Bear Market Blues
It's time to take back your time, touch grass and put out the "candles"
Ok. You are here. Take a deep breath.
Congratulations! You are alive!
If you have a habit of looking at numbers on a screen for way too many hours a day, it’s time to realize one thing… that 🙏 shit 🙏 AIN’T 🙏 REAL🙏! Yes, these numbers do have material consequences and they correspond to things that have some kind of value, but in the end, they are a virtual game, a simulation if you please.
Accept that you are playing a game and realize that games can always be exited. You may choose to try to win it, or you may choose to quit it but to keep on playing is optional.
The only valuable asset
These challenging times are a good opportunity for us web3 folks to finally practice wisdom and get down to doing some no BS serious introspection.
The breakneck speed of constant innovation and novelty are definitely impressive but going too fast is how you guarantee you are going to crash. We need time off, time away and generally just…TIME! Because time is what is truly scarce and with time, time itself becomes more and more valuable. What if you started counting your losses, not in fiat or any random token…but in seconds?
It is now quite clear, that we cannot keep on fetishizing overworking and a gig-work mentality. These are artifacts of a bygone mental model that the web3 ethos is supposed to leave behind.
Time off is important to ground yourself and restructure your value landscape. It is the only context in which you can confront yourself and play Tekken with your demons. Are you leaving something important behind by focusing too much on web3? Are you taking care of your health and body? Do you use work as a means of escape? Are you developing ethically, physically and spiritually? The demons will keep on taunting you in the background if you don’t banish em’ off to tartarus!
If DAO work makes you feel like you want to sell all your possessions and live an ascetic life in a cabin off the grid, plotting revenge against industrial society, then you must rethink the conditions of your work and why you are here in the first place.
Everybody’s values are different but if I may speak at least for myself then I would answer this question in this way:
I am here because this is the only place where optimism is still alive.
I am here because the people here are some of the most interesting, kind and mutli-faceted currently on Earth’s crust.
I am here because I love geeking over emerging technologies and novel cultural movements.
I am here because my uniqueness and creativity is actually being valued.
I am here because I was provided with opportunities that no other place ever offered.
And honestly, that’s what’s ACTUALLY great about web3. DeFi is great but it is very fragile. Crypto is great but it is most often manipulated. Both are prone to capture by the powers that be. Both are castles built on powder-thin sand.
Instead of maximizing profit, utility or even abstract and naive notions of social impact, why not aim at maximizing free time for a change. But not free time as in mindless media consumption, but more like what Ancient Roman folks called otium, a sort of laid-back but meaningful form of leisure that relaxes and reorients the mind as opposed to negotium which is the constant struggle to make ends meet. It seems like our modern way of life in a neoliberal capitalist logic is very effective at turning every tiny bit of otium into negotium by means of us participating as consumers in the production (or information) machine.
Web3 seems to not only have not escaped this but thrown us even deeper into negotium through the constant struggle to tokenize and financialize more and more aspects of our digital life. Always on the grind.
Borrowing from Jim Rutt’s words of wisdom, we should aim at reclaiming our “cognitive sovereignty” (as Jim Rutt has very succinctly put it). It is all about taking back our dissipated attention and focus, by limiting our exposure to the grasp of the attention economy. Because all of us web3 workers of the world must finally acknowledge that (at least) the conditions of web3 work are not as humane or dignified as we often claim. Being 15 hrs/day in front of screens being bombarded by Tweets, Discord notifications and constant calls take a toll on more than just your body. It is not a coincidence that web3 has a fascination with “souls” all of a sudden. The Zeitgeist is screaming its lungs out. Let’s listen.
What do? Well, the solution couldn’t be simpler. Take a break, go talk to some friends and go be around nature. Because it’s hard to do a rug pull on fresh air and friendship.
UniPuff, your public universal friend
The contents of this Chainlog may make it seem like MetaGame has gone quiet, but that’s only because we’ve been in THE ZONE. Read on for portents of upcoming magic.
It’s all going to be happening in the MetaFest-a-verse. Get a preview with a voxel-ish virtual visit to MetaFest HQ, following the MetaFest-a-verse links found here.
And if you didn’t already watch tenfinney’s MetaFest2 walkthrough, go do that now!
The planning and organizing for MetaFest2 has made the MetaGame community vibrant once more! MetaGame alumni and inactive players have once again joined Metafam to help MetaFest2 become as lit as possible! MetaGame has once again become one of the LITest communities to be and the energy is contagious!
Shout-out to tommy, tenfinney, prettyscone shans, raw szab0gie, FearlessThompson, Musashi13, UniPuff, luxumbra, Anna, peth, Web 3 Prophet, TYMED, Apeiron Creations, Bagholder McFomo and apologies if this list is missing your name.
If you wanna know more:
On Community Calls we’ve had:
Theobtl of Vita DAO, talking about how $VITA holders fund longevity research
A Product Launch workshop from 9tails from Meet With Wallet
MatterTurbulent from PeopleDAO
0xjackson presenting 3rm.co, a web3 CRM
Thanks to Anna and tommy for the preps and facilitation, and thanks to joseacabrerav for introducing PeopleDAO.
The latest podcast is a chat between peth and Mike Gilliland (co-founder of Future Thinkers and The Portal DAO) that goes in on Mike’s vision of regenerative living and how to make bridges between the virtual and the physical realm. Produced by eowulia, show notes by PiedraDeMar | Vanessa Gil.
There’s more …
joseacabrerav has been talking care of the community’s well-being with another session of Fractal Yoga, with PiedraDeMar | Vanessa Gil
Misanth has exhibited stellar communication skills in the onboarding sessions. so if you see new shillers and tech heads flocking the gates of MetaGame, you know who to blame 😏
Web Three Prophet found time to get the Well-Being Survey going, and made mini-quests to help part-time Players pick up some xp. Check’em out: Promote the Job Fair, Make a Shilling Strat, Async Onboarding
Talking of part-time players, get active before eowulia works necromancy on you
And a big welcome to newly official Players arsenijesavic, PiedraDeMar & prettyscone shans
eowulia Gold Fam yessss 🥇🥇🥇
The Mint 🍃🍃🍃
Michiel and luxumbra have been battling the army of bugs that gathered around the SourceCred instance. Then SourceCred Master s_ben came and squashed them all with one blow from his mighty mace.
This mint has been victorious! 💯 Enjoy your SEED everyone! 🌱
It’s ali-i-i-i-i-i-ive!! luxumbra’s OG vision has been brought to life with mad amounts of pair-programming by dysbulic and tenfinney. The ‘Chievmints website was launched just the other day by dysbulic, and tenfinney has already used the tech to drop MetaFest2 NFTs to active MetaGame players. Oh, by the way, you can use the MetaFest2 NFT in Voxels to get access to private gated parcels revealing clues and rewards during MetaFest2? Hmmmm!
Extra, extra 📰
vid chaired the Builders meeting, and continued work with dan13ram and Dave on the Quest Chains app
luxumbra continued refining and fine-tuning the MetaFest2 landing page. Now you are able to remove all kinds of text and take a peek at the pure 3D experience!! Designers all over the world tremble!
🗓 9tails has worked with Alec and dysbulic to add Meet With Wallet to MyMeta profiles. Go to https://metagame.wtf/me, click to edit your profile, and scroll to the bottom of the form to see how you can add an easy booking link to a Meet With Wallet calendar 🗓
🍰 Content & Design
Got some open positions? Now you can advertise them in the coolest way possible in web3’s coolest Job Fair! Check UniPuff’s memey-ass video to find out more on how YOU can use the power of the Metaverse to find the people you need! Click on the button below to beam right to it! 👇
peth and UniPuff put out a Bridgebuilding playbook, and you might have seen that in the last newsletter
Web Three Prophet yet again teased MetaGame swag—this time a sweet tee
Dave planned further UI refinements to the Quest Chains app
Your ol’ newsletter buddies UniPuff and HHH 🎶 are on a solid newsletter-making streak right now 🎶 …how do you like em? We’re fine-tuning a pre-publish review system—send us your thoughts, praise, opprobrium, etc., etc.
And of course, raw szab0gie keeps on spawning 3D stuff at an ever accelerating pace! Have a sneak peek below 😉👇
peth put the aforementioned bridgebuilding playbook to use and linked with TEC, RnDAO, Banyan DAO, Ethernaut DAO, Safary DAO, ScribeDAO, Eden DAO, Ethichub, Atlantis World, All For Climate DAO, d0rg, and WGMI
… and also held the monthly Roadmap check-in call to ensure things are going towards the right direction
tommy spread the memes of MetaGame at Crypto Fest and made sure MetaFest2 got some eyes on it 👀👀
UniPuff did a review of open roles at MetaGame and ensured they are up to date (See the open roles at the end of this update)
vid continued the funding talks with NEAR
🔗 Misanth made links and got MetaGame listed on DAOHQ
Anna and Web Three Prophet built bridges at the ReFi Unconference and found people hyped to be part of future community calls 🔥
Web Three Prophet brought in Dalila to power up recruiting 👋
TYMED is in talks to get more eyes on MetaFest2
CRE8R DAO shared Discord Safety Guidelines to help you spot common scams and exploits ☑
TokenEngineering invites you to read up on the practice of token engineering—get an intro by reading the 4 articles from Michael Zargham linked here 📚
MetaFactory wants to know what's “your dream MetaFactory x ___ collab? Artist, legacy brand, protocol, celebrity, your ex from highschool that made dope doodles in 5th period.” Tweet at them if you think you know, get $ROBOT for a winning intro
Opolis partners with Braintrust to offer benefits, mentorship, and more Web3 opportunities
Are you at #Permissionless? Hit up TokenEngineering’s @AnaTech_eth for some badge swag
Deep Work Studio breaks down 4 patterns found in web3 UX research
Project Ark founder Max Song presented on Cryptocurrency at AmCham HK
✍ Fill in a survey to help **Giveth** gauge user interest on a new feature that would help projects to raise funds via NFTs
Voting for winners of The Commons Stack Commons Prize runs until May 31 🙋♂️
Check a new MetaFactory Hoodie that drops with a nice bit of word play on 同道中人 (Hit up HHH in the comments section here if you want extra translation btw).
Raid Guild launchs viaheadline.xyz, a decentralized publishing platform where creators truly own their own content 📓
SZN3 veDao member? Grab your POAP courtesy of DAOHaus
🎩 Open Roles 🎩
The above made you want to jump in & do shit? 🙃
Here are some of the open roles 👇
🐙 Normal Roles
Normal roles are entry-level roles that anyone can take on without committing too much time or taking on too much responsibility.
🛠️ Builder - Are you a TypeScript wiz, a React.js virtuoso or maybe a data structures nerd? Frontend or backend, devs and coders are the life-blood of this space and the doors are always open if you are one. Come and introduce yourself in 🛠️-builders-guild or get right into the action😇
🐛 Bughunter Do you get high by obsessing over fixing stuff? Then this role is for you!! Come and introduce yourself in 🐞-bughunters-guild or get right into the action😇
🧙🏾 Technical Project Manager Do you thrive in chaordic organizations? Come and bring your wisdom and magic! Don’t forget to introduce yourself in 🛠️-builders-guild.
💸 Creative Funding Guru Come up with inventive ways to monetize content and create revenue streams while ensuring public access and avoiding paywalls.
🔍 Journalist Research and collect info about happenings in web3 and its relation to “the world at large” for our newsletters, articles and Twitter posts.
📰 Blogster Are you into technical writing or more into fiery polemic texts? Whatever it is, the only true requirements are quality, nuance and alignement. Join our ever-expanding publications of over 4000 subs! Introduce yourself in 📝-writers-guild, or DM UniPuff 🜐.
🎨 Graphic Designer - We're trying to make MetaGame into "an intersection of technology, philosophy & art". Well, we need more art! There is no lack of art that needs to be made, just ask about it in 🎨-artists-guild
🤗 Innkeeper Onboard new Octos and organize events. Good facilitation skills are a must!
Marketing and Social Media:
📣 Shiller - Promote MetaGame and its products in any adjacent DAO or the crypto community and keep the social media audience engaged.
💩 Shitposter - Come up with dank memes & witty twits to post on Twitter, drop in 🐤-tweet-arena
🧠 Educator Come up with useful knowledge & tips and construct engaging threads for Twitter, drop in 🐤-tweet-arena
🐙🐙 Deputy roles
Deputy roles are more important, thus come with some responsibility & commitment. You will be working with Champions.
🧚 XP Fairy - This one's for those who get frustrated with the injustices in the XP system. Sourcecred is great but it's not a panacea & there are problems that can be fixed, things that can get balanced! Ask 🤗-innkeepers-guild & help!
🤗 Innkeeper’s Guild Deputy Make sure the community is tight AF!! Plan and organize events, facilitate the onboarding of new octos and ensure that important information gets communicated to all guilds. You will be working closely with the Guild’s Champion with the expectation of becoming one yourself! If that tingles your jingles, introduce yourself to the 🤗-innkeeper’s-guild.****
🙌 Meetup Master - To help with organizing community events with the focus on workshops - facilitating knowledge exchange by scheduling workshops based on 🧠-brain-exchange
✍️ Writers’ Guild Deputy Words are one “s” away from swords and we need people that can wield them with mastery. There is a lot to write about and there are newly concocted editorial processes to be tested out. If fancy yourself as a mighty wordsmith, introduce yourself in 📝-writers-guild
Marketing and Social Media:
📈 Market Researcher Do you have an eye for trends? Do you have the ability to peek into the web3 hive-mind and eavesdrop on its thought? MetaGame needs you ASAP! We may have hardworking devs and ambitious content creators but we do lack the wisdom of the streets! If you are up for a challenge, drop a few lines about you in **📣**shillers-guild.
🐙🐙🐙 Champion roles
Champion roles are of the highest importance and highest commitment & responsibility roles. There are requirements that need to be taken seriously.
🤖 Bot Army - Bot army champion does what bot army champions do - work on bots. The needs for bots are many & varied, there is much to do. Humorous and witty hxmans are encouraged to apply
🛠️ Builders’ Guild Champion 👀 - Michiel has some real-life shit coming up soon, looking for someone to carry the Builders Guild torch, run meetings & organize sprints.
👩🏼💼 MyMeta PM - If you feel like you are up for a challenge, you are welcome to disentangle the overly-ambitious mess that is MyMeta and help make a user-friendly product that will revolutionize decentralized collaboration.
YOU are going to make it.
An introspective turn to our beloved web3 meme phrase, acknowledging that we all have our own lives, problems and anxieties. Because we had enough of hopium, what we need now is deep interpersonal understanding and the cultivation of…
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