The Social Media is an ocean and all I want to do is build a boat that floats on top of it.

I don’t care what is under the water and I don’t care about the physical properties of water other than how I can build something that stays afloat.

The boat will be in the form of a “Web Game” and the gimmick is whatever, something that is current at the time.

The current Social Media – Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc., – are all censored and basically suck. The original World Wide Web, invented by Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee in 1991, was based on the principles of Unitarian Universalism, the church of the ultimate Liberal Yankee White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Congregationalists that everyone loves to hate so much.

“We have no kings or presidents. We believe in rough consensus and running code.” — Dave Clark

The World Wide Web and the “Web of Life”, Tim Berners-Lee, 1998, (https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/UU.html)

A couple of years ago they started seizing people’s domain names, so even that isn’t safe.

But have some faith in Berners-Lee. The humble URL – “Uniform Resource Locator” – is a very sophisticated yet extremely simply tool that the entire web is built on, and it is quite censorship proof.

Here are some first principles:

You can only get Random Internet People to:

  1. Click a link.
  2. Push a button.
  3. Maybe type something.

Second, no one is going to install anything and no one is going run any servers. We’re going to just have to use the World Wide Web, a very small restricted subset of it, and people will interact with it by clicking a link to a website, nothing more.

We’re also not trying to reinvent the wheel here. If you want a Spreadsheet with Real Time Collaboration, use Google.

Consider how difficult it is to just share a Blogroll. Sure, of course, you can copy and paste a list of links easily enough:

https://www.wordpress.com/smartguy59/
https://dissidentx.substack.com/
https://theamericangoodguys.com/

You could always add a column for the Official Title of the Website. Then description – you see the problem.

I used W**dpress to make a form where people can submit a link and describe the site. Now I have a spreadsheet, I can make a simple html page with the link, the descriptions, the “comments” on the site, etc.

Of course I am sure there are “services” that will do this for you. I’m sure there is some website, or some browser plugin, that does this. And of course you could always use Google Sheets with shared real time collaboration or whatever.

But what if you get banned from Google? OK, there is some open source thing out there. Etc., you get the problem.

So one simple tool – this isn’t a “solution” to anything, it is a simple trick – is change the URLs a bit:

https://uncensored.com/smartguy59/
https://uncensored.com/dissidentx.substack.com/
https://uncensored2.com/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/
https://uncensored2.com/anonymousbitcoinF4H6GW23RGF/

This is super easy to do with basic websites, it is easy to copy things over.

“Static hosting” is practically free and nearly anonymous. If we can design out Boat, our Web Game, to sort of “float” on top of the waters of Free Static Hosting, and can easily “float” from one host to another, we’ve got at least a lifeboat that will float long enough for us to build something bigger.

So we’ll just use the existing infrastructure as the water and float above it. Basically, each “node” in the game, each piece of the puzzle, each simulation, is just a regular static website of the kind that has existed since TimBL invented it in the early 90s.

/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/index.html
/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/logo.jpg
/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/layout.css
/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/gameone/index.html
/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/gameone/script.js
/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/gametwo/index.html
/OfficialAmericanGoodGuys/gametwo/script.js

How you want to generate this – how you want to write the html, whatever, is all up to whoever. It’s a free country. Some people copy and paste stuff into Notepad, other people have fancy editors, some people have Professional Programmer IDE, etc. Do what you will.

The end result should be something that can be hosted on Neocities.org. This is all technology that tenth graders learned in 1999 and the only thing that has really changed is it has become faster, cheaper, and easier.

Now the nerds jump in to say, well what about a database?

Remember, no servers, no installing anything.

Obviously, as TimBL invented it, the entire World Wide Web is one giant distributed database, and the primary key is the URL. As of 2023, the current “Standard” when it comes to virtually all devices – from the most expensive Mac to the cheapest Android phone – is a preinstalled Web Browser that works just fine for nearly everything.

And Javascript is more or less a perfectly fine working language and they have fixed a lot of the problems they used to have.

“We” obviously can’t do anything like Google and Amazon, but people – our users, our game players – can, in fact, use their phone or their Alexa to speak to our game and play by voice if they want to – that is also more or less built into the World Wide Web as TimBL invented it. It is pretty easy to get Google to read a website to you now, and Alexa can read a website too.

Now, let’s think in terms of game play.

“HTML Forms” have been built into the World Wide Web since forever, they are omnipresent everywhere online, everything is more or less a form, so why not just use what is there? The brightest kids in computer class could make an entire “Dungeons and Dragons” game in one big html file with forms, using clever links, and to make it really fancy a bit of javascript.

So it is trivial to write an Html page that is a multiple choice survey. It has twenty questions and three potential answers. As far as “computer programming” goes, it is all just the Web Browser and once it loads the page there is no connection to “servers” or anything.

All built into Html, the survey gets turned into a little data structure that you can copy and paste from one website to another. For example you could easily have a one pager that plays chess in chess notation. You could email the chess notation to each other, copy and paste it into a web page, show the pieces on the board, make the change, the form updates the list of chess moves in chess notation, copy and paste, and or email, whatever.

So a single html page, it says, “Help Marjorie Taylor Green Expose The Lizard People.” There is a list of Republicans who may, or may not, be Lizard People. Whoever follows the link to the web page can click which Republicans they think are Lizard People.

Then, they can copy and paste their survey to some website, or email it, or put it in Google Sheets, or whatever. If you add an ID and a time/tx at the time they click “Finish” you can do all sorts of stuff with it. It’s like Chess Notation, but it is Marjorie Taylor Green And The Lizard People Notation.

Of course copy and pasting sucks and is stupid and anything in public is automatically full of spam. But considering how many forgotten half ass internet projects are out in the world, if your project gets to the point of getting spam, it is a good problem to have.

So fifteen years ago you had an old fashioned SQL database, some sort of server monstrosity in the middle, and then some sort of Html template that went into people’s browser. Now they have the same thing but even more complex and awful.

Html files on the internet are a database, and the key is the URL, and even Grandma Boomer understands how to click a link and read a url. You can make Html files from your Google sheets, and copy and paste them into some free something whatever, doesn’t matter. If you are a smarty pants you can do Json or Yaml or whatever it is all the same.

As long as it is copy and paste-able, you can add the automation whenever you get around to it. Each individual Web Browser in someone’s phone can read from the database, as the database is just websites, html files, pictures, whatever. Each individual Web Browser can do all the reading from the database – the web – that it wants to, on its own time, and its own schedule.

And each individual Web Browser in someone’s phone can use basic Web Forms to record a human being’s interaction with the Game. If the game has one player, they can copy and paste the notation into an email. If the game has one thousand players, you can add some server script somewhere, or hook up a Google sheet, or whatever.

The problems you get with ten thousand players are good problems to have, so don’t worry about it.

Instead of Lizard People, how about a simple god damn Bookmark Sharing thing?

It is trivial enough to make a Web form that outputs:

(IsLizard MarjorieTaylorGreen NancyPelosi)

Using Wikipedia URLs of public figures is just an obvious thing you would use if you were making a Politics game, it is an existing ID/schema type thing. So it makes it super-easy to share these little bits of data.

From what I’ve read, there are games that use real coordinates, lat/long, and the earth itself as the “board game” for various simulations and games. Wasn’t Pokemon Go essentially that kind of thing? That sort of notation would be easy, just add the coordinates to the form. It’s probably built into your phone but you’d probably have to press “Share Location With Website” or whatever.

So sorry if this is all boring the audience, but this blog has been shadow banned for at least a year, and after a big bump from six months ago due to some various things, it’s back to my three fans, two stalkers, and the fifteen ADL/SPLC/FBI/JIDF/ANTIFA/SPOOK guys who have me bookmarked on their dashboard.

Plus I’ll probably get banned any day now, and I don’t really feel like setting up another W**dpress site and I’m too lazy to learn Gab or whatever and I’ve been throw off of Twitter three times.

So instead of just the “Hipster Archive” consisting of my Deep Thoughts and Hot Takes over the years, which are not particularly interesting or memorable, frankly, I’d rather have something like a Wiki.

Something like the Hipster Wikispooks.

There are free Wikis out there but then you have to have an account, etc. Plus no one is really going to maintain a Hipster Wikispooks. Hell, not even Hipster will maintain a Hipster Wikispooks.

But I would be willing to try to hack together some html pages where someone can push some buttons and add some metadata to a URL. Then they can email it to me, or not. Then I can update the html page with their new info.

So if you had a website with a list of Republicans, and a game where you picked which ones are Lizard People, then email your code to me, I can copy and paste it into Google Sheets and update the website.

Then the next Html form will be which Republicans had a Covid Contact. So you have a list of Republicans, then you choose two that had a Covid Contact, and the date and location of the contact, then you click “Done” and email it to me.

Basically the same html file, but this time you match which Republicans attended the Cocaine Orgy on Epstein Island. I think the Epstein Flight Logs are already in some spreadsheet online you can download from somewhere. Instant bit of data we can add to the game, just copy and paste into an html page.

Then when I get assassinated by rogue CIA agents for leaking my secret information about Russian Hackers, all of this stuff is sitting there, just a basic zip file really, and someone else can copy it somewhere, and more people can play the game, adding more and more context as they go on.

For someone to make a “level” it’s just an html form.

The game has to be able to be programmed by a smart tenth grader.

For the actually smart, professional programmers reading this, 99% of the “problems” here are not actually problems. It’s all public data so there are no privacy concerns. It’s all free so 99% of people can continue to not even know it exists and maybe two or three people might actually play a game.

I’d want:

  1. To be able to literally just share a goddamn html file with a list of Bookmarks, and some comments contributed by Random Internet People.
  2. Some fun Web Game, of which there are a million out there. Hopefully with an “Idler” component, where the game kind of plays itself in the background, because that seems to appeal to the smart computer programmer types.
  3. All of my writing and your comments can just be part of the larger game world/database – or not. Eh?

So if I’ve got a month left until I’m banned from W**rdpress, I could do that, and you could help me. Or I could just write a glorified comment about some Washington Post story every day and call it “blogging.”

But I’d actually think we could make a fun game with some edgy content.