I had read that just a few weeks ago, pretty funny honestly. Even if you saw something similar to this coming, in the end, you wouldn't expect dirt to be the highest valued resource. That one team that builds the floating base just owns those guys.
Anyways I started playing this game a few weeks ago after finding some cools mods. If you've never heard of tekkit or technic pack of mods, look them up. They add a bunch of electrical machines and tools that totally change the game. Industrial Craft 2 in particular is my favourite. There's different tiers of items that build upon the vanilla Minecraft mechanics, but add lot more things to do and build. I just finished building my first Nuclear Reactor, and made my first few pieces of Quantum armor that honestly take forever to get materials for.
My entire house is completely automated, I just drop my shit into a chest when I walk in and everything gets sorted into labelled chests after being worked (grind, smelt, extract, canned, or recycled among others).
If you're one to play around a little bit with redstone, or build even moderately intricate organization systems in Minecraft, check it out. It's free and literally takes 2 minutes to install. Makes the game have a lot more depth and the pack includes mods that get rid of some of the tediousness and repetitiveness that vanilla Minecraft can often have. I'm pretty much a God now, which you think would make the game boring, but there's still more stuff to build, and just the fact that it took me so long to get to where I am, it doesn't make the endgame items feel overpowering (imo).