Privacy Policy

Who we are

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

They exist.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

No one. At all. Oh, I mean, except for anyone who surfs by on the Web, and given this is a publicly visible page, I see no reasonable basis for an expectation of privacy. If you leave a comment, someone else can see it. Boom.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Is used for forensic purposes, which means that practically speaking, it isn’t used at all, unless something goes wrong and it turns out that you may have had something to do with it. Otherwise, the website uses it on your behalf to positively identify you, and attempt to secure your data to your account and your sessions.

Additional information

I could be a crazy person. You don’t know.

How we protect your data

I use a combination of wishful thinking and a full-throated invocation of the Charm of Making.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Dreamhost provides an automatic backup. That’s it. Look, everything is temporary, anyway. Shit happens.

What third parties we receive data from

That’s kind of a crazy question. It’s just me, here, so every one of the other people who is neither you nor me is a third party. Yeah, think about that.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None, I do nothing with it. I have things to do that don’t involve rubbing my hands together and chuckling darkly over how I might lure in unsuspecting visitors and mine them for all of their precious data|dollars|what-have-you. Everyone out there is using your data already. I’m not going to participate in it. I own this site and it is cheap, and I can give away knowledge for free, all day.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

I’m going to try to persuade you to commit to open source everything, and to help re-imagine technical skills as basic literacy. I’m also going to promote musicianship as basic literacy, history of philosophy as basic literacy, and science as basic literacy. Then, I’m going to try to persuade you to see these skills as things humans do, and not so much as social roles, or roles that set us apart in income levels. I’m not sure what industry I’m in, but that’s what it looks like. Oh, it appears to seek to dissolve identities and boundaries between people, and between compartmentalized ideas in our own minds. Man, I’ll just keep making stuff up, if you’ll let me.