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Humanity has come a long way but it’s still misinformed and lost.

Many years ago, about 1995 I read a couple of books on HTML-1 and made some web pages. Go see the original Probaway. It now appears to be rather mundane stuff. The individual items were laid out in chronological order of what was interesting to me at that time. The first 16 items were printed on paper in November of 1994, and the intention was to create about a dozen new ideas every year and print them up onto a single piece of paper. The hope was that each page would be interesting enough so they would be Xeroxed and distributed that way by people who read them. I believed that if they were interesting enough they would have gone viral (the new term). If that had happened those Probaways would have helped a lot of people. Well, that didn’t happen, even though there were some good ideas within those few pages.

Millions of people have died needlessly.

If the page called Clots had gone viral, it would had added a year or two to many heart attack victim’s lives, if they had followed the advice, but hundreds of millions have died in the mean time. The operative idea clearly written in Clots was that aspirin taken instantly upon heart attack symptoms created by blood clots would help dissolve those clots immediately before any permanent damage ensued. The medical community is finally coming around to some of the ideas presented there. However, it was published in 1994, and that’s seventeen years ago. All these years later and there isn’t a clearer written page on how to survive heart attacks and other embolism-caused organ failures. In part it is the total lack of response to that wonderful post which makes me doubt the value of the internet and its search engines. Paid advertising pushes out great ideas, and if a web page isn’t in the top ten search hits it will rarely be read.

The EarthArk Project needs to presented properly.

It is only since retiring to Bend, Oregon, that it came time to reanalyze my monetary life strategy. In the past that life plan was idealistic to the extreme, relative to money and to the web. That was true even though I am basically a very practical person in my daily affairs.  I just lived as cheaply as possible so I didn’t have to worry about money, and I could spend my time pursuing ideas which it seemed would be helpful to humanity at large. In a way that has been very productive because it led through many strange and wonderful thought experiments and finally to laying the ground work for The EarthArk Project. If that plan is ever even partially implemented it will save much of the living world as we know it for future humanity to enjoy. Most if not all of the now popular ecology movements will fail within a hundred years as the human population explodes and human necessity demands the consumption of natural resources.

CSS helps to clarify ideas.

The EarthArk Project relates to CSS, which I am now endeavoring to learn, because it is essential to its success. The EarthArk Project needs to be presented in a proper way if it is ever to be successful. My present ongoing experimental project, the World Heritage Links site, was intended to teach me how to make a great and useful website. It proved to me just how wrong-headed I was about what makes a good site. Good information doesn’t make for a good or popular web site and there are several earlier blogs here on Probaway.wordpress.com over the previous few weeks discussing that problem. And so the bitter revelations which came to me about what doesn’t work will be very helpful in designing the new EarthArk Project site. The total package of the way an idea is presented matters and the appearance does matter too because if a site doesn’t speak to a viewer in five seconds they click away. Therefore, my future sites will be made instantly interesting. The way information is presented matters even more than ever and that appears to require knowing at least basic CSS.

Cascading Style Sheets permit a clearer presentation of ideas.