my nerdfighting

  • Me: I want to change the world.
  • Me: I want to have fun, explore, and make meaningful memories.
  • Me: I want to stay inside and have only books and my laptop as company.
  • Me: I want to sleep.
On Discourse

Someone shared with me on twitter today a really hateful ask sent to them from someone identifying as a “nerd fighter” that included racial slurs and was generally tremendously hurtful. The ask in question was anonymous, so I have no idea who sent it, but just to be clear:

That’s not okay. That doesn’t represent nerdfighteria well, and while I’m very grateful to people who like my work and like sharing it, being mean to people–attacking them with racist or hateful comments–does nothing positive for me or my work or the nerdfighter community or anyone in the world. It makes us, as a species, a little bit smaller, and a little bit worse.

We all (including me!) struggle to imagine each other complexly and generously, and to have listening-focused conversations. But the great gift of the Internet is not just the chance to share; it’s also the chance to listen. I would encourage us to find better paths to better discourse. When I’m angry or outraged or defensive (which happens all the time when I’m online), I try really hard to take a step back and to try to be empathetic rather than merely angry. I think we should try to be kind to each other, and generous toward each other. Hateful anon asks and trolling and baiting people who disagree with you accomplishes nothing in the end, except making us all feel worse about ourselves and the overall quality of discourse online. 

[Image: “most of the legs in the world are on spiders” is written in black blocky letters on a blue to red gradient background with a large black spider on it. The background is shaded in colored pencil in an overlapping hashing style. End image description.]

I am not sure if this is factually true but it was certainly funny! I love Dear Hank and John!

Also I am always open for art requests but am now specifically requesting requests for quote posters~

Inktober day 8
Hazel Grace Lancaster
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”

Favorite YouTube Channels: #1

Crash Course is an educational youtube channel created by John and Hank Green (vlogbrothers). In 10-15 minute videos, they teach quick courses for all of the following:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Astronomy
  • World History
  • Psychology
  • Literature
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • U.S. History
  • Chemistry

They have a section that contains playlists for each subject that you can find here

Their content is fantastic because you can really tell how much they love what they’re talking about and they always keep an upbeat attitude. It’s nearly impossible to become bored while listening/watching them. I highly suggest this channel to anyone who is looking for a fun way to learn any of the subjects listed above.

annelehan  asked:

Hi there! You seemed like the best blog to ask, but sorry if this is misdirected. I'm wondering if there is a hub (like the old 'my pants') where nerdfighters can chat about meetups. I'm actually wishing to find a fitness partner to do 100 days with. Any advice on where to go online? Thanks for everything! DFTBA

Hi! There’s this Facebook group:

There’s also the 100 Days community tab.

Local nerdfighter groups are here:

Also, this forum is still fairly active:

Hope this helps!

Decreasing world-suck through watercolour✨
My NerdCon Stories Talk about Mental Illness and Creativity
Okay, so I want to share with you three brief stories of bad times in my life.
By John Green

“Many artists and storytellers do live with mental illness. But many don’t. And what I want to say today I guess is that you can be sane and be an artist, and also that if you are sick, getting help — although it is hard and exhausting and inexcusably difficult to access — will not make you less of an artist.”