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Waiting to hear back from my over-the-break job to see if I have to work during P4A. Last year I worked both days, which meant muted livestreams at the library desk and then full-sound glory during lunch breaks. Didn’t sleep much those nights.
…From the Indus Valley in the Bronze Age, to school life today, human life is all about collaboration: Trading cloth for bronze, building cities together, and collaborating to make sure that human lives are tilted to catch the wind.
A really nice explanation of Colin’s Theorem from my novel An Abundance of Katherines. The theorem really works (not because of anything I did but because it was created by noted mathematician and state representative Daniel Biss), and it’s surprisingly accurate, although of course imperfect.
One side note: The formula completely fails if you make the Dumper/Dumpee differential zero, which was a joke that Daniel and I put into the formula, our thought being that if you think hard enough, the dumper/dumpee differential is NEVER zero.
[..]because nerds like us are allowed to be un-ironically enthusiastic about stuff. We don’t have to be like ‘oh yeah that purse is okay’ or ‘yeah..i like that bands *early* stuff’. Nerds are allowed to love stuff like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff’. Which is just not a good insult at all like ‘you are just too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’
So many people have seen this video that I feel like I should make a semi-public statement about it. So:
When I was 20 or 21 or whenever this was filmed, I was an inveterate liar. (I am still a liar, but I’ve gotten better about not claiming fiction as fact.) The story as I tell it in the video above is true only in the broadest outlines: In real life, the prank was planned by my friends and I had a tiny role in the whole affair. It was a great prank, although not quite as great as I make it out to be in this story, and the true heroes of the prank’s legendary success were the men and women who planned it (not me) and of course the performer herself.
I put myself at the center of the story in this retelling because A. I was 20, and B. there was a girl listening, whose laughter you hear a few times, and I had a huge crush on her and thought she would like me if she believed I was behind this hilarious prank, and C. I’ve always kind of cared more about the quality of a story than accuracy.
On some level, I was probably already in the process of repurposing the actual events for fiction. (Those of you who’ve read Looking for Alaska will no doubt recognize the prank.) But anyway, I am always a little embarrassed to watch this video, not only because I was such a dumb ass, but also because my friends who actually did this are brilliant and hilarious pranksters who deserve acknowledgement. (Of course, I won’t name them, as they are now all successful women and men—doctors and financial planners and whatnot—who no doubt do not wish this particular video to appear amid their google results.)
Also: I WAS SO SKINNY.
Okay. That is all.
After watching this video of 20-year-old John Green, I’ve decided that when they make a film of your life, John, Andrew Garfield should play 20-year-old you.