This artwork, inspired by The Fault in Our Stars, was designed by Lala Vicencio.
I think we need a school of Nerdfighteria. Here are some ideas for teachers, please please, please, add to/change the teachers. WE NEED TO LEARN ALL THE SUBJECTS!!
p.s. In case if you didn’t know, this is all hypothetical. I’m not dragging John away from novel writing. Not ever! Plus, I wouldn’t make someone teach if they had no desire to do so.
Humanities (a.k.a. English and History and Stuff) - John Green
Science - Hank Green
Mathematics - ViHart
Music - Tom Milsom
Art - Vondell Swain
WHAT IS A NERDFIGHTER ANYWAY?
this is a question that I love to answer, so thanks for giving me an opportunity to.
A nerdfighter, in the most basic sense, is someone who both enjoys the content of John and Hank Green’s youtube channel, Vlogbrothers and identifies with the ideas values that they, along with their online community, have propagated over the five years in which they have been a part of the internet. These values include the idea that traits commonly regarded as “nerdy”, such as love of knowledge, respect for intellect, and eagerness to show enthusiasm for things, are not negative traits but instead things to strive for.
Apart from being the audience of John and Hank’s videos, the Nerdfighter community often creates and participates in events with the goal to “reduce worldsuck” (a phrase among many coined by the brothers and their viewers in their inaugural year-long Brotherhood 2.0 project), including the annual YouTube Project For Awesome, a community-based day-long charity drive created in 2007 that raised over $100,000 for charities of all shapes and sizes just last year.
As is common in large internet communities full of young people, the Nerdfighter community is chock full of memetic in-jokes derived from the adventures and exploits and of the Green brothers, including the name of the community itself, which was coined unwittingly by John after misreading the text on an AERO FIGHTERS arcade machine and later adopted as a demonym by the brothers and the community. The community’s official unofficial slogan, “Don’t Forget To Be Awesome”, another Brotherhood 2.0 coinage initialized as “DFTBA”, reminds nerdfighters to strive to be excellent as often as possible.
It’s an easy community to get lost in, especially with the frequency of in-jokes, but one of the main ideas boasted by the community is that nerdfighters are not in an exclusive club — because of the values and philosophies it is based on, the nerdfighter community is all-inclusive, and as the Green brothers have said many times, “if you want to be a nerdfighter… you already are.”
hope that answers your question. :)
This is a really good response to a question I am frequently asked and can never answer.
If any of you actually read the whole thing, hopefully this blog makes more sense.
…the Zombie Apocalypse reading!
Didn’t get your chance to get your hands on John Green’s Zombie Apocalypse Novella? FEAR NOT! Mr. Green wanted to make it available so he put it under a creative commons license so that it could be shared! (plus I hear that The HPA was having troubles getting it sent to all of the emails).
Here are both the Word doc version:
AND the fancy PDF with its fancy fonts and fancy book looking format:
Totally loving this new band. The Hectic Glow are awesome! Anyone going to that concert next Saturday? I hear Paige Railstone is supporting!
Does anyone know if Paige will be there?
Hey guys, I noticed an article I wrote about nerdfighters, along with a picture of me with DFTBA tattooed on my forehead turned up a few days ago. Small world, right? I love how connected all nerdfighters are. Anyway, if you wanted to read the article, here it is:
If you are even slightly nerdy, I think you should read this.
This is the man-made creek that flows past my school. On sunny days teenage girls will dip their bare feet in the water while asking questions, some trivial, some bizarre, many starting with “What if…” Bored kids will toss in daisy blossoms, racing to see whose will go over the falls first. Frisbees often need to be fished out during the middle of a game, and when flung they splatter everyone with water droplets. When the weather rises high (or even uncomfortably warm) people will dunk their heads in or splash each other. Maybe some blokes will soak sponges in it and start an all out water fight. At the bottom there is broken bricks and broken glass, sticks, stones and the occasional crayfish. Plants grow under the water, on top of the water, and even come out of the crevices in the laid-stone banks. Except for the day when chemicals were dumped in and the stream turned milk-white for a few hours, the water is perfectly clear. We will use this stream for so many things, but think of it as unfit to drink. And yet Hank’s video from Haiti shows us people who long for water half as clean. Sometimes we just need to keep in mind how unbelievably blessed we are. And if you are thinking That’s easy for her to say, she doesn’t have to deal with _____,you need to correct that attitude. You know why? Because you are: a) on the Internet, which means b) you have dealt with computers before in your life, and c) you have enough free time to read my blog.
Water is a vital part of Earth-based existance, and sometimes we in first- and second-world countries take it for granted, I mean, it does fall freely from the sky.
You can help out by going to: my.water.org and donating money if that is at all possible.
Hank Green’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9xFCV-fjZ4
Photograph courtesy of Raya: http://instagram.heroku.com/users/princessraya
John Green, from the Love and Romance Questions ANSWEREDvlog, July 28th 2009
This has been bothering me for a while. If a woman takes longer than 10 seconds to say yes, it is automatically assumed that she doesn’t want to. I have no problem with divorce, but if you marry someone you should be planning on forever (60+ years).
Awesome Nerdfighting Awesomeness
Illegitimate Nerdfighter Pledge
I pledge to decrease suck every day, and increase awesome by the minute.
I pledge to always be smart, not stupid, and to be thoughtful, not vapid.
I pledge to acknowledge that the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan is not the most important thing in the world.
I pledge to reply to stupid ideas by doing the giant squid of anger.
I pledge to steer clear of any and all decepticons.
I pledge to never shoot a fellow nerdfighter.
I pledge to be awesome.
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Most definitely Yes.
Umm… Sometimes (hey, I’m supposed to be thoughtful, right?).
Yes (except in video games).
But of course.