Many nerdfighters have asked for some historical and political context to help understand the crisis in Ukraine. I gave a go at an introduction in this video. For actual news, I’m following the BBC’s Ukraine Crisis hub.
EDIT: Of course I messed up east and west. Of course. Because I always do. Is there a real disease wherein people literally cannot imagine directions or maps? If so, I have it.
My best friend Chris and I go to rather extreme lengths to meet in the middle for this week’s vlogbrothers video.
- Pick a friend.
- Determine the exact midpoint between the two of you. You can use http://geomidpoint.com to help you out.
- Agree to meet there at a certain time.
- Once making the agreement, don’t communicate until you meet in the middle!
- Document the meeting and share it if you want on YouTube, twitter, tumblr, whatever with the hashtag #theartassignment.
Join The Art Assignment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9lpMFPEj58
Thanks to my friend Chris for being in the video! You can follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/wategi
For today’s video, I thought I’d share with you 18 books I love that you probably haven’t read. Each of these books has stuck with me over the years. I hope you’ll include in comments a book you loved that hasn’t found as broad an audience as you think it deserves. I’m going to read 18 of those and review them in a future vlogbrothers video.
Dave Green is a financial planner who lives in Dayton, Ohio. His wife, Paula, and him have two kids — Sophia and Harrison. And he has a scar on his left cheek from when he fell off a swing at the age of five. His favorite food is a pulled-pork sandwich, and he has a high degree of respect for Anderson Cooper
The Dave Green tag on tumblr is amazing.
I made a video about the stunning decrease in infant mortality, the benefits of foreign aid (at least when it’s health aid), and other topics discussed in the annual letter from Melinda and Bill Gates.
54 Jokes! In Four Minutes!
Man I love these jokes videos.
There is a lot of suck in the world, and I don’t wish to minimize it.
But there is also a lot to be hopeful and excited about on this planet these days, and by some measures, 2014 might just be the best year ever for humans.
Can we all just pause for a moment and imagine how different our lives might be if John had decided not to buy a camcorder on this day seven years ago? I don’t think I could ever thank him or Hank enough for starting Brotherhood 2.0 and deciding that filming themselves and uploading it onto the internet all those years ago was a good idea.
This hit my like a ton of bricks.
I owe so much to these two guys I couldn’t even imagine where I would be right now if my life hadn’t intersected with theirs. I’d probably still be working as a barista for minimum wage, working at the UMZM unpaid, alone, trying to bribe the school newspaper to talk about our collections. Jesus.
It’s been pretty awesome for us, too.
Thanks to everyone who has been part of nerdfighteria in its first seven years. Thank God this ain’t Hogwarts: Here’s to Year Eight.
HELP! We Made YouTube’s Algorithm Angry!
YouTube uses a complicated algorithm to decide whether or not to show you videos from the people you’re subscribed to. One of the most pieces of data in this algorithm is the number of times people ignore videos from a particular creator on their “What to Watch” page.
Because we posted like 16 videos in the last week…and because a lot of people weren’t in the mood to watch ALL SIXTEEN OF THOSE VIDEOS, our click rate on videos went WAAAAY down. And as a result, YouTube stopped showing our videos to a lot of people who are subscribed to us.
The logic is “If they didn’t click on the last six, why should we clutter up their feed with these videos…they’re obviously not interested.” But that logic does not take into account 48 hour live charity events.
If you could go to YouTube.com and click on and watch (ideally all the way through, yes, watch-time matters too) the most recent vlogbrothers video, that’d be GREAAAT, even if you’ve already watched it before, it should help us get back on the right side of the algorithm.
If you don’t see the video in your feed, go to “my subscriptions” and watch it there. I don’t know if the algorithm counts that, but it couldn’t hurt. Thank you all for your help, and thanks for a great Project for Awesome.
Thanks for doing this. It sucks to get punished for the (very successful!) p4a.
And thanks for raising over $870,000 in the Project for Awesome! (!!!!)
I’m hosting the livestream for another three minutes. Can we get to $120,000 on the Indiegogo by the time Hank takes over?
Cooking with a 3-Year-Old: Slobber Carrots and Gross Barbecue
In which John eats slobber carrots with drool, gross barbecue with drool, and hat. I’m glad to have this punishment behind me. Thanks to Henry and nerdfighteria for the horror.
Hey, the Project for Awesome starts in ONE WEEK! Get your thumbnails here: http://www.projectforawesome.com/thum… and find out more here: http://www.projectforawesome.com/about
Simultaneously very happy and grossed out. Must be a punishment video!