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Web Chat

Looking through the widgets on my blog and I found a widget for which describes itself as a simple web chat. There's a plugin in the WordPress repository for use on a self-hosted site, but the plugin hasn't been updated for a couple of years so might be flaky.

Quick start Create new chat rooms in seconds. No invite or signup necessary. — Simple! Privacy is yours You can use a nickname without login. Or use Twitter to get your name and avatar. — Simple! Easy to share Share the URL anywhere you like. No need in forcing people to install the right app for just a quick chat. — Simple! On the go Chat in a browser tab at your desk or take it with you on your tablet or phone. You can even embed a chat on your own site. — Simple!
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Ebola and Politics

During the fallout from the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people, one of the questions asked of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was why it hadn’t reacted more quickly. The four-month delay in pinning down the cause of the disease that erupted in Guinea’s remote Guéckédou province in December 2013 allowed what might have been a localised event in a single village to turn into the biggest infectious disease crisis of recent times.

The above is the first paragraph from the story of how Ebola went unrecognised is discussed in a long and detailed article under the title, Africa's Missing Ebola Outbreaks


RGBA color values are an extension of RGB color values with an alpha channel - which specifies the opacity of the object.
An RGBA color value is specified with: rgba(red, green, blue, alpha). The alpha parameter is a number between 0.0 (fully transparent) and 1.0 (fully opaque).
 webkit-box-shadow: 0 4px 0 0 rgba(65,156,192,1);
 moz-box-shadow: 0 4px 0 0 rgba(65,156,192,1);
 box-shadow: 0 4px 0 0 rgba(65,156,192,1);

Gmail content will not be used or scanned

G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change.

Quote from Google's blog today, June 23rd, 2017

When is later this year?

Will Not Be
Gmail content will not be used or scanned
The revolution will not be televised.
When I Was YoungerWhen I was younger I thought that 'the revolution will not be televised (Gill Scott Heron - here are the lyrics ) was about as raw as lyrics got.

EU Sues Member States Over Asylum Seekers

The Atlantic reports:

The European Union has launched a formal “infringement procedure” against three of its member nations—the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland—for failing to comply with a 2015 agreement to harbor asylum-seekers.

The Woodland Trust

I noticed the telephone number for the Woodland Trust is 0330 333 3300.

So I wrote to them and said:

Just a thought that maybe you can use this idea in one of your campaigns.
I noticed you have a lot of threes in your telephone number, and maybe you could advertise it using 'tree' to rhyme with 'three', as in 'zero tree tree zero, tree tree tree, tree tree, zero zero.'

Jim Bouton | Terry Lennox | The Long Goodbye

Looking at a clip of The Long Goodbye and noticing the name of the actor who played Terry Lennox.

Decided to look him up because I don't recall ever seeing him in anything else.

Here's Wikipedia on Jim Bouton, who played Terry Lennox:

James Alan 'Jim' Bouton (born March 8, 1939) is an American retired professional baseball player. Bouton played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1978. He has also been a best-selling author, actor, activist, sportscaster and one of the creators of Big League Chew.

Bouton retired midway through the 1970 season, shortly after the Astros sent him down to the minor leagues. After a handful of unsatisfactory appearances, Bouton left baseball to become a local sports anchor for New York station WABC-TV, as part of Eyewitness News; he later held the same job for WCBS-TV. Bouton also became an actor, playing the part of Terry Lennox in Robert A…