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About the Author

Marf, otherwise known as Cody Durkin

My name is Cody Durkin, was born and grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska. Ketchikan is a town on Revillagigedo Island in Southeast Alaska. There's around 14,000 people living on the island. It's in a temperate rainforest with nearly 200 inches of rain per year. It's not real cold in the winter and not real warm in the sumer, the ocean regulates the temperature quite well.

On July 28th, 2010 I finally managed to escape Ketchikan and moved to Boise, Idaho. Why Boise? A friend of mine went to the university here and liked the area so much he decided to permanently move. I jumped on the opportunity and offered to be roommates, because anywhere is better than Ketchikan (except Texas).

If you're wondering where the name “Marf” came from, I wrote a blog post a while back with the story behind it. You can find the post here: Where Did Marf Come From?

I'm a shy person in real life, I tend to live as a hermit most of the time. Computers and the internet have consumed what life I have. I'm quite good with computers, having built a few in my time. I'm mainly proficient in Windows operating systems, but I've dabbled in Linux and I have some experience with Macs.

As I've made clear in a few of my past blog posts, I use to be an atheist. I'm also single. I didn't expect either of those facts to change, yet now I'm officially an ordained minister of Pastafarianism. So who knows what the future could hold for the second one. Do I literally believe there is an actual physical Flying Spaghetti Monster that created us all? Well, no. Literal belief is not a requirement of Pastafarianism. Just like most Christians will agree that someone that works on the Sabbath (Sunday) should not be stoned to death. It's in their scripture, yet they don't believe it. I do think atheists should be a little more aggressive. We Pastafarians like atheists.

About the Site

Master Marf is a sort-of hybrid between a blog and a website. In fact, it is spread out over a few different sub-domains. The main homepage (www) is actually hosted by Blogger. The other two sub-domains (extras and pictures) are hosted by GoDaddy and I pay for that. (That's why you don't see the blogger navbar at the top on some pages.)

A little background first. I had originally started a site called Realm of Marf back in April of 2007 with the idea of creating a website. I was dead-set against making a blog. I thought people who blogged were pathetic and had no life. I didn't like any of the pre-made templates in googlepages, so I decided to learn (x)HTML and make my site from scratch.

I had always wanted to learn (x)HTML, but I had no server to host anything so I was not motivated to learn it. This gave me the chance, in one night I learned (x)HTML from W3 Schools (granted, I was up nearly all night). I went over CSS and Javascript the next day. I had some previous experience with scripting for a game called Neverwinter Nights, so I understood the basics behind scripting languages.

I didn't want to admit it at first, but I was using the site as a blog. It required some work to ad articles and update the rss feed manually, so I didn't update it very often. I eventually came to terms with the fact I was one of those pathetic people with no life, so I created a blog on January 21, 2008. It turns out I rather enjoy blogging. I decided to merge the two sites, getting rid of Realm of Marf in the process.

Technical Quirks

The site was designed for a screen resolution/browser window of at least 1024 pixels wide. Any less and you may have to scroll side-to-side. Because of the background images I'm using, I couldn't make the layout scale to the size of the user's browser. Only about 4% of my traffic is users with less than 1024 pixels wide. If you're one of them, I pity you.

I am currently in the early stages of becoming an Amazon.com Associate. The web address of my new store is subject to change. There are not many items in the store right now, but new items will be added as time goes on. The store is not ready for the mainstream yet, but is fully functional.

Special Thanks

My thanks goes out to Komodo Media for the social networking icons used throughout the site.

And of course thanks to all who take the time to comment on my blog. It means a lot to me.