I’m in like with you, Justin.tv :.

August 30, 2007

Maybe I’m just nosey, but I’m a people watcher. I like sitting in Starbucks, or some coffee shop and watch people walk past, or watch people around me, observe their quirks and everythings. If you were ever put off by some girl who just kept staring at you for no damn reason, let me apologize now.. I don’t mean to be a creep. Sometimes I don’t realise I’m staring so hard that it freaks people out.

I can now indulge my people-watching at home, in my pyjamas, in front of my computer, eating chips and chocolate (although I shouldn’t!). I’ve started watching the different channels on Justin.tv , which is this site dedicated to Life casting. It’s cool because you can watch people go about their day, and even chat to them on their channels. My personal favourite is The Naked Cowboy, because I met him while I was in New York, and he’s a nice guy. I warn you though, you may disagree with some of the things he might say in the car, but if you keep an open mind, it’s just a little bit of entertainment. The other channel I’d recommend is iJustine the freelance designer/video editor. She’s one of the main attractions. Well, she is hot.. so ain’t that a wonder. She’s also the girl who got the 300 page phone bill from AT&T. Hehe.. and there I thought I was bad.

Some might argue with me that this is nothing new, you can watch people on ‘Big Brother’, let me make this clear now. I ABHOR ‘Big Brother’ and all associated losers and wannabe celebrities, and celebrity wash-outs that have participated in the most ridiculous reality tv exercise of the century. It’s LAME. These people get manipulated, the videos and shows are obviously edited, and honestly, being stuck in a house and/or being voted out for rejection can do things to a person’s mind.. I don’t wanna argue this anymore because it sucks. Laguna Beach and the Hills is fake, MTV’s Real World is so episodic.. DOUBLE LAME!

We’re talking about life casting, which is interesting in itself.. because iJustine and the Naked Cowboy live their lives out in front of the camera, in different places. You can hear their conversations, and watch as they get up and go about their daily lives. It’s a glimpse into a life that’s different from yours. You can call it mundane.. But I’m pretty sick of my day to day grind that has no change, I like to see a different picture every now and then.. and it inspires me to want to get out there myself.

Yeah, you could argue that you’re supposed to be living your life instead of watching other people live theirs.. I do. I’ve not become an addicted slob because of it. But I like watching Naked (Cowboy) work out, and I like watching iJustine as she gets famous and lives out a life that I want. This is the ultimate reality tv. No voting bullshit. Just plenty of normalcy, with some shits and giggles.

It is a brave step though.. It’s nothing you could do here. It’s such an intrusive thing to let your life be seen by thousands of people around the world. I switched blogs to this new one because I felt so violated that people I didn’t want were reading my thoughts and feelings about them. And this is pretty much a controlled space, you can choose what you want to write or not write here. But imagine a camera stuck on your head as you’re going out for drinks with friends, or a good old gossip with your girlfriends. I know there would be several people offended if I ever started life casting..

My other favourite site du jour, is I’m in like with you. It’s not open at the moment, you need an invite to get in.. (I happen to have 5, so if you’re nice to me in the comments, and leave your e-mail, I might just send you an invite!), but when you do get in, you’re on a dating website, except that you have to ‘bid’ points on games to talk to people. The games itself is really just a question posed on your profile page, bidders give witty or clever replies, and when the game ends, you can choose 1 winner out of the top 5 bidders. Yeah, so it means that your profile won’t get spammed by jackasses, you have some control over who can talk to you, and there’s a lot of creativity going on. You earn points by logging in daily, and answering little pop-up questions.

It’s kind of addictive admittedly.. as much as Facebook and it’s apps are.. And the website is cool and flashy, (quite literally because it’s Flash based), and I love reading people’s crazy and clever questions as much as the replies.. I’ve met some cool guys already.. One in Canada, another in Egypt, and one more in France.. It’s wicked. And I have three more sofas to sleep on when I travel around the world.. so it ain’t too shabby..

I hear a pinging and a ponging, so that must be my new friends..

I’m off.. I’ll catch you peeps later…


One comment

  1. The thing I love about Justin.tv is that it is unedited reality and anything can happen during the lifecaster’s day. The amount of channels now is great too. When nothing is going on in one stream you can just switch the channel until you see something interesting going on.

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