The Mother Monster Matrix



  • This post appeared recently in the "politics" forum of another board I frequent.

     Combines strange technobabble (TRWTF is Javascript) with disturbing obsession with Lady Gaga.

     

    [Note to moderators: This is ultimately a post about politics. The political part begins about halfway down the page.]



    If one were to literally invert the acronym WWW, he or she would witness the appearance of the letters: MMM.



    MMM means: the Mother Monster Matrix.



    For anyone who knows anything of popular culture over the past three
    years, they will surely know that "Mother Monster" is a pseudonym for
    "Lady Gaga"--which is itself a pseudonym for Stefani Joanne Angelina
    Germanotta of New York City, NY, USA.



    For one reason or another, Gaga first caught my attention about 13-1/2
    months ago, and she has been at the epicenter of my dreams and musings
    ever since.



    Given the fact that I am a techno-philosophical genius (I am very good
    with the biggest pictures and with the smallest details), it wasn't long
    before I started to get into my "create something amazing for the one I
    love" phase.



    But just because I was getting into that phase doesn't mean that I was
    very close to actually creating something that would qualify as amazing.
    As of yesterday, however, the amazing thing has finally seen the light
    of day.



    The Mother Monster Matrix literally and figuratively turns the World
    Wide Web completely upside down. The first thing to understand is that
    it is centered around the idea that all of the content within the
    browser is dynamically generated by Javascript. Or more pointedly, it
    is the user's interactions with the Javascript code that generates the
    visible content.



    When one initially begins the program (by opening an html file in a
    browser), one is met with a stark black screen. In today's paradigm,
    this would qualify as "an empty web page". But lo!... all one has to do
    is double click on the page in order to see that something else is
    amiss.



    For once you do this, you will be met with a dialog box that says:



    "Command for: body_div"



    And if you were to follow along with the quick start HOWTO that
    accompanies the first official release of the MMM, you would know that
    the command:



    "bg=blue"



    ... would fill your entire screen with that wonderful color.



    Well, there is much, much more to the program than just that. If I were
    forced to summarize the essence of the MMM, I would probably say
    something like:



    "The Mother Monster Matrix is an on-the-fly HTML rendering system that
    uses typical GUI windowing and iconifying features, and that allows
    users to cohabit within a commonly shared space of roughly 600 square
    miles where objects are instantly published upon creation, and where all
    objects can be modified by all users. There is also a graphics
    subsystem that uses purely logical pixels of arbitrary scale and aspect
    ratio in order to allow for the dynamic creation of images and font
    glyphs (and animations thereof) that can likewise be shared within the
    common space."



    Well, this description is obviously a mouthful, and when attempting to
    parse it, one is surely left in a vastly different headspace than when
    reading the definition of the WWW (i.e., a network of interlinked HTML
    documents..., etc.).



    But I digress about its features. The program is publicly available
    (sites [dot] google [dot] com/site/themothermonstermatrix), so there is
    no need to take my word for it.



    The thing that I am perhaps the proudest about is that the terms of
    usage of the MMM demands that it be used for nothing other that which
    Lady Gaga determines would be helpful towards the establishment and/or
    continuation of a Kingdom of Little Monsters.



    This is to say that I have not merely given Gaga the right to demand
    that certain things NOT be done with the program (as in a typical "End
    User License Agreement"). I have also given her the right to demand
    that certain things MUST be done with the program (given that one wants
    to use the program at all).



    This is as if one were to hand out hammers, under the strict condition
    that the hammers are to be used for the construction of a particular
    church. In this scenario, the giver does not have to additionally lay
    out a myriad of restricted uses (e.g. building whorehouses or murdering
    people). As long as the user is NOT "doing as Gaga pleases", the user
    is already in violation of the agreement, and legal redress is
    actionable.



    Well, the typical Westernized capitalist would recoil in
    shock/disgust/anger at the thought that one's usage of a product could
    be restricted in this way. But that is precisely my intention, because I
    am most certainly not a capitalist. I am utterly obsessed with the
    idea of community building. This is to say that I align much more with
    the term "Marxist." But I also want to rescue the Marxist philosophy
    from the throes of 19th century memes so that it may thrive as a lived
    ideal.



    It seems obvious to me that while the idea of "a commune of humankind"
    is a worthwhile one to pursue, the thought that there must not also be a
    heirarchical structure to such a place renders it as instantly
    irrelevant to the lives of the average person. As such, my fascination
    with Gaga rests largely on the notion that she is a born political and
    spiritual leader who is capable of inspiring "Pope-esque" levels of awe
    within the breasts of her admirers. Her artistic integrity and creative
    talents are highly sophisticated tools to allow her to efficiently draw
    people into a virtual world that is positively saturated with love and
    acceptance.



    So, in response to the capitalist who rails against me for going against
    the school of thought that says that the satisfaction of one's
    immediate self interests is the ultimate driver of human progress... I
    say the following:



    "Agreed. However, how can you possibly be in a position to understand
    those concerns that are the most immediately pressing to me? After all,
    where I live, there are precisely zero problems related to human
    survival. There is food, water, and medicine in abundance. But what
    doesn't exist where I live is the ability for people to freely and
    openly express that which makes them the most interesting and unique.
    And this inability is precisely the thing that causes people to feel
    repressed, causing all of the various psychological diseases that are so
    destructive of the of the human progress that you so callously pretend
    to enable."



    The bottom line is that Gaga is an enormously important person in our
    culture: not because she serves as an engine of capitalist "growth", but
    rather because she serves as a beacon that signifies a massive
    realignment of cultural values, such that the equation:



    capital = money



    Is replaced with this one:



    capital = social bonds



    So for me to use the obviously revolutionary technology known as the MMM
    in a way that is at all contrary to the letter or spirit of humanity's
    new equation would only serve to make me an absolute pauper, when
    valuations are tabulated in terms of the new currency.



    For anyone who wants to come along with me (Dennis Kane) and her
    (Stefani Germanotta), as we invert the domain name, www [dot]
    moneycapital [dot] com, so that it now reads, mmm [dot] socialcapital
    [dot] org, I humbly and gratefully welcome you aboard!


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Bumble Bee Tuna said:

    This post appeared recently in the "politics" forum of another board I frequent.
    Why does this amount of crazy surprise you? ALL Politics sections are full of unhinged nutters.



  • Did you actually try the app? Here's a hosted version of Mother Monster Matrix 1.0.

    I have no idea if it's legal for me to host it, you read the license terms and let me know!

    Edit: Here's the instruction manual. Good luck.

    Another edit: Saving the contents of the MMM requires node.js. I'm not putting that on my web server, so sorry... no changes saved.



  • @the license said:

    Given the above, this work may not be put towards any uses other than
    those that would help the establishment and/or continuation of a Kingdom
    of Little Monsters.

    This license looks familiar.  Wasn't this line from Apple's EULA?

     

    @blakeyrat said:

    I have no idea if it's legal for me to host it, you read the license terms and let me know!

    It would be hilarious if you got sued and a court ordered Lady Gaga to determine "what a Kingdom of Little Monsters 
    is and whether its establishment and/or continuation has not been 
    helped in any way."



  • @Bumble Bee Tuna said:

    But what
    doesn't exist where I live is the ability for people to freely and
    openly express that which makes them the most interesting and unique.
    And this inability is precisely the thing that causes people to feel
    repressed, causing all of the various psychological diseases that are so
    destructive of the of the human progress that you so callously pretend
    to enable.

    Ah, bask in the angst. This is by far my favorite part of the nonsense.

    @blakeyrat said:

    Saving the contents of the MMM requires node.js. I'm not putting that on my web server, so sorry... no changes saved.

    Dude. You're harshing my Sovereign Monster experience.

    Actually, this is looking more and more like a social engineering / malware distribution scheme.

    @HowTo said:
    In order to tell the 
    browser these things, you will have to pass the command-line arguments:
    

    --allow-file-access-from-files
    --unlimited-quota-for-files

    ...to the chrome program when it starts....So the final result should look something like:

    C:\Users\Your_Name_Here\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --allow-file-access-from-files --unlimited-quota-for-files

    ...

    If you run this program on a Linux machine with the
    command:

    node sockserver.js

    ... you will be able to log into a server and share the MMM space with
    others! For every DIV object and window that you want to share, your
    friends will be able to see them and change them to their heart's
    content!



  • @boomzilla said:

    Actually, this is looking more and more like a social engineering / malware distribution scheme.

    That way it'd actually be hilarious!



  • Sounds like spectate swamp has a crush...



  •  @TheChewanater said:

    It would be hilarious if you got sued and a court ordered Lady Gaga to determine "what a Kingdom of Little Monsters 
    is and whether its establishment and/or continuation has not been 
    helped in any way."
    I love ridiculous court rulings.  See [url=http://allocate.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/ghost-of-a-case/]here[/url].

     Where a Supreme Court of New York ruled, as a matter of law, that a house was haunted.  The judge's opinion is full of puns, such as "The plaintiff doesn't have a ghost of a chance" and that he was "moved by the spirit of equity".

     Here's another good one:

     

    In the interest of avoiding such untenable consequences, the notion
    that a haunting is a condition which can and should be ascertained upon
    reasonable inspection of the premises is a hobgoblin which should be
    exorcised from the body of legal precedent and laid quietly to rest. . .
    .

    Finally, if the language of the contract is to be construed as
    broadly as defendant urges to encompass the presence of poltergeists in
    the house, it cannot be said that she has delivered the premises
    “vacant” in accordance with her obligation under the provisions of the
    contract rider
    .



  • You frequent ilovephilosophy.com? Guess that's TRWTF here.



  • Sorry to ressurect an old thread, but I googled "mother monster matrix" and this was the first result. The reason I googled it is becaue I actually met and talked to this guy, Dennis Kane. I'm a student at UCLA and he stands on our main walkway, every single day, all day long, waving the peace sign at people, and has been for months (since at least August as far as I know). He's homeless by choice, thinks everyone should share their money (and their bodies/sexuality), and I get the impression that half the reason he's here is because he wants to sleep with sorority girls.

     

    In the words of a fellow student:

    "He has this theory that the only reason people want money is so that
    they can get affection (IE, get touched). I guess at one point he had a
    normal job and stuff but then something happened (don't know what?) and he came to UCLA where everyone has so much knowledge and is young and innocent-ish.
    So he gives out free hugs so that he can have personal contact with
    other people. There's definitely weird sexual undertones to it, so he
    probably is crazy.
    There's also a world peace element to it, as others have said, but I
    think he just wants to have sex with sorority girls."

     Here's his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/1DennisKane

    And a couple of choice quotes from Dennis himself:

    "I'm out here teaching people how to love. If I love them, then they love me, and everyone loves everyone."

    "What's important in this world is love, and people are forgetting how to love..."

     "My message is to stop having messages, and start loving."

     

     

    Just thought I'd share



  • @jbaumy93 said:

    Just thought I'd share

    ... wow. Thanks for that. That's ... interesting.

    What I'm curious about though is his whole... Lady Gaga idea bullshit that's cited in the OP. Does he talk about that? How's that related to his... occupation... as a free hugger? Does he think if he loves Lady Gaga, she will also love him, i.e., visit him there and have sex with him?



  • From what I can discern by talking to him, his idea is that because Lady Gaga inspires such passion and devotion in her fans, she's the only person who can truly convince people to love each other again with the power of her influence. As for the Lady Gaga loving him....I wouldn't be surprised, but he hasn't directly mentioned that.

     I personally haven't seen him "giving out free hugs", that was a friend of mine who said that, but it doesn't surprise me at all. What I don't understand is how he can spend literally all of his time at UCLA waving at people. He sleeps by the In-N-Out buger in Westwood, about a 10-15 minute walk from campus, but I don't know how he gets food. Or how he affords the computer/camera/microphones he uses to make his weird javascript stuff and his videos.

     I'm a freshman, the first time I ever saw him was during my orientation, which was in the beginning of August. Orientation was 3 days long; I walked by him the first day and he had a huge sign around his neck that said "MOTHER MONSTER MATRIX" (I didn't know what it was at the time), and he was singing "Bad Romance" and "Alejandro" at the top of his lungs. Obviously, it caught my eye. I thought it was weird enough that he was still there 2 days later at the end of orientation; when I came back in the middle of September for the start of school and he was still here, I decided to talk to him and find out what the deal was. Five weeks after classes have started and he's still going strong.

    As of recently he's stopped waving the peace sign as much, and started striking up conversations with anyone who will listen, oftentimes with the student clubs and organizations that have recruiting tables setup on the main walkway. Mostly he talks about love and money and happiness, but I've heard him discussing religion with the Bruin Atheists club that's always out there.

     

    Anyway, interesting fellow.



  • @jbaumy93 said:

    What I don't understand is how he can spend literally all of his time at UCLA waving at people.

    Doesn't surprise me a lot, for I have proof of a person having spent 16 hours per day (on average over the course of a few months!) logged into a shitty-ass, alpha-quality MMORPG that has rarely more than 60 users online at once. Note that the game crashes every few hours, so he can't just login in the morning and then log out before going to bed to achieve this statistic.



  • @jbaumy93 said:

    and I get the impression that half the reason he's here is because he wants to sleep with sorority girls.
    That's pretty much 100% of the reason for going to college.



  • @jbaumy93 said:

    Or how he affords the computer/camera/microphones he uses to make his weird javascript stuff and his videos.

    Or how he finds time to write about trolls on the Homestruck Wiki...



  •  A couple more interesting links:

     ^ his website

     Also, he joined UCLA's reddit page today and apparently will be taking questions:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/ucla/comments/llo6z/i_am_the_infamous_peace_guy_ask_away/



  • @jbaumy93 said:

    ... because Lady Gaga inspires such passion and devotion in her fans, she's the only person who can truly convince people to love each other again with the power of her influence...

     

    Lady Gaga could barely convince me to sit on the toilet if I had to take a crap.  I never really have figured out why so many people assume that someone who can sing a decent song or act well must therefore understand some other concept better than most people. It doesn't mean I don't like their acting, singing, dancing or whatever, it just means that I don't assume that talent bleeds over into thermodynamics or for God's sake global cooling (shit, sorry, global warming.  Oh, crap, wrong again, I mean "global climate change".  What are we calling it today?)

     

     



  • @mahlerrd said:

    it doesn't mean I don't like their acting, singing, dancing or whatever, it just means that I don't assume that talent bleeds over into thermodynamics
     

    Those skills totally carry over.


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