Drunkcasting on a Night with Spammers or Raiders or Whatever Those with Less to do in Life than a Lifecaster is Called

Weekends

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Join me for dinner, won’t you?

The end of the week is usually quiet around the halls of JTV, but this weekend there was more than the usual lifecasters sitting around at home chatting with their viewers happening.  iJustine is in Ontario, California at Podcast and New Media Expo in Ontario, California with TalkShoe. New channels appeared with each refresh of the Directory. Lifecasters did their usual broadcasting … sitting behind the computer chatting it up with viewers while secretly hoping some will find their financial plight so dire that they need to donate to the poor, hopeless, helpless college student in need of a mobile set up so that they can — or “reporting” on the latest antics of one lifecaster or viewer or another. Or there is the new and unusual event of Justin and Alan (Dealer) fighting to the death in a drinking contest. I don’t know who threw down the gauntlet, but I’d wager it was Dealer. Correct me if I’m wrong, but only if you can prove it.

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Shrimp with Thai Basi and Fried Rice
But hours before this first ever live streaming media event took place, we were peacefully sitting around the laptop finishing dinner when a strange box of text appeared in the room. It was apparently from the JTV bot warning all viewers and lifecasters that the server was going to be taken down, that they apologize for the inconvenience, and that they hope we will “come back here to chat later.” And with that, in less than 30 seconds, less time than it takes for a cockroach to scurry to a safe hole in the wall, we were down and out. As expected, when I came back to the room there were only a handful of people left. At this point I am not really sure how important it is to be on the top of the channel bar anyway with all the gaming of viewer numbers that takes place.

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Coconut custard

We crashed, came back up, crashed again and returned one more time. As one tenured viewer pointed out to me, this was far better than the fratteam taking the server offline without warning — at least we had a few seconds this time. I suppose it’s happy to have a positive attitude, right?

Evening Activities

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Alan was looking a little less perky then when he began about 8 beers ago

While the usual was happening around he network and raiders were spamming the rooms, I popped into the Dealer’s room and caught Alan and Justin having a virtual drink-off. They challenged each other to drink a shot every 30 seconds for 90 minutes. At one point Justin disappeared from view. He was supposed to go out for the evening and I suppose he got bored with the game or perhaps figured he wouldn’t be able to make it out if he didn’t call it quits, so Alan won by forfeit.

I’m not sure — can minors play the JTV drinking game?  Is this the reason the site is always up and down?  I haven’t seen Justin drink in a very long time, but then again I rarely pay attention to his room anymore so I might be missing some of the other more recent drunken nights, but I don’t think I’ve been missing much.

Before my eyes roll into the back of my head, I am going to end here and hope for a great night’s sleep!

So, Monday is “The Day?” Chocolate Chip Cookies to Die (or is it Live?) For!

Going GM?

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Rumors abound tonight on JTV. I say rumors because I was too busy trying to manage my chocolate chip cookie broadcast and could not take the time to tune into Justin’s stream confirm what was being discussed.  Apparently a variety of topics were broached this evening. I was told one of the issues was the much awaited opening of JTV to the masses — no more beta. People are worried about what will happen on that day. I don’t know that I am worried about all the new channels, but I am concerned about the possibility that we will see more instability with the network. It was much better today than the past few days, although site chat did take a tank for a while. To those of us that have managed to get IRC running again, it didn’t really matter though. For those that don’t use IRC well … it was a whole other story and one that didn’t make people happy.

In other respects things were good — I think I only had to relaunch the stream one time — both audio and video seemed to work well … pretty smooth sailing.

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Jacob and I traded mail a number of times this afternoon and he answered most of my, and other viewer’s questions about the changes and abnormalities on the network. It looks like most of the things people were complaining about have been resolved and he will be working on a better FAQ for getting into IRC as well. They are listning it seems.

What I am a bit worried about at this point is the type of channels we are seeing and what we might see come Monday. I really didn’t care, but I just took a little stroll around the channel bar and holy hell, it’s like STV — Smut TV instead of JTV. I don’t like the idea that I could be broadcasting with garbage next to me. It was bad enough to see myself with that nasty photo of Dealer next to me and Anamarialive who was broadcasting stuff that … well, let’s just say I would not want a child to watch what she was showing. I am not a prude, I am not around to judge what people do with their personal lives, but I do have some self respect and pride and would hate to tell anyone in my family or my friends to come here to watch my broadcaset and have them click on some of the stuff that has been showing up on JTV in the past few weeks. I would be mortified and embarassed — some would want to haul me off to a hospital for a long psyche visit and others would probably think, wow — look at our friend, she is hanging out with some “interesting” people, she’s not who we thought she was.

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Cookies with the Cheftopia Cookbook in the background

I have not been buying into the thought that JTV was going down the tubes or was quickly turning into another porn site, but in the past few days I am rethinking my position. Clearly it has potential to be a porn site and if that’s what the fratboys are interested in promoting, then so-be-it. It’s not my cup of tea, but I suppose it is what a lot of people look forward to when they log onto the internet.

Cookies

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I made home made chocolate chip cookies and they came out GREAT! I used Ghiradelli chocolate chips and they made a big difference. You can really taste the chocolate in comparison o the stuff you get in the local store

People have asked me to send them cookies. I am not sure if they were serious or not, but it got me thinking … I can bake lots of things and wrap and package them up beautifully send via FedEx. Yesterday someone asked if they could pay me via PayPal for something I was making … I really don’t remember what it was. But I am going to have to formulate a plan and ship food. I can ship home made jams and cookies and cakes and brownies and more. Just think how cool it could be for someone to be able to see the food being prepared and cooked and then packaged up beautifully before being shipped. I’ll bet people would love it around holiday time or for birthdays and anniversaries and similar occasions. I am going to work on the plan in the coming days and try it out and see how it goes. I love planning, preparing and feeding people so this could be great fun!

Well my friends, I am totally exhausted tonight and although it’s a ridiculous hour (2:37am) it is almost 2 hours earlier than the time I went to bed every night this week, so I am going to take advantage of the hour and call this blog post done.

I’ll see you around the channels on The Justopian Life.

What! No Ability to PM?! Broken Hollandaise, a Chat Redux and Livecasting vs. Chatcasting — A Matter of Semantics

Note: I came in to write tonight’s blog and rant about the instability of the network with a focus on chat when I realized that although I stayed up until 4am yesterday, I never hit the Publish button! These short nights are going to be the death of me if I’m not careful. Below is yesterday’s post. But first …

The tenor around the network was dismal this morning and afternoon. People complaining about the state of content as we’ve talked about in, people discussing recent viewer defections, people talking about the sudden “disappearance” of iJustine and various other topics in relation to all things JTV. I decided to not let it bring me down and prepared for tonight’s cooking segment. After the previous night’s debacle due to network instability I decided not to prepare anything elaborate or with too many ingredients. What I did decide on was basic pasta and artichoke with hollandaise and a salad.

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Artichoke

And wow, am I happy I decided to go this route! I decided to bring the channel up early to test it and see how stable it was tonight. Things were going along just fine and then it all changed. The stream seized up, chat disappeared, IRC fell on it’s face. As the stream was crashing I was in the middle of putting together the hollandaise which is a recipe that requires absolute attention and whisking. People were interested in the demonstration so I wanted to get the stream back up. I turned away from the sauce, pulled the stream back up and went back to it and had to do it once again and within that few minute period — well, let’s just say I had a broken hollandaise sauce in front of me. It took 3 sticks of butter and 3 eggs. I don’t do anything on the cheap, so t he butter was good European butter, the eggs were organic and what I was left with was butter solids floating on top of curdled eggs. Good for nothing other than the garbage.

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Since I do not like to eat on camera I tried to chat with the viewers, but never knew if they could hear me because chat was in the dump. It finally came back up and with it, Jacob appeared. He apologized for the troubles, but said that everything was now fixed. Hmmm… Jeffy made a comment about how there was no testing of the new feature to which Jacob replied that they had tested — for TWO DAYS. Now, I am not a tech genius, but I have been around long enough and with a large enough, successful company to know that beta testing takes more than 48 hours and load testing is key for this stuff. Hell, I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but that was my job for a while — we implemented chat moderation tools and our QA was far more than 2 days and in a very well defined QA environment. I don’t know what goes on in JTV’s world, but it seems to have been a very light beta test. How many people really tested it? Did anyone submit bug reports? If so, was the info detailed enough to dive in and see what needed to be corrected? I was going to beta this afternoon and evening, but was apparently too late. LOL

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Justopia’s Wild Forest Mushroom and Pesto Pasta

I will credit Jacob for his manners however. He apologized for causing my hollandaise to break. This makes night #3 that I have tried to put on a good demonstration and have been plagued by JTV tech problems. I am going to keep it even more simple tomorrow night with a simple dessert made of ingredients I have in the house.

But now I am really torqued.  No ability to PM in IRC?!  Why not!?  Who does PM’ing hurt?  I would think it’s far better to enable people to chat “in whispers in the back of the room” than to say things they might want to blurt out in front of everyone.  It’s difficult to understand why the changes that were made were made this way?  Were these things intentional?  And if so, why?  Does information like this have to be so closely guarded?

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A sad, broken, inedible hollandaise sauce 😦

In general, people were not happy tonight. I did find humor in this posting on the JTV blog while all of this was going on however:

Justin.tv Chat 2.0

So, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! We’ve just launched a brand new chat server, hopefully you didnt notice anything except for new moderation tools (channel owners can add and remove moderators from within the chat window), better performance and RAW JUSTIN.TV POWER… Here’s a section from the the FAQ for you crazy irc users:

I’m just hoping I can get IRC to work again. Not having the ability to private message SUCKS!

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This is a conundrum. At 11:52pm EDT I was tucked into my couch surfing channels and contemplating the blog topics. I was not broadcasting. I noticed my icon appearing and disappearing repeatedly. I thought that perhaps when someone was in the room even if I was not broadcasting it would put the icon on the channel bar. My icon disappeared and I asked a friend to go in and voila … there was Justopia up in the #7 position. It kept rotating between #6 or #7 the rest of the night. I noticed people would go into my room, make a comment asking where I was, that they saw me on the channel bar and thought I was broadcasting.

Aside from IRC being a bear to get into, if you can get into it at all, now it looks like there is a problem with the icon bar. For those of us that do things other than sit around and chat with our viewers, these inconsistencies are not only confusing, but they are irritating, aggravating, and just plain annoying as hell for all involved.

I’m asking one thing and one thing only — Fix It Now! Please.

And now on to yesterday’s post.

Technology Woes

Tonight was challenging on Justopia_live. My stream was up about 85% of the time — well, maybe 70% of the time. I planned for this dinner of Rogan Josh (Lamb Curry) and Rice Pilau (Rice Pilaf) with Daal (Lentils) for a couple of days and spent a lot of time and money preparing to cook for the night’s broadcast. To have it crash on me all night long was disappointing, frustrating and upsetting. Viewer numbers the past 2 nights have been horrible for me — I’d imagine it’s because people check in and can’t find me, or they tune in and I crash a while later. Or it’s possible that because some lifecasters seem to have such mysteriously high viewer numbers it knocks some lifecasters off the channel bar and people don’t realize who is broadcasting. Nevertheless, what frustrated me most was that when the stream goes down and I need to refresh or relaunch or go into IRC to let people know I am working on getting things back up and running, it means I have to practically be a contortionist to reach over the sink and up to the shelf to reach the keyboard. It’s become exhausting and my short fuse doesn’t handle it well. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, always have, and it manifests itself in my body language. I just don’t want the viewers to be disappointed.

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I was not upset with anyone other than the technology. Ok, so maybe each time I crashed I had a hairy fit and cursed out the frat boys up one side and down the other, but that was a temporary bout of rage. I hope that tomorrow night is a better night.

Debate

I fell into a conversation this afternoon in Linus’ room while I was cleaning the kitchen about the distinction between JTV broadcasters that cast their lives vs. Chatcasters showing themselves sitting on a couch chatting with viewers. I really have no issue with the distinction in terms. If a person is sitting on their couch chatting with viewers that is their life — at that moment. I am not sure what the controversy is about? If a viewer is not interested in watching someone sit and chat they can change the channel, but I will happily call someone a lifecaster even if they don’t move from their couch. Sometimes I just sit and chat — when the cooking is all over and done with and I need to chill, that is my life — at that moment.

Channel Hopping

I woke up at a decent hour today. I think my Circadian rhythm is all screwed up due to my strange sleeping habits since falling into the JTV abyss. After falling asleep at 3am, I was up feeling well rested and refreshed at 9am, but it gave me time to channel hop which I haven’t really done much of in the past few weeks. It is interesting to see how the channel lineup differs in the daylight from what we see in the late night/early morning hours. For the past couple of hours we have seen a channel in the #1 position that is a stream of a lifecaster sleeping, in the dark with a viewer count of 143 and some of the other usual suspects just behind — Melinus, Nekomimi_lisa, Ahhyeahforchrist, and the NakedCowboy. It’s quiet in most of the rooms.

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We talked about snow and the acorn situation this year in the room tonight. I am hoping for a GREAT snow season!

I don’t tune into the Cowboy, but in the interest of looking for writing inspiration, I decided to click on his icon. He’s in the car eating what looks like a powerbar, stuck in traffic and drinking a coke. Nothing interesting there, but in chat, Bradman Live (mytwb) noted that he was tired of having 150 viewers watching him do nothing and although I can’t confirm, it looks as though maybe his viewers came in from some kind of media coverage. He made a comment about the “damn news stories.” In his own room he responded to a chatter asking why he has so many viewers to which he noted that they could be coming from the embedded stream on his website which is exactly what Michael told me makes up for the difference in Viewer count vs. numbers in site chat and IRC.

There have been questions about the legitimacy of the numbers around the network and now that I am a lifecaster with a horribly competitive streak, I watch channel placement very carefully, but this seems plausible to me. Hell, much more likely than Justopia scoring over 8000 votes in GGJeffy’s “Which Lifecaster would you most like to date” contest. Jeffy keeps telling me he has monitored the results and that they are legit, but come on — seriously?

Neat and Tidy

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I dropped into the Officecam and was surprised how organized, how neat and clean the place looked. Ok, so someone tell me, did they hire a cleaning service? I’m still not fond of the decor, but the fact that we have come from a total disaster area at Crystal Towers to this is pretty impressive in my book and now I have the compulsion to go clean my own house!

Indian Fare

I decided to make something that many people are not familiar with, at least in terms of preparing and cooking and that is Indian food. It’s a shame you can’t run a restaurant out of your home so I would have something to do with all the leftover food other than putting it in the freezer or having it for lunch the next day.

Rogan Josh

Rice Pilau

Peekers — thanks for having your coworkers tune in or watch the archives of this Indian feast. I was heartened to know that they thought I did a good job of it, especially since they are from India and know the food.

Next

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I talked about doing a “Dorm Room Cooking” broadcast and tonight Jeffy suggested I do a “Cooking Basics” broadcast. I think that is a great idea! So I will be putting that together. I am thinking of doing a dessert tomorrow evening, but haven’t settled it in my mind yet. I am still up at an ungodly hour, so it will depend on how things go.

Doing this stream is not as easy as waking up, rolling out of bed and turning on the camera.

Just What Kind of a Blog Has This Become?

Food and Lifecasting and JTV Info

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Today marks the 147th blog post since I began the JTV blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this so long and the evolution JTV has gone through, as I mentioned last night. I’m pondering something … what do you think will become of the network in the future? When the beta period is over and the site is released to the masses and swarms of channels go live, what can we expect? What we’ve seen of many channels is sometimes high on drama, sometimes low on content, sometimes impressive in their ability to attract viewers when there is no live video and at other times purely chat, often engaging sometimes shocking, frequently controversial and never world-ending.

There always seems to be something to write about though. People have asked or suggested I write about the controversy between the East Las Vegas channel and Tiffani’s channel. I’d rather not give the issue the time of day. Often, people are looking to call attention to themselves and being controversial, is the fuel that lights their fire. I don’t control JTV and the Fratboys will have to make the determination about what they want to allow to continue on their network. I can opt to tune in or not and I choose the NOT option. The best way to get rid of unsavory streams is to not watch them.

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Tonight we whipped up chicken parmesan, roasted garlic bread and a salad with a home made vinagrette. It was DElicious! We talked about balsamic vinegar, how it’s made, what constitutes a legitimate balsamic vinegar — you know, the expensive kind from Modena, Italy — and how I don’t have any of the Tradazionale left, so I am forced to use the US produced imitations. It looks and feels like the real thing, but it’s missing the depth of the real thing. It was fun.

Watching

Since leaving for my trip last week I haven’t spent much time watching other streams, but plan to spend time viewing tomorrow. I’d like to see what’s going on around the network — I feel like I’ve been missing a lot and you know how I feel about missing things! 🙂 My curious self is not used to missing anything that happens around JTV-land so I’ve got to get busy catching up. I have noticed that more and more regular viewers are popping up as lifecasters now and it will be interesting to see what they have to show us. Anything is better than a 20 year old chatting and hoping for donations. From what I see on the various donation widgets around here, no one is exactly raking in the dough. I can see a button if you have a worthwhile service or commodity on the block, but donations for financial help?

I just don’t see many being willing to help a digital friend, do you?

The Olden Days

Early JTV

After broadcasting a delicious dinner tonight of Chicken with Garlic and Lemons, Zucchini and Feta Fritters and Red Velvet Cake, we finished up the broadcast with a little chat. It was a quiet night on JTV and I called it an early night. Later I did a little channel wandering and in Jeffy’s room people were reminiscing about the “old days’ at JTV. We talked about how we miss the Crystal Towers apartment, the days of watching Justin and the boys in a restaurant and viewers showing up in person or calling, Jeffy showing up with soap for Justin, the “awesome date” with Christa, some of the long lost viewers and more. Today’s JTV is an evolution of the olden days and while some people seem to miss those days, I like change and I like progression, so moving on does not upset me, rather, it makes me excited for the future.

New Lifecasters and Drama

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I little while ago I was watching the drama between Tiffani and East Coast Vegas and all I can say is, WOW. One going after the other, inappropriate content, nasty talk, and more. I don’t know what possesses people, but the world is made up of a whole lot of different types. I am just glad I don’t have to be friends with them all, nor do I have to watch their channels.

Speaking of channels … the fall television season began in earnest today and I watched absolutely nothing! Nada! Zip! Zilch! I hope that I revive my interest in TV to at least watch House and ER, but we’ll see. Either that or my DVR will be maxed out in no time.

FoodTV

I have to say, I am having a blast broadcasting. It takes a long time to prepare for and it affords me little time to hang out in the rooms with my 2D friends, so I need to put some time management into this whole thing so that I don’t lose touch with my friends. That has been the whole reason I have stuck around so long so I need to work on it. I was watching a highlight of tonight’s broadcast and while I think it was better than I thought in terms of what can be seen on cam, I don’t like watching myself! I am pleased that my voice does not bother me though. I never liked listening to myself … I think many people feel like that about their voices, but it’s not as horrible as I thought. I am still very surprised how well the laptop’s mic does though.

I have a busy day in the real world tomorrow, so I am going to have to cut this short. I was not going to cook tomorrow night, but if I get home from my day out and haven’t had dinner, I will likely make something. I was thinking of chicken or eggplant parmesan, but it will all depend on how the day goes.

Returning Home, Popularity Contests and Cool New Justopia Live Features on the Horizon

Home Again

Fideos is given it’s amber hue from both the saffron and the chorizo

I arrived back in DC right on time, got in the car, 20 minutes later was parked in the garage and schlepping my bags up to my home, sweet home. And it felt wonderful to be here! The house was clean, the requisite 64 degrees and felt just as it should … like home.

I took the stuff out of the suitcase, pulled the laptop out, plugged in and was online and seeing what JTV had on offer this afternoon. I had somewhat promised a Red Velvet Cake, so I had to make a list and get to to the grocery store and back in time to begin broadcasting and cooking. I decided to make Fideos as well for my dinner. I had never had either, but they both looked good, so I rushed off to the market, picked up what I needed and was online streaming live video by 5:03pm EDT.

I began broadcasting and my wonderful 2D friends began appearing in the room and it became the Justopia_live we have come to know. I was trying to hold out for a Spookygrl appearance since the Red Velvet Cake is her favorite (and we learned tonight that it’s a number of Justopia_live fan’s favorite cake or dessert as well. Right at the appointed time, the time I posted in the schedule on the channel our Spookygrl showed up eager to get the spooky cake started.

Zucchini Feta Fritters

We cooked, we chatted, we did dishes and cleaned up. It was another productive evening. At the very end of the broadcast, I did a Skype call in event. I wanted to see how it would work and it seemed to work well. I need to get some equipment in my endeavors to make this broadcast as smooth, clear and interactive as possible. That means a wireless headset, a better camera and some mobile equipment.

One step at a time.

What Makes a Channel Popular?

I was surprised to see that the Ashley Marie highlight about the GGJeffy poll had 582 hits. I am not a big highlights or archives watcher, and don’t pay much attention to the stats related to these things, but it has now sparked my curiosity. I am now even more interested in the phenomenon of the JTV viewer psyche, mine included of course, to say nothing of the lifecaster psyche.

With all the nubile young 20 year old college coeds running around the Directory, I’d like to see just one of them do a study on what makes up the JTV demographics, why do people decide to lifecast, what is a lifecaster looking to take away from his/her lifecasting experience and more. It seems to me this would make one hell of a Masters or better yet, a doctoral thesis. I bet there’d be plenty of us interested in reading the findings and I would be there’s a pretty interesting book in there somewhere.

I bet there is even a sitcom or a movie in there if it’s done well.

Broadcasting

I know this is not FoodTV or Fine Living, but I’d like to make the stream as professional as possible, but with the same “homey” tenor. So, with the help of a really hard-working, dedicated to the cause friend, we are working on some major improvements to Justopia_live! I am not going to spill the beans just yet, but you can look forward to a more interactive, more technically sound broadcast in the near future.  In the meantime we march forward and I am looking for a good dinner tomorrow evening.

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Imagine how fun and interesting JTV could be if we could see more people doing things that interest people.  I was thinking about an endless list of possibilities — dog trainers and instruction in all kinds of sports … swimming and tennis and golf and the list goes on.   We met a great newcomer today — KittensandBunnies.  She is a wedding photographer and may already be addicted to JTV.  🙂  I would love to go on some of her jobs and to learn to take better photos.

I know many have commented on the state of affairs with JTV and the caliber of new lifecasters, but I have not taken much time in the past 2 weeks since launching my own channel and going out of town for a week to really dig in and see what’s going on.  I know that the Dealer channel is staying on top when he’s broadcasting, but I’ve only been in his room for a total of 15 minutes in the past couple of days, so I can’t determine what it is that’s drawing viewers.  People have told me he is very interactive with his viewers and does goofy things and others have mentioned that he interacts with the “Shoe on Head” eBaum viewers, but I will have to spend more time in there to form my own opinion.

 Final Note

Remember, if there is a dish or a type of food you’d like to see prepared on Justopia_live, please send mail to citizen.of.justopia@gmail.com and I will put it on the list/calendar.

Age, Quiet JTV Weekend, a Word from Dad and Justopia’s Imminent Return

NOTE: For those of you asking, I will be returning home tomorrow evening. I plan to be online live just as soon as I unpack, put some laundry in and power up the laptop! I am really very excited to get back to my “normal” JTV life! This walking on eggshells thing all week as been difficult, to say the least.

Do I Care?

To go with bagels, bialys, lox, cream cheese, kippured salmon, herring salad, and more

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau

It looks like GGJeffy’s poll caused a little stir with fellow poll choices. Ashley and Amber were not thrilled with the results of the poll, or perhaps the poll in general and the banner pointed to a link in the archives to their response to the poll.

I poked my head into JTV for a few minutes this afternoon between breaking the fast and watching a movie — The Seventh Seal. Wow, what a tough movie to sit through — an Ingmar Bergman movie in Swedish with subtitles. I am still not sure I “get it.” Anyway, when I logged on, I first checked the blog and there were a couple of interesting things. I was on the front page of WordPress again, which makes me happy, although again, it did not bring in many more hits. And there was a comment about the Dealer channel being competition for Justopia_live. Between being called an “old lady” and having sudden competition, I was feeling a bit unsettled.

A Challenger?

I received mail and a comment on the blog about the Dealer Channel and my new “competition.” As my wingman always says — “I ain’t scared.”

Always Room for Dessert — (purchased)

I checked into the Dealer’s channel and he was in a nice kitchen on the phone and cooking what people in chat said was macaroni and cheese. I did not have sound, but he had over 80 viewers and some were going a bit nuts about his culinary skills. I tried to suggest he make a béchamel sauce, that this is the only way to keep the cheese from seizing up. But I don’t think I made any headway and I was busy so I left. I think I will make Mac n’ Cheese for the show one night this coming week. It seems to be a dish most people enjoy and rather than that horrid “orange powder” stuff, we will create something with some pop, a bit out of the ordinary, but starting with the basic recipe so people understand just how it’s put together and how easy it is.

I just checked into his channel again and he’s still got a lot of viewers and is chatting with them. He smiles, engages viewers and seems to have fun. But competition? Stick with me, and I promise you in the days to come you will see great things coming from my kitchen. 🙂

Parent’s Advice

My father once told me that the only way to make money in this country was to sell something. I thought he was correct then, and still think he’s correct, but although I have always been very good at selling, I have to really believe in a product to push it. Well, today he took me by surprise. We were sitting around the holiday table talking about a variety of things; The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The View, Ellen, and Oprah and he piped up and said, “You have to be on television to make any money now. People think any schmuck on TV is important and it works!” I was about to open my mouth and disclose to the 5 people at the table with me (all family) all the details of my JTV life, but I took a deep breath, put a little more kippered salmon on my plate and shut myself up with food.

Whew! Close call!

Notes on a Scandal and a Few Hanging Chads

The Blogosphere

It’s mum season again — gotta love Fall!

I clicked on a link on the front page of WordPress this morning. It was listed in the Food category and was nominated for the Blogger’s Choice Awards which makes me wonder … how many people, including bloggers know about these or any other blogger awards events? How do people make it to any kind of recognition? Is it by happenstance or do they recruit people to “vote them up?”

Dad hard at work — grillage

It seems to be similar to what is happening on GGJeffy’s poling site — the Which JTV Lifecaster Would You Most Like to Date poll. Now ok, I will admit that I probably fare pretty well in the, can someone here please say something of substance category in comparison to a lot of what we see and hear on the channels, but clearly someone or some people are exploiting the ability to go in and vote as many times as they see fit. I have a list of suspects and I’d imagine they are giggling about it as you read. It’s pretty humorous if you ask me. I can’t say it feels bad to be so far ahead in the polls really. It’s actually quite fun.

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Undeniably, good food presentation runs in the family

Clearly iJustine beats out all other lifecasters on JTV, yet I received the most votes? Does anyone smell a duplicate voting scandal?  Does it sound remotely reminiscent of any recent Presidential elections?  😉

Heading Home

I am due to get on a train on Sunday morning and be back in DC by the afternoon.  I will need to get back out to the ‘burbs, but figure I will be unpacked, perched on the couch or at the desk with my laptop in my lap and ready to “see” my 2D friends again!  It won’t be long now.

No Writing Leads to Spam

Holiday

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I’ve been in Jersey exactly 2 days now and while it’s quiet and peaceful, I am anxious to get home. I miss my routine, or lack thereof and the comforts of home. I also miss the inspiration to write that JTV provides me. I went to bed last night after a brief, silent rocking chair broadcast. It couldn’t have been very exciting for viewers though, although some did make a game of it by trying to get me to laugh out loud and wake up my parents. At about the time I thought I’d write something to post, I heard someone up and about and thought that seeing my light on at 1:59am would cause too many questions in the morning, so I shut down without a post for what is probably the 3rd or 4th time since I began this blog.

Having not watched for any measurable time since Monday, it’s tough to say much, but I did log on tonight to email and IM’s telling me about a few lifecasters and their antics; one allegedly doing meth (justintv/itessa) on cam and one that I was totally repulsed by (justin.tv/badboyjosh321)the night he launched who appears to have returned and caused a stir among viewers.

Food

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I have been missing the opportunity to cook for all of you.  I am thinking about what I will cook on Monday however.  I am scheduled to return home on Sunday evening, so it will have to wait until Monday, but I will attempt to use the Schedule Widget on the channel page to let you know what time and what we will be cooking.

Get your utensils, pots and pans ready!

Shhhhh…. It’s a Secret! a Mention of Outrageous iPhone Bills and a Thank You to the JTV Team

Note: Although I mentioned in the channel yesterday that I was going to be traveling and not very well connected this week, I noticed people were looking for me when I scanned chat. I did launch the stream tonight for a few minutes, but I am holed up in my old room and something about being in bed reminded me of other Lifecasters looking for donations, so I didn’t let anyone know I was on and shut down almost immediately. I may broadcast on Friday afternoon from my friend’s house, but I can’t make any promises. I will try to write a little each night, but I will have to watch the time. It’s not like my normal JTV life — stay up almost all night (or all night on some occasion) and wake up in the late morning. That just would not fly here.

I do have one important question — at what point does a person cease to be a child? It’s ok, being cared for once in a while is good for the soul.

Double Life

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I am sitting here squirreled away in my childhood bedroom in Jersey at midnight surfing JTV and trying like mad to type quietly enough so that I don’t draw attention to the fact that I am up and online at this hour. While this is extremely early for me, it’s totally out of the ordinary here. I suppose if I were 78 years old, I would want to go to bed before 3am every night too.

So far, I have managed to keep my JTV life mine, but I had a bit of a scare at dinner. We were talking about current events and politics and well, just normal things I have not had much occasion to chat about with people in recent months and the conversation turned direction. As we were wrapping up our conversation about the sorry state of US economic affairs and the Fed’s drop on interest rates, dad turns to me and says, “Have you read about all those people with extremely high iPhone bills,” with a smirk on his face. Oh god! No! Not the 300 page iPhone bill and iJustine?? I totally expected him to mention her and was attempting to formulate a response so I could have the right look on my face. That total look of surprised uncertainty about what someone is telling you. But I didn’t have to feign ignorance. I was spared, thank goodness!

Broadcaster News

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I received the all new Broadcaster Newsletter today and was pleasantly surprised to see a Justopia_live mention. The piece points to the Justopia_Live channel and the Living the Justopian Life Blog. They wrote a very nice intro, although I do get the feeling they might have been holding back a little bit and I can’t say I’d have blamed them if they wrote what they really think.

It’s a shame it came out this week while I am away, not very well connected and absent from broadcasting while I play daughter in my parent’s home. 😉

The newsletter has a cool forwarding feature as well which seems like a great way to get the word out about JTV. Now, if I could only let my little secret out! I’d have a ton of people to forward the newsletter to and we’d see a whole new group of viewers and potential casters.

Maybe one day…

Preparing to Travel and Cooking for the Channel

Overextended

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I tend to do that. I said I would make chocolate chip cookies today. Then I said I would make dinner. I took out short ribs for dinner and when I was at the store saw two beautiful lamb shanks and all of the sudden felt like having that for dinner instead. So … I was in a predicament. I had to cook off the ribs. They would not last out the week until I return from my trip which meant I ended up making two rather involved dishes — on camera.

I set up the laptop in the kitchen, but did not put the time into pre-prep like I did last night, so it was not as smooth, but there sure was a lot of cooking going on!  And it went on for hours. We cooked, we chatted, I answered food-related questions, the gang was in the room in force and the MOD SQUAD kept the trouble makers at bay. I am lucky to have such kind and decent 2D friends.

The interesting to see is the amount of repeat visitors to the channel. It makes things fun and interesting.

Evolution

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What I see happening that distresses me somewhat however, is the change in what I am doing in terms of my interaction with JTV. I worried about this and it’s happening. I am spending so little time watching other channels that I am running out of JTV information to write about. I have no idea what’s going on with Justin or in the office and while I do hear about things happening, I am not really clued into any one thing and it makes me feel badly, but also leaves me a bit light on things to write about other than what goes on in my life, and I don’t think that’s what people are coming here to read about. So…I will have to spend time watching things around the network again.

Network Stability and a WWE Broadcast

I was on for 6 – 7 hours today and noticed no problems with the broadcast. A few people said it was choppy from time to time, but most reported no issues. Without the WWE channel or the Jonas Brothers, things were relatively smooth all the way around. Speaking of the WWE channel. Did you tune into it last night? I am still trying to figure out how a kid (I think he was a minor) could sit in his room and broadcast a show that people were paying good money for. There were thousands of people tuned in to watch it. Now, the quality was worthless, but thousands and thousands were in that channel. It was even moderated at times by one of the fratboys or another. Did JTV work out a deal with WWE or was this done on the sly? I didn’t hear it for myself, but I suppose it’s in the archives, but someone told me that his mom came in and yelled at him. I wonder if she knew exactly what he was doing, or if he was in trouble for something else? 🙂

Vacation

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It’s time for me to head up to see family for a few days, so I won’t be doing much tuning in, broadcasting, chatting or blogging until Sunday evening. I do plan to get this article about GI Joe/joeiniraq completed and to have my friend begin editing for me so I can get it submitted to a few news outlets and/or magazines. The time away from JTV will give me the “freedom” to get that done. I will check in when I can, most likely late at night and see what’s going on. I won’t be blogging, although I would imagine I will post a bit here and there, but I won’t have any JTV interactions to rant about.

Ahhh… the stress of not being able to tune into JTV — I thought vacations were supposed to be relaxing?!

I Blew It!

Emmy’s

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What a kitchen! Viking appliances, counter space to die for! Don’t cabinetry is not my cup of tea, but I can deal with it if I can have the appliances and countertop. Imagine if Justopia_live was coming to you from this kitchen!!!!

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I have not had any interest in TV for months. I have been far too engrossed in the day to day goings on with JTV to pay attention to what goes on in the “real world” of television, it just doesn’t hold my attention any longer. I would imagine most of that is a self-imposed, but not purposeful attention deficit disorder due to the inability to master such intense multitasking between JTV, other online services, writing and lifecasting. I knew the Emmy’s were on tonight and I usually like to watch. I have been such a TV watcher and like to see everything that goes with this particular awards show, but I decided I could not pay attention and lifecast. Well, what a mistake! I am happy I was streaming, but I should have turned on the tube. Jon Stewart was hosting. I had totally forgotten. I even asked who was hosting but no one responded. I LOVE Jon Stewart and that will be one show that won’t be repeated like most others are.

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This is one incredible condo. It’s fun to look

The other thing is my sister and my mom will ask what I thought of the show and I am going to have to think of something to say! I might pull the — i needed to go to sleep early — wasn’t feeling up to par — card on this one. The tangled web I am leading gets more and more complicated.

Out and About

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Hell, the condo it only $2.9 mill … I think I’ll purchase TWO!

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And oh wow, the views! This was from the guest room! You can see the tower at Dulles International. I can see it from my place, but I have to go to the very end of the balcony and crane my neck.

I met a friend for breakfast this morning. It was another glorious day and I did not have a problem leaving JTV. I was however, excited to get back to my paramour and to “meet” up with my 2D friends. We took a walk and we stopped into the open house that was in progress at the new condo facility across the street. I knew it was going to be great from what I’d read about it and from their website and email I’ve received, but all I can say is W O W — and we’re not talking warcraft here!

Cooking

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I came home and decided to make Thai Shrimp Curry and rice for dinner — for the stream. It was a very easy, very quick recipe and it came out great. Lots of questions were asked again to night and it made for a fun, interactive session. I ate, we talked (with the camera pointed to something other than me eating) and did the dishes after. It was a very easy meal to clean up after, but it’s always nice to have people to chat with while you’re up to your elbows in soap and water.

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Tomorrow night I am making a recipe that sderkins sent to me. I asked for recipe suggestions at my Citizen.of.Justopia@gmail address and received this one,but it looks good, so this is what I will make. Of course, I may just wake up with a totally different feeling. I may wake up, see something on TV or go to the market and see something that inspires me and have to change the menu. For now I will plan to make beef ribs with leek sauce. Yummo! Ok, I said it! It’s the only thing of Rachael Ray’s silliness that I like.

Well, I HATE to admit it, but I am so tired I am falling asleep at the keyboard here, so I am going to end here. Another great JTV day!

Viewership Skyrockets, the Network Falters and a New Lifecaster Reaching Out for Help

Music

The boy band brought the viewers in by the thousands. At one point when I looked up at the viewer count, I saw that over 14,000 viewers were on the network! Yes, I said over 14,000!!!! This is not a small number in JTV land. As I recall, the last time I saw them make an appearance it topped 6,000, so their marketing machine is doing a great job getting people in to watch. I did not go in there. I was too preoccupied with what was going on in my own channel. I can multitask with the best of them — carry on 4 IRC channels and a stream and IM with 1 or 2 people on the outside as well as a PM or two, but paying attention in my own channel to chat is about all I can do, especially if I am cooking or reading or doing something similar.

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Not a pretty sight when trying to tune in tonight 😦

I have not mastered the art of giving my full attention to the room and carrying on other conversations. Anyway, that is a bit of an oxymoron. How can I be giving my full attention to anything while doing something else?! 🙂 At times today, chat was flying pretty fast and I had a hard enough time following topics of conversation and forget it if someone throws a link in the room — LOL. While I don’t often click on links anyway unless they are from YouTube or MySpace or some other address that I can trust, going outside of JTV, even for a minute when I’m broadcasting flustered me. So, for all the ability I thought I had when it comes to multitasking, scratch that! LOL

Tonight was fun. I did not cook. I was planning to bake another batch of cookies to pack in Joe’s care package, but I decided that I would wait until tomorrow because I can’t send the box until Monday anyway and since they are going to be getting a bit stale I thought I’d save the freshness one more day. One glimmer of intelligence today — whew!

I am assuming the preparation for, and the eventual onslaught of viewers causes major technology headaches for viewers and lifecasters. I would imagine the guys in the fratcave were frustrated as well. It was challenging getting on and staying on, but people kept coming back. Most seemed to hang in IRC until the streams came back up.

Visibility and Food

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I’m thinking about cooking a Moroccan tagine tomorrow or possibly a Tunisian tagine — inspired by another viewer — ack! Another name I can’t recall. I told you I would struggle with names! Sorry!!!!

It’s interesting — I was up in the top 1 to 4 slots on the icon bar most of the time I was streaming tonight. At one point I think I saw close to 70 viewers hanging out in Justopia. A few Jonas Brothers fans popped in and out and a few people with nothing nice to say came through as well, but in general it was people that wanted to hang out and a lot that wanted to talk food. I am going to have to rework the profile and channel design (if I can figure out how!) to reflect the fact that while the channel is not entirely food centric, that it is going to be a big part of things.

As I mentioned yesterday, I cooked up a storm live yesterday and even had people make what I demonstrated and say it turned out GREAT, but oh my gosh, it’s nearly 2am and I can’t remember who it was that told me this. I will find out tomorrow and give her a mention. Jandaman asked for an idea and a recipe for dinner. He said he was going to the market and wanted an idea for chicken. I asked if he was in the mood for Thai and he thought it was a good idea so I gave him a recipe and sent him to the store. I didn’t stay on long enough to find out the results, but I hope it turned out ok. I made it up and tried to visualize the ingredients and measurements on the fly. I am crossing my fingers.

Someone suggested I post a schedule for what I will be cooking with recipes so that they can follow along while I am cooking. I think that is a GREAT idea! I usually don’t know what I am going to make until I wake up in the morning — like writing, I need to be inspired, but I can change. 🙂

Information

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Made it to the front page of WordPress again the other day! I just need to get to the top box and I will be very happy.

I get the typical, How old are you, Do you have a job, Are you married, Do you have kids, Where do you live questions, but many also ask Why I cook so much or What am I going to cook next or When am I going to cook. I think I will post something in the profile so that people know what to expect. Maybe I can ward off some of the not so nice questions as well that way. It’s worth a try.

I am off to the real world in the morning — coffee with a friend and a walk in the beautiful fall-like fresh air. I am going to take a camera with me to see if I can shoot something that I can use for the blog. I am so out of photos at this point. I will ned to spend time uploading photos that I put onto disk last year as well so that I don’t have to continue recycling photos.

Note: There is a channel that went up yesterday, not long after I launched. The lifecaster, Alin Steglowsky (I think I got that right — I’ve attempted to tune into his channel for a bit before going to bed and can’t get connected) is looking for financial help in order to pay for a motorized wheel chair. The channel name is Powerchair-Caster. I’ve been asked to put up a donate button on my page, but since I haven’t spent any real time in his channel yet, I’d rather wait. I don’t want to push people to something that I am not well versed in. Alin was in my channel early on yesterday and he was very sweet, but I just haven’t gotten to really know him yet however, you can check out the channel at the link above. He’s posted a link to his site where he details his challenges.

Lifecasting on JTV, Day 1 Summary — Justopia_Live Launches

The Leap, the Jump, the Plunge

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Iguazu Falls — Argentina, 2006

It was a good day! As you read yesterday, I received my JTV code late last night, before falling into bed. I was hesitant. I wanted to get the channel launched with just the right title, get the profile written, and just generally get prepared to cast.

I launched and had some issues, but made it online and didn’t stop streaming for about 11 hours. I did take a 1 hour break to chill and craft a quick profile and take care of a few things around the house, but was back online before I knew it.

I noticed all but one of the JTV crew checking into the room. Jacob was the first to stop by and eventually, I noticed everyone but Justin in to take a peek. Those that stopped long enough to chat had nice words to say or helpful information and I think the group was glad to see them all.

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Busy morning

Things were smooth. I can’t say I have any complaints. At one point I lost all internet connectivity, but with some restarting of the modem and router, I was back in action and the people that were in the room seemed to wait — to not give up. I heard from people that were watching that the video quality was really great which is good to hear. I still want to get a better camera so that I don’t have to be adjusting the laptop cover constantly to give the viewers the best possible view of what is going on, especially since I spend so much time in the kitchen and try to keep the laptop from getting destroyed with water and food.

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Anthony’s big research project 🙂

I took people on a tour of the kitchen and it was quite funny because iTed was in there and he kept throwing out questions about the contents of my kitchen cabinets since I gave him such a hard time about his cabinets and things like motor oil next to the canned hot dogs and cat food. However, iTed is no match to my obsessive behavior and the neatly stacked dishes and spices and other things one keeps in a kitchen.

It was enlightening to see how many of my 2D friends came running when the channel went live and what great help and support they were offering. I think I have the most mod-heavy room on the network, with the exception of Lisa. The good news is that there were not many instances in which kicks or bans were needed, at least not in comparison to some rooms. Thanks to everyone for their support and assistance!! It is greatly appreciated.

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Guards at Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2006

Food.tv

I cooked. I cleaned. I cooked some more. I cleaned some more and then one last time, I cooked and cleaned again! I was prodded into making dessert and since that’s the last thing I need to be eating, especially at midnight, I decided to bake up some cookies to send in the care package to GI Joe. I plan to head to the post office tomorrow to send out the goodies.

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Made it to the top

It was exhausting, but I look forward to doing it again. I am not going to be able to cook everyday, that would wear me out, but I will try to do it a few times a week And … I am going to need to limit my broadcasting time so that I can write. I tonight’s post is going to be another weak one, but I’ve been at it for 16 hours now and need to log off and get to bed. Spending the entire day in my own channel has left me without a ton to say and we can’t have that now, can we?!!

New Channels

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Colonia, Uruguay, 2006

I took a quick browse around the icon bar and in the directory and noticed a ton of new channels and what struck me is what others are talking about lately as well — a lot of young females with great headshots (or more) and profiles that talk about the need for money. Anthony of Quintano_media did a little experiment today. He put up a, “Taking a Shower” message in front of the camera and his viewership stayed the same or went up a few heads. What is that telling us — that people tune in hoping to see someone make a mistake and flash the camera?

Speaking of flashing … one of the channels, Jason (something — I didn’t bother to pay attention and am too damn tired to check the huge directory for it)

Is This Any Way to Begin the New Year?

 NOTE!!  I posted this entry and less than 5 minutes later logged into my AOL account to find my beta code!  Timing is everything.  I was going to throw caution to the wind and open the channel but … yeah, big but … you can’t use an existing name so I need to sleep on that and come up with something clever, interesting, more meaningful than a lot of what I see in the directory now and I need to line up some Mods.  I suspect there won’t be any reason to think I will make it to the icon bar so there won’t be lots of people coming around causing trouble, but it’s better to be prepared.  I am going to try to get up and running tomorrow.  The following blog entry is pretty much a moot point now.  I wonder how I will cast and blog?!  That is the big question that’s kept me from doing this any sooner.

It’s late and I got a very late start today, so forgive me, but this is going to be a very short and to the point post.

Code

I think I am being punished! I applied for a beta code to launch a channel on JTV a few days ago, yet have received nothing. Now, while I have declined offers from our friendly fratboys a few times, having finally made the leap and applied, I am ready to get this thing going. Not having received a code makes me a bit nuts.

A few of you read yesterday’s post and thought I was going to be live today, but alas, I was relegated to Stickam, which continues to frustrate me. The audio situation is enough to throw me over the edge from time to time while we are all streaming. I, as you know, have an issue with holding my tongue and with the lag in Stickam and people talking over each other I tend to get quite snarky from time to time.

This week marks a new year on the Jewish calendar — the year 5768 — and I am hoping for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous one! I could use it.

Traveling

I will be heading up to Jersey to spend time with my family for Yom Kippur and won’t have the opportunity to get online much. I don’t know how I will cope without my 2D JTV friends, but I will do my best. I don’t expect to be blogging much, if at all and will be in the rooms even less. 😦 I was thinking of reaching out to Lisa to see if she wants to grab a cup of coffee one day if I go into the city. I am hoping to find a writer’s workshop while I’m up there as well, preferably at NYU, but I will find nothing if I don’t spend some time off JTV tomorrow and make plans.

Maybe my code will arrive in my mailbox tomorrow. 🙂