To request an account, send your real name, prefered user name, contact email address, contact phone number, and location to a at 9srv dot net. You will receive back a message with a brief introduction to the system and your initial password (which you are requested to change immediately). While not required, you are highly encouraged to attach a picture of yourself suitable for use as a face(6) file. If you do pgp/gpg, optionally, include in your initial message a pointer to your public key and I'll encrypt the message containing your initial password; my key is available on the major public keyservers.
The systems are currently located in Cleveland, Ohio, US. They're on a business-class DSL line, but it's fairly asymetric in what is usually the wrong direction for this sort of usage. Be gentle.