Privacy Policy and Notice of Privacy Practices

Updated and effective as of August 7, 2017. 

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices and policies for (the “site” or the “website”), a non-commercial site currently controlled (though it may be hosted elsewhere) from the State of California in the United States by Kristopher A. Nelson (“us” or “we”). This privacy notice applies solely to Note: In using the site, third-party services may also be involved; in such situations, their privacy policies apply, not ours.

American law provides very limited privacy protections when interacting with a non-governmental entity like this site. California law provides more, but is still limited. Your jurisdiction may promise additional protection, but it most likely does not apply to your interactions with this site. Privacy policies like this one are your best guide as to how a site manages the data, some of which you may consider private or confidential, it collects.

We may change this policy from time to time and you may not be explicitly notified of such changes. Your access to this site signifies your acceptance of these privacy policies and our practices.

Questions? Concerns?

Please use our contact form to send us an email if you wish to contact us in regards to your privacy or the data we collect on this site.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We collect limited information about you when you visit the site or contact us. We will take reasonable steps to keep any personally identifiable information we do collect confidential, subject to legal and ethical duties.

If you contact us, then we may collect the information you provide to us, including your name, email address, and telephone number. We may use this information to respond to you as appropriate.

If you sign up for future communications, such as lists or newsletters, we may use the information you provide us to communicate with in you in the future. If you receive such communications, you may contact us and ask to be removed from similar future communications.

If you contact us via our “Letters to the Editor” form or via any kind of “comment” system, then any information you provide (including information you consider private, such as contact details) may be publically shared. (Please also see our “Terms of Use.”) Such communications are neither private nor confidential.

When you visit the site, we may use “cookies,” small collections of data stored on your browser, to improve services on the site. You may block or delete cookies using your browser tools if you wish.

When you visit the site, we may collect information about the computer and the software you are using, the pages you access, and similar kinds of “log” or “browsing” data. This data is used to customize and improve the site. You may use the “Do Not Track” setting in your web browser request that we limit the data we collect or store.

When you visit the site, third parties may collect similar information for similar purposes. Third parties and services that do so as part of providing us (and, in turn, you) with services, but that operate under their own privacy policies rather than ours, may include:

When you visit the site, other third parties may also collect information even if we have not requested they do so. These third parties may include Google Search, your browser, and your Internet Service Provider. They do so under their own privacy policies.


We may sometimes use third parties to display advertising on our site. An example is Google Adsense.

Third-party vendors, such as Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to our website or other websites. In particular, Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visits to this site and/or other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Google Ads Settings.

You may also opt out of advertising more broadly by visiting


We take reasonable precautions to protect your private or confidential information. We do not collect financial information directly and do not store such sensitive information ourselves.

Note that, despite accessing the site using SSL encryption, communications with us may be subject to monitoring by third parties and are not guaranteed to be private or secure.


August 7, 2017: Switched from terms of service that reflected those of Automattic, Inc. We still share those values, but these new terms reflect the non-commercial nature of the site.