More Fun and Games on JTV
This is what I went to be to at 5:30 this morning — daylight was breaking
Justin and the Officecam streams hold little interest for me lately, although Justin’s trip to Hawaii was worth tuning into from time to time. What used to be fun to watch — a bunch of young 20 something’s working on creating “the next big thing,” is much ado about nothing now. They are not up and awake in the morning on the East Coast, so I rarely have anything to “watch” on JTV until later in the day. But still … I don’t quit trying. It’s an atrocious addiction that makes little sense to me, but I don’t close the computer and walk away, my days and nights continue to be consumed with JTV viewing and this strange need to post something to this blog on a daily basis.
Yesterday ranks up there in the #1 slot of not necessarily number of hours spent watching, but rather, the time of day I finally logged out after publishing the day’s post. I left my computer after 5:30 in the morning! I actually saw the beginning of the sunrise, panicked and ran to wash up and go to bed.
Unfortunately, my phone rang early and woke me up, but I managed to stay away until just before noon. The only thing I found to watch was #melinus. He was sitting in front of the computer at work and a few of us were chatting away, nothing earth-shattering or remarkable, just quiet “conversation.” It gave me time to finish a project I’ve been working on, but didn’t leave me with what I’d hoped would be something inspiring to write about.
Well, that all changed in the early evening hours when I stepped back into their room and they were pushing a contest. Linus had posted a link to a PDF file with a contest that created some fun and something other than material other than that which leads people to request Linus and Foxy to take a leap outside of the PG box. The contest melinus_competition.pdf was something that required more than just guessing a random number or celebrity name. It meant taking a few minutes to use logic, or reasoning, or the right brain to determine the translation of a bit of Swedish text.
Foxy and Linus reading entries and having a good laugh
The competitive side of me ran to Google and I furiously surched for a Swedish to English translator. No such luck. I stared at the unfamiliar text for a while. There is some chance that you can get at least a few words with one of the Romance Languages, but with a language that has characters and accent marks that we are not used to, I could come up with nothing. I finally came up with a translator that would process Swedish to English and quickly searched Linus’s blog for the portion of copy that included the competition text. I cut and pasted it into the translator, drafted mail with the translation and sent it off. I felt good. If nothing else, I got a rough translation and sent it in before the deadline hit.
Chat was afire with questions, suggestions, funny comments and a little Swedish from fellow viewers, but no hints. I re-read the contest rules and realized that Foxy and Linus were looking for fun – not necessarily a perfect translation. Fellow Swedes were not allowed to play and there was always the opportunity to ask one for help, but I had not made “friends” with anyone that had a name that looked Swedish, or Danish or close, so I resorted to my creative side. I made up a silly poem. It’s a mess gramatically, but I thought would do better than the first entry I had sent in since I knew the translation had to be almost nonsensicle.
I put fingers to keyboard and this is what came out. It’s silly, is not gramatically correct, and is pretty elementary school, but I need to get something out there that wasn’t so literal.
There was a guy and a gal from Sweden
Who were living in JTV freedom
They wanted to take part
And to show they have heart
So they put on a cam and began feedin’
The two quickly learned
That where increased viewers is concerned
To improve network share
They’d really have to care
And created a great game and prize for a winner to earn.
The contest deadline was near
And although their voices we could not hear
The laughs and smiles
Made me think I’d go miles
To pick up my prize from Foxy and Linus dear!
And, much to my surprise, I won 2nd prize! I don’t know what will arrive in the mail as my reward, but no matter — it is one of things I find so interesting about JTV — we are all separated by time and distance, but we make a virtual connection each day, and sometimes virtual life becomes reality, even if it’s just a small envelope or a postcard in the mail.
Tonight’s beautiful sunset
Now, leave me alone! 🙂 I’m done early for a change. It’s time for me to see about some gravlax and a sandwich on rye crispbread alongside some prastost. Anyone care to join me?