Capturing Ephemera

Each project, built of both wiring and code, is an experiment in responsive environment construction. We can archive the code to a file on our laptop, but the physical wiring is not so easily archived. Since the electrical components are still a bit precious we must canibalize each project to create the next one. While this renders each project ephemeral, it also encourages us to practice careful recording and documentation of the projects, complete with all the info necessary to re-create it. These can then be consulted, combined, and otherwise exploited to learn more than we might on our own. These are the material from which we construct our Gallery.

Descriptive Text

Tell us what inspired you, or what you were trying to do with the project. What was hard or easy about it? What do you wish you had time to explore further? Its just text; type it in to the text area of the blog.

Photograph and Circuit Diagram

Feel free to use your smartphone or laptop camera to capture these. They should be legible and in focus, but they don't have to be perfectly framed or cropped.


This should be easy. As long as all the code is in one file, just copy and paste it from the IDE to the "Code" text area in the blog. When you view the page, some of the lines may stick out of the right side; that's OK.


UW students have access to Google services, including YouTube, via UW NetID login. You must activate access to Google Apps on this page.

When you have done this, you simply point your browser at http://youtube.com and when prompted to login, enter 'uwnetid@uw.edu' (using your uwnetid). Enter nothing for the password. You should then see the familiar UW Web Login prompt. Respond in the usual way.

You're IN!

Now you can click the 'upload' link at the top right and begin uploading your movies.

Once you have uploaded a movie, you want to link to it from your blog page. While a short url (e.g. http://youtube.com/abcdefg) can be pasted into the Movie Link field on our blogs, it works much better if you choose 'Share' and 'Embed' (on the YouTube site) to get YouTube to show you the '<iframe> ....' link and copy and paste that into your blog "movie" link."

When you exit the blog edit mode, you should see your YouTube movie embedded in the blog page. Let me know if you have questions.