My Favorite YouTube Channels

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2016

Over the past few years, I have become an avid YouTube watcher. I tend to search YouTube first for content that is instructional in nature (recent example – I watched a bunch of videos on making flower crowns before I made this very successful one), and over the last few years, YouTube has become one of my top destinations online. I do not have a television in my bedroom, but I definitely check the YouTube app on the iPad to see if any of my favorite channels have posted new content. I am subscribed to over 50 channels; however, many of those are updating once a month or less.

Here are my current top YouTube channel picks!


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I found Nikkie through Nicole Guerriero, whose channel I have been watching for ages. I think this black and white look was the first video I watched, and the moment I fell in love was at 1:37. She is an incredible makeup artist, and so much fun to watch, which is what makes me a happy subscriber.

The Brain Scoop

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Emily Graslie started this channel on her own, and eventually, a brilliant mind at the Field Museum in Chicago hired her to come work at the museum and continue her YouTube channel. Not only are her videos super interesting and varied, but she is a wonderful role model for young women, especially those interested in STEM.

Mr. Kate

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Mr. Kate is a DIY mistress and interior designer with her own jewelry and accessories line. She has built an entire empire with her business partner/husband and a team of creatives in Los Angeles. Her videos range from personal style to travel to home decor.


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Tested has been through some changes in the past few years, but is now “Adam Savage’s Tested,” as Adam is the marquee name associated with both Tested.com and this YouTube channel. The Tested team is much bigger than just Adam, and this channel serves videos of podcasts, Adam’s “one-day builds,” museum tours, tips and tricks on creating your own maker space, and more.

Helen Anderson

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Helen makes many videos from the standardized list favored by beauty/lifestyle vloggers, but her personality and delivery is absolutely why I’m still watching her channel. She’s a cool chick, and I imagine that other people watch her channel for the same reason that I do, which is that I strongly feel that if Helen can do it, I can do it.

America’s Test Kitchen

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If you are familiar with the television show, you’ll know exactly what kinds of videos are on America’s Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel. I love watching these and learning, and they also make great content for sharing on Noritake’s social networks.

USA Gymnastics

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Not sure how I initially found this channel, but it sent me down a path of binge-viewing gymnastics competitions from the past 40 years. I am now basically an expert in women’s artistic gymnastics.

Tweet me with your favorite YouTube channels so I can check them out!




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Video Shopping: Adam Savage’s Kitchen

by Jamie Sanford on April 15, 2013

Part 2 of the Adam Savage-centric posts. Click here for part 1, where we shop for everything in Adam’s daily carry.

The next video I’ll be shopping is “Cooking Perfect Omelettes with Adam Savage and Traci des Jardins.” I generally don’t go for eggs, but this video makes me want omelettes.

Let’s get started on what we can find in Adam’s kitchen.

I don’t know where to get it, but I really love that backsplash. You can also get a glimpse of the industrial stove and hood.

Overhead view! The first item I went looking for is the salt holder. Apparently also called a salt pig, but this one isn’t shaped like a pig. I think the one seen here might be the Emile Henry 11-ounce salt pig, available from Amazon for $40.

You can get another look at the salt pig there, but I’m now interested in the beautiful utensil holder in the back there. I think it might be from Le Creuset, but the shape might be off. I did find this one, the Le Creuset Stoneware Utensil Crock in Flame, available from Amazon for $29.95.

Time to talk about the clock. (I swear I typed that before I realized what a lame joke it is. Totally unintentional.) Not being all that familiar with clocks, it took me a while to figure out that it appears to be a vintage Postal Telegraph clock. Here’s a link to the eBay search result to find your own.

Adam uses Meadow Creek Dairy Appalachian cheese in his omelettes. I checked their website and this is where Meadow Creek Cheeses are stocked.

Adam puts this delicious brown chipotle salsa-type concoction on his omelette and it looks super delicious. I worry that it would be too spicy for me. Either way the Bufalo Salsa Chipotle is available here from Amazon, for $6.27 for a bottle.

It’s Traci des Jardins!

The poster behind her on the right is a print of an illustration by the 19th century biologist Ernst Haeckel called Echinidea. The version on the wall is much bigger than this 13×9 version I found on Amazon, a steal at $3.80.  There’s an 18×24 available from Art.com for $24.99.

Look at the Bufalo Sauce collection back there!

On to the gigantic mortar and pestle on the left side. I can’t tell what it is made of but it looks insanely big. Maybe Adam Savage will read this blog post and tell us where to get his giant mortar and pestle. For good measure, here’s a link to the search result on Amazon for “large mortar and pestle.”

This is Traci’s duck egg omelette, garnished with fines herbes. Again, I don’t really love eggs but that looks like it should be absolutely amazing.

That brings us to the close of this video shopping post. Let me know what you think in the comments, or send me a tweet.

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Video Shopping: Adam Savage – Everyday Carry

by Jamie Sanford on April 1, 2013

New segment, totally inspired by this video! (Edit: I found out after creating and posting this that a much simpler version exists in another viewer’s comment on the Tested site.)

If you are not subscribed to Tested, you need to check it out right now. Lots of great content, at the heart of it stuff featuring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters fame. (You know I love Mythbusters, I even sort of busted a Mythbusters result a while back.) Shoutouts to Will Smith and Norman Chan as well.

Recently, 2 videos made me start thinking that one of my shopping posts should be to find the things seen in online videos. There have been 2 on Tested recently that I would like to focus on. I’m going backwards, because the first one I’m going to shop is Adam Savage’s Everyday Carry. Watch the video, where Adam walks you through the items he carries on his person every day.

Please note that I do not know the exact items being shown, and will try to find what I see, or indicate that I have found something similar.

Here’s a look at the entire contents. We will break it down though.

First up is Adam’s phone. Adam uses a black iPhone 5, encased in an Element Sector 5 iPhone Case.

Adam has a leather billfold from Paul Smith. He specifically mentions that this edition was for the celebration of the Paul Smith store’s existence in NYC.

We also get a lovely close-up of the leather wear, which looks amazing.

Next up are the keys, and Adam shows off a very small 32GB Flash Drive Keychain that he says has come in very useful. (Maybe I need to switch to this instead of carrying a 1 TB portable drive around in my bag?)

Adam uses a Remove Before Flight Keychain, and says it makes it easy to find keys.

A Fisher Space Pen and a Field Notes Graph Paper Notebook are always in Adam’s pocket. The graph paper specifically is noted.

This is a look at Adam’s tiny flashlight. From what I can tell, it is a Fenix E01, which matches the parameters discussed in the video.

Finally, we come to Adam’s watch (a gift from his wife), the Omega Seamaster. I am not 100% on this one, but I think it is this model.

That brings us to the end of this Video Shopping post. I am not done with Adam Savage yet, he has a kitchen I saw in another Tested video and I want some of those items too. Check out the kitchen post here!

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