Before I ever saw the Beads, Baubles & Jewels television show, I had fully explored the show's website. This was useful when there were downloadable PDF files that showed projects and explained how to do them. It was less useful when there was bare text and few images and certainly no video to help understand what is being discussed.
The show is broadcast at 4:30 a.m. each weekday on our local PBS. No way I would ever have arisen at such an hour to watch it. When we finally got a DVR, however, I immediately programmed the thing to record BB&J--and learned that there is also a Saturday broadcast that I would never get up early enough to watch. Now, however, I could sit down for lunch and watch BB&J while I took a break from other responsibilities.
That was fun for a while, but I began to realize that the show is quite diverse in the information that is being presented, even in one show. It can be a challenge to retain everything that's being presented, some of it fairly quickly. The DVR is also getting full, so it has stopped recording new shows. I still need to learn more about what I've seen, so I am certainly not ready to delete anything. What to do?
An easy solution would, of course, be to buy the DVDs. Can't afford that right now. And, so far, the DVD issues are focusing on the most recent seasons of the show. My PBS is showing the series in more or less random order and seems to include some of the earlier seasons. (At least, I think I remember a show from the 600 series.)
My current solution is to treat the show as a class. I sit down with a notebook and pen to take notes on what is being shown (and begin a much needed index of the show's contents). To make the task easier (I'm a long way from being in a classroom now), I coordinate with the show's web site. Of course, I would have to scan forward on the recording to find out which number the program is since the number is not announced until the very end. If I am quick enough, I can go to my PBS station's website to find out what the show number is (or was, since I am always behind in watching the shows). Once that essential (but annoying) chore is taken care of, I can go back to the computer, locate that program on the website, and print or download whatever information is available.
With this wealth of information, I can watch the program (again) and see things that I missed on the first viewing, solidify my learning of the lessons presented, and get one step closer to acting on the thought that "I can do that."
Good ideas! You're very lucky you get it. I used to watch it a few years ago then my PBS station quit carrying it.
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We don't have it in our PBS too...:( It would be heavenly if they'll include BB&J...
That's good advice. The only BB&J's I've seen are a couple segments here and there posted on the web. I've never seen an entire episode. I don't think Armed Forces Network carries it, and we don't have a recorder for AFN anyway.
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*reminding self never to navigate away from a post in progress ever ever again*
Second try. Now cutting a lot of background verbiage.
I don't have access to the earlier shows either, but I am curious about what they taught and what inspiration might come from them. My strategy (which will likely keep me occupied for some time to come) is to start researching the artists who appear on the show. Some of them have websites; some photos of their work still show up in web searches. Even if I can't see what they had to say on the show, I can see what kind of work they do. With luck, they may even have instructions or tips.
To do this, I made my own program guide to BB&J, starting with Series 100. I went to the BB&J program notes page, copied, and pasted to a word processing program. I then fiddled with the formatting until I was happy. Then I printed out. By reducing the font size, I got it down to 21 pages and then printed out 2 pages per sheet. This all took a bit of time, but it goes pretty fast if you do all of your copy/paste work at one time and then mess with the formatting.
From the final printout, I started highlighting the names of people on the show and then googled them. I have only just started, so I've only looked up a few. There are some dead ends, people who don't have a web presence, but then there is Katie Hacker's blog, with links to a stash of her BB&J beading lessons, and Lisa Pavelka's whole line of products that I never heard of before but might now try. One wrong name (I think) led me to an anthropological study of clothing ("The Naked and the Clothed," Esther and Jack Goody, in The Cloth of Many Colored Silks, ed. Nancy Lawler, et al.). Fun!
Having read your post, I wanted to let you know that you can copy any or all shows from your DVR to a a Video Cassette Player.
Hope this helps.