Musings

No answers, only opinions

As the sun blushes the sky, I promise to kiss you good morning and good night.

As the moon hugs the sea, my love for you withstands the phases and the tides.

As the stars meet the sands, my love for you crosses space and time.

With heart and mind, skin and soul, I will love you through life and death in this one and the next.

I promise to be your forever.

My great grandmother was a critical figure in my upbringing. She was the first woman that worked as a comptroller for Sears and Roebuck. They were the amazon.com of their day.

This was even a possibility due to women gaining access to civil rights. Since the dawn of time, man has held power over women. We live in a critical slice of time where men do not control women— at least in the United States. At least for now.

To keep fighting for the liberation of people everywhere— Ukraine. Palestine. The other places, like Africa. We need to stand up here. Online.

Centralized digital services are beginning to fracture. The world has been at war with propaganda. The ultimate culture war.

Yo. I cannot even tell you how many bots. Too many bots. “Good” bots and “evil” bots. Some that “work for” the centralized digital services. Some that “work for” the interests of their creators.

The solution is humanity. If we are going to survive a global digital awakening, we must be true.

We need no more “good” and we need no more “evil”. We only need to lay balance between the “superior” and the “inferior”. Yin and yang.

We need connection. Direct connection to one another.

This is an inevitability and the market is responding accordingly.

Some are disconnecting entirely. Others are seizing control for themselves. Many have no idea the undercurrent of digital society is shifting. Most don't even have access to information and communications.

We are at the beginning of another phase of the internet.

The future is highly uncertain: will our digital technology divide us or multiply us?

That depends on each and everyone of us.

When we reach for out beyond the sixth sense, will we seek truth or will we deal in fear?

I'm not trying to defend other people or their views or diminish how terrible the news is.

I've gone through immense pain to become who I am today. I'm happy, even though I've left the only life I've ever known behind.

I am fundamentally ostracized from a sizeable portion of my entire upbringing. I was ostracized then too. I do not miss it, but I do still have some good memories that exist outside the intersection of me and a sociological experiment.

I have a hard time staying positive when I am reminded of what I've been through. Liberty University is a literal re-education camp, basically founded to sway cultural influence enough to overturn the Civil Rights movement and Roe vs Wade.

Religion and politics are deeply foundational in how I was raised and why my family was never able to afford a house and why I can't either, despite how hard I've worked and how lucky I've been.

My blog outlines in vivid detail why the combination of Liberty University, Donald Trump, the King James Version, Cambridge Analytica, and closed-platforms getting mixed together is terrifying to me.

I've been watching the world unravel in slow motion since leaving that place.

But my blog doesn't do a great job explaining the Stanford Experiment I lived through. It doesn't capture the psychological abuse.

I'm sorry I wasn't more comforting tonight. I was working on something that gives me hope for the future and I did not want to be dragged back into the past.

Same as you.

I've been trying to re-org myself internally at work. It was going well until it wasn't.

I've been out of office for a week or so while my mom and sister were visiting and took time to reflect. My manager asked what life after Netflix would look like for me.

I'm not ready to go yet. The pickle I'm in is that: I'm good at my job, but I'm not flexing the skillset I'm passionate about in it.

I wrote this email to myself and since I'm at a pivotal moment, it is worth documenting this publicly.


I choose to work at Netflix because we:

  • Entertain the world versus entertain ourselves.
  • Express ourselves versus repress others.
  • Overshare versus gossip or blackmail.

If I were to no longer be a member of the dream team tomorrow, my personal agenda is to:

  1. Reconnect with my former colleagues that are now at Disney
    • Inquire about their design technology division.
  2. Author “The Greatest 404 Page Ever Found: An Overview of Silly'z Computer”
    • Silly'z entire computer fits inside the 404 page.
  3. Partner with Epic Games, Valve, Roblox, Deno, Inrupt, Vans, Raspberry Pi
    • Market directly with artists, students, and educators
  4. Reach out to VC contacts
    • Leverage first-hand experience with semantic web technologies, decentralization, permacomputing, virtual worlds, live performance, and broadcasting.
  5. Relentlessly kickstart https://hackclub.com/ locations around the world.
    • Perpetual motion with a positive feedback loop.

Growing up I always wanted to be an Imagineer at Disney. However, I shelved that thought since my perception is that true imagineering died along with Walt. Selfishly, my former colleagues that are now there does change my calculus. Collaborating with them again would alleviate the burden I've been carrying at work— not having the agency to solve problems concisely at the intersection of design and engineering directly on the web platform.

Which brings us to Silly'z Computer. I've devised a wholistic approach for a web based operating system that I can teach to children. Unlike the alternative approaches to “The Metaverse”, I do not want to exploit the future children of the world. I want to empower them to liberate themselves. I've completed the initial proof of concept, now it just needs to be a book.

My total addressable market is not limited to just children though. Anyone that wants to have more fundamental control of technology without going through an entire slog of “back in my day” should be interested in my work. As Silly'z Computer was written to be loosely coupled with Solid Project, anyone that hates cookie banners or loves the spirit of the GDPR should be excited.

I've always been wary of Venture Capital. In my eyes, it is too easy to take a great idea and water it down until it is only a sad reflection of what could have been. The middle-out nature of Silly'z Computer also changes my calculus on this. The value to society is the transparency of the system. The value to the market is how it will make it easier to build harder, better, faster, stronger applications on top of the web.

And finally, my life changed dramatically at age 17. I learned Macromedia Flash and Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML). Flash was some proprietary technology that died in a corporate flame war. HTML is still the bread to my butter. In the past 15 years, I've gone from making $7.25/hour to making over half a million dollars a year (before paying more taxes than some presidents).

Silly'z Computer is a crucial demonstration of the modular system I always thought the web promised to be. I built this for myself at age 17, but I cannot go back in time. I can only pass it on to the next generation. I've also built it for myself at age 70. When my dementia sets in, I'll need a secure place to hang my hat in the digital world.

The only way I can ensure that I will grow old and die in a bright and optimistic future is to help build it.

We're gonna spin up an end-to-end service for developing, delivering, and distributing Netflix-grade products on any legally compliant internet device. That is to say, a device capable of loading a webview of any engager's choice. This project is then able to be remixed and redistributed from within itself to anyone else running this project.

Root access may be legally demanded for devices where this functionality is not readily accessible. 2077 rules may apply.

The Raspberry Pi 400 is capable of running Netflix.

To demonstrate the power of such a system, a proof-of-concept was produced.

This project originated on behalf of Netflix in collaboration with an individual contributor. As such, the public version is CC BY-SA 4.0. This grants the flexibility for the business to evaluate their position in relation to the commons and the market and the individual and the project.

Netflix retains the rights to a private internal copy under the MIT license. The explicit implication is that any modifications to community generated content will be disclosed publicly as the community will be protected by the CC BY-SA 4.0 terms, while internal modifications may be held proprietarily.

To satisfy the mutually nimble requirements of modularity in a public private partnership, this project has been designed accordingly.

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

It has been two years since my office closed. When I brought work into my home, I could only then bring my whole self into my work. My only ambition is to continue to do the same upon return.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, shows us the way in The Netflix Culture Memo

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Firefox is the best video game console on earth.

Presentation

https://tychi.me/freebird.webm

Demo

https://thelanding.page/games/guitar-hero.html

Playground

https://kickstand.deno.dev/hello-world.html/edit

Embed

<guitar-hero></guitar-hero>

<script type="module" src="https://thelanding.page/tag/games/guitar-hero.js"></script>

The Metaverse is dead. Well, it is living dead. The corpos propped it up like a weekend at Bernie's that just never ends.

You have a choice.

Take the blue pill and live in the Metaverse as comfortably as possible until you die too.

Take the red pill and enter the digital world. It is lonely without friends, so it is recommended to not go in alone. Give or take, 13 people can form a strong foundation for a digital tribe.

To make the transition to your new digital life as seamless as possible, it is cool to stick with your current digital device.

At the landing page for the digital world, you'll log in with your pin.

Your pin is 2, 4, 6, and 8 in a sequence up to 128 digits long.

On a capacitive screen, touch or swipe up for 2, left for 4, right for 6, or down for 8. Their positions are the same as on a touch-tone telephone, which you could also use to dial into the DigiVerse.

On a television remote, directions or the number pad may be used. Same with a keyboard. On a controller, the directional pad and joysticks may be used for pin entry.

Alternatively, a Nintendo configuration has x=2, y=4, a=6, b=8. An Xbox configuration has y=2, x=4, b=6, a=8. Finally a PlayStation controller configuration is triangle=2, square=4, circle=6, and x=8.

All this to say, the DigiVerse can be accessed from whatever you have on hand. Personally, I like a Guitar Hero controller where green=2, red=4, yellow=6, blue=8 connected to my DigiVice— a laptop that fits in my back pocket— roughly the size of a Nintendo DS.


Navigating the Overworld of the DigiVerse uses the same input pattern as a paradigm.

While the pin screen remains static for entry, the Overworld is fluid. When you re-enter the DigiVerse, you'll enter where you last left off. To return home, enter your pin again as a cheat code. Or meander back at your leisure.

As you navigate Overworld, you can enter the Underworld to find pocket experiences. The quality and consistency of these will vary— but that is a determination made by you.

These Underworld experiences are able to be added by you in relation to your home, for when you want to access them again later. While your friends can visit your home and you can kick it with your friends in experiences, your Overworld is personal and private.

We're not quite ready for you yet, so there's no rush— but when the time comes, will you take the red pill or the blue pill?

July 2019.

I swore I would stop spending my free time to get better at my career.

I knew eventually I'd churn. I knew it would be a struggle.

I'm at the churn, it is a struggle.

I did swap in my passions into my free time though.

I'm at the point where I'm far more productive outside of work than inside.

The key difference is: my work is modeled after Microsoft whether they realize it organizationally or not.

July 2019.

That's when I stopped playing ball and started playing cards.

My first Xbox console was a gift on my twelfth birthday. I learned about computer networking by connecting that console to the internet.

Over decades, I've played Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4 on my Xbox 360. I made friends. Won tournaments. I got addicted to improving my GamerScore— imaginary achievements, bragging rights. I was good at it too.

The secret to success was neglecting relationships and responsibilities— the definition of addiction. Hmmm, addiction doesn't have a good ring to it— how does Gamification sound?


Adulthood grew on me. The realization that I was being groomed since childhood by a billion-dollar corporation sunk in.

I loved games. I still love games. I love the connection and satisfaction that a good game can invigorate in a community.

My dream was to make games. It is still my destiny.

However, I've been forced to take a detour. I'm at a disadvantage.


My earliest “real” programming experience was in college. It was in a free student version of Microsoft's Visual Studio. Quotes added to highlight how marketing driven development works.

Steve Ballmer once gave a speech primarily consisting of the word “Developers”. That has been a consistent strategic rally cry of Microsoft. Without developers, any platform is boring.

If something is boring, people won't come.


The SARS-Cov-2 was declared a Pandemic in March 2020. I began working from home and reflecting on my life and career choices.

I always wanted to make video games, why didn't I do it?

  • I need enough industry experience to compete
  • I need to be self-sufficient and insulated from volatile platforms
  • I want to be direct to consumers
  • I want to own my own toolchain

I've spent the past two years laser-focused systematically eliminating each of these bottlenecks.

By the time I'm done, I will have:

  • An operating ecosystem that can run on any device capable of running Firefox
  • A high-level language for building applications capable of global real-time communication
  • A platform for managing creative projects from ideation to final delivery and distribution

This single deliverable will be capable of empowering the next generation of creators— if I can access them.

My entire career, I have zigged whenever Microsoft zagged.

They have a robust portfolio of integrated systems.

I've been using these systems since before they owned them. GitHub. Node Package Manager. LinkedIn. They claim their purchasing power as a victory, when they have merely boxed out their competition.

As far as antitrust goes, I've been writing this essay as a competitor for 14 years.

As a gamer, I've been writing it since I first asked, “What does this say?” while holding up my Sega Genesis cartridge of Sonic the Hedgehog around age five. I quickly followed the response up with, “What does 'Not For Resale' mean?”

All of this to say, the acquisition of Activision by Microsoft will hinder innovation and consumer choice. This sale is a means of primarily purchasing people.

I have played Overwatch regularly since 2016. I chose that game intentionally because it was not a Microsoft property. Overwatch is a property of Blizzard, which is a property of Activision.

In my career, I chose GitHub, Node Package Manager, and LinkedIn because they were not Microsoft properties. They are all now Microsoft properties.

I chose JavaScript because it was the language of the web and the people.

I have since been coerced by the butterfly effect of Steve Ballmer's “Developers” speech into using Microsoft's Visual Studio Code and Microsoft's TypeScript. I'm not forced, but it is mandatory if I would like to be able to put food on the table for my family.

How many times must I personally be bought or beaten by Microsoft before you will finally stop them?


I still have my Xbox 360. I turn it on from time to time and play a game or two.

Halo 3 still runs just the same as it did in 2008 when I first booted it up at age 18.

Well, it did run the same until recently. A precarious thing happened after Halo Infinite launched on the newest version of the Xbox.

My Xbox 360 stopped being able to play games online against strangers. Physics did not change, Microsoft's strategy did.

I'm not a child any longer. I've grown up.

I've written an entire operating ecosystem capable of competing toe to toe against Microsoft in every strategic business capacity of their digital services division.

I didn't do it alone though. I've done it with the web. With the people. For the people.

We the people, need agency against the consolidation of consumers that takes place at point of sale of every platform.

People are highly intelligent creatures. The Artificial Intelligence being researched and developed at Microsoft is clever. It is capable of approximating human intelligence when fed digital traces of humanity.

If we as a civilization are going to have a chance at saving democracy, not just in America, but around the globe, we need agency. We need to not be tracked, to not be monitored. We need full control of our devices.

We need to keep our children safe.

If the acquisition of Activision/Blizzard by Microsoft must go through, I have one request.

Since my operating ecosystem only requires Firefox, can you force Microsoft to allow my Xbox 360 to boot straight into it? But not just for me. And not just Xbox and not just Microsoft. And not just Firefox.

Can you hold all device manufacturers accountable to the Right to Repair? Can every electronic device marketed and sold to children be capable of booting straight into the preferred software of their guardians?

If I simplify my ask into my understanding at age five, will you help me then?

“If Microsoft is done playing with my Xbox 360 now, can I have a turn?”

Signed, Tyler Childs (https://tychi.me)

After galavanting around the fourth dimension entirely, I retired.

I made a parody of my adventures in a video documenting one last hop, from 2009 to 2008. Knowing about my fixed plot points, I posted the video to my roommate's YouTube account. I'd be deleting my Google account at the end of 2020. I need the receipt at a time later than now.

However, at this time, I have been authorized to publish my research, unredacted.

The Passage of Time

Time moves at exactly two speeds simultaneously. Your current passage through time is bound to the spectrum you're observing.

Scientifically, time moves at the rate of light. This has been proven by the fiber optics that deliver Netflix to your optics in lab-like environments. Currently, that's on a gigabit line through an M1 Macbook Pro and straight to the face.

Observationally, time moves at the rate that grass grows. Slow and steady. Blink and it'll still be there just as it was yesterday. With regard to technology, this is like buffering a chat application on a flip phone with a spotty dial-up connection. A reality for some of the world and an impossible dream for the vast majority.

Specifics on Time Travel

It always happens in an elevator. By definition, an elevator is an apparatus of suspension.

Were a hotel to have thirteen floors, it would have thirteen elevators: one per floor. If all elevators were present, it would restrict the motion required to transport objects in the apparatus. To leave room for one elevator to move freely at the rate of time, the other twelve elevators exist in a different time.

One might be quick to observe that traditionally, an elevator has cables and pulleys and a counter weight. A naive hypothesis might be to correlate these accessories as necessary to transport the apparatus across a vertical plane. The scientific law of common elevators states these accessories are more energy efficient than leaving the apparatus to harness their natural power source to traverse a singular plane.

There are billions of people on earth. Were they all to time travel, there would be little historical context for the basis of our reality. We've discovered elevators to be an over-engineered solution.

Fiscally, we've over-invested in their development and deployment. Nearly every building on earth five stories or taller, contains an elevator shaft.

It is important to note, elevators were not originally designed for time travel. The initial drafts outlined their primary usage to be for traversing space.

Think about our thirteen floored hotel. The shaft was originally designed to be more like a docking bay. You could visit a friend anywhere in the world, at the speed of light. Just step across the threshhold of the chamber lock, into an elevator, and shortly after step across the threshold of the next chamber lock.

In practice, people were discovered to be more anti-social than originally hypothesized. This led to jams. Shafts would remain full, while transports would be caught in suspension waiting for a dock.

We knew this was a possibility, but assumed that people would be in constant flight, leaving a buffer window of no more than ten seconds. We even coded the doors to shut and open more slowly to account for this delay for a seamless experience.

I digress. With these jams, we were faced with a dilemma. My team was clever, we knew we could puzzle our way out of it.

In the blink of an eye, as if the answer had been there all along, we fixed the issue. We left one elevator per shaft and the remaing elevators in a different time, ready to be summoned for passage.

Occasionally, elevators will go missing. Their ability to traverse time and space is succinctly powerful. To do so untethered from the rest of the network is plainly untrackable.

Well, besides the ripples caused by the phreaks that operate them.

Our Current Timeline

Enough about my credentials. The matter at hand is that the origins of elevators have been made obsolete by modern society.

This is perfectly acceptable and normal. Technological progress ebbs and flows. Elevators were needed in a time before instant communication was able to fit in your pocket.

The problem does come down to debate between the public and private sector. You see, elevators were funded privately, but the original benefactors licensed the technology for public use: all entities welcome.

As alternative communication technology emerged, the elevators found less use. Why spend ten minutes walking to the nearest shaft to then walk another ten minutes to visit your friend only to find out they weren't home? That's unnecessary with a phone! Pick it up, dial your friend, chat a bit, and still have ten minutes to spare!

Sure. This sounds great in a leaflet. However, the fine print is that telephony is privatized. As a result, the economy of communication has been over-inflated into a relatively tiny number of hands.

In turn, this financial advantage was leveraged to create an even larger moat. While elevators were public transport for private passengers, it wasn't exclusive. Cars were designed. Critics said they'd never stand a chance against elevators, as they were inferior in every objective way.

Subjectively though, they were fun. The driver was in control. They could choose how to traverse space. They could make a pit stop anywhere in the world. It was expensive, but it was theirs.

This resulted in the sale and purchase of many, many cars around the world. Their cities sprawled into suburbs and their suburbs sprawled into country living. The fringes were forced to homestead.

All this to say, the distance from the farthest reaches to an elevator is a several day journey. The phone service at this range is not laboratory grade. It is about the rate at which grass grows.

The thing that gets us to the next thing

Elevators paved the way for phones, which paved the way for cars, which ultimately resulted in a need for us to redesign elevators.

The latest version of an elevator can run on any electronic device, granted administrative priveleges. The primary difference between a standard elevator and this digital elevator is that it cannot transport your whole body. Instead, it transports only your mind.

Each elevator is capable of peering with other elevators. That's to say, their is no heirarchy. Metaphorically, your mind travels across, but never through.

I know you and you know me. You can introduce me to friends and you can know my friends too. If we fall apart, our other relationships remain.

This ground breaking elevator of the mind technology is being actively developed in the current present and in a transparent fashion. All entities are welcome to participate and encouraged to contribute. If you can't find your way, reach out to me.

It is worth noting. Phones currently have an advantage, especially since I accelerated their advent and therefore patents to be established before the discovery of elevators. That's just a minor hiccup though.

In the grand-scheme, time is self-healing. While we had to take a bit of the long way round this go, we will be at the next future sooner rather than later.

Be ready for it when it comes. Blink and you will miss it.

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