Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More

Optimized For Mobile

Nickel & Nickel, Oakville, California, USA

August 5, 2018

This essay, Optimized For Mobile, is the companion piece to Internet Presence II.

I am indebted to Marcus David Hobbs and to my son Joshua Nelson Platt who inspired this conversation and contributed material.

The Conversations For Transformation website is now optimized for mobile devices, smartphones, and tablets. There's nothing for you to do for this to work. Just visit

Photography by Joshua Nelson Platt

Vallejo, California, USA

7:58am Wednesday August 8, 2018
as usual with any mobile device. What I want you to know is even without being optimized in the days and years before this project began (by itself, I might add - like spontaneous combustion), my method has always been to take the "lowest common denominator" approach when presenting these essays for the world on the internet. By that I mean I've always used the simplest, least complicated display algorithms possible, which I reckoned would work just as well for a farmer in a rural area with a dial-up modem, as it would for an astronaut in a space station accessing this website at blitzfast  satellite speeds, using the most modern equipment known to man.

With that said, the purpose of this optimization project is to determine which displays can be presented more appropriately on mobile devices which, as we all know, have smaller screens than my state of the art IBM aka Lenovo  L440 laptop computer on which I do all my creative work, and then dynamically deliver those optimized displays, leaving the content of the essays themselves wholly intact.

Because of that, it has (of necessity) morphed  into an ongoing work, to which I invite you to contribute. In what way, Laurence? In this way: if, when you view this newly optimized Conversations For Transformation website on your mobile device, you notice features which don't work as well as they should, please let me know and I'll consider fixes. OK, why don't they work now  ie why don't they already work at the get-go, Laurence? You make it sound like you're only delivering a half-baked  product, no? And well may you ask.

There are so many computer types, so many devices, so many brands, so many protocols, so many operating systems (of which there are so many releases and versions) out there with mobile browsing ability, that for all intents and purposes, it's practically impossible to test all combinations of all them. So I invite you, if you notice the website is not working on your mobile device the way it should work, to please e-mail me. Be prepared to provide answers to questions about your particular configuration. I'll assess if I can put a fix in place. Sometimes I can't (I can't fit the Eiffel Tower into your living room, for example). But if I can, I'll implement a suitable one.

Although this website now comprises one thousand five hundred and forty five pages (two thousand seven hundred and ninety six files in total) (ie so far), optimizing it for mobile requires updating only one of them. That one is the .css  (Cascading Style Sheet) file, for those of you with a technical interest. And given there's only one such file to update, if any changes are going to be made at all, they can be implemented quickly and easily, then made available online almost immediately.
Werner Erhard is best experienced in person, up close, and face to face, in a conversation for transformation in which you've anted up something big  to have at stake. At their very best, the purpose these essays serve, is to point to that opportunity. Optimizing them for mobile, sharpens their focus, making it easier to share it.

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