A Party I Didn’t Miss, Linus and Justopia in Their Kitchens, and Bridging the Culture Gap

Hail Hail, the Gang’s Almost All Here?

I went to bed before I could find out what the upshot was with the JTV party, but not before getting a call from Gentle Giant Jeffy. We could see in Justin’s chat that there was some agitation about the party. The invite was for 9pm, but as we heard Justin say and as I noted in last night’s post, he wasn’t planning on arriving until 10:30 or 11:00 and didn’t know any of the details for the party anyway, nor did the rest of the fratboys. Only that it was in conjunction with an event planner or something like that. Jeffy, Brian and cvctiger were not happy, and said as much in chat. They arrived, couldn’t get in at first, waited around for Justin and his entourage and eventually gave up and went on their merry ways.

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It’s always a party at the giant Kemp Fort Store in Bangalore, India

Sarah was in her room a little while ago and I had a chance to ask if she and the others made it to the soiree. Apparently they did, including Justin, but he was not wearing his camera. And … the streams wouldn’t work anyway, so it would have been futile. I am glad I decided to head to bed. Seems like perhaps the party was fine if you were there, but as for it being something cool to lifecast — not. I hear that BlueFox, after driving about 1600 miles from Utah arrived to a party that he was unable to get into — I understand age was the issue. He was out there expecting to receive lifecasting equipment for his own stream, but went home empty handed. I don’t have first hand knowledge, so again, this is all just rumor to me. I won’t go further — those that were there can comment if they’d like to fill in the blanks.

I don’t feel like I missed a thing.

And He Cooks Too!!!!

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This morning when I tuned in, Linus and Emelie were in the kitchen unloading grocery bags. They were straightening up and getting organized. It is so refreshing to see how they live their lives. They live in a relatively small space, but it doesn’t feel small at all. Linus told us it is 70 sq. mt. which equates to, I think, about 750 sq. ft. Please, let me know if I am way off. Anyway, they unloaded the groceries and Linus took out the quick vac and cleaned up. Then after chatting for a little bit he was off to prepare some food.

I had food to get together as well for a thing I was going to in the early afternoon. I made an encore of the Zucchini and Feta fritters that everyone devoured at my party last week. Linus was making a potato salad with ox and 4 kinds of tomatoes. He worked hard at it.

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Making Fritters
I went on to prepare the fritters. I think I may have included the recipe in last Friday’s post, but someone asked for it this morning, so I’ll include it below:

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2847/zucchini+feta+fritters

I have a tendency sometimes to be a klutz in the kitchen 🙂

How Wide is the Culture Gap?
Cultural Divide is not the correct or appropriate term for what I want to talk about here. Cultural Divide has negative connotations, but at this hour, I am at a loss for just the right term for what I’d like to talk about tonight, so I will call it a culture gap. Ok, so … what I was thinking about this morning was what interests me the most about lifecasting and that is the ability to see people living their lives around the world and chatting with them at the same time. It’s like having instant pen pals and not having to wait for the mailman to deliver an airmail envelope or waiting for someone to reply to email. We see different regions of the US now and we have flown across the ocean to Sweden, a place I have read little about. Everyone in the US seems to know about Ikea, but a home furnishings store does not portray an entire country, the full makeup of a distant and unfamiliar culture.

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The architectural detail behind the desk are capiz shell windows from a home built in 1928 in the northern part of the Island of Luzon in the Philippines. These mother of pearl windows were impervious to the rain that invades the country for 6 months.

There are many ways to experience other cultures — books, television, movies, news media, personal accounts of experiences in distant lands, but I like to see it with my own eyes. I have a voracious appetite for the Travel Channel and for cooking or other shows of that type when they have to do with cuisines of other cultures. I have had dreams of joining the Peace Corps, but quickly snap back to reality with the realization that I could not handle going without running water, air conditioning, a full kitchen, and hot showers.

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Even 10,000 miles away we manage to invade other cultures — Manila, Philippines

But learning about how people do manage to live in more primitive conditions than I am willing to experience is something I really look forward to seeing on TV or in a Movie or reading about in a book. Lifecasting has the potential to help us cross those culture gaps and quite possibly, to hopefully diminish the unfounded fear and hesitation some people have about other peoples and their cultures. In Melinus’s room today, a chatter made reference to how the Swedes are “strange” because they don’t have a universal religious belief. The comment caught me off-guard and disappointed me. First of all, reports show that this is not fact, that people do practice a variety of different religions, and yes, that many do not consider themselves religious at all, but is this wrong? Did this chatter mean to say that if you don’t belong to some church, synagogue, temple, mosque, or other house or worship, that you are in some way wrong or incorrect? I decided to stand back rather than get into a religious debate, but it made me think more about the culture gap.

I believe that people are afraid of what they do not know. That if this person had stayed a while and taken the opportunity to “meet” and get to “know” Linus and Emelie, he may have been more at ease with a culture he has more to learn about. If we had lifecasters all over the world taking us into their homes, out on trips to the grocery store, to gatherings with their friends, family, and neighbors; if we could experience their daily lives and yes, the mundane things like dropping the kids off at school or attending life events — weddings, births, funerals and more and sharing details about their governments, their school systems the things that make up a culture, I think that would help people overcome their fears and would open people up to so much more than the closed-minded assumptions that come with the lack of knowledge about things we have not been exposed to.

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Going to one of the “mega malls” in Manila can require perseverance and the resolve to not let the masses of people drive you away.

JTV has the opportunity to help us with this, but we need more channels that cross cultures and regions of the world. I am anxious to hear Linus and Emelie’s accents, to see how they react to what we have to say verbally. I suspect there are more people out there like me, although what we see so often in chat is people looking for something other than gaining knowledge, it’s about dumb-talk (as I call it) or one sided debate or, pure and simple, the hope for something more than making out on the couch.

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If there was no caption, you might think this is a shot of a Florida or California neighborhood — Forbes Park, Manila, Philippines

I do think that this medium will mature and will bring me to places I want to see and to learn about, but I am not sure how quickly that will happen. I don’t know if it will be JTV that helps it happen, but I am here to watch and to hope that I can take a trip to places like Greece and the rural regions (or prefectures) of Japan, to one day climb Everest and to go to the Maldives on a diving trip that would be beyond compare. There are places in the world that I haven’t even dreamed of experiencing yet that I will count on Tony Bourdain, Samantha Brown and the others to take me to, but I am really looking forward to going to these places with lifecasters that will not be showing us 30 or 60 minute edited versions of their lives.

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On the other hand, not everyone lives the Forbes Park lifestyle — Manila, Philippines

The photos above point out the similarities and stark differences in cultures, but adding sound and motion would go a long way to helping people understand better what life is like in Manila.

For me, this will be the lifecasting revolution.

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3 Responses

  1. I couldn’t agree more with the last part of your blog. Brian and Jeffy were talking about this the other night. Lifecasting will eventually change the way we look at the world. It will shrink the world and make us all aware of how of how we are really much alike rather than how we are different.
    Will it end wars, global hunger and conquor all the evils of the world? Probably not, at first, but I think it will bring changes for the better eventually.
    I didn’t want this to sound like a John Lennon song but hey, that’s just the way I see things. You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

  2. Bkiff — Will it end wars, global hunger and conquor all the evils of the world? Probably not, at first, but I think it will bring changes for the better eventually. — this is exactly what I was getting at. There is too much good, interesting, surprising, fascinating … stuff out there to miss. This kind of medium helps to educate us and open our minds to the possibilities and the things that need change and what we can do to help facilitate change. Ok, enough soap box for me as well. It’s only 1:34 in the afternoon — I usually don’t get all “bloggy” until the evening. 🙂 LOL

    Oh, and thank for reading me! BTW — are you able to see the link to the video? I am not sure it shows up or if it’s just blank, clickable space?

  3. Link on the video? Just the recipe video.

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