Future?

I have once again been tinkering with the Privacy Policy in a probably vain effort to deal with a regulatory climate increasingly unfavorable to running any kind of website, even a purely personal blog. Since I haven’t been updating this blog in ages and its traffic is likely near-zero, it’s probably a moot point, but… Continue Reading Future?

Privacy Update

I have been further updating the Privacy Policy in an effort to make this website more compatible with the new EU GDPR directive. There may be further changes between now and May 25. I’ve been trying, so far with mixed results, to greatly minimize the use of third-party content on this site. I had attempted… Continue Reading Privacy Update

Policy update

I have updated the site’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, which are now split into separate documents. Please read the new versions and let me know if you have any questions. ETA (Jan. 8–19, 2016): I have made further updates to both policies to clarify language and the workings of the site (particularly as… Continue Reading Policy update

The E.P. Ingersoll Award

I’m pleased to announce that my automotive website, Ate Up With Motor, has been named the winner of the 2012 E.P. Ingersoll Award for excellent in non-print media by the Society of Automotive Historians. For more information, see the Society’s website at http://www.autohistory.org.

Behind the scenes.

I recently did yet another editing polish of Dharma Bum and the Shield of Athena, my third novel. Proofreading this manuscript has been something of chore — I’ve had it proofed by two other people, but every time I open the document, I seem to spot something else that we didn’t notice before. (The side… Continue Reading Behind the scenes.

Slipstream, part 3.

One of my favorite literary genres at this point is what author Bruce Sterling once dubbed slipstream. Slipstream, which includes the work of authors like Steve Erickson and Haruki Murakami, occupies a middle ground between ‘straight’ fiction and science fiction or fantasy.

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The payment or donation buttons that may appear on portions of the administrative dashboard (which is not normally accessible except to logged-in administrative users) contain embedded content served by PayPal® services. Those buttons may set the third-party cookies PYPF (via paypalobjects.com, which is owned by PayPal), which appears to check whether or not you are a logged-in PayPal user and is probably used to facilitate the PayPal user login process, and/or 01A1 (via abmr.net, which is owned by Akamai Technologies), which stores certain technical information about your device and browser, possibly to facilitate the login and shopping cart functions. The PYPF cookie normally expires in approximately four weeks, the 01A1 cookie in approximately one year.

If you use the buttons to make a payment or donation, the PayPal services will set additional cookies (not listed here) to manage your PayPal login and transaction data (and potentially also for various other purposes, such as user analytics and/or advertising). For more information about what data PayPal services collect and how that data may be used, visit the "Legal Agreements for PayPal Services" page to review the PayPal Privacy Statement and Statement on Cookies and Tracking Technologies that apply in your location (the Statement on Cookies and Tracking Technologies that applies to each region is linked from within the applicable PayPal Privacy Statement). For more information about how Akamai may collect, process, and/or use personal data, visit the Akamai "Privacy and Policies" page and Privacy Trust Center. (PayPal.com, PayPal, and all logos related to the PayPal services are either trademarks or registered trademarks of PayPal, Inc. or its licensors. In addition, all page headers, custom graphics, button icons, and scripts related to the PayPal services are service marks, trademarks, and/or trade dress of PayPal. Akamai is a registered trademark or service mark of Akamai Technologies, Inc. in the United States (Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.).)

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Accessing the login page sets the wordpress_test_cookie, a session cookie that tests whether the user's browser will allow the cookies needed to log in to the administrative dashboard; this cookie normally expires when the user closes their browser. The iThemes Security plugin may also set the itsec-hb-login-xx cookie, which helps to protect the site against "brute force" hacking attempts; that cookie normally expires in about one hour. In certain cases, multiple iterations of either or both of these cookies may be set.

Logging in sets the wordpress_logged_in_xx, wordpress_sec_xx, and/or wordpress_xx cookies, which store the user's login credentials to allow access to the administrative dashboard and other administrative functions; there may be multiple iterations of each cookie. These cookies expire in about 15 days if the user clicks "Remember Me" when logging in; if not, the cookies normally expire at the end of the browser session (or, failing that, within about two days). If I have enabled two-factor authentication (which requires an authentication code as well as a password to log into the administrative dashboard), the iThemes Security plugin may also set the itsec_interstitial_browser cookie during the login process. This is a session cookie that verifies that the user has entered a valid authentication code; the cookie normally expires when the user closes their browser.

After logging in, the wp-settings-UID cookies store the logged-in user's configuration settings, while the wp-settings-time-UID cookies record the time those configuration settings were last set; again, there may be multiple iterations of each of these cookies, which normally expire after about one year. One or more wp-saving-post cookies may be set while creating and/or editing posts or pages, to help manage version control and the autosave feature; these cookies normally expire after about 24 hours. The wp-donottrack_feed cookie, which controls a blog feed, was set by accessing the dashboard menu for the WP DoNotTrack plugin (which I do not currently use on this website); this cookie normally expires in about one year.

For all the administrative and login cookies described here, "xx" will be a cryptographic hash while "UID" will be the administrative user's user ID number in this website's WordPress database. (WordPress and the WordPress logos are registered trademarks of the WordPress Foundation in the United States and other countries. iThemes is one of the Liquid Web family of brands; iThemes and Liquid Web are trademarks of Liquid Web, LLC.)

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