Monday, April 6, 2009

ITube, YouTube, WeTube

Today at the Cafe we have Potato Leek Soup (not vegetarian) and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (vegetarian)

The TCB - turkey, cranberry & brie, The Apple Alexander - Granny Smith apple, honey & brie and the new Veggie Rocket.

Okay, so it's a worn-out, forgone conclusion that you can find anything on the internet. But I'd like to give props to the people who make so much available at virtually no charge. In many cases, these same people teach classes, sell magazines, author books and still they "donate" materials that could (and are) income generating for them.

America's Test Kitchen, publisher of Cook's Illustrated magazine, a number of cookbooks and the eponymous public television series, have a website that is partially "members only". But when I googled "blueberry scone recipe" I found a YouTube video if an ATK Blueberry Scone segment. And how convenient to be able to pause, click over to my recipe software and take down the recipe!

This past fall I attended a class taught by Cat Bordhi at Stitches East. Cat is well known teacher and author and I was thrilled to get into her class (and pay $150 for the daylong seminar on sock archetecture. My geekiness will be the subject of another post.). Cat has made a series of videos to compliment her book New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Many of these videos are straight technique tutorials and do not require the book to be valuable to knitters.

My favorite animation, which I had seen only two or three times at arthouse-style theaters, is available on You Tube. If you haven't seen it before, please check out The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathmatics.

I was too young to appreciate the signifigance of space flight when the first moon landing occured on 1969, but even if I had it wouldn't have been accompanied by a Tristan Garner remix of Give Love. Or how about the Beatles first appearance in America on The Ed Sullivan Show!

And of course there is this. Hey not everything has to be Spielberg or Dostievski.....