I’ve been working on a way to create literary NFTs, or at least NFTs with significant literary components, with HTML and CSS. Basically to demonstrate that NFTs aren’t just JPGs. They can also be books, articles, short stories, screenplays, musical scores, etc.
Since I successfully minted an article as HTML, I’ve been working on list of formats I want to test. Thursday I minted my first “album” of 04 variants from my Atmofear Destroyed collection on Tezos. A four-page website with a home page, two gallery pages, and an About page.
This is web design, but it’s not like designing a normal website. All the files are stored on IPFS and being served from a p2p network. HTTPS protocol serves content from a central source, and browsers are built on HTTPS. The two protocols don’t always play nicely together.
I’m over the moon about this. Last night I minted a website on Cardano. Well, technically, I only needed to add the link to the main article, Blockchain For Noobs, in the FT metadata. It’s an HTML document I wrote, illustrated, and coded myself.
And what makes it a website instead of a web page is that it’s linked to another HTML document — Other Work — in the same IPFS folder.
I haven’t posted for a little while because I’ve gone down a creative rabbit hole trying to do something hard and have forgotten about the physical world. The one where I have to eat and talk to people and stuff.
So my brain is flickering with various types of code and what I’m trying to do hinges on a tenuous relationship between IPFS protocol and HTTPS-oriented browsers that don’t recognize it or know how to handle it properly yet. When there’s full browser support for this, it will all be easier.
Yesterday I did something that might create some backlash for me. I started a sub-collection of Love Machine PFP NFTs about what it’s like to be neurodivergent.
It’s scary. I’m nervous about what’s going to happen because people with these differences still have to live with so much stigma. Because I’ve taken a lot of criticism for being different and for having the challenges I do. I know I’m opening myself up to more.
Here is its library collection so far, covering multiple topics. It might look like another web page with grid of image thumbnails on it. But what you’re looking at is part of the future of publishing.
I’ve been quiet for a little while, but I haven’t been idle. First, I’ve returned to freelancing as an illustrator and have been busy. I was also finishing aperitivi, most of which is now listed on Kalamint. The rest are coming very soon.
After long and careful deliberation, I’ve made a decision about the future of Love Machine. After I finish and mint the remaining NFTs in Shorts #2 (there will be 13 singles in total) I will not mint any more Love Machine collections on Cardano until something is done to streamline and decentralize verification.
Love landed on Tezos this week in the form of a full-color, limited-edition, 22-page PDF documenting the original oil paintings from 2008 and the Cardano NFTs I sold.
I’ll not be selling the same images as single NFTs on Tezos. I still wanted to introduce the project to the Tezos community, and I’m comfortable using them to produce a unique NFT that will not be available anywhere else.
I was planning to drop my first Tezos NFT collection next month, but I found a way to push it ahead of schedule. It involved biting off more than I can chew, but that’s par for the course. Totally worth it to break new ground — one more step forward in taking over the world.
Just kidding. That wouldn’t be very decentralized.