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Hi all,

I'm Patrick, also known as Sockrates, and I've been live-streaming various video games on the website Twitch.tv for a few months now. I'm an undergraduate student at UC Davis majoring in pharmaceutical chemistry and an aspiring pharmacist with a love for science. I decided to meld my love for video games and science together and begin streaming Foldit on my Twitch channel, https://www.twitch.tv/s0ckrates

I already did my first livestream of Foldit where I cleared all of the tutorials and one beginner puzzle before playing a little Factorio (after which I improved upon the high score off-stream.) While I was preparing for stream I noticed that there isn't anybody in the Twitch streaming directory streaming Foldit, so I wanted to take a moment to reach out to the community here in order to change that. If there are any fellow Foldit streamers I should know about, please toss me a message on Twitter (@MrSockrates), or on Twitch.

As to when I plan on streaming Foldit, I don't have a set schedule but you can follow me on Twitch and Twitter and get notified when I go live. I plan to do so whenever I get some spare moments during my school week, as sort of bonus streams to my weekly stream where I livestream whatever video game I please as a way to destress, express myself, and interact with passersby and loyal viewers alike in chat.

Also if you're new to Twitch and have no idea what it is, I wrote an article on mmos.com that compares it to a giant couch, of all things. https://mmos.com/editorials/twitch-online-gamers-internet-couch
Feel free to ask me in chat any questions you have regarding Twitch culture!

I plan to go live tonight for an hour or so moments after publishing this post, so please stop on by and say hi if you get the chance! If things go well over time, I'll be much more encouraged to keep streaming Foldit alongside the other games I want to share with the world. Try not to backseat unless I ask for tips, but other than that, enjoy the stream!

- Sockrates

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This is a really neat idea.

As a fellow gamer and science fanatic, I love this idea.

If you do get a schedule set up, message me! I'd love to watch your streams and potentially promote them on Foldit's Twitter if you'd be comfortable with that.

Looking forward seeing your folding in action!

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Thanks for the interest! My

Thanks for the interest! My first stream ended 1 hour later than I initially intended so the entire broadcast is roughly 2 hours. As a short one sentence post-lab report, alpha helices are overpowered as I would discover late in the stream doing the beginner puzzle. Still trying to figure out how I can perfect a hairpin sort of design that works better.

I'd love the cross-promotion on Twitter if you're so inclined! Every connection counts being a humble small-time streamer, and it's easier for me to interact with everyone who finds my stream since the chat isn't flooded with spam unlike the larger channels.

Schedule-wise I've thought about doing 'Folding Fridays' but currently that's reserved for doing my weekly de-stress stream, so no promises quite yet.

The broadcast is actually archived on my Twitch channel for about 60 days, so you can check that out under the 'Videos' tab if you're curious.

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Not sure what happened with

Not sure what happened with that initial bit at the top, oops.

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I tried to check out your Foldit video online

but Twitch refused to load it for me. I'll try again in a couple days to see if I can view it. Currently, Foldit has about 1.4k followers on Twitter and 14k follower on Facebook, so I'm hoping it would get you a few extra views, at least. :)

As for the weird bit at the top on forum posts, I found out (the hard way) that you HAVE to have to put in a 'subject' on your responses or else it will take the first bit of your comment and repeat it in the 'subject' line.

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Refusing to load it?

There's a separate tab where my past broadcasts are located, labeled "Videos." That's where to go when I'm not live.
As to my next stream I'm still debating on that, finals week is upon me and as much as I'd rather procrastinate on studying I gotta get my obligations done first.

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Yeah, I was able to see your past video thumbnails...

But when I clicked on them, they just wouldn't load. Could just be my browser needing an update, though.

Good luck with finals! Looking forward to seeing some broadcasts when you are a bit less obligation-burdened.

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OP helices

The mega helix is definitely OP in the beginner puzzles. It gives the whole protein structure, which is better than random. Most beginning players leave a good deal of the protein random, so you end up ahead of them. In some puzzles you will have more competition from people who are also structuring the whole protein (lots of well-formed sheets and helixes, not much loop).

Glad to see you streaming foldit! I hope to catch you live some time.

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Enjoyed the live stream

Hey S0ckrates,
I enjoyed catching your stream live yesterday. It was fun watching you grab some rank ups before the puzzle ended. I'm glad you dropped in to foldit global chat and let us know you were streaming - that's a good way to catch players' attention. Hopefully more players will check out your stream in the coming weeks.

Susume

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Yay for more streaming!

If you know in advance (like an hour or two) when you are planning to stream Foldit, feel free to shoot me a direct message on the site here and I'll try to get a post up on the official Foldit Twitter.

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Advance notices? Of course!

I'll be sure to let you know, I'm actually thinking to start doing 1-puzzle streams on Fridays. #FolditFridays, see?

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