FTC Disclosures

Beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

This blog is not motivated by financial ends, although many if not all links that lead to Amazon provide me with Amazon store credit per their affiliate program. I started this blog to promote the things I love and the people I love and even to promote myself.

I really am a hitchhiker, and may or may not be homeless depending on what month and year it is. At the same time, I have worked for Apple, contracted with Microsoft, provided tech consulting for multiple organizations, worked many gas stations and restaurants, have contracted with two different multimedia companies (both with the focus on music) and have even contracted with an online honey importer. I've worked with multiple organizations defending individual rights and have organized groups of artists to create topical messages and much more. Every single page and entry on this blog should be considered biased and influenced by these forces.

Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.

This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules.

To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:

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The only exceptions to these favors are the "Featured Artists" (other than AychEff Zero) listed in the left sidebar. None of these have provided any favors other than to reply to a contact request to provide or deny permissions to promote their arts.

Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)
(Many of the writings courtesy of Tim Ferris)