About Shannon

This blog (zentastic.com) is my (Shannon Larratt) generally personal blog where I ramble about whatever I feel like that day. Much of it was imported from my original blog which was hosted at iam.bmezine.com (“glider”, although I’ve since been deleted and banned from that site by the new staff for some unknown reason).

I’m a programmer, writer, and artist that you probably know best because of BME, the body modification website I ran from 1994 until mid-2008 (where I also maintained a body modification blog called MODBLOG and managed a a cool body modification wiki/encyclopedia — again, both of which I’ve now been banned from, even though the vast majority of the content was created by me). You may also be here because of Uvatiarru, a movie I’m currently producing, or possibly from the military photo site I maintain, UnderMars. Or maybe it’s because of my kit car and homebuilt vehicle site? Perhaps it’s due to peanuts that look like ducks? Maybe you want a sportscar for the snow?

You may also know me as the designer of the first Internet Casino (featured in WIRED, etc), the technical creator of the VoiceBBS software, a revolutionary and influential telephony system, and co-creator of the concept. If you’re very old, you may also know my work with SciFAX, a compute-fax interface that predates the popularity faxboards and could be argued to be their precursor. Early on in my programming career I also wrote the first published VGA video game, as well as creating one of the few trojans capable of destroying computer hardware (by creating a feedback loop in sound cards).

I do lots of stuff… If you’d like to reach me you can do so at snowrail@gmail.com.

You can also visit my girlfriend Caitlin.

Here are some pictures from the last half decade or so.


  1. Elijah wrote:

    (: i love how your involved in so much, I’ve only recognized you from BME. Your life seems so interesting, I’ve only known about bits and peices’ from the last 2 years, and only recently stumbled upon your blog (not stumbleupon, its just my wording).
    i hope one day to meet you, maybe when i move to Canada.
    Btw i love your painting style,and especially the cards you send to people with rhymes. so clever..

    Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  2. Spy95 wrote:

    I also only “know” you from BME and wanted to let you know that since the “takeover” at the very beginning, I’ve stopped going there and let my account expire. BME isn’t BME without glider. I love reading about your adventures with Ari (heck, I remember your first blog entry when she was born!) and LOVE the pics of the food. Keep going on!

    Monday, September 29, 2008 at 4:56 am | Permalink
  3. P1NCH3 wrote:


    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  4. Elias wrote:

    After everything that happened at BME and IAM i cancelled my account. I’m so glad to read your blog here :) Good to see you Shannon :)

    Monday, November 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Jubai wrote:

    When you run BME I visited the site every day. Since your gone I hardly visit the site. Cool thing I finally found your blog. Keep the good spirit going :)


    Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
  6. Seth wrote:

    I did first know of you through BME, as I was an active part of the community since 2001. I enjoy the whole of your work, however, and am now an avid reader of your blogging and especially fond of your painting. you are so talented and your life seems to be pretty positive. keep it up!!!

    Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  7. Biscoito wrote:


    Friday, October 9, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  8. Joel P. wrote:

    I remember Shannon from High School. Dude, you still owe me an Adlib card. j/k ;)

    Monday, October 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  9. Froggie wrote:

    You are Incredible. [Yep, that's a capital]

    Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 3:04 am | Permalink
  10. Nobody wrote:

    “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”

    Friday, June 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink
  11. Dennis wrote:

    Shannon, I am sorry you seem to be experiencing health problems. At least I saw a cane in one photo. I want you to know that you are missed on the BME scene. It’s totally gone to hell in my view. I’ve tried to share my suggestions with them but to no avail. I am not alone in the extreme mod community. I only hope that there is a future date at which you can again compete….if you wish to do so. You have the touch, and God bless them, they don’t! Best of luck!!

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
  12. Kel wrote:

    Shannon, I am very pleased to see that you have gone on to be a great success, even though it was apparent to me that you were a special guy 25 years ago. Of course, it isn’t the type of thing a twelve or thirteen year old can articulate, but your talent was apparent even then. I still recall very well our D&D sessions.

    Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
  13. caminsk wrote:

    have a look on this it may help you alot!

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
  14. caminsk wrote:

    the whole thing is explained here


    research is really important

    im sure it will help you!

    best wishes

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  15. T. Angel wrote:

    Too much respect and love for you Shannon! <3

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  16. Smooth wrote:

    Hi, Shannon. Back in ’94 I was one of the early folks at BME (my pics were still there last I looked), but with the many changes at BME/IAM I bailed – went other directions.

    I just mentioned you to someone else on-line, and decided I really needed to see what you are up to these days. I was terribly saddened to find you have the medical problems you do.

    Anyway, as we are both all too rapidly approaching our final days even though we hobble with a cane, I thought I should stop by and say “Hi!” while we are both still up and about.

    Take care,

    Monday, November 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  17. Just spent over three hours reading your writings. Amazing.

    The Dragon

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
  18. Frank wrote:

    I and others will miss you, thank you for all you have given us.

    Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

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