Who Are You?
My Name is Mike and I live in the south of England - about halfway between Southampton and Portsmouth. I'm married with two fine kids. My whole family is astonishingly patient with me.
What Is This Site About?
This website is really just about the things I do in my spare time. My interests include wild food, experimental cooking, assorted crafts, multimedia work and the deliberate, but benign and mild-mannered pursuit of the absurd.
Founded a short time after my 40th birthday, the site has been described by some as documentary of my mid-life crisis. Maybe that's not entirely untrue - looking back, it does mark a bit of a turning point, when I stopped just formulating lists of things I might find interesting to do, and started doing them.
My lists of future projects don't ever seem to get any shorter and most of the items on them are quite trivial, but it means I seldom experience boredom.
Why Is It Called 'Atomic Shrimp'?
Initially, I chose the name for an imaginary film production company - Atomic Shrimp Productions - for no other reason than I thought it would be nice to use two words that don't really belong together. When I saw that the corresponding web domain names were available, I snapped them up and Atomic Shrimp became reality.
Why Do I Keep Seeing That Checkered Tablecloth?
It just happens to be the tablecloth on the dining table here at Atomic Shrimp HQ, but I do like it.
It seems to have found its way into quite a lot of the photos on the site, just because the table is as good a place as any to photograph things.
Why Are There Adverts?
This site is partly supported by the modest revenue I get from selling ad space (however, some of the ad space is offered for free to selected charities).
Separation Of Ads And Content
It is my intent to keep advertisements completely distinct from content - they should never appear above, in front of, or mixed in with Atomic Shrimp's own site content* and the ads on this site should never launch popup windows without being clicked.
(*One exception - you might see mixed content in the form of overlay or trailer ads in video content for some articles - unfortunately I just don't have absolute control over this.)
Content And Target Of Ads
I will always try to ensure that that they don't offend, or offer goods or services that are not appropriate for a family-friendly site.
If you see an inappropriate ad - either by virtue of its content, or its placement, please contact me to let me know about it - if you can identify the target of the ad (i.e. right-click it and copy the link), this will greatly help in investigating the matter.
Direct Sale Of Ad Space
In principle, I am happy to enter into arrangements with companies or individuals regarding placement of custom ads, subject to all of the conditions above and below. Please contact me by the normal channels if this is of interest to you or your company
What I Will Not Do (Don't Even Bother Asking)
- I will not mix or conceal ad links within article content. I won't disguise ad links as personal endorsements or recommendations. (No price will make me change my mind on this).
- I don't accept ads for target sites I consider incompatible with the content and ethos of this site. That includes online gambling/casino sites.
- I will not participate in link exchanges for purely SEO-oriented schemes.
- In general, I'll try to avoid doing anything that might represent a violation of Google's Webmaster Guidelines
Overall, I want this to be a site that visitors find useful, interesting and fun, maybe enough to make them want to come back again in future.
I welcome and warmly invite your comments, suggestions and (hopefully constructive) criticism. Please feel free to post to the Guestbook, comment on individual articles, or contact me via the contact link in the menu.
It's now also possible for you to post comments on individual articles - just scroll down to the bottom of the page to the comments section and click 'Add'.
(Your posted comment might take a little while to appear - all comments posted on the site are subject to moderation and editorial alteration if appropriate - but don't let this put you off - in practice, I only delete spam and would probably only edit profanity. So if you want to say something negative or critical, you can.)