I Am A Camera

The personal journal of author and photographer Jason Pettus

My first two full weeks on Mastodon have gone swimmingly, and I've surprisingly gotten in touch again fast with the old '80s cyberpunk crowd, most notably through a recent fun exchange with pioneer John Shirley. Today, some thoughts back to my '80s punk rock youth, and why they seem to gel with a decentralized federated social network.

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In which in one fell swoop I delete my accounts at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, 500px, Netflix and Hulu, to instead embrace a web3 future of federated, decentralized social networking

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The official announcement of the next big hyperfiction artistic project in my life: a series of ultra-realistic and complex Cities: Skylines game builds, released under a Creative Commons license, for others to set stories and videos about the American Midwest's 300-year history

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Some recent thoughts on late-stage capitalism, the changing nature of “mainstream” social media, and the rise and complications of so-called “web3 federations,” on the occasion of being accidentally banned from Twitter due to faulty algorithms

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In which I spend my second Saturday of my newest Minecraft roleplaying campaign setting up my workshop and Zen Room, and building a machine that turns potatoes into magic

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In which freelance duties force me to yet again start a brand-new Minecraft roleplaying adventure, this one a more laid-back campaign reflecting my real-life situation as an overworked middle-ager relaxing on the weekends

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In which I abandon my previous Minecraft story to start this new one, which in the brand-new v1.18 has all kinds of cool new breathtaking things to see and do

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Part 10 of my new Minecraft storytelling campaign, in which I terraform my ranch and pasture using lots of decorative items and interesting hacks

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Part 9 of my new Minecraft storytelling campaign, in which I embrace the use of electricity-carrying 'redstone' in order to automate mass farming

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Part 8 of my new Minecraft storytelling campaign, in which I build out my “survival house,” start my animal pasture, improve my industrial ranch, and tame a bunch of horses

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