CheddarVision

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West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers, an association of small British cheddar producers whose ranks include some of the best in the world, has announced one of the greatest website ideas ever. Beginning January 1, 2007, visitors to Cheddarvision.tv will be treated to a live webcam of an actively aging West Country Farmhouse Cheddar. Since these cheeses are aged for one year, the cheese will be ready to eat on January 1, 2008!

Now I know what you're going to say: watching a cheese age is quite a soporific endeavor. In fact, the West Country Cheesemakers acknowledge this very notion in their press release: "Some might say this is the most boring website of 2007, but our cheese is worth waiting for so it’s better than watching paint dry...just.”

I, for one, am excited to check it out. Now I won't be looking at this thing every day, but it'll definitely be interesting to see the thing progress month to month. You know, gaze at the little mold hairs as they sprout and grow over the course of the year. It would be really geekified if at the end of the year they created a time-lapse video of the aging cheese. If it's anything close to this time-lapse of a rotting watermelon, I'd be one very happy curd nerd.