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.

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2 Responses

  1. In the recipe, you state that you used vanilla in place of 1T Brandy. Did you use a full 1T vanilla?

    The recipe sounds absolutely delicious.

  2. Hi carrot!

    Yep, I just swapped vanilla for brandy. Vanilla extract has a lot of alcohol in it so it’s a good substitute in terms of a liquid substitution. If you like banana, you could use banana extract. There are so many extracts made. They can be quite strong though and are erzatz (fake), so I stick with the vanilla. I’d think a T of any liquid would work. You could try orange juice.

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