I was going to go to bed before 12:00 last night. I promised myself I would. Then I made the fatal mistake. You know what I am talking about, the one that takes well laid plans and turns them into so much future guilt. I was in the mood for the Vlogbrothers.
The Vlogbrothers are Hank & John Green. Hank Green is a YouTube media guru, wizard rocker & founder of Vidcon (a convention/conference for Youtubers and and new media). His brother John is a New York Times best selling author whose latest book The Fault in Our Stars is about to become a movie that both Keith and I are fairly vibrating with anticipation to see (please, please, please just let them do it justice!!!). Together they are the Vlogbrothers.
We are relatively new converts to John & Hank and of course as I have said before the converted are always more zealous than those born to it. After all we are nerds and the very definition of nerd is that we unironically , enthusiastically like stuff! Hank & John have formed a organization that is called the Nerd Fighters. The mission of Nerd Fighteria (yes, this is a word. It is a word because John wills it so.) is to decrease world suck and increase awesome. They do this by explaining complex subjects (like what is happening in Ukraine) in a way that can be understood, raising money for charities via The Project for Awesome, a youtube centered event that challenges nerd fighters to create videos for their favorite charities. Last year they raised over $721,696 that was divided among 20 charities. There are other various projects and craziness as well.
So, yeah I made the mistake of looking over at the play lists at the Vlogbrothers youtube site. What I found was the beginning. The initial idea was a project that these two brothers would spend the year of 2007 in textless communication. No email, no texting, no letters, nothing. They would only communicate via phone or Vlog. They would alternate days (nothing on weekends) and post them on youtube. The Nerd Fighter community grew out of this project and still thrives today.
I can’t tell you how exciting it was. How many goose bumps I got watching. Knowing where things were going and saying “There, right there that was the first time we heard the word Nerd Fighter” or “That is the first time Hank played his own music on the internet.”. It was an awesome trip backwards.
The downside is envy. Why couldn’t we have known? What was going on in my life that I didn’t get to participate in this wonderful maddness? I personally don’t know how to answer that, my memory is horrible about last week much less what was going on in 2007. What sort of person would I be if I had accepted my nerd long before I did?
All the speculation is useless of course.
I have found it now and I am excited by it and it gives me joy. Even at 46. You never get too old to be a nerd. Never.