Gadzookes! Someone out there likes this blog design. I just got a heck of a lot of traffic from Vandelay Design and another site that appears to have the same content, in Japanese.
This explains the odd email I got last week taking me to task over the copyright statement in the footer of this page. Apparently I’d committed the unholy act of removing the ‘WordPress Copyright’. I patiently explained that the content of the website was indeed my copyright, since I’d authored it, and that as far as I knew WordPress was available under an open source license. Unsatisfied, the emailer threw his killer punch… ‘All Rights Reserved, that’s what I’m taking issue with’…. Hmm, so, what exactly does ‘Copyright (c) 2007. All rights reserverd’ mean I wondered:
The phrase All rights reserved was once a necessary formal notice indicating all rights granted under existing copyright law are retained by the copyright holder and that legal action may be taken against copyright infringement. … While it is commonplace to see it, this notice is now superfluous, ….(Wikipedia::Copyright)
Triple damn – he had me there – I had failed to live up to the highest standards of minimalism.
In any case the design of these web pages has nothing to do with me. I blame Ben Saunders. When he’s not doing really manly things in the Arctic, or planning to do really manly things in the Antarctic, he throws together some pretty spiffy web pages.