I love these images by Orbiting Frog:
If you do a Google search for ‘cartoon penguin‘, one of the top results will be an old Inkscape design of mine:
He’s pretty popular too, bringing a steady stream of traffic to the site. I licensed him as Creative Commons BY-NC-SA, meaning that it’s fine to use the image for forum avatars and stuff, but not for anything commercial.
Of course, people do. Last year someone pointed out some guy selling t-shirts with a slightly modified version of the penguin.
Today, out of curiosity, I did a reverse image search and found two other clipart criminals…
It’s been a week since I switched this blog from Posterous to WordPress.com. I’m very happy with the change, but it is clear to me that Posterous offer very compelling features for a free service.
What follows isn’t a complete comparison of the two services, it just highlights what I consider the most important differences between the two services for a typical blogger.
|WordPress.com||Posterous||Big library of free themes (100+). Premium themes. No custom themes.||Decent library of free themes (46). No premium themes. Custom themes.|
|Custom domain mapping ($12 per year).||Free custom domain mapping.|
|Regular users may see ads on your blog. Signed in WordPress.com users won’t. ($29.97 to remove.)||No on-site advertising.|
|No direct HTML editing. CSS access paid upgrade ($30 per year).||Full free access to HTML and CSS.|
|Image-heavy posts are a pain to manage.||Excellent, intuitive image galleries.|
|Excellent, but expensive HD video support (VideoPress: $60 per year).||Free video uploads (100MB per video limit).|
|A basic stats tool in the dashboard. No export functionality. No Google Analytics support.||Support for Google Analytics.|
|Threaded comments.||No threaded comments.|
|Fantastic commenting and comment moderation features.||Comments can be a bit buggy for users. Poor moderation features.|
|Both services offer great customer support and have good iPhone and Android apps.|
Note that I stopped using Posterous just before it transformed into Posterous Spaces. Their blogging service remains basically unchanged, so these points are still valid, but there is now a whole social aspect you may want to consider.
Claire Miller, a data journalist at Media Wales, is pushing for more open data in Wales:
This page from Openly Local pretty much sums up the problem with Wales, with a grand total of no open data councils, not even any semi open ones – every other region of Great Britain at least manages a few.