How href=”” Could Change the World

Born in January of 1963, it was largely the U.S. counterculture from which I obtained my core ideologies. At the risk of writing “fluff” as author, speaker and my one-time partner in Crimes Against CSS Eric A. Meyer would say, I point to the astrological metaphor of the sign of Aquarius. Aquarian ideals are very specific:Humanitarian, science and technology, futurism and considered the sign of visionary genius.
I was born an Aquarius in what is referred to as the dawn of our age where humans and the technologies and systems we create intersect. It is in that intersection the opportunity to bring about the adaptations humanity requires to scale fairly across nearly 8 billion souls resides. It should not come as a surprise that my thinking and circle of friends is very wide and constantly challenged to be wider as well as deeper and more meaningful each day of life. After all, a futurist must preserve the present and the past and the lessons learned therein in order to bring forth human social evolution in an age of scientific awe with an unpleasant side of social disruption.
A more empirical example of this ideal was first shown to me at Los Alamos National Laboratories in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where I along with other early Web-related thinkers were being made welcome yearly as the U.S. Department of Energy came to Web and Accessibility Standards under the long leadership of other great mentors such as Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center’s Computational Physicist Bebo White, one of the first humans to touch the Web at the very dawn of its unfolding life at CERN.
I believe it was a keynote to the internal talks and trainings we were undertaking and it was my first visit to Los Alamos, a breathtakingly beautiful place for all the sorrow it’s brought to the world (it’s where the atomic bomb was developed). Jeffrey Veen, well-known for multiple companies with strong roots in User Interface and Usability Engineering and Design spoke and dropped a profound bomb on ME. He demonstrated the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, which at the time had a page (table-based layouts!) that said “Have hay” on the left and “Need Hay” on the right. In that moment, an incredible mushroom cloud formed above my head and I have worked the concept over and over in theory and eventually, social practices involving concepts such as Radical Honesty, Transcendence of definitions of Race, Gender or Belief Systems and a social agreement that we work together to evolve and aid rather than devolve and destroy.
25 years into the Great Experiment of the Web’s life as well as my own I have seen this very simplistic have/need need/have of everything humanity desires within fair and reasonable limits: Clean food and water, shelter and environmental safety, productivity and service as ability permits. These basic needs are the first step in scaling human systems to an overpopulated, polluted, war-torn and greedy world of now into a progressively safer, stronger, wiser, calmer means of living our lives independently as well as together. People will say it can’t be done, but there’s living proof that it is done every single moment of the day somewhere. It comes in the simple gestures – leaving a good tip for a hard-working waiter or stopping to talk to an upset person and find ways to give aid without sacrificing personal or public safety. The model scales, mostly because it is simply the process of evening out resources for the sake of a greater goal for human potential. Our current models are failing to scale – miserably so – and it is my thought that the global rise of Nationalism beginning around 2016 – has much to do with people hanging on too tightly for fear of loss. What’s to lose, I have to ask? Job, life? We take care of the core needs of humanity: clean food, clean water, sturdy shelter and purposeful activity those problems go AWAY. Isn’t that the point?
What’s the problem then? I think it’s scalability and stuck-in-the-mud thinking born of unreasonable fears brought about by multiple factors including but not limited to: family of origin, nation of origin, race, religion, gender and gender identity, basically all the things that make us individual as well as part of a very real scientific whole.
We are all connected, we are star stuff after all. I consider my life blessed and very lucky despite that mushroom cloud that hovers over me, literal radioactive waste in my very marrow I know that we can do what we think we are incapable of doing, and that is find a way to live fairly and honestly in this world. I refer to that process as human interoperability in that we must interface with each other in the commons, in the workplace, in the home and in our own selves in order to nurture a future where life is valued rather than wasted, where resources are shared and distributed providing a sense of community and individual value without judgement – idealist you say? Absolutely, every day of my life, even the ones where I failed to die.

Fuck Money:
On Domain Names and the Open Web

The most difficult thing for others to understand about me is that money is not my tender.

I perceive money, and certain authority and powers that come with it to be falsehood, fake faces and lies. Have you watched the news in the last millisecond?

What matters for This Miss Molly is the movement of social evolution rather than devolution. For me, that requires new experiments, products, opportunities, collaboration, innovation and delicious rainbows of diverse ideas.

All of us are capable and fit to participate no matter what others define as “able” or “normal” or in some way, but very few of us ever are taught to use our actual skills to complement our lives. From every walk of life there is a human problem. We are caught in a perceived infinite loop that the one, the few and NOT the many are somehow better?

There is no Net Worth here! The stake is the potential to move the Web ahead. The heart is the place to hope again. A domain name is leased monthly for a non-living wage modest amount to my Medical Trust Fund until success (she writes, not considering an alternative – this is genius and there’s long history in all involved).

The longer-term success for all is, in my fantasy as I enter senior years, to leave this earth with opportunity for the ideals I’ve long held dear about the Open Web Movement, my role in it and a career spanning the entirety of the Web’s life and beyond.

Fuck money. I have very modest needs most of them not requiring money but support and kindness and feeling human and okay in life instead of the freak show I’ve too long thought myself to be.

All Hail. Hail!

A new personal blog to encourage more long form writing. The fun begins February something something. I’ve gotten both literally and figuratively shorter which is less conducive to focused topics and creative works. xo/m