack.svg#webfont180qSKaW’) format(‘svg’);

    Sorry to be a pedantic geek but, well, I am…

  • Kathleen Hubert


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  • Anonymous

    I thought you’d like to know that I posted a link to your site in the first comment on the below article.

    They didn’t like it much, deleted it and banned my account altogether.
    It didn’t abide by “community standards.”


    I wonder if they classified it as hate speech or sexism?

  • Andy


    • Thanks for your comment. I leave you with a quote from the great Clarence Darrow: “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”

    • Steven van der Werf

      Bloody Hell, I thought she was already dead!

      a whole bottle of whisky gone for nothing.

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    You can review the graphic at http://www.motocrossgear.com/bike-maintenance/suspension-setup-guide/

    If you like the graphic, I’d appreciate if you could add it to your blog or share it through your social media accounts.

    If you would like to display the graphic on your blog or website you can easily copy and paste the code from our site.

    PS. I am more than happy to help you share any future blog post you are trying to get more visibility to.

    Aldo Baker

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  • Jess

    Hi, I’m doing a research project on the representation of female MP’s in the UK and would really appreciate your opinion on the subject, and especially that on Margaret Thatcher after seeing your “unique” website!


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