Articulating a Viewpoint in a Blog is no Easy Task and Justopia Makes the WordPress Landing Page

Words

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This photo always makes me smile. Clarkfield, Pampanga, Philippines 2000

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My comments on the past few days at JTV have been received with both positive and negative comments in the chat rooms, in the blog comments, in private messages, in email and on the air at JTV headquarters. I knew when I started posting the daily commentary that I was opening myself up to all kinds of responses. I had not made the blog public until a while after I started writing it because I was not sure how willing I was to “hearing” what people had to say about my writing, my opinions, my message, but as with the times I showed up on Stickam this week, I just held my breath and took the plunge.

I have always tried to be gracious, especially early on after having had an expletive hurled at me in response to a piece of mail I sent to the guys at the @justin.tv email address before the blog ever came to life. I have approved all comments, with one exception — a vulgar comment months ago that appeared to be directed at nothing or no one specific — just nothing anyone needed to be subjected to. Even those that are challenging what I write and I attempt to do it without unacceptable language. I have pulled back on personal strikes, which I realized were unnecessary an probably about as immature as some of the things I was ranting about.

But … when I returned from my day out, I was pinged by a few viewers that had been looking for me. They wanted to let me know that I should go into the archives and watch the period that begins at approximately 12:31pm this afternoon and lasts for all of about a minute. I expected that my posts about the channels with minors would not be well received and that once again, I might see the link to the blog pulled from the JTV site, but I did not expect Justin to take it so personally. I was actually not voicing negativity about the network. I was pointing to what I feel is a lack of common sense of a parent to put his 13 year old on a page with details that list the child’s full name, city and country he lives in and his schedule for the day as well as watching the channel of a 15 year old kid that is looking for porn and discussing it with chatters. Justin and team, this was not directed at you. You can not control what people say and do once you allow them to be on your network, you only ask that they follow the terms of service and privacy policy you have posted and you have put up safety tips which I have previously I think is a good idea. So it’s not you or the team that I was directing my rant at — it was something abstract I suppose –a lack of common sense by those that allow the people they are responsible for protecting to put themselves at risk.

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#1 Fan?

I would never be so presumptions as to state that I am JTV’s number 1 fan. The most obsessed, yes. I spend far too many hours here, too many days and nights. I do it for a few reasons, but I have never claimed to be the #1 fan. This is why I am here:

  • I like to see what’s going on outside my own little world
  • I like to see what is happening in the world of technology
  • I like chatting with the 2D friends I’ve made here
  • I like learning and I do believe I have learned something everyday while on JTV — whether positive or negative
  • I am anxious to see JTV blossom and achieve the success they are working toward

And as I’ve stated over and over, I find inspiration in what goes on to the point that it gives me something to write about and I can’t stop writing.

Supporter

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Lincoln Memorial — Spring, 2007

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What Justin and team don’t seem to realize is that I have been a supporter, at times a defender when they or the site have been the object of ridicule. When the Jonas Brothers were on and the site went wild, I could have joined in on the bashing, but I thought it was great that they’d found something to draw people to the site and I said so in the blog that night. Yes, I certainly have my share of negative comments, I’d be the biggest fool on the planet not to acknowledge that, but I have tried to find a more balanced place. I make a point of throwing out praise when I see something that I believe is positive, even when others tell me they think otherwise.

I reada what “Freddy Farce,” (who has a rather familiar “voice” ;) posted on the blog today:

Ok. Enough of attacking JTV without seeing / discussing how the competition or other community portals handles these issues as well. Terms of Service states an age of 13 years is allowed. And it is their parents choice not yours, jtv, or anyone else.

I agree, I have not discussed how the competition handles these issues other than a brief mention or two, but I am not writing as a paid blogger or journalist. If I were, I would be spending part of these days calling people, fact checking, researching, looking for background, and more. It is a blog — an electronic journal. If I do decide to wrap up my JTV experience and put it between two covers and call it a book then yes, I will need to do some extensive work researching, reading, interviewing and doing the things necessary to make it something credible and worthwhile reading, but for now, it is a blog that has been commissioned by no one other than whatever it is inside me that compels me to sit down at this black laptop every day to ensure I accomplish this crazy goal of posting daily.

Friends

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Automated tulip in Buenos Aires, 2006

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Justin Speaks to a Missing Justopia

Rather than having the viewers tell me what Justin said about me, I wanted to listen for myself and I was taken aback when he turned his head away from the guys and looked straight into the camera and with a look and sound of disgust addressed me as though I was there and told me that a friend would be a friend and have nice things to say, not curses and that when he came over to see me doing the cooking show on Stickam and he hung out for 5 or 10 minutes, he thought it was good and he told me so (at which point one of the guys challenged him on that and he backed it up saying that he did think it was good) and that he told me so. Again, it’s tough to really get what people are saying when they are in a one way voice conversation or chatting online, but I only remember Justin saying that he was there to check it out and see how Stickam performed and that for him it was choppy. I did not realize he had been in the room until well after the fact, but I did tell him I didn’t know that it was choppy and that it was very hard to pull off a short cooking demo.

I also wrote in a post this week after a Stickam appearance that detailed a few of the negatives I experienced on Stickam which I have cut the comments from that post and pasted here:

No, I don’t see myself walking away from JTV so quickly — Jeffy and Linus and even Justin and iJustine are there to entertain me and keep me engaged, but the quality of Stickam will be a draw for those that want to try it out. A few things that I don’t like:

I think the chat is flash like Ustream and it doesn’t play nicely. Correcting typos is excruciating most of the time — just backspacing takes time, if it even works.
Sound is an issue. When it’s just one caster, it’s awesome, but with multiple people streaming it’s tough. There can be an echo or just too many people talking at one time. It can be overwhelming with 7 people at the same time.
The video is a little small, although the resolution is quite good and when Ted did picture in picture (PIP) I could still see him and yours truly clearly, not that I wanted to see me!

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Yes, I went on Stickam. It was the 2nd night iTed could not get his channel to work on JTV and we all moved over with him for the evening. I did like what I saw. It was smooth and clear and the audio was amazing, but the next night when I wanted to try a cooking show, I hosted. I do not have a JTV code and I have not asked for one. Stickam is a flash in the pan, 4 clicks and you are streaming online alternative and what better way to test it out to see if I liked doing it before putting myself or JTV through the paces of getting a code? One of my JTV friends has suggested I get a code to test it out, but I just don’t want to be sitting in the graveyard of dead icons if I decide that I really am not into it after a day or two.

Before I close this topic, let me reiterate what I’ve said in a recent post — I think the the JTV team has made great progress. While I see problems technically and otherwise, I am still around viewing and participating and continuing to wait to see the big breakthrough. I thought the Yahoo appearance by Justin and iJustine was great while others bashed it, it and am one that has always enjoyed seeing them or any of the lifecasters make appearances and I hope it continues.

WordPress.com Visibility

On a brighter note, as people were PM’ing me and making comments in the room to get me to go check out the archives in Jutin’s room, I was in for a surprise when I opened WordPress.com. There in front of me in the top position of the left hand column was my icon and a link to Living the Justopian Life under the Technology heading. I am not sure how, but I made it to the landing page. It brought in a few hundred hits in the afternoon, and that was about it. I wonder if I can embed JTV into the blog? I’ll have to try it out when I am not in need of sleep.

JTV Directory Change

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I did get out into the real world today and at the moment, have to say I am not feeling 100%. I am not sure if it was the meal I had at my friend’s house or if it’s simply exhaustion. Let me tell you about this meal:

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Rib Eye Steak

Sweet Potatoes — roasted?

Roasted Asparagus

Red Bliss and Fingerling potatoes with onions

Salad

Brown Rice

Steamed Green Beans

Baileys Ice Cream Cake

What kind of menu was that? I wasn’t sure if I was at my friend’s house or on the Queen Mary at the midnight buffet. Some of it was really good. We have this competition thing between us. I cook, I take photos — he wants to cook and take photos better than me. Everything becomes a competition, I win and that makes future meals and trips get more and more competitive. I do like winning though! I think the objective judge liked dinner, but didn’t go nuts over it, so I will be coming up with a killer menu that will easily smoke his. I do not know what it will be yet. I am not really one to plan a meal far in advance unless it’s a huge party. It will depend on what’s in season and what inspires me that day.

New Directory Page

There have been some changes to the user interface and I do like what I see on the Directory page. The icons appear as though they are in a photo album. They are larger and easy to see. It also looks much cleaner. The JTV site has always been rather dark and this page lightens things up. And there is an Easter Egg on now as well. For those of you that are Mac users, I’ll bet you are Easter Egg hungry — I haven’t noticed one in a very long time and would not have known about this if it had not been pointed out to me by a JTV regular. I often get info from my 2D friends. Thank you everyone! I try, but can’t be everywhere at the same time.

I came back after dinner and spent some time here, but didn’t see much going on. Jeffy was back, still a little quiet, although more engaged. Linus and Emelie got up to go to work so I said a quick hello as they went off to work.  Then I felt sorry for myself because I had seen them going to bed and then getting up.  Far too many hours on JTV!!!!

Ok, before I collapse from exhaustion I will close here.  See you tomorrow.  Or is it really today?  :)

A Brief Update With No Positive Feedback for JTV — None and a Note About Parental Controls

I posted before going to bed last night/this morning, but after tuning in a little while ago, I felt compelled to write this post. Be sure to read the one prior to see what went on yesterday as well. Lots of action on JTV with new channels launching — and nothing that’s making me smile this morning.

I am getting ready to head out for the day, but I wanted to note that I am beyond inflamed over what I see on JTV this morning. I was not feeling great about streaming on Stickam last night with minors in the room and decided to shut down, but going into the JTV lineup and seeing a 13 year old in the #2 or #3 spot with a schedule that talks about when he is going to bed and “Go to the bank so my dad can pay off the mortgage,” is well, I can’t find words to describe my dismay.

Why the minors?! If those raiders with their spam-bots come into his room I would hate to think what he will be subjected to. He seemed to be asking for more mods a little while ago — but how does he make his decisions who to grant mod status to? Anyone can be and say anything they want here and verifying via Facebook as Michael had mentioned as a possiblity will not fix that either. Without requiring a payment and address method, which I can’t imagine anyone here being amenable to, verification is futile.

I wish i could understand how these parents think it’s ok to have their minor children streaming live for anyone to see, and that includes children that are just watching at their parent is broadcasting, whether they are a todler that is totally unaware or an 8 year old child. It’s just incomprehensible to me. Don’t people read the news paper? Watch the news on TV? Read any of the millions of news sites online? Listen to the news on the radio? This is a brave new world and the unthinkable things that happen out there in the real world don’t happen by chance — there are horrible people out there looking for innocent people to take advantage of, and what I turned on and saw at JTV this morning just gave me a terrible feeling.

I am trying so hard to log out of this blog but I just went into the Maxine15tv stream and they are talking porn! I was told by someone that he was watching porn, but I don’t see that happening. I don’t have time to look though the archives, but I don’t need to see a kid engaged in porn and I am astonished with the chat that is going on in there right now. Terms that a kid should not know. I know kids are more exposed to the darker side of life these days, but is JTV looking to be a promoter of this garbage?

And … if you scroll down any page and take a look at Recommended Video you will see that the first one on the list for Chophouse has a title that to me is totally unacceptable and a kid should not see and I would hate to have a minor and knowing what goes on in the Chophouse I would not want any child to see. What I saw in the Chophouse stream yesterday was gross. As I mentioned in the post I published about 9 hours ago, he had a friend over that got ticked off at the viewers and was making lude hand signs in close-up in front of the camera. Not something that will ruin me for life, but I was offended and I know others were shocked as well. I wish I had caught it to report it, but I have no time to go troll the archives today.

I am wondering how some of the child protection organizations would feel about what’s going onlike here? Is it the fratboys’ responsibility to protect minors that come to their site to watch or that broadcast? Well, probably not, but if they are going to be upstanding citizens, they need to pull this stuff down and rethink their business model.

The reason so many people still subscribe to AOL is because of one thing — plain and simple — PARENTAL CONTROLS. I know that parents love this feature. Those that want to have the internet as their babysitter can feel a little more comfortable that they are doing something to help. There are ways to protect children from what is out there on the internet, but it takes some time and effort. I’m pretty certain most of the lifecasters don’t read me, and that none of the new ones know I am around, but for those that might hit the blog and have young kids casting, you might want to check into some useful sites such as: Family Online Safety Institute, Net Nanny, SafeKids.com, and many more. Yes, most are fee based, but you don’t have to purchase — make the first step, go out read up on how to protect your kids.  Most all of these sites have tips and information.  It’s free.

Michael, if you are reading me, this is not one of my usual flames, I am over the top horrified. I am heading out for the day, and don’t expect I will be much happier the next time I tune in. You want positive feedback? You’re not going to get it today.

Lifecasting is Exhausting

I apologize, but I am not going to be able to break up this post with images today — the time has run away with me and I need to keep this short.

Need a Break

Again, I won’t say that being on Stickam is lifecasting — it’s really just video conferencing, but I am wiped out after doing it three nights in a row. I decided to try it tonight to see what a live stream of cooking my dinner would be like and it was tough work! I tried to prep just about everything before I began and I still didn’t feel like I was giving a good cooking demonstration. I am pretty fast in the kitchen and I did not take that into account either. I don’t think I will try that again — not on Stickam. I’d like to try it on JTV to see if it works out better. Stickam’s interface is limiting withe the small video screen and chat box I still think a good coking stream requires a better camera set up so people can actually see what you are doing.

I have said it before — I think do to a worthwhile cooking cast you have to produce the show and have at least a 2 camera set up — and then … it’s television.

Sadness on JTV

First of all, Jeffy was on when I left Stickam, but he was not chatting. I don’t know what’s going on, but there was sadness in the air and the chatters were concerned. Hopefully he is ok and things will return to the normal GGJeffy world soon.

And then there was Chophouse and later a new channel, OliveArtgardon, that brought in more “raids” of spammers and vile chat.

First I’d like to to talk about Chophouse. I have made a point of not going in there, but someone said I should take a look this afternoon. I did and what I saw not only offended me (enough to report it) but made me question the decision to let this guy on the network. Let’s not even talk about the spammers that flock to his room. What his friend was doing in the video was vulgar and disgusting and I did not appreciate it and would think that if anyone involved with the business saw this, would make them rather unhappy as well.

OliveArtgardon had a bad launch tonight. I don’t know, but it seems to me that there is no SOP or documentation for lifecasters. I have heard from a few that they launched that they were left to their own devices — literally and figuratively. iTed was telling us tonight, when recounting the horrors that went on in Olive’s room as she launched, that he had wicked problems with ugly talk in his room when he went live. But he handled it and things have been fine since, with a few exceptions. OliveArtgardon was a totally different story.

The spammers took over her room and she had no mods. She had her young daughter in a chair beside her watching the action and it was not something she should have seen. Not only was it juvenile, but it got vulgar and very nasty. Rebecca took her away which then upset the daughter (whose name I will not post, although mom did say it a couple of times). She consoled her and tried to explain, but who can explain a nightmare like that?

She shut down the stream briefly, although as she said on a call she took, she didn’t want to turn off the stream because there were 46 viewers. I’d venture a guess that the majority of the 46 were part of the raid. It does look like these Interrupters use macros and it’s impossible to break through any of it. In the Chophouse room this afternoon one of them was posting symbols of swastickas. That was my queue to leave. Life is too short to be spending any time in any room with that rot.

Rebecca came back online and nothing had changed, so some of the concerned regulars chipped in to help clear out the room including honestguy and mark and numerous viewers that are not normally mods, but are caring people. What we were witnessing was sad. Rebecca seemed to want to do this, but I guess had not spent a ton of time watching to see how things have been going recently with this band of vile thugs. They claim to be from Ebaum’s World and it looks like they have nothing better to do than harass and antagonize people. In typical fashion for these creeps, they were telling Rebecca to put her keyboard on her head — she did, then telling her to put her shoe on her head — she did, and she continued to do what they said. It’s elementary school nonsense, but she did not realize that doing what they asked would provoke more of the same and then resisting would also cause similar issues. So it got worse and worse.

A Lifecaster’s Bible (or whatever) would give people a clue before they launched. It is my opinion, and remember, this is my blog, so it’s my opinion — I’m not asking you to agree with me — is that putting a minor child on camera is not a good idea. I am not comfortable being in rooms with minors and would not subject my own children when they were young and I was just getting into the chat scene years ago to what goes on in an online community. While the rooms in the early days of AOL were mostly calm and respectable, there were those errant miscreants that made things ugly and I did not want to subject them to it. I had the power and I used it and they were none the wiser. With all the sick creeps out there, you just don’t know who is behind the names. It’s not worth the risk.

It does clearly state to be cognizant of things and to be careful of things like not revealing your location, etc., but although the guys at JTV are not responsible for ensuring that lifecasters use common sense, it would be nice if things were spelled out just a little more clearly. Justin talked about putting together a lifecasting guide — is it out there for them? If I were not so damn busy blogging my days away, I would write one for them.

Well, it’s 3:30 in the morning and I was about to tuck myself in at about 12:10 when I decided I had to write something and 3.5 hours later I am still here! I have an important meeting tonight and a dinner later and I can be pretty horrible when I am grumpy, so I am going to sign off here.

For those of you that have taken the time to come into my Stickam feed, thanks! It has been fun. I am sure I will do it again before the end of the week, but I will be busy tomorrow, so I am going to really, honestly, truly, I mean it — take a BREAK! I am NOT going to blog and I most likely will not stream!

I will be giving a great deal of thought to a JTV channel though, although depending on what comes of my meeting, I might not have time, which is something I should be hoping for!

Obsessed? Perhaps, but I Ain’t Scared! and a Blog Milestone!

Well, Maybe a Little Scared

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I did some catering when Gorbachev was in town in 1990 and yes, in 1998 I did vote for the Dukakis Bentsen ticket

I know! I know! I could not help myself!  I wasn’t going to post tonight, but here I am.  Just a few thoughts today though, I promise! It’s 1:47 am and I am still poking around. Just got out of another fun, silly night on Stickam. Tonight I was hosting. iTed was nowhere in sight so I took the plunge. At about the time when the room went really silent, I pulled out some memorabilia and my high school diaries. What was I thinking? I could not find 2 of them, but broke open the winter 1973 – Spring 1974 book. It began with the flight to Bombay and ended with another confused high school girl’s ramblings about boys. I even happened to open to the February 14 entry in which I wrote about breaking up with my boyfriend. WHAT KIND OF PERSON AM I?! I broke up with him on Valentine’s Day!? But no worries, we got over it by the next day and I was back to my pining for Arnold ramblings. Oh, to be that age again.

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We all got a good laugh out of it, although it was a bit difficult to hear the others that were streaming, but — we were treated to an appearance by Mangulo! Yes ladies and gentlemen, the Mang man was streaming live! We didn’t really hear his voice, but saw here he lives — kinda. And I must say Mangulo, you keep it very clean. Very nice!

Delsal, you missed all the fun and even a straight hair for Justopia day! I did not look like I did the night before, but no worries, Thursday is glamour day so although there were a bunch of votes for a mohawk, the straight hair clearly won over curly and I will probably be afraid to ever sport the natural curl again. haha

Nostalgia

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Didn’t the queen recently have another Jubilee? My how time flies when you’re having fun

And then I revealed more of Justopia than I probably should have. It’s clear from these photos what my political persuasions are. I don’t know where my Carter and or Mondale shirts are, but he Dukakis/Benson sweatshirt is clearly a collectible. LOL The jeans have been traveling the planet with me, and when I look at them I find it hard to believe we ever wore straight legs like that (that’s what they were called) and that I made it out of the house with those patches. A few of them were removed and I clearly remember sewing them onto a used army-issued OD messenger bag. They were the best patches — I made an Allman Brother’s patch and a Greatful Dead patch which got prominent placement on the knees. Looking at these jeans, it pains me to think about what my parents were dealing with back then.

The feed went dead and when I came back, I decided to read the preface to the book I’ve been writing. I am not sure if it was the audio, or if it just wasn’t as humorous as I think it is, but it was received with modest applause. Back to the editing table I suppose. I spared everyone from reading more.

Crisis Averted

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This was given to me as a joke by a neighbor. I ranted about this guy nearly everyday during the Iran-Contra hearings and this was their way of payback .

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And I thought these made me look good!

I was typing away at about 6:30 when I noticed my battery was getting low. I looked down and saw that the power cord was not working. The safety mag was damaged and I could see the copper wires. I panicked! What would I do — a night without JTV or Stickam?! Say it isn’t so! I picked up my purse and headed right to the Apple store, plunked down my $80 and raced home with the new one. I did it so quickly I forgot about my AppleCare warranty again, so I will have to see if I can resolve that tomorrow and get my $80 back! What was most important was that I not be without my JTV! How sick is that?! But I ain’t scared! Really.

Living the Justopian Life Milestone!

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Hard to believe I was that small

Wow! Broke the 10,000 hit mark — actually, this blog is sitting at 10,200 hits since launch right now. It is not anything monumental, but it’s good to see. I sure would like to attract more readers. Just think how many people are missing out on all this fun. :)

Lifecasting — Like Crack on Camera

Addiction

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That’s what JTV is to me — I think. I’ve never been addicted to drugs before, but I clearly have an addiction. But now, I have a new problem. It’s crazy really. First of all I need to talk about all things JTV, then we will get into my new (potential) habit. I woke up very late, I think it was after 2pm. I didn’t go to bed until after 6:30am, so that sleep was needed. I cleaned up around the house and then checked into JTV. Linus and Emelie were in Stockholm getting ready for their television premier on a show ,Sunday Morning TV4, that according to Loomy is similar to The Today Show here. He and Emelie went through the process of getting make up done and then they were on to the set. Of course I have no idea what was said, but Linus says the host is a female Jay Leno equivalent. I thought it was more like Today, but who really knows. :) You can watch it on the Melinus page or click here:

They looked relaxed and like they were enjoying things. After the appearance, they stayed around the studio for a while before heading home. I understand one viewer translated in the room, but I missed it.

Garbage on JTV

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Unfortunately, there is a relatively new stream that has brought in a lot of garbage, flocks of miscreants who are making it ugly in not only his channel, but others as well. After I was done with my evening, I tuned into Jeffy’s room and there were a band of them being quite ugly. I am hoping some of this clears up as school begins, but I suspect these same kids are not the type to hunker down with homework and after school sports and activities.

Peer Pressure

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I mentioned that I might possibly take the plunge and show my face on Stickam tonight. Between Spookygrl and Delsal’s prodding, I gave in, created an account in Stickam and let myself be seen. I was torn. I felt like I should remain mysterious, like a food critic that never shows her face. I thought I’d do it this one time and write about it. I now believe I have the end to the book though! JTV hooks Justopia and reels her in for months and with a flick of the wrist, she is off to check out Stickam and finds herself streaming and walks away from JTV without a wave.

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Tonight’s dinner — Chicken Milanese, Pasta with Pesto – sort of, and a salad of lemons, fennel and onions

No, I don’t see myself walking away from JTV so quickly — Jeffy and Linus and even Justin and iJustine are there to entertain me and keep me engaged, but the quality of Stickam will be a draw for those that want to try it out. A few things that I don’t like:

  • I think the chat is flash like Ustream and it doesn’t play nicely. Correcting typos is excruciating most of the time — just backspacing takes time, if it even works.
  • Sound is an issue. When it’s just one caster, it’s awesome, but with multiple people streaming it’s tough. There can be an echo or just too many people talking at one time. It can be overwhelming with 7 people at the same time.
  • The video is a little small, although the resolution is quite good and when Ted did picture in picture (PIP) I could still see him and yours truly clearly, not that I wanted to see me!

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I will say this. Lifecasting is HARD work! Well, I wasn’t exactly lifecasting, just joining in a video chat really, but it is very tiring. I felt like I had to be sitting up straight and not scowling or anything. I was on my guard the entire time, but nothing untoward happened. The viewer numbers were not huge, but I’d say at one point there were more than 20, but that’s about it. It was tough to pay attention to what was going on in chat, so I focused on the stream most of the time. The other viewers that were streaming were Spookygrl, Dizilbdog, Villanueva88 (or is it 89) and cooldude13### sorry Cool! I can’t remember your full moniker. I guess I am running on far too few hours of sleep. Sashanicole, Soupnazi and Anthony were on as well.

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Jeffy streamed it in his channel and all I can say is — thank goodness the spammers and haters weren’t around or it could have gotten pretty ugly. One guy found his way in, but we tried to ignore him. I had a few caustic comments for him, but he was for the most part, harmless.

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It is time for me to end here and go to bed, but I think I will take a break tomorrow night and not write. Seven days a week is a bit much without a break every now and then. Maybe I will spend a little time on Stickam with iTed again tomorrow night, but I am not sure. I probably just need to sit and chill.

And one final note — Quintano family, thank you for tonight’s dinner inspiration. I had a craving for chicken milanese after seeing you make chicken parmesan last night. Yum!

The recipes for tonight’s meal:

Chicken Milanese

  • Boneless chicken breasts — pounded so that they are even in thickness and not so fat that you can’t get them cooked evenly
  • Bread crumbs — with or without seasoning. If you get the unseasoned, use Italian herbs or just salt and pepper. Fresh bread works nicely as well or panko (rice) crumbs do a beautiful job also.
  • Oil — I used olive oil and a little vegetable oil, but Anthony recommends smart sense, a blend of three different oils
  • Egg

Heat the oil in a pan for frying. Beat beat the egg. Coat the breasts in the egg and then dip into the bread crumbs. Dip into the hot oil and cook until done. Do not overcook — dry chicken is never good.

Pasta with Pesto

I was so disappointed. I picked the basil while shooting the sunset, brought it inside, gathered the ingredients for pesto and could not find the block of fresh parmesano reggiano anywhere! I must have inadvertently thrown it away when doing the dishes last night. Ah! That was probably over $7.00 of cheese I lost! Yikes! Again, no real recipe here, I will estimate. This should easily make enough for 2 servings of pasta

  • Fresh Basil — 1 1/2 cup, leaves only
  • Garlic — 3 cloves, peeled
  • Olive Oil 1/2 cup
  • 3 Tbs FRESH parmesan cheese cut in chunks
  • Pine nuts, 1 Tbs
  • Ricotta Cheese, 1/2 cup

In a food processor or blender, chop garlic. Add the cheese and then the basil. Slowly pour in the olive oil to create an emulsion — you should hear the food processor get a lower sound as the ingredients thicken a bit. Add the basil and pulse until well mixed and then put in the ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese. Add the pine nuts and pulse just about 20 seconds. Add salt and pepper as needed. Pour over hot pasta Yum!

I did not have the cheese, but it was almost equally as delicious. The Genoese created pesto and they add ricotta. This is not how you usually see the recipe in cookbooks, but trust me, it is the ONLY way to go with pesto. It balances the strong tastes of the garlic, parmesan and basil beautifully.

Salad

Fennel has such a refreshing taste. When paired with lemons it is like summer on a plate.

  • Fennel – 1 bulb. You can save the top, the dill for other uses
  • Onion – 1/2 small
  • Lemon – 1 small
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Slice all of the ingredients almost paper thin. If you have a mandolin you can get the right thickness, if not, just carefully get control of the knife and slice as thinly as possible. All three vegetables have strong flavors and cutting as thinly as possible will be key.

Make a vinagarette with lemon juice olive oil, salt and pepper.

This meal is quick and delicious. It took me all of about 20 minutes to whip it up. It’s as quick as un-boxing prepared food and cooking it. Really!

So, This is How it’s Gonna Be?

NOTE: I just attempted to publish and was met with a bright yellow message that WordPress is down until 6:00am EDT for scheduled maintenance. I saw nothing abut scheduled maintenance! Arrgghh! I lost 1/2 of my readers yesterday because of the problems with the site and now this? GRRR!!!  I am exhausted.  It is now 6:16am and WordPress is supposed to be done with their maintenance.  I am going to try to hit the publish button and see if I can finally go to bed!

WordPress AND JTV Woes

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Not being able to publish before heading off to bed was a new experience for me, but no JTV being unavailable is not. What IS unusual is the fact that chat will not load — anywhere. The last time this happened it was only inaccessible in IRC, but this morning, although streams are working, site chat is not loading either. I checked into the Officecam and there is no sign of frenetic flailing of arms working to get things resolved.

I did see Yiou drop in with a mug of coffee in her hand and thought she might sit down at the computer and discover the problem and see busy bees toiling away after she informed them, but alas, that was not to be. I did find that site chat was working in one room, the one stream I care not to watch — ahhyeahforchrist. When I pull /list I see so few rooms listed. Yesterday there were 197, today there are 20. It seems that the only ones listed are

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Trying to get into chat by any other means than pulling the list manually is impossible and if site chat is not working, they are not showing up in the IRC rooms list. I would imagine the 179 viewers in the iJustine room are in despair. While they can see she is alive and well, they are unable to push any of their intelligent comments into her room and I am sure this is extremely upsetting to them. It’s funny. At first it was Justine that made me nuts. Now I’ve come around and actually believe she has the potential for a future beyond JTV and now it’s her fans that make me want to take the plunge off my balcony.

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I went out to the JTV blog site to see if there was an update. Nope, nothing, nyet, nada, nichts, NO! You’d think they would learn by now — GET THE MESSAGE OUT to people when things are not working properly or are being worked on.

What to Do, What to Do

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I bounced around from stream to stream today, wasting my life away today and ended up in iTed’s room. It was a fun time. We listened to music, watched Ted do his dishes, went out on the town with him and Elvis and then on to ice cream and coffee and a whole lot of laughs!

In between laughs, I made dinner, but not before checking into Anthony and Kim’s stream. He mentioned that I have not really spent time in his room and that he was going to be cooking, so I thought I’d check it while I was cooking. He was making chicken parmesan. I communicated my disappointment with the jars of store bought sauce, but he did explain that he didn’t have enough time to make sauce. In the end, it came out looking delicious! It looked like chicken milanesa napolitana — I just might have to make that myself tomorrow. What did confuse me was the side dish — corn. Seems a little sweet for the chicken, but that’s ok, I will probably make pasta with mine.

My dinner — lamb chops, rosemary potatoes, green beans and broiled figs with parmesan and balsamico. Yum!

Lifecaster Quality Streaming

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iTed finally gave up on JTV The stream would not work and it was not only annoying to him, but to us as well. So … we all followed him over to Stickam and all I can say is — what the hell have we been missing these past 5-plus months? The video was clean, the audio was crystal clear, the chat function is filled with features that make it so much easier to follow. It’s not perfect but Michael, you want positive feedback? Get JTV up to this speed and you will receive lots of glowing reviews. iTed decided that the quality was so favorable he felt inspired to pick up his guitar and wow, it was awesome! He is a talented guy and it was nice to be able to listen without the pitching we experirence on JTV
And as far as channel line up goes — have you stuck your head in on the Chophouse? Don’t! It’s abrasive and because of this, it is like the Spammers Unite and ugly, vulgar talk, stupid nonsensical chatter. You get what I’m talking about. He had no mods in there when I finally found his IRC room, but all of the sudden, bannation began. I left to go back to sanity and something with more intelligence than a rock. I didn’t remember to close out of that room, and about 20 minutes later, when I looked over, I saw that the room was not highlighted. I looked in and I had been banned. Banned?! For what?! For lurking? Oh well, more of the same moderator nonsense at JTV tonight. But no loss being banned from that room, it’s far worse than some of the other rooms I try to stay away from.

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We now have iTed and FIVE, count ‘em FIVE other JTV viewers streaming beside him. We got to see Spookygrl! I may — I say MAY — MAYBE — POSSIBLY — POTENTIALLY get up the nerve to stream with them tomorrow night too. We’ll see.

Ok, time to see if this blog post can be published. WordPress continues to be a dog tonight.

Content vs. Availability, the Mad Ban-ers, and Confessions From an Obsessed Blogger-Chef

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What Do People Want?

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Finally, another spectacular summer sunset

There has been much discussion and debate about the future — or not — in the world of JTV for months now. Tonight there was continuing debate between Unbelievers and Protectors (see the post published earlier this week about the JTV Caste System and it’s Update).

The Unbelievers were discussing the need for Justin and team to produce more interesting, worthwhile content. The Protectors were striking back with how “successful” Justin has been, that he is surely making money hand over fist, to which the unbelievers said that iJustine was the only reason people come to the site and that without her, JTV will fall painfully on it’s head.

Some said that porn was the only reason people come here, to which I had to scratch my head and wonder if I have luckily missed some illicit content I’d rather not be watching anyway, or if there are viewers with a much different opinion on what makes something fall into the porn category than I do, because the worst I’ve seen here would maybe rate an R rating — based on language.

However, it’s an interesting debate. I thought the fratboys were looking to make this a successful lifecasting portal, that they were soon going to be opening it up to anyone, not just the few, the chosen, the beta testers and once that happens, I can’t see it being about content any longer. I can visualize a site that people come to hang out their lifecasting shingle and that JTV is just the vehicle.

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If they want to control content, it will be like television, only different. Determining who should stream would have to become a science. Look at broadcast and cable networks. They don’t pick shows on a whim. It takes teams of people and focus groups and a very well established ratings system to determine what shows will air and when and for how long.

No, I see JTV being something totally different. I look forward to the day when Joe Nobody takes a trip to The Three Gorges Damn in China and takes a ride on the Yangzee river so I can see what it looks like before the gates are opened and flooding begins in the final steps of man’s largest construction project on the planet commences. I’d like to go to the polar ice cap and watch as the effects of global warming (whether caused by man or otherwise) take their toll. I’d like to go along for a picnic on the beaches of the Dead Sea and watch as people splash and play and float on top of the salty water, and I’d like to be a virtual attendee at a Brahmin wedding with all the beautiful regalia in northern India. I would be happy to be a spectator at a rally as my favorite (as yet to be determined) presidential candidate takes to the stump and an observer with those that I am not fond of — so that I can make more informed decisions — decisions based on what I see and hear rather than what the pundits tell me and what I read in the editorial and op-ed sections of the paper.
I would pay to attend a lifecast at Le Cordon Bleu or of a Culinary tour of Vietnam. I don’t need Justin and his band of brothers to determine what should be streamed live. What I do need them for is to ensure that the platform for lifecasters is a solid one. A platform not riddled with outages and fits and starts. That it’s there when I want to tune in and that I can depend on it to be smooth and uninterrupted. I am not one of the many that abhors ads — I am rather the anthesis of this. I am a clicker. If I see an ad that appeals to me, I click and see what is behind the banner, and yes, if I am interested, I go so far as to plunk down my heard-earned money to make a purchase.

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They have made great progress since I began watching on Day 3, but there is plenty more to do and they are still at the mercy of cell phone networks for those that take their lifecasts on the road. I just hope that the Unbelievers don’t win this debate, although there will be more JTV’s to choose from in the future.

Banning in iJustine’s Room has become de riguer for the Room Mods

If you missed it, this past week I posted a bit about the JTV Caste structure and an Update the following evening. I think I left out a group that is part of the Devoted, Addicted, Protector classes — the MODERATORS. The vigilante mob that feels it necessary to use their own subjective view to determine who stays and who goes. I was in Justine’s room for a while this evening and bananation was rampant. One name was familiar — someone with the name Jenjen567 (or something close) was on the ban button like a game of Jeopardy — bam! bam! bam! It was tough to determine who was saying what as the lines of chat flew by, but from what I saw, any “offenses” were minor at best. With the number of people in the room and the desire to be recognized by Justine by her followers, it was almost impossible to determine who said what, when. If Jenjen is the same person I think she is, she might want to stick to “interviewing” the fratboys. While those were miserable attempts to do something worthwhile, being a banning queen is pretty worthless.

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Steamed Dumplings and Salad

The other wild “ban-er” tonight was Bubbygus. I am going to assume bubby is a guy — like the yiddish term of endearment for grandfather, although it’s not likely this guy/gal is anywhere near that maturity. The comment this guy uses in his ban script is something to the effect of, “Because I don’t like your attitude.” Wow, how very 9th grade of him.

As I understand it, the lifecasters chose their mods, so if this is what Justine wants, so be it, but there’s got to be a better way. Well, I know there’s a better way, but it involves time and commitment, so I doubt any of the lifecasters really want to be bothered.

It’s not like they are being paid to stream.

Confessions

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I made no plans for dinner tonight and after contemplating calling for delivery, I decided I would head to my freezer for something I knew would be hot and probably less greasy and soggy than what I could get by picking up the phone and calling a local restaurant.

I usually keep a large package of dumplings in the freezer, which I will often have for breakfast. Those trips to China and the VERY brief move there has yet to wear off and I still love starting my day that way.

I also make my own dumplings, but used up the last of those a couple of weeks ago, so tonight, it was the, although pretty unusual, prepared food route for me. I did make a salad and the dressing, which I will give you the recipe for below. I don’t use measurements, so I am making this up as I go.

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1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tbls vinegar
1 tsp mirin (Japanese rice wine – it’s thick and sweet)
1 Tbls mayonnaise
1 Tbls grated ginger
1/2 tsp wasabi (you can find this in a tube now or in powder form which you add water to and make a paste)
1 Tbls sesame seeds (I prefer to use the black ones, but either will do. If you use regular, they are better if you “toast” them in a pan for a minute or two

Wisk all ingredients until well combined and smooth. Add sesame seeds at the end.

Linus and iJustine Go Head to Head and iJustine Hits the Road Again

And They’re Off!

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As you can see from the image above, Melinus was in the number #1 spot today. It was like this most of the day while iJustine was busy winging her way to LA for her CNBC interview. I received a twitter from her this morning that made me curious. She said: Sitting in the first seat on a plane sucks — I keep getting yelled at for all of my electronics!! I didn’t realize she was traveling, although when I poked my head into her channel yesterday it did look like she was arranging her clothes to pack for a trip, but I didn’t ask questions. No one can ask questions in her room, chat scrolls too fast.

When I got online this morning I heard she was flying to L.A. and wondered who was flying her out in first class. While it’s possible she was on a plane without multiple classes of service, I figured she was in 1st, why else make the point in the twitter?

I watched the icon bar as Melinus climbed to and stayed on top. Ashley tried to make a run for it a few times, but for only moments did she take top billing. Once Justine landed and got online, Linus was still out in front. It lasted for a while and then became the Melinus and iJustine network and at some point, Wild 949 threw their hat in the ring and the three channels seemed to make 90% of the viewer population. At times, it was as though Ashley and Justine were in a placement match. Justine’s icon would disappear and Ashely’s would show up in her place and vice versa. Linus lost his icon a few times as well. I think I saw total viewer-ship above 1900, but things were moving with light speed and I did not write it down. Nevertheless, the numbers were high for the afternoon.

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Justine waiting at Universal

Linus and Emelie made headlines in multiple newspapers: Hallands Nyheter, and Metro International, GT Expressen. This drew in hundreds of viewers. The room was on fire and with volumes of Swedish scrolling through, I found it impossible to keep up. I was happy to see Linus and Emelie getting the attention, and not being able to follow what was going on was not an issue for me. As I told Linus, it was a good news story.

Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles … I tuned in as Justine got into a limo to head to Universal Studios for her interview with CNBC. She was not clear on where she was supposed to go, and rather than letting the driver help to get her to her destination, she took things into her own hands once they were on Universal property and made her way to the place with coffee shops and retail. No sooner did she enter this area than a man approached her and opened the conversation with the following: “Are you a model or an actor?” Justine seemed genuinely flattered and caught off guard. She said neither and then the explanation about what she is doing took off. He had not heard of JTV and seemed interested, but then went on to attempt to stake his claim. He mentioned that he has a live music show and that she is beautiful and would present well. I don’t know that she knew what to say at this point, but he pressed on and eventually got her card and her phone number and seemed happy. He introduced her to someone else wearing a badge and he too talked about her being on TV. She resisted but I heard him say something to the effect of, “You can read right? Then you can do this.” I don’t know what show he was promoting, but he too thought she would be great.

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You can see there were chat problems and Melinus was still on top

The CNBC rep found her and took her to a room to wait. I had things to take care of. I was not sure if the interview was going to be live or recorded, so I turned on CNBC and they were knee deep in discussion of the subprime lending issue. I thought to myself that it would be horrible having to follow that show. It’s a serious issue, people losing their homes, being saddled with balloon payments on interest only or ARM loans and talk of how this will sprial to the job market and beyond. I wouldn’t want to be interviewed for a light news story after a show focused on a serious subject such as that, but I went about my business and saw nothing on TV with iJustine.

When I came back to the channel, she was getting into the car to head back to the hotel. It must have been a short interview. The other ones I saw were short as well. It’s interesting that she had to make her way out to Los Angeles for such a brief interaction, I wonder why they didn’t use a chroma key — blue/green screen and conduct the interview remotely? But, it’s not for me to analyze or spend anymore time on. I will just continue to pop in and see what she’s up to from time to time.

For now, I need a break. Physically I am feeling the brunt of little sleep and most of my day at the keyboard. I am going to call it a night and do what my body is telling me to do — SLEEP!

As always, thank you for reading and commenting.

Delivering Difficult Messages and Bridging Culture Gaps in a Flattening World

Globalization

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The crazy kitchen in my apartment in India — fully furnished, most decorations and art also furnished by the landlord

Globalization has become an everyday word and the world is flattening, according to Thomas Friedman (The World is Flat, A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century). With the evolution of technology, we are all becoming more closely connected. Information is communicated at speeds that could not have been imagined just a dozen years ago and as a result, we all have the opportunity to become more educated and culturally aware.

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Yep, it was necessary to have bottled water in the bathrooms as well as the kitchen to save me from the dreaded Delhi Belly

New Technology Connects the World

Unfortunately, humans are not as quick and adept as computers, and because of this, mistakes happen, gaps occur and lessons are learned. Some, who never would have dreamed they would travel across the country, would not have imagined they would have the opportunity interact with people from other countries and see them living their lives thousands of miles away from here. But with the miracles of modern technology and a start up called Justin.tv, a number of us have been transported to places like Sweden and the UK and South Africa while sitting comfortably behind our computers. While this is not as tactile as getting on a plane or a boat and going to another country, it gives many an opportunity they would not have otherwise had. I am waiting for the first justin.tv/middleast or justin.tv/greece, but in the meantime, I happily spend my time in Sweden in the daytime and in San Francisco and Dallas at night.

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Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner for the team

The beauty of this is that it’s no more costly than the price of an internet connection and time because, as we all know, beginning the journey across the country and around the world with JTV can be an expensive investment in time. Since we are all becoming more connected, there will be more frequent instances of cultural faux pas and as I’ve learned from living outside of the US more than in the US the past 8 years it’s not easy to bridge the culture gaps. I made my fair share of cultural mistakes on my first expat assignment and they will remain indelibly etched in my memory. Some were humorous, some were irritating, some were frustrating and others made me sad. But in all cases, I learned something, either about myself or about the other person or about the culture in general. I became less ignorant about the world around me and much more patient and tolerant of others. I learned that just because somethign is done differently in another country does not make it wrong — incorrect — it is just how it is done or spoken, or eaten, or written in other cultures and that the way I say or eat or write or do things is not the only way, is not necessarily the only correct way.

JTV to Lifecaster Communciation

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It wasn’t a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, but 8,000 miles away from home, it was perfect

Which leads me to the incident that has had me at the keyboard for hours this morning trying to figure out how to “speak” to what I saw evolve out of a tip from Linus and Emelie’s room.

I did not personally witness the incident, so I am not going to claim that what he did was right or that it was wrong. Allegedly a word that is unacceptable was used and the moment was tipped. I don’t know what the tip title was, what the context in which the word was used, but a conversation in the JTV office that I found in the archives helped explain just what caused Michael to address the situation this afternoon.

In the archives, I heard Michael asking the others about how to handle tips with offensive content in them. There was some talk about how to do it, but I didn’t hear a final resolution. Michael discussed a very offensive word having been used in the tip he was referring to and I went on my merry way, not realizing that the instance he was referring to would make me so angry just a little while later.

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Ready for the guests to arrive

At just after 2:22PM, Michael entered Melinus looking for Linus. He had a message he wanted to deliver to a JTV lifecaster that he chose to send in a public fashion — in a room with dozens of viewers. The conversation is posted below out of the IRC log. It hasn’t been tampered with, it hasn’t been edited, it’s there in it’s original form.

[02:23:01 PM] michael melinus
[02:23:02 PM] melinus mark we need a vaccume counter
[02:23:06 PM] melinus michael!
[02:23:07 PM] itsmycrapstatsVI -> melinus <- JKanStyle “Michael, I love you like the brother I never wanted.”
[02:23:08 PM] melinus hello
[02:23:08 PM] Mark lol
[02:23:10 PM] michael good evening
[02:23:14 PM] melinus evening!
[02:23:16 PM] justopia LOL
[02:23:19 PM] Mark that message is courtesy of manx
[02:23:25 PM] michael so
[02:23:38 PM] michael it would be helpful
[02:23:47 PM] melinus to?
[02:23:52 PM] michael if you didnt say racially insentive words
[02:23:56 PM] michael in front on our camera
[02:23:59 PM] merdi dun skulle ha lagt dig linus
[02:24:02 PM] merdi du
[02:24:04 PM] michael as it is a violation of our terms
[02:24:08 PM] melinus michael i dont?
[02:24:08 PM] itsmycrapstatsVI -> melinus <- JKanStyle “Michael, I love you like the brother I never wanted.”
[02:24:14 PM] justopia linus?
[02:24:14 PM] melinus what did i say?
[02:24:20 PM] michael there was a moment tipped today
[02:24:27 PM] melinus what moment?
[02:24:30 PM] michael the highlight has been removed
[02:24:36 PM] michael it might be tipped again
[02:24:36 PM] Mark I’ve never heard Linus or Emelie say anything like that
[02:24:46 PM] melinus michael what are u talking about
[02:24:47 PM] itsmycrapstatsVI -> melinus <- JKanStyle “Michael, I love you like the brother I never wanted.”
[02:24:51 PM] michael i dont want to make a big todo
[02:24:53 PM] Mark I need to disable that message…
[02:24:56 PM] michael just be careful
[02:24:59 PM] melinus but
[02:25:08 PM] melinus i did not do anything? i dont get it m
[02:25:16 PM] michael feel free to email me at michael@justin.tv
[02:25:20 PM] michael if you want to talk more
[02:25:20 PM] melinus ok
[02:25:25 PM] michael thanks
[02:25:25 PM] itsmycrapstatsVI -> michael <- you’re welcome
[02:25:26 PM] justopia wow, now that it’s in the room
[02:25:29 PM] justopia it is officially a big deal
[02:25:32 PM] michael lol
[02:25:37 PM] michael its not officially anything
[02:25:39 PM] justopia good way to give feedback
[02:25:40 PM] mynick ;)
[02:25:46 PM] justopia eek
[02:25:58 PM] michael i just wanted to address the problem directly
[02:26:04 PM] justopia that you did :)
[02:26:12 PM] michael alright folks – i gotta get back to work

What I got so hot under the collar about this afternoon was the way in which Michael chose to address the situation. I don’t know, but I could have thought of at least three different ways in which the message could have been communicated.

  1. Email — certainly not the preferred method of communicating a sensitive matter
  2. PM — better than email, but not perfect
  3. Telephone call — the mature, professional choice

Delivering a difficult message takes skill. It takes experience. It takes doing it wrong enough times to learn that there are better ways. Clearly, there is skill and experience needed. Calling someone out in a public forum is embarrassing, can be shocking (as we saw with Linus today) serves no purpose other than to put the recipient of the message on the defensive and breaks down the wall of trust (if one had been established).

No One Likes to Be Humiliated in Public

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I asked for a turkey although I had never seen one in the supermarket or at the butcher shop. It appears that they could only come up with a turkey with wings — what happened to the legs?!

I was apparently not the only one that was incensed at the way the situation was handled. The room was stirred up and while many of us were discussing the way in which things transpired, there were others who quickly got tired of the conversation and were asking for us to drop the subject. I am not sure what they wanted to talk about? More elementary school conversation equal to Jonas Brother’s fan chatter? It’s a CHAT room and we were having an intelligent, adult conversation, but it inflamed some. The funny thing is that we all have the same keyboard or mouse functions — if you don’t like what is being said in the room, exit.

But, I digress. This is about how the fratboys handle communications with the people that choose to use their platform. Since this is a start up and it is in beta, in my world I would consider the lifecasters to be JTV customers. No, money does not change hands, there is no financial benefit to a lifecaster. If there were no lifecasters, if Justin was still the only one streaming his life live to the internet 24/7 it’s doubtful there would be much life left in this beast, so in my world, I see the lifecasters as JTV customers and berating a customer in public seems to me to be a recipe for failure.

Let’s take away the customer aspect, how about common courtesy? Is it acceptable to humiliate someone in public? There are cultures that feel it is ok. I experienced that in places I’ve lived. In the Philippines, when someone is released from employment for something egregious, it is not uncommon to see a blurb in the newspaper outlining the infraction and telling people to beware and not to hire the person. In India “scolding” someone in the middle of the office was a common occurrence. I did not like these things being done, but I had to step back and realize that I was not a permanent fixture — that I would be there for only 1 – 3 years and that if I were to be successful, I would need to learn to cope with the differences in cultures.

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The only things in this room that belonged to me were the couch and chair

Educating

Linus did not seem to realize that what he said on camera was taboo and so unacceptable in our culture and once he was informed, he seemed to be genuinely upset by what he had done. Had the situation been handled on the phone it could have transpired this way:

  • Michael calls Linus and explains that he said something on camera that was offensive in our culture
  • Linus apologizes
  • Michael informs Linus that it had been tipped, but that the tip has been removed
  • Linus thanks Michael
  • Michael asks Linus to be more cognizant, to be more aware of what he (and others on his stream) say and do
  • Linus informs Michael that it won’t happen again and that he will be more careful in the future
  • Michael thanks Linus and reminds him that this is a violation of the terms of service (that he may or may not have signed) and suggests that Linus read through it again to become more familiar with the document
  • They say their goodbyes and the incident is put to bed. Done.

It would have been much cleaner and had the incident taken place this way, so many people would not have been made aware of the situation and Michael would not have to think about the reaction the VC may have to how it was handled if he/she decides to read this post. He came back into the room a while later and acknowledged that his comments caused a bit of a stir, saw a little more chatter about how it should have been handled privately, said he didn’t know why, and said:

[02:50:45 PM] michael i’ll see you all in the justopia comments

Linus Competes with iJustine and JTV Lifecaster Castes

In the News

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This article about Linus hit the newspaper in Sweden yesterday and with it came increased volume for the Melinus channel. When I tuned in this morning, Linus was taking a phone call from a local radio station and I was told by Angincali that he had done at least one other radio interview the day before. I also hear that someone with an NBC moniker at an NBC4 affiliate in Irvine, California was lurking in the room for a while. We are not sure why, so I won’t begin to speculate.

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The newspaper got the addresses for Linus, Justin and Justine incorrect, but corrected them this morning. Apparently the whole .tv thing was a challenge. I wonder how many potential new viewers were lost in the confusion? Linus had a lot of viewers this today. At one point he hit about 140 viewers. While the media attention surely brought a lot of new people, as we could see by all the Swedish being spoken, I think some of it may have bee n due to Justine’s icon not showing up. Her channel could be found if you went to it manually, but it was nowhere on the icon bar or in the directory. I was wondering if she may have taken it down for a while to give the people in the room a break. With the number of viewers she’s had, chat scrolls much too quickly for anyone to follow the conversations, so I figured she might have pulled the icon to create some peace and quiet in the room — not that it really seemed to help.

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The Nutty Professor

I tuned into iTed for a while this afternoon. He was at the community college setting up the room for the class he will be instructing beginning next Tuesday. It’s a nice set up with a room full of iMac’s. He took us on a tour of the men’s room as well, which I could have lived without seeing, but it was humorous. He wanted to show us the new no water urinals. I took a video of a demonstration of how the thing works. Of course with the lousy camera resolution it’s tough to make much out, but just listening to iTed and his teaching buddy Wes talk about it all was a riot!. If you click on this link, you will see the short video. Be ready for modern urinal shots! :) and a laugh or two.

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Calming Music

Before heading out, I thought I’d take a minute and pop into Timothy Daniel’s room. I was in there the other night and he seemed pretty nice and it was interesting to listen to his music, although listening via JTV is not a great experience with the pitching. Tonight he was playing his songs and telling us the story of the songs prior to performing them. He kind of gives me the feeling that I’m at a Tom Chapin concert (brother of Harry Chapin). It’s the kind of music I like, it has meaning, depth, and doesn’t make my head want to explode. I will be spending more time in Timothy Daniel’s room.

Well, I’ve had a long day doing some important real life work, so I didn’t spent much time watching JTV and thus, have nothing more to write about.

I’m hoping for something good tomorrow!

Update: Follow Up to Last Night’s JTV Caste Post

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Additions

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Some are nuts about JTV

As I stumbled off to bed last night (early this morning) I thought of a few more categories that belonged in the post, but if I were to add them, it would have meant recording the audio version again and it’s never easy and takes a long time for it to go live on YouTube, so I thought I’d sleep on it.

And I’m glad I did. There was some insightful input from fellow Melinus viewers this morning and I came up with a few myself. So, let’s begin, shall we?

  • The Unbelievers
    • These are of the sort that have no faith in the mission. They feel that the fratboys are, well, fratboys that will never amount to anything. There is speculation that the JTV team’s efforts are all for naught although they do seem to stay afloat, but that with the current viewer numbers that it will not hold up to anything permanent. These doubters are agnostic and will spend their time telling others in the rooms just how fruitless the work Justin and the boys are doing is, even while the protectors work feverishly to beat them down.
  • The Obsequious
    • These compliant followers seem to bow or curtsey in deference to the supreme lifecasters or JTV team. Some start fan blogs (BTW — I see this blog as more of a Flame Blog) and live for the day they can meet their preferred lifecaster, or anyone even remotely related in some way to her, or him. Often, there is a bit of stalker in their behavior and if not true love, then they are clearly enamoured with their subject, in sometimes alarming degrees.
  • Colloquies
    • This group is likely the most prevalent. Colloquies are chatters, palavers, always on the lookout for something new to prattle on about, to converse and gab and gossip, to twaddle and yak, to jaw and natter on about the comings and goings of not only the fratboys, but of the lifecasters in the room they are devoted to, or lifecasters in general.
  • The Devoted
    • I worry about this group. Their passion and zeal has the potential to turn nasty, although it’s not likely. The devoted are strong in their commitment to watching lifecasters and to keep up with every detail. When they are pulled away for real life work or fun, they make a point of letting their 2D friends know that they will not be gone forever, in a kind of plea not to be forgotten and an unwritten request to be kept informed of all the latest and greatest developments. They are nothing, if not enthusiastic.
  • The Torturers
    • These are the viewers that seem to have the most fun on JTV! They join in the conversations in a room with the purpose of causing confusion and dissent. Sometimes they are welcomed by a few but, depending on the room, they can be the bain of a lifecaster’s existence. And to those of us that watch with anticipation as they throw their next zinger into the JTV air, they are a source of much amusement and without them, JTV would be a droll, boring place. Torture can be fun — for some of us.
  • The Participants
    • This is a jovial group. Participants enjoy the repartee with fellow participants, but are easily engaged by anyone in the room, whether they be on the receiving end of kind, or not so kind comments. Participants are the group everyone wants at the party. At a party in real life, they would be the talented ones who would plunk themselves down behind the host’s piano or would find their way to the controls behind the music and would play the uninvited, but much appreciated DJ and would really get the party going. They are the JTV viewers that have fun enlightening to the group to great music, forgotten music, humorous videos and more. Participants want to be everybody’s friend and we want to befriend them.
  • The Statisticians
    • These are the people that are engaged in the numbers. Compiling the numbers, fondling MiniTab — creating histograms and box plot diagrams, computing standard deviations and the probability of becoming the next top chatter in at least one room while looking for the outliers — those that may find their way into the top spot if they are not careful. And then there are those that just like playing with CrapStats to see what the macros have in store for them, all the while, chatting.
  • The Holier-than-thou’s
    • The groups that find themselves to stand apart so much that they make up stringent rules that all who enter their room have to abide by or be banned and that people in other rooms have to abide by or they too, are banned. A kind of banning in absentia.
  • The Addicted
    • This group has a real problem. Those dependent, habituated, hooked, obsessed, strung out JTV followers alter their real lives to make room for constant lifecast viewing. Some stay up all day and night so as not to miss a single moment, some log every detail of every comment made in chat and then spend time reading it all. Some, and these people either need to be made fun of or admired, surf through hours of archives to see what happened in their absence. God, I love these guys! Especially when they end up telling me about something that prompts me to watch and gives me material to write about.

I hope I have not left any group out. As I sit here and review all 17 groups, I am perplexed. In my own little Justopian world, just which group do I fit into? Where do I fit in the JTV social order? Of which caste am I? I am not sure I can fit myself into any single category. I feel as though there is some of me in each of the 17. I think that even those that so clearly fit into one group or another have tendencies that would put them into a different, if only for a brief time.

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But no matter which group you fall into, if you are here reading, it means one of a few things:

  1. You like to be informed
  2. You are terribly bored with what is going on in the channels right now and needed a diversion
  3. You want to be sure you didn’t miss a thing
  4. You need a new recipe and often come in looking for a video/photos/recipe to inspire you
  5. You anxiously read, hoping to see a shout-out (BTW…this would put you strongly in the Devoted group)

JTV Classes and a Mouth-Watering Chocolate Cheesecake

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I’m Not Talking About School Here

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What I am referring to is more like a JTV caste system, a system of cliques, a self-imposed hierarchy of social classes which varies widely from lifecast to lifecast. I am not a PhD, I’m not even sure I finished the psyche class I took in college, but I have been around the block and have even experienced the caste system in action in India. I clearly remember the time during my first trip to India in the 1970’s when my sister (or was it me?) spilled her Coke on the floor in the lobby of the hotel. Someone from the hotel staff came running with a towel to wipe up the table top. Right behind him was someone else, who kneeled down and mopped up the floor on his hands and knees with a cloth — someone that was of a caste that could stand and clean the tabletop, and someone that was relegated to caste his gaze on the guests and was made to clean the floor.

As an INFP, an Introverted/Intuitive/Feeling/Perceptive sort, I have noticed during five months of JTV watching that there are definite groups of people here. I have taken a stab at determining the categories:

  • The Protectors
    • Those that build a relationship, whether in reality or virtually (in their own mind) with a lifecaster or with the people that some lifecasters surround themselves with. This group feels the need to keep the lifecaster safe from verbal harm. Some even worry about their physical safety. If someone comes into the room and makes negative or derogatory comments about the lifecaster, or even about JTV, the protector will quickly rebuke the statements being made, often with disdain in their “voice,” and work feverishly to set the record straight — whether the “victim” requests or requires the help or not. It appears that the protectors want to be part of the lifecaster’s family or are wannabe significant other’s.
  • The Enforcers

    • The almighty moderators of Justin.tv. Many of these have requested, begged, cajoled, pestered, pleaded, would have paid almost anything to be — a mod. They get real satisfaction out of determining which viewers have overstepped the boundaries of either what is allegedly acceptable or not, according to the JTV Terms of Service and Privacy Policies. Or more rigidly, what a lifecaster has communicated (or not) the rules for their room to be. And … they like to tell people that they are part of the inside world of JTV — that they are moderators. It seems to be a status symbol to them, a badge that they wear proudly — albeit virtually — around their neck.
  • The Observers
    • These JTV viewers are the quiet lurkers. They sometimes show up as JustinFan### and usually, unless by accident of not properly authenticating in IRC, do not ever chat in this name. It’s not possible to do so in site chat, and most IRC users are far to savvy and proud to use a generic name such as this. Although some show up as a JustinFan###, most lurkers quietly hang to the back of the room watching what goes on and rarely, if ever, say anything.
  • The Believers
    • These are the viewers that are here waiting for the breakout, the day that we learn that Justin and his fratboy compatriots have made it to the big-time. There will be no more comparisons to YouTube for these guys when this has happened and the believers will be thrilled beyond compare to know that their predictions of the success of JTV was correct. They will likely be proud to tell everyone that they knew it would happen. The next thing they will do is make a call to the fratcave to see if they can be considered part of the “insider” or “friends and family” group so that they can get in on the IPO.
  • The All-knowers
    • We’ve all encountered one of these viewers, the ones that know absolutely everything about anything to do with JTV, and there are those that appear to believe to know something about every topic that is discussed in any room, at any time, on any day. There are all-knowers that don’t have an inkling that they are being talked about for their persistent intrusion into conversations, or that some just put them on /ignore.
  • The Provocateurs
    • To some, the provocateurs are a nuisance to others, they are the cause of great fun, much amusement and many laughs. Often, the provocateurs find themselves in a state of being perpetually banned from certain lifecasts, and yet it often simply doesn’t matter, because they can just create a new name or find another way to make their way into JTV — thankfully.
  • The Intruders
    • These are the viewers that enter a room simply to stir things up. They are the viewers that have no real interest in the lifecaster or the group watching and often spend their time making cruel comments directed at the lifecaster or people in chat. They often end up kicked or banned and will either attempt to come back in or move to another room to spit their venom. I don’t know that I have yet seen an intruder make an intelligent remark.
  • The Informers
    • These are specific lifecaster viewers that make it their job, whether by request or on a voluntary basis, to go to other rooms looking for chat that they, or the lifecaster that recruited him/her, feel is unacceptable in their preferred room. They will “report” to the lifecaster and to his/her minions with the purpose of keeping those that they feel do not belong in their room (clique) out.

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This is a summary of my observations on the groups at JTV. It is my opinion, it is not a scientific study and I don’t claim that it is, but the perceptive side of me tells me that I am on track with these descriptions. I do not claim to know everything about JTV, hell, I often don’t watch more than one or two streams or rooms in a day so clearly, I don’t know what is going on everywhere.

I just write about what I do watch.

 

 

 

Chocolate Cheesecake With Fresh Raspberry Puree

Crust:

  • 1 8-1/2 oz. package chocolate wafers
  • 6 T butter or margarine, melted

In blender or food processor with knife blade in place, blend graham crackers to fine crumbs. You can use chocolate wafers in place of the graham crackers if you’d like. Pour into 9″x3″ spring-form pan. With fork, blend in melted butter or margarine. Press about 2/3 of crumbs onto side of pan to within 1″ of top. Press remaining crumbs onto bottom of the pan.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Filling:

  • 12 oz. package semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 T brandy (I use vanilla extract)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 8 oz. container sour cream

In double boiler top over hot, not boiling water, melt chocolate, set aside. If you do not have a double boiler, it is possible to do this in the microwave, but you must be sure to check the chocolate and stir frequently so that it does not seize up and become too firm to work with.

In large bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar and brandy until smooth. Beat in chocolate. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sour cream; beat until smooth. Pour into crumb crust. bake 1 hour.

When baking cheesecake, in order to avoid the cracking that often happens, using a bain marie is the answer. Using aluminum foil, wrap the spring form pan tightly. Although the spring-form pan should seal quite well, often when they get older, the spring does not hold the sides together well enough, so wrapping tightly in aluminum foil is necessary to prevent the water from the bain marie from seeping in.

Once the pan is wrapped, carefully rap the pan on the counter 2 – 3 times to force out air bubbles. Place the pan into a baking pan that is larger than the cake pan. Carefully pour room temperature water in the pan about 1/2 way up the side of the cake pan.

Remove the cooked cake to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not release the spring. Once cooled, cover with aluminum foil. If you do not let it cool completely, it will sweat and can stick to the foil.

Raspberry Puree and Chocolate Toppings

  • 3 containers of fresh red raspberries
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 C water
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate morsels

Puree raspberries in food processor or blender, strain to remove the seeds. Put water on the stove, once boiling, add sugar and cook until 245° – 290°. If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can test the sugar by pouring droplets of the cooked sugar into cold water as noted in the link. I went to the soft ball stage, but even the soft crack stage will work.

Once the sugar is cooked, begin pouring it into the strained raspberry puree and stir to incorporate. Do not use all of the syrup at once, it will probably be too sweet. Be sure the sweetened berry mixture is cool enough to taste and test to see if you’d like more sugar.

For he chocolate swirls, I simply used good semisweet morsels, melted them and put into a pastry bag with a thin tip. You can use a plastic lunch bag (be sure the chocolate is not hot enough to melt the plastic. Another option is to use parchment paper which you roll into a tight cone so that you have just a small opening at the bottom.

Put the chocolate in the pastry bag (or whichever container you use) and gently squeeze onto cake in any design you choose. Once the chocolate has set up (this will take just a few minutes) you can spoon the raspberry puree into the openings in the design. I used a spoon, but you can pour the puree into a bag (similar to what you did with the chocolate) to make it more precise, but it really isn’t necessary.

If you are making this for a special occasion, you can write a message. An alternative is to make butter cream frosting and use it as is, or color for a different effect.

MOO Cards and A Round Robin Trip Around the Streams Looking for Something Interesting

MOO Cards

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Have you read about these things? I haven’t seen anyone with them, but as usual, I didn’t want to be left out so I ordered a box with my own photos. It wasn’t expensive, was easy to order a set and it was fun to receive them. They come in a nice plastic box and are printed on high quality cardstock. They are very small, but that’s part of the novelty. Anyone can get normal sized calling cards made — this is different. You have the option to have a few lines of text printed on the back. If I can get a logo for Justopia.com I will get a set printed with the blog address and the JTV address and hand them out liberally and see if anything comes of it.

Lifescifi

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I decided to try livescifi tonight. I needed something different. The usual rooms were quiet and although some of the regulars were in chat, nothing exciting was happening. I’d just finished making a cheesecake for the monthly pot luck and could not go to bed for an hour or two until it cooled down so I could put it in the fridge for the night.

So I settled in to watch livescifi. I popped into this room a couple of weeks ago, but it was very late and I was too tired to hang in there, but it’s just midnight now, so I think I will manage to stay awake for an hour or two. I logged into the livescifi.tv channel and although people were talking about all kinds of activity going on in some of the 4 cameras, I could not see anything. The resolution is poor and the size quite small.


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The premise of tonight’s broadcast is to check into this house. They have their equipment set up and various people are doing well, I don’t know yet. I have not spent enough time in this channel to know how the process works, or who the people are. At this point, an Etch a Sketch and a Spiderman ball were placed in different places in the room where “activity” has been reported. I guess if there is any type of paranormal activity, the ball, which has an image of Spiderman pointing forward will be in a different position and I suppose there will be some movement in the magnets behind the screen, making something appear on the screen.

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Ronald Lewis

I then took a trip over to Ronald Lewis’ room and I’m sorry I did. He was wasted and claiming to have never been drunk before. Whatever. He was going on about what he wanted to do to some woman and it was pretty awful talk. Between that and chocking on the popcorn or whatever he was stuffing in his face, I had to get out — quickly.

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Ashleymarie

I headed over to the Ashleymarie channel next. She was doing nothing — typing and I would imagine reading chat, some of which was pretty inflammatory about her looks. One viewer asked how she makes money — her profile claims she makes a living by “online income only,” which leaves a lot to speculation. A viewer just mentioned that her father would like Ashley to wear a promotional tee shirt everyday and he would pay her for it. She doesn’t know what to charge, so she asked him to make an offer. Interesting way to do business, but I suppose at age 18, that is not a bad approach. What i can’t get over is the way her lips look. She has so much light lipgloss or lipstick (it’s tough to tell) and it’s as though there is a black-light in the room causing her hair, the lettering on her sweatshirt, her nails and her lips to have a purplish-white hue to them. I guess this is what some of the 39 viewers are attracted to. Well, make that 38 — it does nothing for me.

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Tibtie

Over in Tibtie’s room one of them has an Optimus Prime helmet on and is dancing around the room. I am thinking that although the Sarah video in which she drove through the McDonald’s drive through and ordered lunch with that helmet on was funny, it has a limited lifespan.

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Interestingly enough, Justine is not publishing and there are still 104 people hanging out in the room. Nothing worthwhile being said, but it’s hopping. I watched her go to Podcamp, but I caught the stream as she was heading in for the day and then at lunch. What I caught on a few of the streams that were devoted to Podcamp was just too difficult to focus on and to hear. The setup was not working well at the time I tried to tune in.

But … enough of this. It’s been just plain boring — not worth detailing any of the other channels that are publishing tonight. If things don’t pick up, I am going to have to find something else to blog about. I have

Travels With Justopia, the News and a Question of Names

Travels

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While I was en-route, Callie88 tracked my flight for Linus’ room — Thanks Callie!


Almost 48 hours away from the world of being a JTV viewer has given me some of my sanity back. Having made the commitment to not blog during the trip, I felt remarkably calm during what should have been and incredibly intense experience these past two days. I am feeling the most stressed right now as we make your way through the remnants or the outer bands or the – geez, just what is this called – of tropical storm Erin, back to the east coast, I feel more stressed and worked up than I did during the interview process. Seated comfortably in seat 2A, I am looking out the window at a scene that refuses to show me blue sky or the ground. Long ago I got over my fear of turbulence when flying, but after the pre take off discussion with my seat-mate about his flight into Austin yesterday, which then turned into a conversation about near misses and other travel horror stories, I began to get pretty damn antsy about this flight.

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I had dinner at the Iron Cactus on 6th street in Austin last night — it was ok

We are on a regional jet, so the turbulence is more pronounced than if we were on something larger and when I get nervous, I get angry. Don’t ask me why, it’s not something I can articulate, but I think it has something to do with things being out of my control. The way I normally get through this kind of fear is to tell myself that the guys/gals up on the flight deck don’t want to do anything that will endanger themselves either, so they will take care of us.

That said, I am still sitting35,000 feet above the ground, seeing nothing but the inside of clouds and thought now would be a good time to get back to blogging.

More of iJustine in the News

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I went in search of the Whole Foods flagship store — for a foodie like me — it is akin to a place of worship ;)

Wow, cell phone cameras

I know from a twitter I received as I was going through security a few hours ago that Justine continues the interview circuit about her 300 page phone bill, but I have yet to see one of these stories. I will have to do some searching once I am back, safely on the ground, comfortably tucked into my position on the couch with the laptop propped on my lap tonight. I did hear from some chatters last night that if I were to take a look at the comments on her blog tastyblogsnack.com, I would see that all of the comments were negative and that many were commenting about how inconsequential Justine’s 300 page iPhone bill is when there is such horrible stuff going on in the world around us.

I guess I will say this – yes, it is not an important news story, hell, it’s not really a news story at all, but in the world of news, human interest stories, those stories that are light and can even make you laugh, or perhaps think well, thank goodness I didn’t get a 300 page, 200 something dollar cell phone bill myself this week are not so bad.

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The store was huge and there was a culinary center with a large wall of glass to the street where passersby could see cooling classes in session

Stories of mine disasters, more endless violence in the war zone, a tumbling stock market, killer storms, deadly earthquakes and other seemingly endless stories of despair bombard us whenever we pick up a paper, turn on the TV or tune into the radio. A bit of nonsense video from iJustine or mind-numbing viewing of the Officecam and chat with 2D friends is a welcome respite each day.

What’s in a Name?

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I did check in last night when I was done with my day and looking back, think the conversation in #melinus was probably the most adult (no! not that way), intelligent, informational, banter I’ve seen on Justin.tv since I got hooked 5 months ago. The talk moved to the Utah mine disaster after last night’s 2nd collapse and eventually turned toward the state of worldwide energy resources, which then moved to talk about our relationship with China. I was getting very tired and ready to put my head down, when I realized that for once this week, I wasn’t talking about a stream that causes me to get worked into a tizzy, I wasn’t watching a fast-moving game of trivia fly past my eyes, I wasn’t spending time in the mind numbing viewing of fratcave. I was engaged in interesting conversation and was even learning something.

I am not saying I want it to be this way at all times, it was just refreshing. I woke up at a reasonable hour this morning and felt as though I’d felt really rested – a nice change.

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A huge display of hatch chiles — a little bit of New Mexico in Austin

This afternoon I logged on from the airport and spent a few minutes catching up with my 2D friends and although we didn’t have much time to fill each other in on the past 2 days, I did learn that some global banning has gone on for one of our long-term friends. My question is this – is it the name that was so offensive or the things said in the room with that nick that caused the ban? If it’s the name, I am confused. I read the TOS and see nothing that cautions us on the names we create. I have seen kicks on people as soon as they enter a room and without provocation – just the name. I understand, some of the names people create are vulgar, offensive, etc., but who deems what names are and are not offensive? I understand that these things reside with the lifecaster and his or her rules, but if a name is not acceptable in one room, does it mean it is globally unacceptable?

I’m just asking.

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