Big Numbers

Was Tonight the High Watermark?

Popovers

There I was, standing in my kitchen working on dinner when Tenten came in and announced that there were 242 viewers. And before long he reported that there were 300 viewers. I knew immediately that I must have been the #1 featured broadcaster at Justin.tv, but this is the first time I’d seen numbers that high. It’s transient viewers and they can’t be counted on to be repeat Justopia fans, but I usually get a couple to tune in for a while and enjoy what’s going on.

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The JTV Sports Bar … and Grill?

Ok, so you can’t sidle up to it and order a cold one, but…

This evening as I was relaxing before heading into the kitchen for tonight’s broadcast I noticed something that made me scratch my head.

Of the 22 channel icons I can see on my small screen, 18 of them were broadcasting sports or movies or other re-broadcasts. What was most interesting to me was that these channels were showing up in all categories rather than just the sports category where we’ve seem them for the most part since they became the bog draw on JTV. Once again PSN, was the channel with the most viewers, coming in at 12,887 with a Fox broadcast live, in Spanish.

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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.
Rebroadcasting
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Room Explosion and a Happy New Year

So Many Rooms, so Little to Watch

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I decided to log into Colloquy (the Mac IRC client) this morning and was surprised at what I found. It’s hard to believe that there have been so many rooms created on JTV in the past 9 months. I tried to find a room with people logged into it and found nothing until I scrolled down to AlexaTV and AlexKing and then nothing until Alyssum. It looks like the Al’s are “popular” — if you consider 1 – 3 people in a room anything to shake a stick at. When I dropped farther down the list I found 188 people in this room — ameenonline. It looks like the one we see on the bar that shows soccer matches.

I scrolled to the bottom of the list and saw no rooms with triple digits other than ameenonline, but JTV is reporting 547 live viewers. I’ve never understood how viewer numbers are counted here, it’s just interesting to take a look.

Ringing in the New Year Around the Lifecasting Networks

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After broadcasting I headed over to the New Year’s Eve party in Brooklyn with Mr_Amazing, his wife Friskie, Spookygrl, Ralphthenacho and the Amazing’s relatives.  It reminded me of Y2k and the celebrations around the world.

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