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my favorite part of any concert is probably when the crowd is singing along so loudly that the lead singer just stops for a minute and listens with a ridiculously happy grin on their face and you can tell that this is the greatest compliment they could ever receive: to have so many people responding so enthusiastically to their words and ideas. 

that is my favorite thing about music- it brings people together.  

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On the TFIOS Movie Set

In which John checks in from the set of the TFIOS movie. Look behind the scenes at all the hardworking people who are making this movie a real thing in the world.

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maknaes on the loose…
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To: Kenyon College. Love, John Green

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In my post last week about why we aren’t on television, I mentioned that Thoughts from Places videos are our least-viewed, even though many nerdfighters like them the most of any of the videos we make.

Many of you just openly disagreed with me, saying that there was no way that TFP videos get fewer views, because they are our best videos and “everyone knows it.” In fact, I had more than 100 messages in my tumblr ask box from people saying this.

But the video above, despite featuring Chris Colfer in both the title and the thumbnail, has 175,000 views–more than 75,000 fewer than our average video from the last six months.

This doesn’t bother me at all–nerdfighters watched and liked the video and we’ll keep making them–but for some reason they just aren’t as viral as, like, Question Tuesday videos or Hank discussing the idea of the Friendzone. 

But this is just another example of why the corporate patronage model for funding online video (and other media) is screwed up: The corporate patronage model (which pays you based on the number of views) incentivizes people to make stuff that will appeal to the broadest possible audience, not stuff that will mean something to a smaller audience. Advertisers can’t distinguish between stuff we watch and stuff we love. It doesn’t understand that while lots of people WATCH 2 and a Half Men, more people LOVECommunity. I don’t have a solution to that problem, but we need to figure it out–both in nerdfighteria and in the broader world.

I realize this is not super-important to most/any of you, but I’m trying to figure it out, and in doing so to figure out how best to care for and nurture this awesome community.

Aang: This is a sacred temple! You can't treat it this way. I've seen it when the monks were here. I know what it's supposed to be like.

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Poetry Makes Nothing Happen: Thoughts on Ai Weiwei from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Sarah does not appear in vlogbrothers videos, but you can follow her on tumblr: http://absolumentmoderne.tumblr.com 

In which John visits the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where his wife is a curator, and thinks about the work of the artist and dissident Ai Weiwei while walking through “According to What,” his first major retrospective in the United States. If you live in or near Indianapolis, you should really see the show. It’s very special, and will be here until July 21st.

Today I’ll tell you 11 things about my lover:

i. He has broad shoulders and strong hands. He has a sharp jaw and a rough look, but: if he touches you, you will melt, and he will melt into you.

ii. He will be your hero if you want him to, and he will teach you how to be your own hero, even when you don’t want him to.

iii. Sometimes he will slip into an abyss of hopelessness, but you just have to wait for tomorrow. He’ll climb out of it stronger. And when there are days you slip into the same abyss, he’ll throw down a rope of faith and pull you right out.

iv. He will scream at you sometimes but you never have to worry because you know that every word is dripping of care and his last sentence always ends with love.

v. There will be nights he will say no to you a million times and you can beg and scream and cry but the next morning you wake up and know he was right.

vi. He will tell you he’s done and he will tell you he’s giving up but he will always, always have an inkling of hope. He will wait for you to pull him back into your bubble.

vii. In the middle of the night, when your conversations are stumbling into the middle of nowhere, he will say, “I love you,” and that will make you his; that will set you free.

viii. When you look at him, your eyes wide with love, he will turn away, but: it’s only because he’s scared of that wizardry in your irises.

ix. He will hardly ever agree with you on anything and his views will always stay at the opposite pole but he will always pull you by the hand and hold you tight till the differences close in.

x. You can wrap yourself around him, but he will be your armour. He will make you feel the safest; and you will be a soldier ready for battle, even if you are a prisoner of war.

xi. If you sprinkle him with all the love in your veins, he will see you as the definition of magic. He will blend with every colour in your mind and he will mix with every drop of your blood and he will never, ever leave.

—  He’s a blessing, my lover.
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Attacked by Squirrels and Neoclassicism: Thoughts from Places, Washington D.C.

In which John is threatened by an utterly fearless squirrel and contemplates the neoclassical architecture of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Along the way, he and the Yeti visit several museums; look at the art of China’s most important living artist, Ai Weiwei; visit the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II Memorial; and consider the history of cars that are also boats.

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Here is my VidCon Thoughts From Places video. I had one of the best times of my life at VidCon despite the negatives. I can’t wait till next year.

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Thoughts from Places: The DMZ