The invisible human world behind websites

In web design the colours and design of various elements are controlled by a programming language called CSS.  Colours can be represented by a variety of formats; hexadecimal (#bada55), red green blue alpha (rgba(102, 51, 153, 0.87);), hue saturation lightness (hsl(270, 50%, 40%)) or by names such as red, blue, lightcyan etc.

I wanted a purple so I start typing purple in my editor of choice [brackets] and  3 options appear; purple, mediumpurple and rebeccapurple…rebeccapurple?….  who is Rebecca?
A quick search brought the answer.  The following is from a communication from the people who standardise the internet

… it is suggested to add the named color ‘rebeccapurple’, for value #663399, to CSS Color Level 4. This is a tribute to Eric Meyer’s daughter who recently passed away and a mark of support from all the Web community to Eric. I requested to ping Eric to be absolutely sure he is ok with this; he responded “he was honored by the gesture, and would love to accept it”.

Some implementors (Mozilla, Apple, Google and Microsoft) have already said they will implement and ship the new value.

Eric Meyer is one of the godfathers of the modern internet and has provided free education to people working in the field for decades. His daughter was only 6 years old when she died.  Purple was her favourite colour.

I find it incredibly touching and beautiful that hidden away in the code that builds the websites we view exist these testaments to our humanity.

Churchill was a shit.

I have been looking at things from a different point of view… Why throughout my whole life was Hitler portrayed as the most evil being ever to have existed ?  Who was doing the portraying?  What was their agenda?   If the Germans had not bravely pushed back against the massive Soviet army who else would have stopped them from crushing all of Europe. I doubt the slender strip of sea we call the channel would have stopped them.

And looking at news reports  of today that relate to the other subjects in this video gets me thinking…Why are English people a minority in some Northern towns? why are the ‘guests’ in our country behaving the way they do?  Why do the authorities not insist that they behave themselves? Why is it deemed unacceptable to ask such questions? Who is making it unacceptable?

I am an immigrant in a foreign country, yet I behave myself and respect the culture and customs of where I live, I demand no special treatment. I don’t expect the people of this country to adjust their ways to accommodate me.  I respect that the people here maintain their traditions,  and treat me a little differently. I am a guest.

Calle Zotuco, Misantla

MParkinsonCalleZotuco2010This was was painted from real life and not a photo – about 7 hours sat in the street with all the kids running round me asking a million questions.

I got them to pose one by one, the hardest part was getting them to keep still, little monkeys!

The church is not actually that big in the view, a bit of artistic license.

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