Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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That's actually a standard practice, Annie. Most blogs have only one author, so in design terms it's redundant to include the author's name in the theme. Also, a lot of these themes are designed for standalone WordPress installations where the author has access to modify the code (and thereby add the name if desired). I know I've had to make that change in three out of the four themes I've used.


Thanks, Jason. But then why does TypePad have the "posted by" line at the bottom of each post? Wouldn't that be a relatively simple feature for WordPress to add given that they make it so easy to have a group blog? The poster's name is on the post "behind the scenes," on the "dashboard." Why not on the post itself?


TypePad develops its own themes since it's a pay-to-host service. They don't have a community of global developers since it's not open-source software (they don't allow that kind of access to their code). WordPress is open source, and therefore anyone can develop for the platform. Given that, most develop for individual blogs (the majority).

And keep in mind the core WordPress developers don't design the themes. Only two themes are part of the basic code--two very simple themes, I might add. The better themes, the themes with bells and whistles and all the cool visual implements come from independent developers. They code for the majority of blogs: those written by individuals. It's really a basic design assumption, one that's actually quite safe (despite the success of WordPress hosted sites, the vast majority are not group blogs). And since it's a free service, they (the hosters) don't spend a great deal of time making individual adjustments to the themes. Using the VIP (for pay) program would be a completely different story.


And speaking of TypePad... When in HELL are they going to implement e-mail notifications for follow-up comments? I inevitably lose track of where I've commented and wind up dropping out of conversations all the time--just because they can't send me an e-mail. Argh!

(Sorry for the brief rant.)


Yes! And EVERYBODY else does that.


Why are you paying and worrying? Just switch to blogger. I've never had a bit of trouble loading photos, team blogs, names, spam control, etc.


Thanks, especially for the link! WordPress is free, too, though.

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