A Son Comes Calling

Who is this Dude?


And to protect his privacy, that’s what we shall call him — Dude. He’s my youngest son and he is here for the weekend. So tonight he was my sous chef, and a fine one at that. I had prepped most of our dinner prior to heading to the airport so that when we got home we only had to put the lasagna together, prepare the salad and spread the roasted garlic on the thinly sliced bread with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. We were prepared for a DEElicious dinner!

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Games on JTV and Evolution

Housekeeping: It was brought to my attention (again) that the blog is just too large — that it takes far too long to load the page with all the huge .jpgs, so I have decided to use thumbnails and I am attempting to use the “more” feature as well. What should happen is after the first paragraph a “Continue Reading” link will take you to the rest of the article. I’m hoping this works. And … if you click on an image you’ll get the larger, easier to see photo.
Last night we made Rao’s smooth marinara sauce and pasta with sausage and a wonderful tomato and olive salad
I tuned in during late afternoon today and noticed that the top 2 channels were broadcasting soccer matches and the total live viewers combined equaled 20% of the total viewers across the network.
I am not sure if this is the wave of the JTV future, but it continues to make me wonder. How do these channels rebroadcast these shows. Is it permitted? There are channels that broadcast television series on other nights and no one seems to have a problem with it. I talked about it during the night of the Superbowl. I was confused as to why someone would want to watch live streaming video of a live sports show with terrible resolution and at times choppy sound?
It just doesn’t make sense to me. Why would someone watch a television drama on their computer whenthey could turn on the TV and watch? There may be very logical answers. Someone is at work and does not have television access. Someone lives overseas and does not have the opportunity to watch the Superbowl live, but rather has to wait until the next morning to see it in rerun or like in th case of the Philippines, those of us that were interested in Sunday or Monday night football could watch live with Japanese color and play-by-play.
For some that was good enough, but for real fanatics they wanted their US broadcast as it was happening and at the time there was no such thing as Slingbox so they were out of luck. With JTV they could have had at least the Superbowl delivered via this medium and have been happy, no matter the quality.

Tonight we made Panko and Coconut Shrimp, Soba Noodles with Dashi Broth and Stir Fried Broccoli
So this got me to thinking about how far we’ve evolved in just my lifetime. It was accentuated during the broadcast tonight when some younger viewers were in the room using terms most of us were unfamiliar with — Sketch and Dank to name a couple. Those two words have very familiar definitions, but apparently not the definitions I am familiar with.
After referring to Urbandictionary.com I found that the definitions that were given to us in the chat room were not quite on the mark. Sketch seems to have about the same meaning as I thought — I use the termSketchy and I use it to describe people or things of a dubious nature which is basically how the Urban Dictionary defines the word.
It’s the way it’s used in a sentence — grammatically — that seems to differ. Dank is not close at all to the way they defined it. It’s apparently a term to describe potent weed/marijuana. That is not what our language tutors described to us tonight.
Nevertheless, it just shows me that things are changing. We saw it when I was a kid. The beatnik lexicon took root and words like Cool and Daddio became common, everyday household words. Words we came to expect and some of which we still use today, even if some of it is spelled differently — kewl = cool.
I’ve learned new terms during my 11 month tenure at JTV, like holla and hella and I have caught myself almost using them on more than one occasion out in the real world, but luckily I caught myself before the the words had a chance to escape!I was thinking about it just the other day as a matter of fact, and I have come to the conclusion that this is all just a part of the natural course of evolution. Things change, we move on and we take the new stuff with us and over time it becomes part of the woodwork.It all became very apparent when the words Fax and FedEx became verbs.

Best Day on JTV Ever



Justin.tv Traffic Report

I hadn’t planned on writing anything tonight, but as I was preparing to shut down the computer as the Academy Awards show was wrapping up when I spotted a familiar icon in the #1 place on the channel bar. It was Justin’s channel. I dropped in and there he was with about 160 viewers chatting away. I hung around for about an hour as he talked with viewers and Michael chatted from another machine. The room was moving fast and Justin seemed rater animated and Michael seemed to be in positive spirits from a computer off camera.

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Is it Possible?



It was a South Indian Cuisine Night at Justopia.com

I had a thought about EastCoastVegas’ disappearance from the network which turned into a scenario which I am pretty sure is going to answer all the questions the millions of people who have been so miserable and distraught over the fact that he hasn’t been seen broadcasting since his trip to San Francisco some time ago have been asking.

I thought I’d share it with you and I’d love it if you’d leave a comment when you’re done reading. I want to know if I am the only one that thinks this theory has merit.

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The Jonas Brothers are Taking Over Again

Fan Channels


It was Mile High Chimichanga Torta night. I got a little carried away with the guacamole — eek!

I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks that many of the icons on the channel bar are girls. Yes, girls. Not young women, but minor females. When I drop into one of these rooms I see a girl or two all giggly and being, well, teenagers. That’s what teenage girls do. Or at least that’s how I remember it.

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Maybe it Needed the Exclamation Point? live.yahoo!.com


After reading the justintvgossip blog I took another trip to live.yahoo.com to see what was going on and to see if I could find Bradman since yourstruly was unable to. As I mentioned in a recent post, I set up a channel there myself a few days ago. It was easy to set up and to broadcast, but after about 30 seconds of trying it out I was done. I like to see and try everything new, but it held no real attraction for me. I’ve got justopia.com and I’m very happy there, thank you very much.

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Who Let the Curls Out?!

Who is That Woman?
Just a brief upload for my justopia.com fans! 🙂


We were talking about my scheduled “Day of Beauty” at the hair salon tomorrow and a new regular to Justopia.com, NewYorkState asked if I would mind some hair tips from a professional in the biz. I of course responded that I would love suggestions and said that I have über curly hair and that I only let it out once since I’ve been broadcasting because the consensus was that it was not so attractive, but that I have an old shot of me with curly hair on the hard drive and that I’d post it here for the room to look at.

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