Privacy Policy

We collect your data and sell it to the highest bidder. Just kidding. We have way too much to do for all that but there is automated collection that happens as a result of wordpress’s machinations. Details of that and more exciting verbiage follows.

Who we are

We are about reliable knowledge. Getting into paramotoring helped usher in the realization that there was a surprising amount of verifiably wrong information that was causing grief. Pilots getting killed and maimed as a result. Secondly we want to create learning material that works. Illustrations that convey ideas quickly and succinctly. Your time is precious. That’s a big reason why the book was kept to 120 pages with excess material added here, to

Plus, we are fun-loving humans who want to see share the love of life, a rational, evidence-based perspective on our surroundings, and do so in an approachable, respectful manner.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Privacy is important. Thankfully, it’s easy to avoid treading on and new technologies make it easier yet. For example, none of our services collects financial information. Most don’t. That’s all farmed out to processors.

Comments on Articles or bLog posts

If comments are allowed, the data shown in the comments form, the visitor’s IP address, and the browser user agent string are collected to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service (if used) to see if you are using it. And if all those words make sense, you need to get more airtime!

But really, after approval of your comment (if commenting is allowed), your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. Make it count.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Information on these is obviously collected and sent to us for nefarious purposes. Or more likely, for responding to your query.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year and must not be consumed. There is no nutritional value.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Nobody outside of what we’ve covered above.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website, we will store the personal information they provide in their user profile until 1) the cows come home, 2) earth suffers a cataclysm, or 3) we move on to other things in which case it’s up to the next owners. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, you can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

We protect your data with a small army of fire ants, raised in the scorching heat of Florida to resist the efforts of even the most devout hacker. In addition to that, the standard techniques employed by wordpress and our server, and the fact that any data the hackers could get would be less-than-useful.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If data leaks, we use the same nylon patch that we use on paragliders but we coat it with a flexible polymer.

What third parties we receive data from

Because of the nature of our work we get to enjoy the benefits of only first parties. By the time they get “third party” status we’re no longer interested. Consequently, we get no data from third parties.