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?!

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. 🙂

Couple of Things and a Care Package

First of all…

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Brisket — tomorrow it will go back in the oven for another 1.5 hours to make it fork tender

I took the plunge. I hit that red Broadcast button and applied for a beta code. As, Yalie, MGJack, Angincali and I were hanging around in my bathroom straightening my hair I said to myself, “Justopia, it’s time. Really, why are you being such a loser whimp? Just go for it! You’ve been hanging around on the service long enough to know the do’s and don’t’s. Just hit that damn red Broadcast button and get it over with! And why worry about a conflict of interest with the blog? It’s not like anyone is paying you for this, it’s not like you HAVE to be nice about the crappy infrastructure, the way things are (or appear to be) slapped together. It’s not like you have to go to the red, white and blue office and hang out with the guys. You just HAVE to be sure to follow your own personal Do’s and Don’t’s:

Don’t – under any circumstance:

  • Write a profile complaining about how hard your life is without funds to buy equipment to allow you to go mobile
  • Put a Donate button for your own personal aggrandizement
  • Put a note telling people it’s ok to ask you anything unless you truly mean it
  • Post a note answering some of the routine, repeat, mundane questions asked of you -isn’t that why people tune in?
  • Post an icon that bears little resemblance to what people will see when they click the link
  • Embarass yourself or your parents/family/loved ones — if you question it, don’t do it! — When in doubt, leave it out!

Do – and with a smile, always:

  • Come up with interesting material to broadcast — not old videos that may or may not meet DCMA guidelines
  • Live your life — afterall, that’s what LIFEcasting is about, right?
  • Enjoy yourself — this is not work people! No one has twisted your arm and made you Lifecast!
  • Laugh, giggle, hoot, guffaw, snort, smile, chortle, chuckle, titter — hey Twitter?! Yes! Twitter!

What will I be doing with a channel? Probably nothing different than I’ve been doing on Stickam. Will I stream my life 24/7? Hell no! What would you want to spend your time watching that for? It’s not exactly an amusement park here.

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Noodle Kugel — basically noodle pudding. Look at yesterday’s blog entry for sample recipes

We’ll just have to see how it goes. I would imagine Justin, Michael, Emmett, Jacob and possibly even Kyle (although we have never had any one to one interaction) will have a field day when I go live. I can see it all clearly in my head right now. I can handle it. I’ve dished it out since May 2, so now it’s my turn. I am woman! I am strong! I can bite back with the best of them. Bring it on, baby, bring it on! I’m no demure iJustine and not as quietly reserved as Nekomimi_Lisa, but I think I can hold my own.

Ok, enough with the self pep talk. Time to prep for cooking!

Rosh Hashanah Dinner — Today along with 2D friends in Stickam I made the Brisket, Chicken Soup and Noodle Kugel. Lots more to do tomorrow!

No Red Swingline Staplers

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I went to the store to find a red Swingline stapler for the new JTV office…space. But low and behold, they only had black or maroon, and they were not the rounded edge style, but rather had square edges. So, I said to myself, “Self… the fratboys can buy their own stapler(s), but Gi Joe can not walk out and get a new Mach4 razor or a bag of JellyBellies or Jerkey or …well, many other things. No, what is more important than the correct stapler for the fratboys is a care package sent straight to Iraq to help brighten the day of one young soldier, slash — JTV lifecaster. The contents of said box (other than the brownies) will be kept under wraps until he has the opportunity to open it for now. I will post a note once I get it all wrapped up and off to the post office to mail so you can get an idea of when he might receive it.

Linus Lectures, Gi Joe Has Fun, iJustine Returns, IRC and Site Chat Go Boom, a Rollicking Good Time on Stickam and Holiday Dinner Prep

Depth of Conversation

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Potato Knish – don’t ask me why I purchased it for my dinner during my holiday shopping event at Whole Foods. Knishes are not my favorite and this was really just a heavy lump of cholesterol that went right to my stomach. Tagamet was in order tonight!

When I tuned into Melinus this afternoon I saw Linus drawing on the chalkboard in the kitchen. The audio and video together were reminiscent of the Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Global Warming was the topic and facts and figures were flying both in chat and on the board. Chat moved in a completely different direction and the CIA and NSA and secret naval ops and other things and I decided that I am way too opinionated and not educated enough in any specific portion of what was flying around in chat and on the stream, especially when Linus started talking about relatives and their relationship with the CIA or NSA or other super secret, not named government organizations, so I decided it was time to get out of dodge.

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Holiday Shopping — 6 Bags

I headed to Whole Foods to do my holiday shopping. Tomorrow begins the Jewish New Year and I am having company on Thursday night — the 2nd night of the holiday. It is a fair amount of prep and I am going to stream it. At this point I wish I had gotten a code from JTV because it would be far better to cook with a JTV channel rather than Stickam. In any event, I’ll be doing some of the cooking on cam both tomorrow and Thursday. If I had a channel up and running I might just stream it during the dinner, but I won’t bother with Stickam. That would be a waste.

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Ah! It’s a shonda — a real crime

A Day Off

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iJustine took yesterday off and came back to her adoring fans this morning. I popped in for about 30 seconds, but she was on mute and of course there was nothing of any interest going on in the chat, so I backed right out. I wonder how she feels now that she experienced some peace and quiet for a day?

Joe in Iraq

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The brisket is ginormous and the chicken looks nice and plump — it’s gonna be good eats!

I tuned into Joe’s stream for a while today. He had just woken up and was just getting going when I recieved an IM from him. I feel badly that I don’t spend much time in there so I thought I’d park for a while. He had a dozen or so viewers and one that was trying to antagonize him, asking pointless questions, trying to put him on the spot. You never know what is behind the words being typed, so whether the person was truly an American in the UAE attending Islamic Studies class is questionable, but clearly this person was trying to stir things up.

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The Justopian fridge is not filled with a lot of processed foods — here you see olives for tomorrow night, tahini to make hummos with, miso paste, organic apple sauce and a cheater far of Rao’s marinara sauce for emergencies.

As usual, with great aplomb, Joe tried a few methods to get the subject changed and when the chatter would not give up, Joe send him/her packing. I was asking equally ridiculous questions by this viewer and just didn’t bother to respond. I was in no mood to start a Mid East war in the joeiniraq room tonight, especially on the eve of a great holiday.

Chat Failures

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Over there on the right by the dried apples is the beginning of a care package to Iraq — a couple of recommended chap stick products. Now I just need to think of what else to send

Both site and IRC chat were dogs for a good portion of the day today. Site chat either wouldn’t load or took a very long time and IRC crashed multiple times. It’s tough when conversations are going and the bottom fall out, but there’s not much one can do about it. It’s just part of the JTV network. And it’s a crying shame since chat is what seems to be the glue that holds this thing together.

Stickam

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This has nothing to do with anything other than that it’s a recent photo my dad sent of his car that was recently refurbished

Since I’ve been too much of a wuss to get a code from JTV, I was back on Stickam tonight with my 2D friends. It took a while to get things going, but with Spookygrl’s upbeat tone and bright smile, we were on a roll.

After comparing flat irons — she won that contest… hers glows in the dark — we moved on to the larger contest of kitchen appliances. Well, even Spooky will tell you, it was no contest. I have a culinary/kitchen thing and am packed to the gills with every kind of electronic, and otherwise, device for the kitchen. Spooky pulled out her emulsion blender to which I returned with mine — All TWO of them. I pulled out the Porsche of mixers — the Viking — and then the De Longhi ice cream maker with built in compressor and then backed down with a manual juice squeezer which I purchased for one reason and one reason only. Living in Buenos Aires I became enamored with Mojitos. Well, you should probably just call it a limeade because the amount of rum I put in there is miniscule, but I needed something to help. Squeezing limes or lemons by hand is a bear. I didn’t even get to pull out the food processor or toaster or blenders or… the list goes on.

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Spooky pulled out a couple of lamps in the Spooky genre. She has a thing for the Nightmare Before Christmas as do others in our room. I think I saw it, but can only vaguely remember. I do think I remember it being cute, but that’s about it.

Rosh Hashanah

You know, it seems like only yesterday that we were all sitting around Lobby1 watching the Passover event at Crystal Towers. Was it Lindsay or Amanda that was present with the boys and their friends — all sitting around the true, the first JTV frathouse going through a JTV-esque Hagadah reading? And now we are at the most important holida of the year — the High Holy Days. I wonder if they have plans to celebrate as well? I have not checked in since the other day when I saw the new office digs. I’ll have to make time to check.

I think I am going to cook myself into a frenzy tomorrow and will have little time to write, but I will get something up here. When have I ever written absolutely nothing?

The menu:

Chopped Chicken Liver with Crackers

Chicken Soup — either matzoh balls or noodles

Brisket — those of you in the know will know the kind — the sweet/savory kind that gives you wicked heart burn!

Potato Kugel — basically a potato pudding, but not like you are thinking, more like a thick potato pancake

Steamed Green Beans

Noodle Kugel — now this one is controversial — while I don’t keep kosher, it seems improper to serve noodle kugel with this meat meal … especially on one of the high holy days — we’ll see how badly I feel about it in the morning before I cook it

Fresh Challah with Honey