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Trying to embed stuff on WordPress; Themes

Ferdinand, aka “boofer”, aka “ferdy”, ca. Spring 2002.

src=”http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?”
align=”center”
width=”900″
height=”700″
alt=”Ferdinand in mom’s backyard”

I.

(The above from animals page)

Darn. Well for some reason WordPress is eternally rejecting my attempts at embedding a simple photograph. It particularly does not seem to like KeepandShare’s embed syntax. I don’t know what markup language WordPress uses but it’s very idiosyncratic; seems only to work with itself – whatever that means.

So to celebrate the absurdity of things, here’re a couple of screenshots of the process:

photo of our late Himalayan Ferdinand, ca. Spring 2002

Adobe Photoshop AS

Trying to embed a simple pdf (to no avail)

Trying to embed a simple pdf (to no avail)


size=”1″
width=”90%”
noshade

Shoot! See what I mean? Trying to put a simple horizontal rule in here. Gee whiz.

II.

Another thing: maybe it’s just me, but have you ever noticed that when you come across certain web sites – often blogs but other kinds of pages, too – that it’s easy to recognize a WordPress-generated page? You can tell from the font. Now I’ve looked at my “theme” I utilize on this blog and in The Journalist‘s CSS one finds that the font is of the Helvetica sans serif family – Lucida and Lucida Grande. It occurred to me that you could theoretically run the template through a text editor and use find/replace to get rid of that WordPress-signaturesque typeface. It’s just getting increasingly annoying to me that all WordPress pages look the same. You may know to what I refer: a hundred-thousand blogs, easily use the “minimalist” Cutline and “journalist” PressRow themes. Quite frankly it offends the designer’s sensibilities that, as personal as is a blog, each should use the definition of which ought to entail a truly unique handwriting style, or “script”, on each unique blog site. The definition of “weblog” is that it is you’re your own publisher; your own “wordpresser”. But instead our weblogs face the world looking like they’ve come off the Silicon Valley assembly line, at GoDaddy or Google or some such outfit.

I don’t mean to pick on WordPress – Google Blogger/Blogspot blogs suffer the same malady. Most of it comes down to the fact that both of these organizations and every other blog host for that matter, are incorporated entities, and force on their users at least some advertising space on the margins (usually right margin). Nonetheless, I’ve always thought Matt Mullenweg and WordPress were cool; cutting edge, etc.

For better or worse, contributors of original CSS-designed WordPress
themes do not get direct credit.

Creator of The Journalist theme, Lucian E. Marin, (who is not a journalist but a web designer from Eastern Europe) offers it for download on his web site, states that he releases it under GPL license and only asks that you give him a link on your blog if you use it. But has WordPress reimbursed the guy for the loads of WordPress users who utilize The Journalist? No indication of it. Publicity, perhaps.

WordPress reserves the right to edit stuff out of any submitted theme. WordPress has the following statement under Appearance > Manage Themes > CSS Stylesheet Editor:

/*
Things we strip out include:
* HTML code
* @import rules
* expressions
* invalid and unsafe code
* URLs not using the http: protocol

Things we encourage include:
* @media blocks!
* sharing your CSS!
* testing in several browsers!
* helping others in the forum!

Please use the contact form if you believe there is something wrong with the way the CSS Editor filters your code.
*/

The assembly-line style, ubiquitous and over-used WordPress themes should be recycled! They’ll come back in style in ten years, don’t worry!!

– d.g.w.

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