New video about the Central African Republic, the conflict there, and some thoughts on why we struggle to pay attention to complex international news stories. And Kony 2012.
Calling All Nerdfighter Groups
Hey all! My name is Valerie, and in addition to being one of fynf’s showrunners, I have recently taken on the position of being a community liaison of sorts between Nerdfighteria and John & Hank.
My job is to make this community more awesome, more connected, more engaged, and more wonderful.
One of the ways all of the above can be achieved is by strengthening local nerdfighter groups and planning activities! FYNF has always tried to enable that through our Local Nerdfighter Groups page, but now it’s gonna be taken to the next level.
If you are a part of a Nerdfighter group that has meetings (regularly or occasionally), please email me at valerie[at]nerdfighteria.com with ”[your city/state/region] Nerdfighter Group” in the subject line. If your group already has a system of organization in place (looking at you, DC Nerdfighters!), please ask/get the attention of those who are admins/in charge and have them email me. I will be compiling emails and groups throughout the coming weeks to keep on hand for future projects.
Also, if you are a part of a local NF group that is not listed on our page, feel free to send me a link to it so it can be added.
Thanks & DFTBA!
Valerie has always done a lot of gluing nerdfighteria together…we’re really happy to have her on the team and helping out. There are local nerdfighter groups all over the world…we want to get a legit listing of them somewhere…so if you know of one, email her!
So people did art stakeouts around the world. This whole video made me smile.
As the crisis in the Central African Republic worsens and the UN attempts to evacuate Muslims at risk, it seems likely that the refugee crisis in and around the CAR will be a long-term issue. The UN reports that more than 1.8 million people have already been displaced.
I was really encouraged to hear today from Save the Children that most of their $50,000 Project for Awesome grant will go to relief efforts in and around the Central African Republic. (The remainder will go toward ongoing relief efforts relating to the Syrian civil war.)
So I just wanted you to know where at least part of the P4A money is heading. As we hear from other organizations about how they’re spending their grants, I’ll let you know.
Today’s video is very different from usual. One of my favorite things about Vlogbrothers is not having any set format so we can occasionally jump out of our normal boxes and try something completely new.
I really enjoyed making this video, I hope you enjoy watching it.
What a great video. Gosh, Hank is so much better at making videos than I am.
Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska Challenged
UPDATE: The school board has approved the book list with a 3-2 vote. The class will be offered as planned. Thank you to the 1,100+ people who wrote in and expressed their support for the teachers at Strasburg High School, to The American Library Association and The National Council of Teachers of English, and above all to the teachers and principal at Strasburg High School.
Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”
Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 16th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.
Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.
Letters should be addressed "To the School Board" and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.
I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.
Full proposed curriculum below the jump.
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.
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.
DFTBA Records is leaving behind its current warehouse (which used to be a preschool) and moving into a much larger space that is actually a warehouse.
This is good news for us, but it is also good news for you, because we’d rather pack up shirts and send them to you than pack them up and send them to the new warehouse.
So it’s time for a FIRE SALE. To prepare for the move, almost every t-shirt DFTBA sells is now just $10 while supplies last.
Vlogbrothers (31/01/2014): In Depth Viewing of the TFiOS Trailer.
Hanklerfish Plushie available for pre-order on dftba.com. Designed by tumblr user radtastical.
Broncos or Seahawks? YOU DECIDE
I don’t really have that much of an interest in either of these American football teams, so I’m auctioning off my support through Firstgiving.
I will GIVE MY EVERYTHING for your team. I will say TERRIBLE THINGS about your opposition. I will praise your team’s every effort.
Plus, Save the Children is an amazing organization and your donations are tax deductible.
It’s here! It’s here! The full #tfios trailer in beautiful high definition!
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.