“Maintaining” the Peace

Thanks

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A view of the Washington Monument as seen from the WWII Memorial

I’d like to start off tonight with a thanks to all of the men and women for the sacrifices made in service to our country. In observance of Veterans Day, I’d like to mention a lifecaster that we haven’t seen or heard from in a while. GIJoe. The soldier stationed somewhere in Iraq was a popular JTV channel. His contagious smile, obvious enjoyment with connecting to people at home and having JTV to help break up the time away from friends and family seemed to be something that both broadcaster and viewer enjoyed. We haven’t seen Joe in a couple of months, but I have heard from him on a couple of occasions since and the last I heard from him he seemed to be safe and sound.

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WWII Memorial view toward the Linconln Memorial

We have a number of spouses, family members or partners lifecasting and others that tune in to watch various channels while their spouses or family members are stationed far from home. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you enjoy most about JTV in relation to the separation from your loved one(s) in military service to our nation. Let us know what’s good, what’s bad, what you’d like to see improved upon and what’s just right.

Thanks!

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I’d like to make note of the fact that yesterday was the the 2nd time without notice that I did not post. I attempted to sit down and write a short piece, but I could not keep my eyes open. Sleep won. Remember, if I do not post, there are over 185 earlier posts and if you haven’t read up lately, it might be nostalgic and fun to flip to the early pieces and recall, “The olden days,” of JTV.

Blogging a Message

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Meatoaf Topped with Parmesan Cheese Potatoes

The JTV blog page is useful for finding out information about the network, but there varied resources for getting the word out to JTV viewers and broadcasters that have not been tapped yet. I received a Tweet just a short while ago from a JTV viewer that was distressed that he could not access the site this morning. This was his message: Something is wrong with jtv and I feel lost! Is this normal?! =P I’ve gotten into the habit of checking the JTV blog, but many don’t even realize it exists. I had forgotten that a message had been posted at 3:00 yesterday afternoon noting a 4 hour maintenance window today. Had Chris been aware, his Tweet would probably have been a bit different. It might have looked like this: 4 hours without JTV?! Now where’d I put the Television remote? Or maybe he would have given up all digital communication, either incoming or outgoing, for the afternoon. It’s tough for me to say, I don’t know Chris, he’s a lot of 1’s and 0’s to me, but socially, we know what each other is doing or thinking thanks to Twitter.

Could the team have redirected traffic to JTV to another page, maybe the front page — the Justin.tv page? You know, the coverflow page? Let me show you what it looks like. Oh but wait, I can’t…the site is down. In it’s place just head out to iTunes if you are not already familiar and you’ll know what I am referring to. Anyway, that would have calmed many frayed nerves of loyal fans that did not read the message about the site being down for a long period of time, right smack in the middle of the day (for many time zones).

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Potato-Topped Meatloaf, Steamed Broccoli and Tomato Wedges with Olive Oil and Lemon

Another method of communication would have been to send mail to the broadcasters. This way channel owners could have mentioned it when they were broadcasting and chatting with their viewers yesterday. Or possibly have put a message up on their channel for those that did not see it until hours after I finished up the show last night and of course, I rarely remember what I’ve said just 15 minutes ago, so it’s more than likely I would not have remembered.

Typical or Topical

In any event, this break has given me the opportunity to continue catching up on my new favorite television series, Mad Men on AMC. I know, I know, I’ve talked about this in previous blog posts, but I’m addicted. It’s a swell show. 😉 I’m up to the part where they are talking about the Kennedy – Nixon election and low and behold, I receive mail telling me that John Edwards is now following me on Twitter at twitter.com/justopia

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Chocolate Pecan Tart

Do you think he’s a JTV watcher? I suppose he’s after as many potential voters as possible. I just don’t know if I am going to be one, but it will be very interesting to see what kind of Tweets he, Elizabeth or his handlers send out. Can they keep their thoughts to 140 characters or less and keep it interesting?

Mashed Potato Topped Meatloaf

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Meatloaf

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • 2 egg
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 4 thick strips mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Mashed potatoes with parmesan cheese

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk or cream (chicken stock can be substituted to reduce fat content)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and white pepper to taste

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Boil potatoes until tender to the fork. Drain and return to the pot. Mash the potatoes and add butter and cream, stirring until combined. Stir in parmesan cheese, salt and white pepper. Set aside.

 

Meat Loaf

Mix the beef and pork in a bowl to combine taking care not to overwork. Add the bread crumbs and shallots and mix. Lightly whisk the eggs and add to the beef and bread crumb mixture taking care again not to overwork. Add mix in the salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

 

Press the mixture into the loaf pan(s) to fill 1/2 way. Add 1 strip of mozzarella cheese and 2 sage leaves at either end. Top the loaves to 3/4 full, covering the cheese completely. Add mashed potatoes to the top and sprinkle cayenne pepper for color. Bake in preheated 350º oven for 45 minutes, checking to ensure loaves are cooked through and potato mixture has browned.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m curious about how long jtv was actually out. My connection died suddenly shortly after 5 edt this (Sunday) morning and was down when I checked again at 3 or 4 this afternoon…it may have been on in the morning tho sounds like your twitter friend said it wasn’t. I finally got back on around 5 tonight….not that I’m addicted or anything!!!

  2. Hi Gemini,

    I am not sure of the correct answer really. I did not try to broadcast until 9pm, but did watch a few channels in the afternoon and in the early evening I could see what was up on the channel bar, but there were very few viewers and I had the feeling I was only able to see those because I had already been logged in and maybe they were in my cache. I made an attempt to see if I could broadcast just to prepare before I was scheduled to start cooking and at about 8:15 and that killed it. I was not able to see any channels after that failed attempt and at 9pm, when I was supposed to go “on air,” I could not. I went over to USTREAM and launched and about 10 minutes later JTV was back up and stable. So, I think JTV was simply not working, or not working properly — all day and into the night. 😦

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