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2016 so far

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Made a new poster based off of yet another motivational quote by @edwardspoonhands for DFTBA’s graduation sale ;-) The poster is 20% off until May 13th and will be signed by Hank! The second poster, an old one from last year featuring words from the same video, is also on sale for 20% off.

Get yours here:

1. Make your world better poster (signed)

2. Our actions build our world poster 

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In which John talks about Orlando, and the weekend mass shooting at the gay club Pulse, which killed 49 people and injured dozens more. RECOMMENDED READING:

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In light of Hank’s birthday, I’m making a compilation of some of my favorite posters I’ve made out of his quotes (so far). Take some time to absorb the messages in each one and you’ll realize why I’ve always enjoyed illustrating his words over the years :D

Keep spreading awesome, Hank, and happy happy birthday! 

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HankArt Recap

We posted our final piece of art yesterday. Here’s a master post of all the pieces we’ve been posting for the past week and a half. These are the nine we commissioned (the two we reposted from Becky made this post too long, but those are included below).

Risa Rodil (@risarodil​, risarodil.com)

  • “Kidneys, just flying inside of people. I’ve got four now.”
  • “If I am not a cat right now, I will be upset.”

Becky Schroeder (@benevolentsliceart​, benevolentslice.com)

  • “I know what pigeons mean, don’t patronize me.”
  • “Anyone who doesn’t appreciate your tiny crab doesn’t deserve you.”
  • “We have a totally appropriate number of tarantulas.”
  • “I just want to be a dragon.”

Allison (@aclaireview)

  • “Using the bones of my adversaries to build a ladder.”

ThePotterPickle (@thepotterpickleart)

  • “Triangles. I hate triangles. All pokey. Trying to hurt me.”
  • “Stop hitting me with a fish!”

Riddhi Malhotra (@riddhis-art-desk)

  • “Sometimes I stab you in the head. It’s because I love you.”
  • “Nerds have to play video games, it’s a law of nature.”

Thanks to all of the artists for working with us! And feel free to let us know what you thought of the series; feedback is always welcome.

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Who Owns Oregon? Some Historical Context on the so-called Militia Occupation of Public Lands  

In which John discusses the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southwestern Oregon by armed civilians, and what the history of this land can tell us about private and public property in the United States, and how land came to be owned in America.

Learn more about the history of the Burns Paiute tribe

Their tribe’s website


Helpful maps to understand how the Northern Paiute land changed in the 19th century with land grants to pioneers

Teenagers are critically engaged and thoughtful readers.  They do not read Looking for Alaska and think ‘I should go have some aggressively unerotic oral sex.’ And they also don’t read The Outsiders and think 'I should join a gang’ or read Divergent and think, 'I should jump onto moving trains.’ So far as I can tell, that kind of narrow, prescriptive reading seems to happen only inside the offices of school superintendents
—  John Green (On the Banning of Looking for Alaska)
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In which John examines the complex and tangled question of the gender wage gap, and looks at some of the reasons why women who work full time are paid less than men who work full time.

SOURCES under the jump.

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I spend a lot of time thinking about why a lot of old school Nerdfighters have a hard time finding Vlogbrothers videos very engaging anymore. And since I’m me, I spend even more time thinking about why I personally don’t find Vlogbrothers very engaging anymore. This is a conversation I’ve had a dozen times on Twitter, but Twitter isn’t very good for conversations what with the whole 140 characters thing. I’m really curious what other people think about this topic, so I want to share my thoughts and hopefully some of you can respond with your own.

I started watching Vlogbrothers just after Brotherhood 2.0 ended, which means it was early 2008. At this point in the channel, a lot of the videos that J+H were making were, at least in some way, responses to each other. It was like there was a stream of conversation happening between the two brothers over the course of a whole lot of vlogs.

I feel like this isn’t something we see so much anymore. While all the videos start with John and Hank talking to each other, a lot of times that’s where the conversation with one another seems to end. Videos, for the most part, feel like one-offs now, so the biggest incentives I have to watch videos are that J+H are my friends and any interest I might have in whatever topic they’ve decided to talk about that day. I don’t mean to say that recent videos are bad, because in a lot of ways they’re technically a lot better than they were in the first few years of Vlogbrothers. It does seem, though, that the connection between videos illustrated the connection between J+H. And, in my opinion at least, it’s not the videos that created Nerdfighteria, it’s J+H.

I know that at least in my case, I miss the way one video carried into another. It was a lot easier to join in the conversation that way, and a lot of times it pushed J+H into doing a lot of weird stuff. There also just don’t seem to be as many obvious opportunities to participate in projects. It seems like nowadays, most community activity-y things are answering a question on Hank’s Twitter or making one thing like a book tower and then being done.

Long story short, I feel like old school Vbros videos were iterative in a way that the newer videos aren’t. That iteration made the growth of the channel more obvious, and it gave ways for Nerdfighters to impact how the channel changed. Without that participation that comes with iteration, it’s easy for the sense of community to dwindle away.

I realize that this isn’t the world’s most important topic or anything, and I’m sure most of you don’t care. I do really enjoy talking about this though, particularly since Nerdfighteria was a big, BIG part of my life from 2008 through 2010, and I’m so grateful for the things it brought into my life. I hate to think that that’s not something people new Nerdfighters in 2016 have the chance to experience.