Data & Cookies

This cookie notice is for visitors to our website. It explains how we use cookies and your data. In this statement, "we", "us" and "our" means Noah Adams, who runs this website and posts to it, and associated guest authors who do the same. 

Wikipedia describes a cookie as "a token or short packet of data passed between communicating programs, where the data is typically not meaningful to the recipient program. The contents are opaque and not usually interpreted until the recipient passes the cookie data back to the sender or perhaps another program at a later time. The cookie is often used like a ticket – to identify a particular event or transaction. In some cases, recipient programs are able to meaningfully compare two cookies for equality."

Simply put, cookies do a lot of jobs which make your experience on this website smoother and more interactive, and allow us to track analytics such as page views and number of unique visitors.

Our use of cookies

We collect various cookies from our users for different reasons, including to monitor our own performance, and do our absolute best to respect users' privacy. We use cookies to track and improve our services, and believe that your experience of the site would be adversely impacted if you chose to opt out of the cookies we use. For example, we use cookies to track your acceptance of our cookie policy. That means that if you choose to disable all cookies, you will get a cookie policy pop-up every time you reload our webpages.

This website is hosted on Squarespace, which uses their own cookies for various functional, analytical, and performance reasons. To learn more about their use of cookies, click here.

We take your privacy very seriously. We do not sell any of your data to third parties, and strictly use it to improve your experience on this website and deliver new blog posts to your email using a third party Mail Chimp integration. Mail Chimp's use of cookies is described on their website in detail here. For inquiries regarding their use of cookies, please contact Mail Chimp directly.

Controlling your cookies

You should know that by deleting cookies, your preferences will be lost, and the quality of the site may decline. For this reason, we do not recommend turning cookies off.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. You may oftentimes also chose to delete all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information. 

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We use Mail Chimp to maintain our email list. In order to subscribe to this blog, you must give us your email in the subscription form (the "subscribe" footer at the bottom of every page). Entering your first and last name into this form is optional. This information is then directly transferred into the Mail Chimp platform, and is then used to send automatic email updates when a new post is released on the blog section of this website. To remove your email from our mailing list, you may click the unsubscribe button at the end of every mailing, or you may contact us directly.

We use Stripe to process donations. You can read more about their security practices here. To learn about Stripe's use of cookies and related integrations, please view their privacy policy. None of your data is transferred to Stripe unless you choose to make a donation.

Managing performance cookies

It is possible to opt out of having your anonymized browsing activity within websites recorded by performance cookies.To opt out of cookies or request we delete your user data, please contact us at uses Squarespace analytics to track site usage. To learn more about Squarespace analytics, please visit their informational page here.

We also use Squarespace's "Activity Log" to track the IP addresses of site visitors. You can read more about the activity log here. For more information see our legal notice.


Credits to The Independent for letting me use their cookie policy as the basis for mine