So it was about this day 7 years ago that I was visiting one of my favorite sites, YouTube, and on their front page were featured videos, for that day and the few previous days. And I saw one that had a young guy with glasses on and the video was titled: “July 18: Accio Deathly Hallows (no spoilers)”
Now, I wasn’t a huge Harry Potter fan. I did like the movies, and a I had a few of the books and (I think) began reading “Sorcerer’s Stone”, but not much beyond that. But the video title intrigued me and so I clicked on it….
…. little knowing what kind of magic door I was about to step through
I had landed in NerdFighteria!
Hank Green’s video is now legendary in the land of Nerdfghtearia, and it’s hard to say how many ripples it has cast.
I don’t remember if I watched any of their other videos that night, but the first one of his brother John’s I first watched–
July 25: Brotherhood 2.0’s Youtube Comments Are Answered!
July 27: How Nerdfighters Drop Insults
Not sure. If I knew where my TARDIS is, I would take a step back in time, but I don’t have one handy :/ But it turned out to be a very helpful, and in some ways therapeutic, discovery. A couple days after I first watched Accio, I discovered that my then-husband was having an affair. John’s Shakespearean insults was a humorous way of my dealing with my intense anger and bitterness I had at that time (“carcass fit for hounds” (Julius Caesar Act 2, Scene 1)…. bwahaha!).
Back then I was working a late shift, ending at midnight, and what I would look forward to was watching Hank or John’s video from that day (Back then, they did one every weekday, alternating days). And that was a great help, one of several during that time in my life. I have always liked how they balanced their subjects of their videos varying from humrous vlogs, to educating their audience about world events/issues, sharing their traveling adeventures, whatever came up was well worth watching for me.
Since then I have met John, participated in some way in the Project for Awesome charity fundraising every year (here’s some highlights from last year. I have yet to make a video for that!), enjoyed their Crash Course (fun educational videos), playing video games ( I blame Hank for becoming addicted to Assassin’s Creed), love watching John and his once camera shy wife Sarah (nicknamed the Yeti) in The Art Assignment, bought stuff from their store (a rock group playing songs about Doctor Who? What is this madness?) and of course their regular channel.
Oh, and I’ve read John’s books 😉
Here’s to (at least) 7 more awesome years! DFTBA!