Materialistic uses browser identification tokens, usually known as cookies, to identify you. Specifically it uses:

  • A 'Session Cookie' called 'ci_sesssion' which is the object we use to note that the person who visits two pages is the same person. Almost exclusively, this is used to track that you're logged in. It expires 1 hour after your most recent page visit.

    This cookie is required by the site to function, and cannot be opted out of.

  • Around four cookies from Google Analytics, whose names all start with '__utm'. These are used by site statistics tracking software to monitor which pages you enter the site in, where you leave it from, and which pages you visit. We use them for visitor counts and to monitor site and page popularity, as well as tracking which search queries or external site links people use to get to our site.

    These cookies track you across our site, but cannot be used to identify you personally, and cannot be used - by us - to track you across multiple sites. So we can identify you as "The person who previously visited a week last thursday" and "That guy who visits every day", but not "Bob the Eidolon, who lives in Texas and enjoys poptarts."

    These cookies have various expiry times, from "will vanish as soon as you close the browser" to "Two years after your last visit"

    They are controlled and set by Google Analytics, and you can opt out of being tracked by them by installing their provided browser add-on.


Our helpdesk system is provided by UserVoice. If you click on the "Feedback & Support" or "Help" links, their site will install the following cookies:

  • Another set of Google Analytics cookies (exactly as above, but for
  • If you log in to them, your session with will also maintain a cookie.
  • does not have access to any of the data within any of these.


Hardly anyone ever reads cookie policies, so as a Thank You, here's Aquarion's recipe for "Land Speed Cookies". They are called that because they go very fast.

In a bowl:

  • 85g (3oz) each of butter & sugar. Has to be butter, marg fails. Beat into submission.
  • Add an egg, beat into submission
  • Add 170g (6oz) flour (sifted), touch of salt
  • Add 30g (1oz) brown sugar
  • Add a bit of Vanilla Essence
  • Add 115g (4oz) Chocolate (Green & Blacks’ Maya Gold works really well) broken up into teeny-weenie pieces
  • Submission: the beating.
  • Break off into balls of about an inch (3 or so cm) across, and arrange on a baking tray. They spread out a little bit, so space them out.
  • Put into a 170oc oven for around about 20 minute
  • Leave them to cool for at least ten seconds