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This website displays advertisements served by third-party companies, including Google. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. For example, Google uses the DoubleClick cookie to enable it and its partners to serve advertisements based on visits to this and other websites.

For more information on how to control and opt out from the use of interest-based advertising, please visit this page from the Network Advertising Initiative. To opt out of Google’s DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising, please visit Google’s Ads Settings page. To opt out of interest-based advertising from dozens of different advertising vendors, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance Consumer Choice Page.

Analytics and Site Statistics

This website uses analytical tools, such as Google Analytics and built-in site stats from WordPress, to obtain non-personalized aggregate data about who visits this site. I can, for example, find out how many people visited from Canada, or from Facebook. Information like this helps me understand what works and doesn’t, why people are visiting, and what parts of the site need working on. I don’t get any information about individual visitors. Learn more about Google Analytics and privacy, and how to opt out of Google Analytics. Automattic’s privacy policy covers WordPress and related products.

Social Media

This website makes use of social media buttons from social media networks like Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter. These buttons make use of embedded code provided by the social media companies that I have no control over. If you’re logged in to one of these social media networks, they will be able to present information on this website based on your data (friends, likes, et cetera); I don’t have access to that data. For more information on social media and privacy, see the privacy policies of FacebookGoogle PlusTumblr and Twitter.