Not sure what happened to the little message tool. I went back to try to find the Gadget again in Google\Blogger, mainly to see if the author left any contact links. The one hint I found there said that they'd added the popup ads because they couldn't afford the bandwidth the tool was using. Maybe the author hit some limit and the site is now shut down???????
All I really wanted was something that could be commented on, but that stayed at the top of the page. Oh well. I'll try to remember to add some Open Thread entries ... Feel free to comment below.
Also, since there seems to be a small number of people who like to comment, I could also open up the ability to post new blog posts to others.