World Tuberculosis Day – Some Remicade Thoughts

According to Google
https://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/stoptb/index.html

March 24 commemorates World Tuberculosis Day, the date in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch discovered the bacterial infection spread through the air.

Each year, more than 9 million people will become sick from TB and 1.7 million will die. Two billion people—one third of the world’s population—are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause TB disease. Easily activated when the immune system is compromised, TB is a major killer of people with HIV/AIDS.

That is some scary big numbers. Especially to someone who is on Remicade, which can lower your ability to fight tuberculosis.

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Making a Popup Window in WordPress

Looking at my site, I realized that some of my code snippets are a little wide for my theme and may be being cut off in some browsers. On top of that, WordPress seems to like to mangle code. In the Edit Post page, there is a specific code button when you use the HTML editor, but the button doesn’t appear on the Visual editing screen.

My solution is to put code into a Popup window that will allow the user to view it more clearly and in a window wide enough for even the widest lines of code. In addition, this will allow me to make a photo gallery pop up and probably all sorts of other uses I’ll eventually invent.

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Add a Random Header Image To WordPress

My current blog template (Grid Focus by Derek Punsalan 5thirtyone.com) features an icon in the upper right corner that has no personal meaning to me.

I decided to replace it, and while I was at it I would also make the icon a random icon. WordPress has all sorts of random image plugins — some are too powerful and some are not powerful enough.

Since I was going to have to modify the theme’s code anyway, I figured I would just code the random image generator directly and make it do exactly what I wanted it to.

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Adding a Dynamic Widget Footer to WordPress Using a Sidebar

So I’m now at the point where I’d like to be able to start putting in some advertising slots on this blog for affiliate links and for google adsense ads. That means I need a bit more control over the theme and a bit more “room” to put things. I’m also finding that a lot of widgets in the sidebar need more horizontal space than the two narrow sidebar columns allow.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of unused space in the footer of the blog — so I’m going to move some of the more wordy widgets down there — which should clear space for some 120×600 ads in the sidebars as well as other types of advertising. Also, it will make the Recent Posts and Recent Comments widgets more readable by putting them where they can spread out horizontally.

However, the theme I’m currently using doesn’t have any support for widgets in the footer!

I’m going to have to add those myself. Fortunately, it is very easy to add additional components in WordPress.

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