In which John continues the Nerdfighter Book Club’s discussion of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Are there unambiguous victories? How should we approach our understanding of and relationship with charities domestic and international? I look forward to reading all of your thoughts in comments when I get back.
New vlogbrothers video! Our Old Friend Complexity: I talk about the role of luck in Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
Video Transcriptions and Translations
As you may know, YouTube gives channels the capability of uploading caption tracks to their videos, and these tracks are invaluable to all kinds of people. Captions allow deaf and hard of hearing YouTube users the ability to enjoy videos to the fullest extent; captions clarify words or phrases that might be difficult to understand when spoken aloud; captions enable users to find phrases or quotes via searches, and so on.
An impressive amount of vlogbrothers-related videos have already been transcribed, and I’m in the process of uploading those transcriptions as captions to the videos themselves. But there is a lot of work yet to be done.
If you’d like to help transcribe videos, go to the Nerdfighteria Wiki, find videos that have not yet been transcribed, pick one, and transcribe it! Instructions and formatting tips are available on the wiki, so poke around a bit!
If you’re feeling particularly awesome, you can focus on one of the following channels/categories, all of which need special help since they do not have scripts:
- The Art Assignment
- SciShow Talk Show
- SciShow Quiz Show
- Any other non-standard SciShow/Crash Course videos (like bloopers, teasers, surveys, and so on)
Similarly, if you are multilingual, we could use your talents in helping to translate videos for our educational channels.
See below for a full list of courses and channels that are available for translation:
Instructions regarding the translation process are available on each individual site.
Thanks in advance for all the work, time, and effort that you all put into these captions & translations! It’s greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions (that can’t be answered by a perusal of the wiki/subtitl.us), feel free to email me.
New vlogbrothers video! Perfect Puff and Endless Interviews: Touring and Hollywood Press Junkets
Thanks to Sunny for letting me use her footage of TFiOS TX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAhpTBtnYH0
Hank’s album Incongruent is now on iTunes, and it’s great: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/incongruent/id868150391
Happy Birthday Hank Green!
5th May 1980
Happy Birthday to my amazing brother Hank.
I’m celebrating his birthday with a donation to Partners in Health, but I also got him a present on nerdfighteria’s behalf that he’ll hopefully see later today.
Also Hank’s (truly excellent) album Incongruent comes out Wednesday, so now would be a good day to preorder your signed copy!
Hank is a huge inspiration to me and to many. A lot of cool things have grown out of vlogbrothers over the years, but my favorite will always be a closer relationship with my brother, whom I respect and admire so much.
Influence, Airports, and the Nerdfighter Book Club
In which John discusses his surprising (and unearned) place in the TIME 100, Time’s annual list of the most influential people in the world, and then goes to the airport to discuss this summer’s nerdfighter book club pick, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I hope you enjoy the book (read it by June 10th!) and look forward to our discussion of it.
This super awesome nerdfighter art has always been my favourite, and it served as my inspiration to write a Hank and John version of the Phineas and Ferb theme song.
(Lyrics can be found in the YouTube description!)
Yes, and yes, and yes!
Made of awesome!
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.
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.
My vlogbrothers video, which I made an eternity ago (last night), still isn’t uploaded. I haven’t neared the midnight deadline in YEARS…
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