Erstwhile Muse

Jun 30, 2005

The value of Pictures vs. Words

or <q>How Blogger let me cop out and get lazy again.</q>


Blogger keeps tweaking things and adding features, which is to be appreciated, especially in a free service. The latest is apparently free image hosting for hosted blogs. I have yet to test it out, so I'm unsure of it's functionality as of yet, but it's definitely an interesting idea. And 300 megabytes of space is quite a healthy allowance for a completely free addition.

Hmm, I suppose the easiest thing to do would be to run a test then right? But what to test it with? I suppose I could try and outdo Andy's tagline, but no, let's not go there. No,on second thought, I know the perfect thing to append to posterity...

The Majestic Ballrus

The Majestic Ballrus

So, after testing, this is the code that initially pops up using the Blogger Add Picture form:

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href=""> <img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" src="" border="0" alt="" /> </a>

Now, I'm not going to get into a terribly detailed breakdown about what all the above means, other than to point out the difference in the two addresses seen in the code. The first uri listed ( is the image in it's original size, whereas the second one ( is the altered image displayed at whatever size is chosen in the upload form, in this case Medium, or 320x240 pixels.

The reason I bring all this up, as well as the subheading to this post, is that armed with this knowledge, it is now possible to have a site completely hosted on's servers, and include images in the design of the site itself. Thus ends the era of text and CSS only designs, allowing me to get lazy again and fall back on imagery jiggery-pokery to make this an interesting looking site, as well as one that's interesting to read.

Ah well, it might be fun though to give it a try. Who knows what may come of it...



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