|Collectively we are an embedded system in the network, the new land|
We couldn't have known we were prototypes for a new social order
SI took over my entire life for many years.
At some level it is still deeply embedded in who I am.
I still feel the need to be the character that I am, not sure why.
My digital character was developed many years before SI and the Internet.
I used to play ANSI games on BBS systems in the early days.
I would play every local copy I could find of certain BBS games like Tradewars.
I would play these BBS games and create the same trading posts and the same planets in the same grid locations in every copy. Some other local players actually thought these planets and trading posts were part of the background code of the game because Graystone's Garden Planet was always in the same place in every copy I could find and play.
I came to SI through finance.
I did freelance IT work (PC support) for finance firms and knew brokers who were involved with Bre-X.
Many of us remember mikesloan and the role that the Internet and especially SI played in that story.
SI was just the best site for information on gold stocks.
As a well developed digital persona already I was surprised to find kindred digital souls here.
Fully developed and hardened characters.
There were just some incredibly gifted and smart people living the digital life here.
Today I only visit SI occasionally as life leaves little time for anything else.
Perhaps some version of the future has me being able to stop working but I doubt it.
I still love this place and the people here still impress, even those who have opinions that differ from mine.
That we have different opinions only matters if we are here to share that difference.
I know that every last person on SI that disagrees with me (or agrees me with for that matter) has more in common with me than 99.999...% of the planet.
So if I love your stuff, or even if I hate your stuff, it only matters to you or I because we are both still here on SI.