Remembering Asia, a Helpful (hopefully) Clarification About JTV Viewer Counts and Tonight’s Recipe

Homesick

A Justopian Thai Shrimp Curry Original Creation Made in My New Calphalon Stir Fry. DEElicious!

Just when I think I will have nothing to write about I stumble across something too good to ignore.

I got home from a long 8.5 hour day at work today and powered up the computer to check mail and take a look in on JTV. I headed up to the Channel Bar and looked in on a few of channels in the #1 – 5 spaces. People playing video games, others sitting in front of their computer chatting, and then I found myself in the movie theater watching a very newly released movie, showing at an awkward angle with poor video and sound quality and only 18 others in the room with me. I am not at all interested in the genre of movie being shown but I was intrigued. I suddenly was reminded of my life in Asia where pirated movies could easily be purchased on the streets of Manila or Beijing or Bangalore for what amounted to less than a couple of dollars

For your 50 Philippine pesos, you could get a first run movie including audience members coughing, cell phones ringing, people getting up to go to the bathroom all in dismal quality. Wherever you go in some large Asian cities you find yourself staving off “DVD pushers.”

I suppose if you live a life where scraping up enough money to go to a movie or to pay for cable television is not an option, this kind of movie viewing would have great appeal, better than nothing if you were willing to be part of the subculture that has no misgivings about pirating videos. But if you had enough money for a computer AND a broadband internet connection why not pay your 50 pesos and go to an air conditioned movie theater?

From Horton Heard a Who to Ironman, I am still convinced — this kind of movie viewing is not for me.

Simple Math

I was checking the bulletins before heading in to finish up the blog post and noticed a rant by a broadcaster that is, ummm, passionate about her feelings on what she feels is viewer count padding and “stealing” channel bar visibility. I thought I might be able to clear things up, although I suspect she is not a regular Justopian Life blog reader.

Yes, there have been issues with broadcasters padding their viewer counts. It was easy. They got people to open multiple browser tabs or windows and voila! Instant viewer counts in the stratosphere. She noted how in some rooms the broadcaster is chatting and only a few people are chatting back. I’ve seen that a lot in my broadcast, but it’s not because I’ve gone out and had people open multiple tabs. Some nights people are busy private messaging or are multitasking, possibly eating their own dinner and watching. In some instances people are watching multiple rooms or are chatting in IRC and have multiple rooms open and are chatting. A year ago I would be in a minimum of 3 rooms in IRC and engrossed in watching Justin live his life.

Papa Roach’s Channel

But I think what confuses people is the way the main page at justin.tv works. If you are the featured broadcaster. The one that is listed first in the box, then your channel is basically the default landing page. And if people do not log in with their JTV username, it is booked as a JustinFan### name. A few months ago the JTV team removed all JustinFan### usernames from appearing in the user list.

Also, if people are viewing from outside of JTV, they will show up as a JustinFan### and thus will not appear on the list.

So, while some people may have stacked their viewer counts, that is not always the case. And when you look at viewer counts since the addition of categories, it doesn’t take a large viewer count to get on the bar. I see rooms with as few as 6 or 8 users showing up in the top spots on the channel bar.

I’m hoping this helps clarify and answers a question many have been asking.

Justopia’s Thai Shrimp Curry

  • 1/2 can coconut cream or milk
  • 24 large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced or ground to a paste
  • 1 cup sliced sweet bell peppers (red, yellow or green)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil and cilantro, leaves pulled from stems
  • 1.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red chili paste
  • 1 cup snow peas, ends snapped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold chicken stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced fresh ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (toasted or not)
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

In a saucepan, combine coconut cream and curry paste and wisk over medium heat to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a wok or pan suitable for stir frying, heat oil until smoking. Add green onions, ginger, peppers and snow peas and stir fry until just tender. Add garlic and shrimp and cook, browning the shrimp for 2 minutes.

Stir corn starch into chicken stock or water to make a thin paste. When shrimp is 50% cooked add the coconut/chili paste mixture and bring to a boil, add the cornstarch, basil and cilantro stirring to combine and until herbs wilt.

Serve over steamed jasmine or basmati rice.

The shrimp should be

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