No argumentative intent assumed; all friends!
My attempts at the LTCO were from personal (i.e., in-person) demos and many, many, many videos on YouTube/Yahoo/wherever. :wall: I became very adept at stop-action clicking of the mouse and trying to hold in my memory what I had just viewed so that I could attempt to duplicate it, then re-clicking the mouse for another 4 to 6 seconds. No go.
As for attempting to duplicate what I saw in person...? Also no go. Many times. :hair: At no time did anyone recommend that I look for a book; following their (implicit) lead, I figured that knitting books were full of patterns for those who already knew how to knit.
Ironically enough, after seeing someone else cast on in April 2011 using the Backwards Loop CO, which finally broke the LTCO ice (yes, I was staggered/enraged/stunned etc.), I said to myself that I was going to knit NOW, [ahem] d*mmit, and checked out a book from the Juvenile shelves of our local library.
Know what cast-on that book recommended?
==> Backwards Loop! :woot:
Pretty sure I've written that story somewhere around here at KH....will take a look and edit this post if I find it.
Not sure what "other" methods there are for the BLCO, nor your preferred learning style, but the method shown in Amy's (silent) video here is the one I've been using. LionBrand has schematics here, as well as an incredibly annoying video (0:57 to show how to make the first loop!). Series of still photos with written instructions found here.
If you prefer to learn from a book, I'll look through mine (now I have a pretty good reference library, but then...?) for a couple of suggestions.