Monday, August 10, 2009
A Thought for the Day: Education and Writing
I agree with that, sort of. Over the decades I earned a degree in History and another in English - both undergraduate - and about half of a degree in computer science before bombing out. Along the way I picked up credits in art history, photography, the usual anthropology/geology/physics/whatever general studies stuff, and a minor in Speech. I think that was time well spent.
But I worked for both degrees in Fargo-Moorhead where there's three colleges, a technical school, and a trade school or two. I spent quite a bit of time in the Architecture library over at NDSU, checked out the agronomy department, and spent a lot of time in the three main libraries.
Sure getting the degrees was nice: but as someone must have said:
I never let earning a degree get in the way of getting an education.
I do not collect information on individuals visiting this blog. If you leave a comment, I'll read what you wrote: but I don't keep a record of comments, apart from what Blogger displays. (In other words, the only record of what you write or who you are will be what people see at the bottom of the post.)
I do collect information about how many hits this blog gets, where they come from, and some technical information. I use the WebSTAT service for this purpose - and all that shows is which ISP you use, and where it's located.
You can stop most of Webstat's data gathering by disabling cookies in your browser. I don't know why you would, but some folks do.
I'm also an AdSense affiliate, so Google collects information on what I've written in each post: but that's mostly my problem.
I'm also considering starting an affiliate relationship with DAZ Productions. You should be able to keep DAZ and Commission Junction, their provider of affiliate services, from collecting information by - again - disabling cookies in your browser.
And you can keep DAZ Productions from finding out anything about you, by not buying any of their products.
Again, I don't know why you would: but some folks do.
Or, rather, don't.