So who are the UBC Nerdfighters? According to Hernandez, a Sauder student and Vice President Marketing of the club, they can be whatever you want it to be.
Nerdfighters make the news! Props to the University of British Columbia nerdfighters for being rad.
so i joined the nerdcrafteria server for the first time ever today and i decided to go into the mining world bit, and I was lost and confused and this AMAZING person showed me around and told the some commands and THEN they made me a house which was super cute, and I just went into the house, and they even gave me a horse.
nerdfighters are the best.
Yesterday morning I met Hank Green in an airport.
I saw him and stopped walking, and said the first thing in my mind which was: ‘You’re Hank Green.’ The words literally just spilled out of my mouth, there was no amount of thought happening. And I’m sure he hears it all the time but I immediately felt stupid. He looked up and smiled, and said, ‘yes I am.’ I shook his hand and introduced myself (but I’m pretty sure he called me Jenny; in retrospect I should’ve used my awesome intro of ‘Ginny, like Harry Potter,’ but you know, next time) and I babbled about how I loved his videos and asked for a picture, which he very kindly granted. He asked where I was from, and was overall very nice. I think I told him to have a nice day, or thank you or something like that. Then I walked away, and by walked I mean I stumbled through the gap in the displays to the rest of the terminal because I’m graceful. I probably could have talked to him a bit more, but honestly I couldn’t think straight, and I didn’t want to bother him. And I wanted to leave before I looked like too much of an idiot.
After I texted many people and tweeted and instagram-ed (because I am a millennial//had just MET HANK GREEN) and my heart rate had calmed down, I realized he probably didn’t care if I was babbling and nervous, that he has people recognize him and ask for pictures all the time, but I still wish I had been a little bit more cool. But who is ever really cool when meeting a celebrity? Or at least someone who is a celebrity to them.
The Internet makes it so that we feel we know these people. Know the YouTubers we watch devotedly, and that makes them into celebrities, even if most people don’t know who Hank Green is. But they’re a different kind of celebrity, ones who care and inspire change, ones who are funny and smart and silly and make communities around the world. And its not really that unlikely to meet Hank Green in the city (a very small city) where he lives, but it was still amazing and weird all at once. To shake hands with and side hug a man I’ve been watching online for years, a man who I think is brilliant and important… and then to get on the plane and listen to a podcast where the man I just met is interviewed, that’s a weird feeling. He is simultaneously very real to and very separate from me; I had just spoken to him, but now I am back to watching him on screens.
To circle back, maybe I did sound like an idiot, but in retrospect I think that’s okay. Nerdfighteria is about being excited and dumb and enthusiastic, all because you love something and think it’s awesome. So it probably doesn’t matter that I don’t think I looked him in the eye for most of our interaction.
So thank you Hank, for allowing me to be an idiot around you for a few minutes, thank you for teaching me and millions of others about unbridled enthusiasm and doing what you love, for being a new kind of celebrity. And of course thank you for vlogbrothers and crashcourse and everything else you do, DFTBA—
(also lets notice how the background of this photo is shaky, clearly i am freaking out)
It’s such a fun coincidence that I was planning on making a post like this, and then today in Hank’s video they talked about finding other nerdfighters at college!
So onto the point. Hello! If you’re a nerdfighter (that is, a fan of the Youtube channel vlogbrothers) and you attend Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois and you would be interested in attending a meet-up, please message me. My name is Alexa and I’m a freshman sociology major. First and foremost I think it would just be fun to get a group together to hang out, because there HAS to be other nerdfighters here. If there’s enough interest to start an RSO that would also be awesome, but that’s a discussion for a different day. (It’s a little disappointing that we don’t already have a nerdfighter club, especially since there are actually quite a few in Illinois, but that’s okay. I do think it would be super cool to start one.)
Anyway, hopefully some of y’all use tumblr, because I really want this to be a thing. DFTBA!
There are three important ingredients to a good video…the writing, the performance, and the editing. Now, of course, lots of videos have those things blend together…sometimes I write while I film and sometimes while I edit (deciding to put stuff on screen or cut things (cutting is a huge part of writing) or even to go back and shoot something new.)
But while I once upon a time showed you a video of me editing…I’ve never shared anything about my writing process or my shooting process. So I’m gonna open the book as part of a larger project. Let’s call it the Nerdfighter Online Video Workshop.
It comes in three parts:
Check out the prompts (and guide) on my WattPad, here. Write scripts and share them on WattPad using the appropriate tags. Whether or not you are writing in the workshop, feel free to thoughtfully and conscientiously critique submissions (which you can find by searching for the appropriate tags) using WattPad comments.
- A long boring video of me writing a script
- A bunch of Vlogbrothers and SciShow scripts
- The prompts at WattPad
- Other People’s scripts
Check out the scripts (particularly the unpublished Vlogbrothers and SciShow scripts) and film (and ideally edit) your performance. Of course we understand that your software and hardware aren’t necessarily going to be top notch. Phone videos encouraged! Upload your video and name it “NOVW PERFORMANCE VIDEO *USERNAME*” with your username in place of *USERNAME*.
Whether or not you are making a video for the workshop feel free to search YouTube for “NOVW PERFORMANCE VIDEO” and thoughtfully and conscientiously critique performances.
- A video of me unedited…so you can see that vloggers don’t just rattle off their scripts perfectly the first time.
- Various Vlogbrothers and SciShow scripts
- Other People’s Performances
Download this unedited Vlogbrothers video (there are lots of ways to download YouTube videos, this one works well for me), edit it however you want…do literally whatever you want to it, and then upload it with the title “EDITEDCOMMENTSVIDEO *USERNAME*” where *USERNAME* is your username.
Whether or not you are uploading an edited video, feel free to search for videos in the editing workshop and thoughtfully and conscientiously critique them.
Yes, I will be looking at this stuff…though probably not for a while because I’m going to be traveling a bit over the next week or two (or three). I’m very excited to see what comes of this. Please be helpful and thoughtful and encouraging to each other. I hope this is interesting and useful to you (and also to me.)
Also, tag all related content novw here on Tumblr or on YouTube or Twitter or wherever.