I just got Jeri Ellsworth’s web video shows on my radar, namely The Fat Man and Circuit Girl. She and co-host George Sanger do an awesome job of explaining electrical engineering, science concepts, and various forms of hackery in a clear, straightforward, and fun way.

Jer’s just started experimenting with short videos, with limited editing, of her describing something that’s caught her interest, like a video lab journal. This vid, Short Circuit #1, is her describing how an analog falling edge detector circuit works (and yes, she knows that she said “variable capacitor” when she meant “variable resistor”).

BTW: Jeri will be at Maker Faire in May! She’ll be showing off her Easy Bake Oven chip lab.

Fat Man and Circuit Girl

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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