Why I am leaving Instagram


As of this afternoon 12/18/2012 Instagram responded to the outrage and hordes of angry users that fled the Instragram platform after the release of the updated Terms and Privacy policy. You can view Instragram CO Founder Kevin Systrom’s open letter here.

To be honest I am still very leery of the changes they are making and did not delete my account however I am not sure they have won me back at this point. What are your thoughts on all of this?

Original Post: I typically try not to mix my social media / geek life with my backpacking life but after recent changes with the Instagram policies I wanted to write you all a quick note. As of today I will stop using my Instagram account. I will be moving back over to Flickr. I have been using Flickr to power my blog’s photo albums as well as archive my photos. Here are two articles that talk about the issues.  http://readwrite.com/2012/12/18/why-i-quit-instagram-and-am-moving-to-flickr and http://mashable.com/2012/12/17/instagram-signs-your-life-away/.

The biggest reason why I wanted to bring this up is because the way they have worded things in their Terms and Privacy policies.  I may not be a lawyer but this just seems wrong to me

“Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service,…”

So that reads to me that they can use it however they want but they do go on to say

“except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here: http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/.”

Head on over the the privacy policy and right away you are greeted with how they share your information and they will share your information with:

*people who help us provide Instagram to you
* business partners, which may include advertising partners
* businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Instagram is part of, or that become part of the same group
*outside parties to comply with the law and legal obligations

So to me it opens it up to really do whatever they want with your photos in a way they see fit. I am just waiting for someones child to be used in a marketing or advertising campaign of sorts and the parents not have a leg to stand on in court when trying to battle the rights to use the photo.

I am not going to stand on a soap box and lecture you all on how you should or shouldn’t do things, but at minimum I wanted to make sure you were aware that Facebook who owns Instagram had made that change and plans on changing the policies again in mid January.

With all of that said I recommend Flickr as a great replacement and will only be posting my photos there from now on. Flickr recently updated their app for the iPhone and Droid and has a nice user interface on their website.  If you would like to check out my Flicker photos you can view them here.

Trail Mix and Holiday Cheer


Trail mix packed up and ready to eat.

Over the weekend. I took some time and started working packing up some trail mix. I wanted to share with you the ingredients in this batch and also provide you with some substitute Items I like to put into my mixes. I am a salty and sweet kind of person. I am not much of a fan of the hot and spicy or the semi strange mixes out there. I keep mine pretty simple.

Main ingredients in Nutt’s Trail Mix.

  1. Salted Peanuts
  2. Honey Roasted Nut mix (almonds, peanuts, Pecan, Cashews, etc)
  3. Plain M & Ms
  4. Peanut M & Ms
  5. Shelled Pistachios
  6. Dried Apericots
  7. Dried Blueberries
  8. Raisons
  9. Cheezits
  10. Smokehouse Flavored Almonds.
  11. Honey Nut Cheerios
  12. I am sure I missed something.

Some Substitute Items.

  1. Skittles
  2. Chex Cerial
  3. pretzels
  4. Ritzbitz Cheese or Peanut butter crackers
  5. Any type of sugary cereal.
  6. Anything else you really like and feel would go good in your trail mix.

What are your favorite items you put in your trail mixes?

Happy Trails.


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Food Finds Fruit n Crackers

Over the weekend we headed out to pick up a few things from one of the local grocery stores and I stumbled upon a several great food finds that I wanted to share with you.

Fruit Strips and Fruit Pieces

Fruit Strips and Fruit Snakcs

The first one is Fruit Strips and Fruit Pieces. They are awesome I will be going back to go get more. There are several different flavor combinations. Apple and strawberry, berry medley, and apple watermelon. I tried one of each of the strips and the fruit pieces and they were very moist and full of flavor. All Natural no sugar added and only 60 calories per strip or package.


Small Stacks of Ritz

8 small tubes of Ritz in a box.

I also found these really neat small stacks of Ritz crackers.  These are great because you do not have to worry about opening the packaging of the tube of crackers and splitting them out into daily portions for the trail. There are 8 tubes per box and provide roughly the same amount you would get in a normal box of Ritz.


Just Fruits

Just Strawberries and Bananas

The last Item I found was the Just Fruit brand Strawberries and Bananas.  They are freeze dried and to be honest I did not like them. If you like astronaut ice cream then these are for you. I however tried them but I do not think I would buy this type of snack in the future.





What neat snack or food finds have you found lately? What are your favorites?

Happy Eating on the Trails


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