I was asked by Adam Kalsey to participate in his project Newly Digital, a distributed anthology of stories about early experiences with technology. The following story describes my first truly virtual communication.
Other essayists: Andre Torrez, Anders Jacobson, Andy Baio, Jeff Nichols, Steven Garrity, Chris Pirillo, Dan James, Adam Kalsey, Brad Choate, Bill Zeller
Back before the Internet, geeks sought out communication with other geeks through Bulletin Board Systems (BBS’s). These were naive times, when phone calls were free to those with red boxes and having a copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook meant you thought information was powerful, not explosives. Back in those days I was a dorky high school student who ran his very own BBS, a local spot for the younger, marginal geek crowd in Monterey, California.
After a month of no posting, overstated.net went completely silent. People around the world started to wonder if Cameron would emerge from a shell of silence, or if perhaps something serious had happend. Then he started talking about himself in the third person, and people really started to worry.
When I first started my weblog, I was constantly worried about keeping up with my peeps. If I didn’t post for a day or a week, I started to feel like I was letting someone down, mostly myself I guess. The reality is that some periods of one’s life are easily reflected upon, and others aren’t. I’m not here to make excuses, promises, or any other socially binding statements. I’m just happy that I’m finally writing this.
Recently I took some tests, got obsessed with Gentoo, and went to Detroit.
It’s actually kind of nice to start from an empty slate.