privacy policy

Privacy Policy for

The privacy of our visitors to is important to us.

At, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use visit, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

Cookies and Web Beacons
We do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums.

We also use third party advertisements on to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Please see Google’s privacy policy for more information about how Google uses your personal information.  Note that:

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site.
  • Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

AdSense Privacy Policy Provided by JenSense

Information collected by third-parties.

We may allow third-party companies that use tracking technologies, such as cookies or pixels, to record IP information about users who visit or interact with our website. Our website does not provide any personal information to these third parties. This information allows them to deliver targeted advertisements and gauge their effectiveness. Some of these third-party advertising companies may be advertising networks that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative which offers a single location to opt out of ad targeting from member companies.



You’ll notice that many of the links to products (books, seltzer machines, credit cards and so on) on brip blap take you directly to a page where you can buy that product.  These links are ‘affiliate links,’ which means three things:

  1. The link is specific to, which allows the people who run the site you visit to know I sent you.
  2. If you do, in fact, buy a product after clicking through on one of my affiliate links, I will make a small amount of money – maybe 3% of what you pay.
  3. The fact that the link is an affiliate link does not change what you pay for a product; the commission I receive does not affect what you pay in any way.  You’d pay the same price if you went directly to the site.

Running a blog takes a little bit of money to pay for hosting, domain registration and occasional incidental expenses.  It takes a lot of time, too.  Writing is just part of it; coding, replying to emails, dealing with spam, and so on.  I’ve included these affiliate links to offset most of the cost of maintaining, but also hopefully to compensate me somewhat for my time.  So if you do see me write about something that you’d be interested in buying, you can help me by using my affiliate link to buy it.  It won’t cost you anything, and it will help me keep blogging.  Thanks! – Steve