A New Kind of Recipe

The advent of tablet computers like the iPad is opening up all sorts of new possibilities for the way multimedia content is consumed. Photographer William Hereford has come up with a really nifty idea for video-based recipes using looping footage and well-laid-out typeface. I find myself using my laptop a lot when I'm in the kitchen now, and I can see this, or something like it, being a really moody and nice replacement for my current recipe-on-webpage-on-laptop-on-counter setup. Hereford says:

"My hope is to develop this video to work with tablet computers so that you could "swipe" between the vignettes instead of them playing with a rigid sequence from start to end. ... I like the idea of creating a moving image which runs on a loop or is shot over a long period of time so the media can be consumed and studied in ways a traditional film cannot."

I also think this recipe looks delectable. I just might try it!

Cooking Dinner Vol. I from William Hereford on Vimeo.

Via the picture show.

A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

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