The Social Networking Debate and A Scheduling Note

No Cooking Tonight

We'll be making Matzoh Ball Soup for Rosh Hashanah next week!

I worked late tonight, came home, turned on the tube and headed right to the DVR to watch the Debate. I got it up and running and then launched Twitter. It was abuzz with debate chatter. I wish I were a sociologist or a political scholar or a statistician or a woman with ESP, because I’d like to analyze the Tweets. It seems to me that the overwhelming majority of tweets were in favor or Obama.

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Going Bananas and a Little Sweetness in a Week of Sour News

DEElicious

We used the wonderful All Clad Copper Core wok today to make Thai Chicken with Basil and Rice with Pickled Cukes and Radishes and it was a great meal.

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Touching Base

Tomorrow!

With the hurricane bearing down on the Texas coast, the Navigator's Monument in Lisbon seemed appropriate

I’ve had to close the store the past couple of nights and have been busy prior to heading to work so I have not been able to publish a blog post. This is very unusual for me. This is only the 3rd or 4th time I haven’t published a post for 3 – 4 days ever in the 15 months since I launched the blog and I’m feeling rather guilty, but I don’t want to babble on about nothing.

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What if they Held an Election and No One Showed Up to Vote, Closed Captioning at Justopia.com and What Are People Thinking … Or Are They?

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I showed up at my new polling place this afternoon and when I was finished casting my ballot I was the only one in the room and no one else seemed to be showing up. I was expecting a crowd. I charged up the iPod, packed the headphones in my purse and prepared for a wait in line for my turn at the booth, but I walked in, saw smiling volunteers behind the desk, ready to check people off and move them along and there was no one but me to help. One woman was just finishing up and she departed as I stepped up to the empty booths. I don’t get it. No, I mean seriously, I don’t understand. I know that usually a primary doesn’t draw the numbers that the general election does, but I expected from the large voter turn outs in other states that I would see lots of people. I know that some of my friends blow it off. That they think it’s not worth their time — bah! That’s nonsense. Some of those same people think that the US is the only place to live, they don’t have an interest in vacationing outside the US. They don’t like the idea of going to a developing country because it’s just “not as good as the US.” So why pass up the right to vote when you have the means and the opportunity? I don’t get it.

Closed Captioning

ChannelZ built in closed captioning for Justopia.com and we all had fun with it tonight. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take a screen shot, so there’s nothing to show you here, but it worked really well. It’s labor intensive for the person inputting the text — as ChannelZ did tonight — but his use of creative license made it rather funny.

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Chicken Fricasseé, Chopped Broccolini with Croutons and Mushroom Pasta

He developed it for people who are hearing impaired, but it turned out to be great fun for everyone who was watching. It took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on, but eventually I catch on and when it dawned on me that I was missing out on 1/2 of the conversation I realized I needed to open the closed captioning feature. Emoticons were the big draw for Justopia.com for a long time, but I have a feeling this will be hot for a while.

Give Me a Break

After dinner I thought I’d wander down Main Street at JTV. I had not spent any measurable time in the channels in a while and wanted to see what was going on. What I ran into was a mom with two small children flashing the camera in her tequila state and episodes of Dateline NBC’s To Catch a Preditor all on the channel bar at the same time. The 28 year old mother with a 2 year old and a 4 year old running around late at night was drinking tequila and trying to settle the kids in for the night while having some broadcasting fun all at the same time. The room was going wild. I guess she flashed once or twice before I stepped into the room and the pervs wanted more.

She was quickly taken off the channel bar and I watched as most viewers attempted to goad her into more flashing, while a few were clearly unhappy with her parenting style. One of the children made his (or her) way into the laundry room a few times, only to be scooped up and carted away, leaving most of the audience hungry for more. Some of the less than supportive chatters managed to upset the broadcaster by telling her that “they” were going to take her kids away. I’m not sure who “they” is, but she was clearly worried and made note of that fact the last time she came back to the camera. Shortly after, she was banned. I felt kind of badly. She said her husband is a Marine stationed at Parris Island — probably more information than she should have given out. But it made me think. It was after midnight and he wasn’t home, so she found something to keep her occupied and it wasn’t good. As a matter of fact, it got her banned. You know, I haven’t been keeping track, but it seems to me that most of the rooms that get banned are females and in the same age range — mid to late 20’s. It makes me scratch my head and wonder, what’s going on with this generation?

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Chopped Broccolini with Fresh Toasted Croutons

I decided I needed something to write about and thought I’d pop into another room. The room was showing To Catch a Predator. It seemed somehow ironic. Each time the toddler came into the room and on camera in the other channel, it made me think — could one of these predator creeps be lurking, and just how long might it be before we see Chris Hansen profiling a case in which the predator was lured into the Dateline net via JTV?

It’s not out of the realm of possibility, is it?

Presidential Debate

Politics is Taboo

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Osso Busso and Risotto recipes under these links

Politics and JTV don’t seem to be such a great match. I was looking for a stream with working audio this morning and decided to look into Dealer’s room. I have not been in there since he put up the Adult Content gate, but was curious to see which channels were audio-capable. Alan was asleep, but the chatters were “vocal.” The discussion I walked in on was political in nature. Both major parties were “represented” with supporters for each weighing in. The Dem’s seemed to outweigh the Repub’s, but I didn’t run a poll.

From what I saw, some of the regulars did not want to have to be subjected to reading chat that included political discussion of any sort and at one point, one of the chatters suggested the group take the discussion to one of the channels with a girl on cam asking for donations to see how it would be received. And off the group went. The channel they opted for was missing their lifecaster for a minute when the discussion began. It appears she was getting ready to head out for the day, but when she came over to the computer she did not seem pleased with the conversation going on in chat. It was nothing more than a, “Who would you vote for? Would you vote for Hillary? I miss Bill, darn it,” kind of chatter, but it was clear she was unhappy. I’m not sure — what was she hoping for in the room? Talk about her? How pretty she is? Chat about how much people were going to donate? Maybe a request or two to put a shoe on her head? Or perhaps she just wanted to be asked to remove some clothing rather than adding a shoe to her wardrobe?

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What resulted was unhappiness with the “grown up” discussion and a call for help to which a mod quickly responded and quickly banned most everyone that mentioned anything about politics. There wasn’t a vulgar word in the room. Nothing angry. There wasn’t a spammer or upper case offender in sight. It was merely an ultra ban because the lifecaster didn’t want people talking politics in her room and the mod obliged her every wish.

Ok it’s her room. She’s the channel owner. If she doesn’t want topical discussion who are we to object, but the reason I bring this up is for a bigger, broader reason. A reason that has nothing to do with JTV other than much of the demographic of the viewers seems to be about half my age and from what I see, not all too interested in the future — yet. This is the generation of our future leaders. And yes. I was interested and active in my future at that age. Hell, I was interested and active when I was in college. I didn’t need to enter my 30’s to realize I had a responsibility to at the very least, be informed about what was going on around me.

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Ok, maybe I should not make a rash generalization about this lifecaster. Maybe she spends hours reading newspapers and watching pertinent news programs on broadcast televions and is well read and informed and lifecasting is her way to forget the troubles of the world for a little while everyday. What do you think? Want to weigh in? Leave a comment and we’ll compare notes.

Something Different. More of the Same with a Different Twist

Ron Paul from a Different Viewpoint

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I logged into WordPress this morning and was met with this Hawt Post under the title above. While most JTV viewers might gloss over the post, pushing it aside for yet another “political rambling,” I found it was a perfect set up for the post I have been mulling over writing today.

First of all, when Ron Paul (or his handlers) decide to use JTV to stream an event we see large (for the network) viewer numbers. It’s been this way since he began his JTV broadcasts. It reminds me of the Howard Dean days — grass roots efforts for a little known candidate with eager, enthusiastic supporters at his side or in the mix.

That’s the way things should be, right?

I have a different take on it. It seems to directly correlate with some of what we see on the usual JTV channels. Who are all the “Live Viewers,” what goes into the “Total Viewers” tally and perhaps more importantly, who looks at this information more — JTV staff, Viewers or Lifecasters? What Allen Wastler, Managing Editor at CNBC seems to be so frustrated about with the CNBC Ron Paul poll is similar to what’s been getting my goat. While so very unimportant, so inconsequential, so trivial; the viewer count and viewer polls and the kind of weekend high school football pep rally atmosphere are part and parcel of JTV now and much as Wastler laments, if non-traditional poll results are so easily manipulated, what is the purpose?

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Ecuadoran Potato Cakes, Grilled Chicken Tortilla Salad

Polls are now as much a part of the JTV channel landscape as Donate or Chip-in buttons. It seems that in most cases, none of it means very much. They look good on the pages, but other than a couple of channels that received money you can put in the bank, has any of it meant much of anything?

Telethon?

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Grilled chicken for salad

I tuned into ECV after “closing the kitchen” for the night as usual and it was a different show. I am going to term it a telethon. ECV has been talking about and featuring photos of a woman called “MotherOfThree” for a while now. He has taken an interest in her financial difficulties and thought he could help out by having her do some kind of fashion show for donations. She was a model prior to having three children and he worked out a plan to have her come to his place to model some apparel. The show got a very rocky start and the room was full of angry testosterone and estrogen. MO3, or Melissa as she revealed tonight is very shy and she was quiet on cam, but ECV and numerous viewers worked hard to make her feel more comfortable. She modeled 3 outfits and spent a lot of time reading chat, taking Skype calls and answering questions, albeit a bit timidly.

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This had to be tough for her. An audience of many haters to begin with, some of whom came back and apologized for their “outbursts,” in a room with ECV and his lurking brother (yes, that was kinda creepy) can not be easy.

I took shots at Erin for doing something similar on her channel a couple of weeks ago, but that started out a bit differently with a pledge to do more than model bikini’s for money. With each passing week on JTV things evolve in light-year terms. What was once not even a thought — girls lying in bed asking for donations, people dancing with dogs on their heads, guys sitting in bathtubs for ratings, lifecasters going after each other in verbal sparring matches and more. I am beginning to feel the ability to form a clear though about how I feel about things is slipping through my fingers.

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Frying corn tortillas for salad crunch

What do I say? This young woman needs cash to create a better life for her children. Erin needed cash to have a friend come visit. Who’s to say one is more important than the other? Maybe having a friend come visit is key to her emotional health? As this thing evolves, I have a feeling the things that happen here will continue to surprise me, but perhaps not shock me. I’m in it for the long-haul and ready for any eventuality as I continue to blog and to cook with viewers on line each night.

Ecuadoran Potato Cakes

We made these together for the first time. It was an interesting mix of flavors and I tweaked the recipe a bit, but the basic is noted in the food blog — Cheftopia which can be found here or under the link in the blogroll on the right-hand side of this post.