Privacy Policy

About this site

My website address is:

As you may have heard or read, the European Union has some new privacy rules, which they are requiring everyone to comply with (even if they are not in the EU). I have been reading tons of articles about this, all of which have wildly conflicting advice.  So this is my best guess.

Personal data collected (and the reasons for that)


If you sign up for my newsletter, I will ask you for your name and email address. I will also require you to confirm that you want to receive the newsletter. This helps prevent spam, and accidental sign ups.  That information will be retained by my email service in order to deliver the newsletter you signed up for. If you decide to cancel, I will stop sending you the newsletter. If you want your name and address removed entirely, contact me and let me know.


When you leave a comment, the site will retain your screen name, IP address (which won’t be visible), and email address in order to process and display your comment correctly.  The site also checks comment information and IP addresses against a spam list to help prevent spammy comments from getting through.

If you use Gravatar, the site will check your address against Gravatar’s database in order to properly display your name and avatar.

All comments are held for moderation (again to reduce spam). Once your comment is approved, your Gravatar profile picture will be visible next to your comment. If you don’t have a Gravatar, it will show a generic image.

Contact forms

If you contact me, I will see your name and email address on the form.  This is necessary in order for me to respond to your question.


Cookies in this case are small files used by web sites when you visit them.  The cookie helps to recognize your browser when you visit and allows the site to work properly. For example, if you log in to a website, it uses the cookie to recognize you and your preferences (such as type size or subscription status).
There are several kinds of cookies.  One kind is called “first party cookies.” The other kind is called “third party cookies.” First party cookies allow sites to recognize returning visitors, tell the site owner what pages have been viewed, and so on. Third party cookies allow analytics to work, help ads work correctly, and recognize your computer when you visit that site (or other sites) again.
Here are some links to opt out of ad cookies.
You will still see ads, but they will be less relevant: or You may opt out by clicking here:  If you are in the EU, use this link instead:


If you leave a comment, you can choose to save your name, email address and website in cookies (not the chocolate chip kind, this is just a marker on your browser that remembers who you are). This makes it easier to comment, since you won’t have to keep filling out the same information over and over.  The cookie is good for a year. If you click on an ad, that may also set a cookie to give you more personalized results.  You can control personalization by changing your cookie and privacy settings. More about Google ads and privacy policies on this page.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). If you click on that content, or interact with it, those sites may collect data about you, set cookies, and use that information to show ads or suggest other content you may like.  If you have an account with that third party (such as YouTube or Twitter) and are logged in, those services may use that information for tracking and recommendation purposes.


This site uses Google Analytics to track the number of visitors to the site, the pages visited, and so on. The data is anonymous, so I do not have access to information about specific people. Google will retain that data for 26 months.

Who I share your data with

If you click on an affiliate link, that will set a cookie, which helps properly attribute the revenue from any sales.  Your personal information (such as name, email address, or physical address) is known to Amazon (or other partners you buy from), but not to me.  I cannot tell who you are.

Any comments will be retained on this site (unless you request otherwise), and backed up to my web host and a cloud storage service (so that the site works properly and I have backups in case of a problem).

The site is also protected by a security and maintenance service to help everything run smoothly.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its associated information (name, email address, etc.) are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them for moderation.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request a file with any data I have about you or request its removal. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.