Stating this, this is my own personal blog. All content on it is either mine, or is used with permission, or if I ever get famous, by guest writers, who also use permission to post things from their respective owners. Being said, let's get on with it:
Who Am I
My name is Kenton de Jong and I'm a web developer based out of Regina, Saskatchewan. I left my job a web developer in August, 2017 and I started doing this full time since then. My website is https://kentondejong.com/
What Personal Data I Collect And Why I Collect It
As of June, 2018 I use my own custom ads on my website. All ads are designed by me, following guidelines provided by the advertiser. They don't add cookies to your browser when you click on them; instead Google Analytics just tracks if you clicked on them.
Affiliate Program Participation
I can't make this blog work without affiliate ads. Affiliate programs pay me a certain amount depending on what you do after clicking on their ads or links on my site. These ads or links will install a cookie on your browser and if you purchase an item, I make a profit of the sales. All my articles have a disclaimer on top informing you about the links.
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Who I Share Your Data With
Your information may be shared with third parties (eg: advertiser) so that I can try and make some cash money and pay rent. Your personal information is never shared because I don't collect it, unless you explicitly allow me too, such as via a contact form or a newsletter signup.
The Third-party Service Providers I Currently Use:
Stripe: Any purchases through my site are through Stripe, and I do not collect credit card numbers. However, I do collect emails in case I need to contact you about your purchase. Here is their policy too.
How Long Do I Keep Data
Facebook stores your information if you leave a comment, Google tracks you while you visit my site and MailChimp collects your email information. All these companies collect this data indefinitely. I keep information from my contact form only so I can email you back.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
Beyond the conscientiousness action of signing up for a newsletter or leaving me a comment, all other information I collect is anonymous. If you don't want me to know who you are, just don't talk to me. Haha. If you don't want your anonymous data tracked, then use a browser like Firefox, since you can get Google Chrome tracks your usage.
Sensitive Personal Information
At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the website. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this policy. If you post racist comments or crazy theories about the government, I will delete your comment.
This website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If you think that happened for whatever reason, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shut its doors in 1970. A year later, in 1971, it would briefly reopen and house inmates from Holmesburg Prison after a devastating riot. After the prisoners were returned to Holmesburg, Eastern State would sit empty for over two decades. It would rot, decay and collapse. Trees and shrubs would grow into the structure and a clowder of cats would take residence. These hallowed halls would sit empty, the only noise being the chatter of startled birds and the trotter of feline paws.
The following decades would see various discussions of what to do with the building. Eventually, it was decided to preserve it and turn it into a tourist attraction. Although it officially opened for tours in 1994, attendants would have to sign a waiver and wear hardhats before entering until 2008. They had 10,000 visitors the opening year, a number of tourists not seen in the prison since 1858.
From 1829 to 1970, Eastern State Penitentiary underwent a variety of changes and transformations. This massive, sprawling, 11-acre complex was founded under the belief that solitary confinement was the cure needed to prevent criminals from committing future crimes. It was believed criminals who served in solitary confinement would turn to a higher power to reconcile with themselves for their crimes – hence feeling "penitent". To assist in this process, each cell was equipped with a slit window on the ceiling nicknamed "The Eye of God". It would be the only light source available to the inmate.
Ever since visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg last summer, I've wanted to include more about First Nations culture on my blog. Being of European descent, I often feel I am culturally blind to First Nations culture, and I noticed a severe lack of it in my writing. In fact, I feel in past articles a lot of my focus has been on European history in the New World, with only a side note regarding First Nations history. Now, I am trying for there to be more equal representation in my blog.
To finish off my #BucketlistAB series, I thought this article would be the perfect place to flip the tables, and instead focus on First Nations culture, with a European side note. Sometimes it is impossible to talk about one without the other, but I tried to focus more on the First Nations people and their story in this article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Most people know how to ride a bicycle. They learned sometime as a child and never forgot. I am not one of those people. I tried learning when I was a child, a teenager and an adult, and I have never mastered the two-wheel contraption. Whenever I see a child zip past me on a bike, I get a little jealous inside. I've always wanted to learn, but it's just something I've never been able to do.
On my recent trip to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alberta, I explored several of the many biking paths that wind through the area. The paths are also hikable, so I walked them instead. Although I've visited Cypress Hills several times, I never get used to the hills and lakes throughout the area. With dozens of kilometres of trails, you can spend a weekend there and never do the same thing twice. Although hiking around the park was incredible, I imagine it would be a lot more fun, and a lot easier, to bike it instead.