Cook Through — Day 1 and a Real Sense of Community at JTV and Do You Know What a Frantrum Is?

Helping Hands

Miso glazed salmon with Bok Choy and Sesame-Udon noodles from the Williams-Sonoma “Food Made Fast — Weeknights” book

Last night was a troublesome one. I worked hard in my kitchen most of the day and I was ready for my first Cook Through broadcast when I was faced with a horrible, terrible, seemingly insurmountable problem … I could not connect to my wireless network! This meant I was tethered to my Mac with just 3 ft. of ethernet cable. I not only had no ability to carry the machine to the kitchen, but I could do little more than sit at the desk by the tangle of cables that makes up my little network of printers, two machines, one Mac and one Windows machine, a cable modem for the computer and one for the phone. And of course last night, the problematic Time Capsule — the Apple combo router/backup device.

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A Deeper Dive Into the JTV Viewer Counts

High Numbers

Tonight’s dinner, a healthy all-grilled meal was stupendous!

While I was broadcasting this evening, a viewer noted how there were 38k people watching something on JTV and yet just 20 viewers in my room. I toggled over to Firefox, launched JTV and headed to the main page to see what was up. Much to my surprise, the schedules were showing up, but the bulk of the main page was white and there was a message that no featured channels were broadcasting.

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Customer Service With a Smile and a Little JTV Publicity

NOTE: I am doing battle with WordPress this morning. It is simply not cooperating. The only way I could get photos into the post was to link them as a gallery — nothing to aid in breaking up the text in this long post. Hopefully things will be back to “normal” tomorrow.

Run Aroun

I just spent the afternoon in search of what was once a common household item. Well ok, not common in big cities and urban areas perhaps, but back when things were more simple. Slower. Less stressful. Not connected

Alright, I think I better start at the beginning … a very good place to start. When you read you begin with A. B. C. when you sing you begin with … OMG! WTF? This has nothing to do with what I wanted to talk about, but yes, I do believe there were probably plenty of jars of home made, preserved jams, jellies, pickles, sauces and more. Hell, I am quite sure they had Vienna Sausages in the Von Trapp family home! And just how do you think it happened without big canning pots and tongs and packets or bottles of fruit pectin? I’m just askin’!

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An OMG! a What was I Thinking Moment, a Question, and an “Are You a JTV Maven” Contest Announced!

NOTE: This is going to be a throwback to earlier Living the Justopian Life posts where I muse about a variety of subjects and that takes time, so hunker down, curl up with a blanket or if you are in warmer climes, next to the airconditioner and settle in for a long read…

How Inconsiderate of Me!

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Back in the early days, Piglet was a big topic of JTV discussion, here he was helping me do the dishes

Let’s begin with the What was I Thinking Moment, shall we? Upon waking up, stumbling to the computer and opening WordPress to see what the traffic was like overnight, I took another look at last night’s post and realized that right there, right in the middle of a post dedicated to the plight of the hungry I posted two shots of my heaping full plate of dinner! I know that there are some out there that roll their eyes, pound their fists and stomp their feet at some of the dumb arse, non-thinking stuff I do and say, but this one even has me rolling my eyes!

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I Forgot to Tune In!!!! and an iJustine Sighting and a Little Humility Please

Monumental

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Not having a real desire for any type of food in particular I threw together an Asian inspired chicken with fried rice meal

For the first time since March 21, 2007, I forgot to load up JTV when I booted up my computer this morning! My usual routine has been to power up the computer, check mail and then head over to JTV. Not today. I didn’t realize for 2 hours. I was shutting down apps before going to get ready to spend the day out in real life when I realized there was no browser tab open for Justin.tv.

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The Competition Just Got Hotter — On the Field and Off

Breaking News!

I received a comment this morning from a reader named Blaine that raises a very good question and this is what it said:

Blaine

Hi justopia, i was wondering what you think will happen to JTV now Youtube have said they will be offering live video from this year? Do you think JTV will be around and make much money once this happens? I’m not so sure what will happen, in 5 years time we might be thinking Justin who?

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/29/confirmed-live-video-on-youtube-this-year/

Well Blaine, you raise a question that will have those of us that pontificate, speculate or attempt to measure the depreciation rate of JTV scratching our heads in an attempt to figure this out.

My immediate response? JTV and the other live streaming media sites will be up against a force to be reckoned with and it’s time, right now, for all of them to make a full court press and market the hell out of their product offerings if they want to be on the scene once YouTube/Google makes their move.

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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?

Primary

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?