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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Writer’s Block

Prompts Please

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As you know, for weeks the blog has been pretty weak. I’ve lost my blogging mojo. The lack of things to rant about has left me high and dry, without a creative word in my bones so I took last night off and a night earlier in the week, hoping that the the mojo would return. But alas, it has not happened. So … I was in iTed’s room and asked for a writers’ prompt. You know, where someone makes up the beginning of a story and I finish it in 500 words or less? I needed something to help me and this is what he came up with:

Imagine Justin.tv has died an untimely death. You can no longer broadcast, nor can you sit around on your butt watching your favorite, or despised channels. Your 2D friends and you have never exchanged real information about each other, so you have no way to get in contact with each other. Write a eulogy to JTV in 500 words or less?”

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So here goes …

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No! No! No! This is not a tale of two cities. There is no Madame Defarge sitting in the bastille knitting each unique JTV user-name into a scarf to send to Justin to drape around his neck as he heads out onto the streets of San Francisco in the chilly winter air.

This is a tribute to a part of life that has captured the hearts and minds of at least 1500 loyal viewers who kept coming back day after day after day after … well, you get the picture. As some left, new viewers found their way to the place where we wiped our feet, knocked on the door and dropped our sanity in the little bowl on the hall table and walked into a world we could not have imagined.

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Chicken Marsala and Tomato, Onion and Cilantro Bruschetta

Together, Justin Kan, Emmet Shear, Kyle Vogt, and Michael Seibel collectively managed to hijack at least part of my brain one April morning and have yet to give it back. Now that the entity is gone and we are, all of us, in mourning, there is no turning back. There will be no return of the gray matter I once had that controlled my willpower. No longer do I have the ability to look at the clock and think, “Gee, it’s 11:30 at night, I should get up and get ready to go to bed now.”

What these men of Yale and MIT succeeded in doing was nothing short of remarkable. They dragged me from out of work TV-watching, felted purse knitting couch potato to lifecasting, food-photographing, blogging couch potato and lifecaster in a flash. Their control over me was so all-knowing, so powerful that I instantly fell in love with what they had produced and without looking back I dove head first into the pool.

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No more would I see the world in the way it once looked, a place of comfort and refuge. No, now my world was a sea of words and thoughts on a computer screen, clacked out each day, sometimes for 24 hours at a time as I connected with the world on the other side of the monitor.

With JTV gone, what’s next? Sure, I’ve virtually “met” and made friends with some incredible people, but chances are I will never meet a single one of them. We know so much, yet so very little about each other, and yet we are all mourning a loss together today as our community quickly withers away.

JTV, you have been my soul, my support, my light and my darkness since April 21, almost 8 months of highs, lows, laughter and tears and I will miss you. This revolution you created will be with me always. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.

Thank Goodness!

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Thanks Spooks! My lifecasting and chatting friend! 🙂

This was just a writer’s prompt. There’s nothing factual about what you’ve read above in terms of JTV’s health or mortality. It is still alive and kicking, but iTed, thank you for the prompt. It was the perfect jarring I needed to help me find the creative, right-brain side of my soul.

Black Friday — Retail Style, Another Look at the Highlights Awards, Food and a Lifecasting Documentary?

The Almighty Dollar

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Bife de Chrizo, Ensalada Completa and Empanadas de queso — An Argentine Dinner

I seem to have missed something. Although I have been in the US for 3 of the past 9 holiday seasons, I think the repatriation or acclimating to life in the US at about the time the holidays rolled around each those years overshadowed the actual holiday happenings and I missed the hype about the Friday after Thanksgiving. I mean don’t get me wrong, I know that the Friday after T-Day is the biggest retail day of the year and that there is now competition with Christmas Eve when it comes to top revenue generating day, but I am overwhelmed by the amount of Holiday commercials that I am being bombarded with and I barely ever watch TV anymore. This is all coming from about 60 minutes of TV viewing in the morning today. It was all shopping this, shopping that, shopping, shopping shopping shopping. I am watching FoodTV right now and it’s the same. Ahh! And that is just the first day after Thanksgiving. I sure am glad we don’t have advertising on JTV!

The good news … I made it through my first Black Friday working in retail! My feet are throbbing, but all in all, it was much better than I expected! We’ll see how tomorrow and beyond go.

All For Naught

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Split Pea Soup

I wonder what the deal is with the Broadcaster Highlight Awards? It has become a big joke at this point. The drama it caused when the voting phase began was out of control and it lingered on for days. The voting/results had to be restarted one or two times because of fraudulent voting and anticipation grew. And then on announcement day — nothing. And still nothing other than the message being edited to mention nothing about the end of the contest. No one is talking about it any longer — other than what I saw in Arnaud‘s room last night. He was trying hard to get votes for the highlight of his dancing and he had a lot of viewers and the room was racing. People were promoting the voting and when Arnaud refreshed his page to see how things were going, he appeared frustrated to see that there was absolutely no movement in the numbers. It looks like the voting may be locked down, but who knows. It has become inconsequential.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

But at the end, I wonder if the Fratboys realize how important follow-through is? I wonder if maybe it was a communication thing. If they decided to change the date for the conclusion of the contest and the right hand didn’t let the left hand know what was going on. The problem is that it’s a little like crying wolf. The next time people just may not pay any attention.

Holidays

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To Die For Pumpkin Cheesecake!

It’s time to think about holiday cooking events. First we wil have a Hannukah dinner. The first night is December 3rd. We’ll do Potato Latkes (potato pancakes) for sure and I will create a menu to go with it.

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Coconut Chili Shrimp, Asian Udon and Soba Noodles

Then we need to think about doing a cookie show and perhaps a round of trivia in which cookies play a part. We will also need to discuss a Christmas menu. I don’t know if I will have a dinner invite, but we should work on a menu and a broadcast in which I cook up the entire menu. That would best be done with company again. I’ll see about getting some guests to join me.

Is it Time?

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I was about to go to bed when I looked up at the Channel Bar and noticed an interesting icon that caused me to click. The feed was not great. Well, the video was ok, but the audio was unbearable. They were on a San Francisco bus and it made the audio unbearable. It was all static. The channel, called Lifecasting Documentary doesn’t have much background info yet, but I hung out long enough to see the guys behind the camera chat about what they were doing — at least a little bit.  Apparently their broadcasting set up has been funded by JTV — 360. 1:59 mcdrunky: we are working with justin.tv . they are the ones who gave us the laptop, camera, backpack, evdo card… and they’re paying the monthly bill for the wireless.  Nice.  Hopefully the return on the investment will be worthwhile.

They plan to interview lifecasters and to profile lifecasting,  “going back to the history of casting all they way back to ana voog in the 90’s.”  I don’t know who Ana Voog is — I guess I’ll do some research.

It will be interesting to watch if they complete the documentary.  I’ll be watching them as they progress.

Celebration or Cause for Concern and Black Friday

I hope everyone had a happy and restful Thanksgiving.  Now … let the shopping begin!

Milestone

Today marks the 200th post to Living the Justopian Life. While it’s very gratifying in some sense, it is extremely disturbing in another.

Since April 27th, I have posted every day with less than a handful of exceptions. That means that I have published a post for almost every one of the 209 days since I started this crazy viewing, participating and writing adventure in my Justin.tv life. I have not calculated the entire word count, but looking at just May is filled with over 28,000 words and in total, the blog has over 800 photos posted to it. Now that is a lot of words and photos and images. But with an estimate of 190,000 words to date, it is a far cry from War and Peace which weighs in at 560,000 words and 1456 pages. With the epic novel averaging 110,000 words, Living the Justopian Life really does seem to be larger than epic and without photos, the book would be about 800 pages at this moment.

And this is where the concern comes in. How much of my life have I lost spending days and nights following JTV and the people broadcasting? If I had not been here for over 200 days, what would my life look like right now? Would I be gainfully employed? Would I look less pasty? Would I have more of a sparkle in my eyes? Would I have something to talk about with my friends other than Justin this and Justin that?

The question is: at what point do I stop? Channels on JTV are quickly losing their luster. It is beyond boring tonight. I have tried to find something of interest, but it just isn’t happening, so I watched a few episodes of television shows I had recorded and worked on trivia questions for the broadcast and did some other research.

I am hoping to find some good inspiration that will kick-start me into writing thought-provoking and interesting posts again. It’s been a bit tough since the JTV network opened to the general public.

Let the Shopping Begin

Tomorrow is the day I’ve been dreading. I can not begin to imagine what the store and the shopping center will be like when I get there for work tomorrow afternoon. I will keep my eye on it from my balcony before I head over, but I can guarantee tomorrow won’t be one of those stress-free days for me. I just hope I can hold up to it. I’d love to take my camera in and shoot some video. Now THAT would be good JTV viewing!

In the meantime, I will try to put on my best smile and go with the flow. Maybe — just maybe if I can make it through tomorrow, I can make it all the way to the end of the season. It remains to be seen!

But for now, I am going to do something novel — get to bed before 1:30am!!!!!!!!!! It has been many months and I am in great need of a good night’s sleep.

Thanksgiving Approaches and Some Channel News

Holidays

Thanksgiving is upon us and the pumpkin cheesecake is done and in the fridge chilling. Tonight was a Breakfast for Dinner night and although it was simple fare of an omelet, bacon and toast with Wegman’s Triple Berry Jam, it was DEElicious and just what I was in the mood for after a long Wednesday before Thanksgiving day rush at the store. I am looking forward to a day away from the computer (for 4 – 6 hours at least) relaxing, catching up with old friends and enjoying a nice holiday together. I just wish the weather would cooperate and act like it was late November! Oh well, c’est la vie.

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I want to give a shout out to a new channel that launched tonight. Cindy1 has been a loyal Justopia viewer and a staunch supporter of Justopia.com, even making a very thoughtful donation to help purchase gifts for the Trivia Challenges. In the past week or so, Cindy has sung for us on the Justopia broadcast and decided it was so much fun that she would launch her own channel. Congrats to you Cindy and well done. We’ll look forward to more singing broadcasts in the future!

New Channel

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Not my cup of tea

Before I went on tonight, I was told to check out a new channel — that there was a lot of build up for it. I went in and have no idea what was going on. I am not into video games and this seemed to be a game, but with an evil side. I was busy prepping for my show, so I could not take the time to investigate, but I did catch a screen shot and it made me feel like I was seeing horrible quality video of a news report that we saw over and over just a couple of years ago of incidents in Iraq. I didn’t stick around. Instead, I headed right over to Postmodern ArtistTV’s room and she was painting as she’d promised.

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Postmodern Artist Painting for the Fans

Earlier in the day I popped in on Antinormalcomics and he was finishing up a drawing. He asked if any of us wanted him to doodle and unfortunately I was just a hair too late, but when he got finished making a fun “Spork Chasing Peaches” drawing, he said he would need a day or so to think about making another one for me, but I am very excited to see what he comes up with. I am thinking something very Justopian — Me with my arms crossed, my favorite green silicone spatula in my hand in the kitchen. I am sure whatever he comes up with will be great!

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I love the channel designs the JTV artists in residence come up with. They are by far better than any I have seen.

I’ve added Arnaud’s blog to my blogroll. You may know Arnaud from the FromParis channel. He too has a great looking channel with an amazing banner with the Louvre in the background. I took a quick look at his blog since he mentioned that he was adding me to his blog roll and I thought I’d check it out. It too is clean and visually appealing. I read that he is going to be moving to the US in January. He just came here, I wonder how he managed to wrap that up so quickly?

Intervention Time!

Oh! And by the way … If you haven’t seen this site yet, it’s about time you hustle over! I meant to mention it the other day but I got sidetracked. How many times have I mentioned that I was in dire need of a JTV intervention? Well, now there is a website devoted to the subject!  If you’re no strange to this blog, then I do believe you are in need of a JTV Intervention as well!  Run, don’t walk to the site.

Well, it’s time to get some much needed rest — Happy Thanksgiving!!

Vying for Votes

Endings?

I thought about the contest all day.  Let me rephrase that.  I was so busy today that I didn’t actually have time to think about it all day, but it had my attention whenever I didn’t need to be thinking about pots and pans and coffee makers and such.  The numbers are pretty wonky.  I was ahead by just 2 percentage points this morning and when I came home from work it was basically the same, but people were telling me I was below during the day and then it suddenly spiked up again.  It doesn’t seem to make sense.  There must be a lot of votes by now, which should mean that it takes a lot more time to see these swings, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Someone voted for me today and the number actually dropped!

They were supposed to announce the winner today, but there’s no news.  One camp thinks that since they reset the voting once or twice that the deadline for the contest has been extended.  Hmmm…good point, but no one posted anything about it.  Is it a technical difficulty, or have other things taken precedent?

Exhausted

I am about to keel over from exhaustion and I have another long pre-Thanksgiving day ahead of me, so I am going to have to call this done.  Once I get time to breathe I will write more.

Thanks!

In My Backyard

Awards

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I know we are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winners of the Justin.tv Broadcaster Highlight Awards, but I have discovered a live awards show right in my own back yard. I have just returned from a crazy-busy day at work and launched JTV. In the number 1 place on the Top Bar was a link to a radio station — 93.9 WKYS. The call sign rung a bell and I realized it was a local DC radio station. I tuned in and they were interviewing what I presume are nominees on their way into the show on the red carpet. There is a lot of enthusiasm. The broadcast looks good. It’s clear and the audio is fabulous.

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This is a great thing. I’d love to see more of this as more award shows happen throughout the year. How exciting to see things live from different angles. This looks like what we would see on TV, but sometimes, something like a local award show will not get a chance to be aired on broadcast television. Justin and team have given us the opportunity to see it from our computers. It might not be a show you are looking to watch, but the possibilities are, as Justin would say … Awesome!

What’s Next?

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Chicken stuffed with spinach and cheese, pasta with artichoke tepanade and tomato salad with shallots and cilantro

This week is going to be wild for me in terms of the show and work, but I want to begin thinking about future shows and simulcasting cooking segments with some viewers that have expressed an interest. I know we have a baker — The Baker and others that are anxious to try this out and I am looking forward to it as well. If you are interested in doing a segment, let’s talk. Send mail to me at justopia@justopia.com and we will look at times and dates and logistics. If you have a specialty or a course you like to prepare, please note that — baking, appetizers, desserts, main dishes, etc.

If you are a musician or have another talent you wish to share, please send mail also.

I am dead tired and have more work to do, so this is going to have to be a short one.