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Food Wishes Video Recipes

February 4, 2010

Chef John hosts his show and runs his own blog called Food Wishes. The video tutorials from Food Wishes are spectacular and the recipes are amazing. I don’t just say that because I like to watch people cook, I have attempted to make some of the recipes, though most of the time I’m usually missing one key ingredient, so I make a mock-up dish. What’s great about the video podcast is that Chef John is an excellent host and has a great voice anyone can follow along to, with his own witty humor, not to mention how I get suckered into viewing the fabulous entree at the end of the video.

If you want to learn how to cook and want to learn from viewing videos, I definitely suggest Food Wishes just because it is well produced, it has excellent audio quality, not like some YouTube videos out there who don’t use a proper mic. But if you’re not into cooking, Food Wishes also runs tutorials that teach one to properly eat, like the this video below that shows how to eat chicken wings.

This video went viral and currently has a million views. Go check out Food Wishes at their blog and from their podcast. This podcast is updated once or more and week.

Also follow Chef John on Twitter @FoodWishes

Food Wishes


Podcast Awards

November 17, 2009

Vote for your favorite podcast at podcast awards website. [link] There’s a range of topics to vote on, including food and drink, best produced, etc. Voting ends November 30th.

The Future of Podcasting

October 31, 2009

The Problem with Podcasting

The iTunes set-up for podcasting is not ideal for finding new shows to listen to. Also, iTunes has been inundated by the video podcasts versus the audio podcasts, and as an avid fan of audio, I think that podcast listeners, and new listeners, have quite a dilemma. First, the platforms in which podcasts are delivered aren’t widely available. And for other programs that download podcasts, for example MediaMonkey, it’s quite impossible to find podcasts unless you know which shows you want to listen to. You can read blogs like mine, other others, but again, there’s only one dominate platform. What we need, perhaps, is a media guide, like the TV guide listing channel on a cable network.

Another thing is that I love a well-produced podcast over a podcast with horrible quality; our ears tend to pick up quality a lot better than our eyes (YouTube videos, as great high quality has been, still streams many low quality videos). Though set-up may be cheap to set-up at home, podcasters can not allow a raw and unedited podcast to go on the air, there needs to be edits and cuts. There are guides out there that can help podcasters better their podcasts, like Podcast Alley. But maybe this comes from a predisposition from listening to radio for more than a decade of my life.

Last, but not least, is the availability. We can all download podcasts from iTunes, but we want our shows on our TVs, Car radios, or everywhere we go. Personally, I bring my iPod everywhere, but what if we could listen to our shows with hassle of connecting devices back and forth. To that, and all of the other issues, I’m merely addressing an issue, and not actually providing a solution. I don’t have a solution to give, though I have ideas that may or may not work.

New Media’s Shift to ‘Media’

Perhaps what shocks me the most, or at least startles me, is the shift of new media. There isn’t a stable model for videos online to profit. However, the Roku box and Mediafly are about to bring programming online to the television. The idea isn’t new of course; there have been models with the Xbox, the PS3, or home brewing your own media center. For video producers, video podcasters, or even audio podcasters, there is a shift that could bring a larger market to your shows. Viewing content on your television is much more comforting than watching everything from your computer screen. That’s why this “new media” could very well move and integrate to form “media” in general.

But this certainly brings a concern, especially for international viewers and listeners. The U.S. isn’t the only consumer of media, there’s Europeans and Asians who also take in media, not to mention Southern Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, and so on. If we’re going to shift podcasting/vlogging/and so on, we have to include the whole world.

Imagine that instead of having your computer on in the morning to read the New York Times, you’ll have it on demand on your television. Of course, a small community has already done so, but the masses will start to look into this. And when they do, we can expect a refined model of advertising, of content production, and of making money.

Concluding Thoughts

I’ve just finished reading “Crush It,” by Gary Vaynerchuck, and it’s certainly a book to reel in people who have not been exposed to the ideas of social media and collaboration on the Internet. I recommend it for content producers especially as he really pushes them to create their own brand. For all of the content producers out there, try to outreach to other communities and grab people interested in what you say. Check out Boxee or MediaFly or other partnerships to see if you can bring your media to the television, or to the car radio. It’s your chance to make a living doing what you love. As for myself, I’m still determining what is ahead for podcasting, and I’ll continue writing reviews. Hopefully this week, I can pull five reviews out, and for the rest of the month. That’s my goal at least.

– Photo courtesy of Graysky on Flickr

Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

October 15, 2009

Today is blog action day. It’s to unite blogs and help inform people about an important issue. This year is global warming, so I encourage everyone to visit Blog Action Day 2009 and learn more about climate change through podcasts and further research.

Climate change affects everyone in the world. One nature program I love that sometimes brings up this issue is TERRA, which I reviewed earlier this year. Go to the link and check out my review. I care deeply about global pollution and toxins going into our atmosphere. This week, This Week in Science talked about CO2 levels today being just as high as today nearly 15 million years ago. Maybe there’s a correlation somewhere.

On a different note, next month, I will make an effort to blog every weekday, so those requesting I review their podcasts will get a respectful review.

So go check out Blog Action Day and if you have a blog, do your part in joining the cause.

Beatles Brief Podcast

October 5, 2009

This is very short podcast with recent Beatles news. Of course, the Beatles have long since disbanded, and only two of the four members are alive, but historians and music fanatics can take two minutes to listen to Scott Segelbaum talk what’s up with the Beatles these days. It’s well produced, well informed for its short length, hence this short review. Check it out at the Rock Art Show.

Beatles Brief Podcast

Podcasting in Plain English

September 13, 2009

I thought that it would be appropriate to show this video for newcomers. It’s from those amazing people over at Common Craft who create other videos like this who need complex social networking services, technological specs, and tech jargon into plain simple words.

Scam School

September 11, 2009

Part of the Revision3 network, Scam School shows you tips and tricks that will score you free drinks at the bar. Hosted by Brain Brushwood (Twitter), Scam School offers many scams or hacks that will win you friends, drinks, or revenge if that’s what you seek. The show is well produced and follows the same format every episode. The show delivers with fresh content each week, from getting out of handcuffs to learning proposition bets you can use at the bar.

What you learn here can definitely be applied to real life. To test it out, I tried one of the hard tricks called the Jack-O-Lantern. Watch the video below to find out what the trick is about. Well, let’s say it’s hotter than I initially thought.

So if you really want quality in podcasts, this podcast will satisfy your needs. You’ll learn more here than actual school. The show keeps you entertained and wanting more each week.

Scam School