This post references the MetaCamPage, which was a running featurette of this website for several years. It's been offline for decades now, but originally it displayed a single snapshot taken at regular intervals from a webcam mounted to my computer's monitor. Although it sounds inconceivable, this was a very common practice around the turn of the century. (The MetaCamPage would also sometimes show webcam images from other bloggers' webcams and/or a grid of photos from other bloggers.)

just trying to keep it real

I’ve shuffled the MetaCamPage a little. I think I’m just going to rotate the rows so that everyone gets a chance to be on top for a bit. Of course that also means that some of us will be getting our first taste of being on the bottom. Think of it as a growing experience. You get tired of being on top all the time anyway.

In case you haven’t noticed – or if you’re one of the people who was on top and are such an egomaniacal rat bastard that you never scrolled to see who was beneath your corpulent bulk – there are still two spots open in the current version. If you spot a blogcam, or if you have a blogcam… you know it baby…

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