Returning to the object you tried to identify in a previous Web Trick create a video where you show the object, but rather than saying what you think you know about it, talk instead about the process you went through trying to figure it out. Describe your ideas, what worked, did not work, and anything that would help demonstrate how you go about problem solving.

Try to keep the video about two minutes long.

If you have a mobile camera, you can record this yourself, or maybe work in pairs so each of you can take turns holding the camera. Then upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, or Twitter — any place you can post a video where it has a public web address for others to see it. Use that URL to be the example of work for your response to this web trick.

Note that this does not require putting your face on camera, you can just focus on your hands and showing the object; it’s more important to hear you talk about your process.

Or if it fits better if you did much of the work on a computer, you could also record a screencast using a free web-based tool such as Screencast-O-Matic, Loom, or Apowersoft.

Example for "Describe Your Process for Trying to Identify the Contextless Object":

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After you do this web Trick, please share it so it can appear with other responses below. If your response exists at a public viewable URL, you can add the information directly to this site.

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4 Responses Completed for this Web Trick

  • Optical pickup for dvd (Sue Brown, @suegbrown)

    Explanation of how I found what the object is – with help of my workshop colleague Shane

  • How to look up the home of an image (Kathryn Logan, @hereIam)

    This is how we looked up the origin of an image

  • Circuit Board Hunt (Shane Knights, @notexisting)

    The mystery circuit board search solved by googling part/serial numbers.

  • The LED clicky button thing (Me, @ambientblurt)

    So this thing has lights and is pretty and makes me happy. How did I work out what it could be?

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