Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (28)

The Protests in Egypt: A 4-Minute Introduction

Leave your questions for Question Tuesday in comments!

In which John discusses the Egyptian protests, which may become a burgeoning revolution in Egypt or may just descend into rioting and looting. Included in the discussion are Egypt's dictator and/or president Hosni Mubarak, the Tunisian protests, the fight for representative democracy, the presence of the Egyptian army, and so on.

All images can be found at wikimedia commons:… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 31, 2011 at 4:59pm — 6 Comments

I swear these get worse every time.

I was finding it extremely difficult to find a sixth image (not that there aren't hundreds of great images on this site), I almost had to resort to talking about myself. I know, you are extraordinarily lucky not to have to deal with that. I hope you are only reading this for a variety of assorted interesting, artistic or humorous images, because I have definitely run out of themes.



Added by Clive-φ-Davidson Ex-NM on January 31, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

New Site Layout Version 2.0

Hello, everyone. As The Lone Wanderer mentioned, I'll be spearheading the design process from here on out. With a couple of design degrees, and some professional web design experience, I'll hopefully be up for the task.

This color scheme should be a bit easier on everyone's eyes. (…


Added by Paige Railstone on January 30, 2011 at 7:59pm — 19 Comments

Is Hank Green Batman?

In which Hank actually has good news!

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The 12 Colonies of Kobol

The James Webb Space Telescope…


Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 29, 2011 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Colours, and their relevance to the new site.

So, looks interesting, right? This is the prospective layout of the new site's homepage. 

The focus of this blog post is the colour scheme, and as a community, our opinions in regard to it. It was chosen by the people, and the colours featured can be found here:…


Added by John on January 28, 2011 at 3:35am — 36 Comments


In which John purchases stock in Warner Chilcott, the pharmaceutical company that is trying to ruin his brother's life. You can contact Warner Chilcott here:… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 26, 2011 at 2:48pm — 3 Comments

Meeting favourite authors

Hello Nerdfighteria! Have you ever met any of your favourite authors?  I had the great priviledge to meet two of MY favourite authors this week. It made my life and I can't stop talking about it... which is obviously why I'm writing this post. I just wanted to know if anyone else had met cool authors. And if you haven't, who would you most like to meet? 



Added by Michelle on January 25, 2011 at 2:50pm — 14 Comments

The 1200% Increase in my Prescription Drug Costs

In which Hank is pissed off because the price of his prescription drugs went up 1200% in one month. So he asks nerdfighteria to write a nice letter to Roger Boissonneault at

If you could ask him why the price went up so much, why the program expired four months early, and why no effort was made to contact my doctor about these dramatic changes, that would be fantastic. Also, whatever else you want to say.

I feel a little… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 25, 2011 at 12:03am — 7 Comments

Looking for Alaska Five Years After the Printz Award

Pittsburgh tickets: Alex Carpenter made the shirt I'm wearing:

In which John discusses, exactly five years after winning the Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska, the complex series of collaborations involved in creating a book.

By the way, I don't know if anyone actually reads the dooblydoo, but more than five years after "Looking for… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 21, 2011 at 3:49pm — No Comments


We are almost always wrong, maybe not all the way wrong, but at least a little bit. Even the simplest questions have vast complexities built into them, and understanding that we never fully understand things leads to a much healthier and more effective relationship with the world. 

It's really hard to come to terms with, but there it is. If you're curious about why we don't drink Pig's milk, Hank Sock posted an essay that is online at …

Added by Kathleen Konno on January 19, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Pig's Milk...a Guest Post from Hank Sock

So the reasons why we don't drink pig milk or eat pig cheese are complicated. Clearly, cows, sheep, goats, all produce excellent milk and cheese. Even camels are milked.


But pigs are one of the exceptions to the farmyard milking rule. Pigs and horses and mice and dogs and cats all are not milked. Why? Well, let's just stick to pigs for now, because if we include all of those animals, I'd have to write a whole book.


So there are several important…


Added by Hank Green on January 19, 2011 at 3:23pm — 28 Comments

Which sci-fi/fantasy books are your favourite? Which first hooked you into these genres?

As you may know by now, January's blurbing book club selection this month is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  I really hope that you're doing everything that you can to find a copy of this book, read it and discuss and blurb the book in the dedicated discussion thread.  It's a really wonderful book with a huge fanbase and I've been loving every single comment I've read about it in the…


Added by Michelle on January 18, 2011 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Cheating Cheaters of Cheatery: The Amazing Story of Brazil's Cotton War with the U.S.

Pizza Shirt: Planet Money:

In which John Green discusses the insane story of how the United States of America ended up subsidizing the cotton industry in Brazil so that America could continue its own illegal subsidies of its cotton farmers. This year and every year until we end our illegal cotton subsidies, the U.S. federal government will pay $147… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 17, 2011 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

Sarcastic Image Blog(?)

Sarcasm is not easy to convey in textual farm. To emphasise this, this image blog is made almost entirely of sarcasm... Suuure it is...


Oh how BEAUTIFUL; French llamas snogging is EXACTLY what I wanted to see.








Added by Clive-φ-Davidson Ex-NM on January 17, 2011 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Top 5 Actual Conspiracies

Yes, it seems like the word "conspiracy" is always paired with the word "theory" but, in fact, there are quite a few actual conspiracies with implications that can boggle the mind. Does the U.S. Government kill people for scientific research? Sometimes. Did George Bush's Grandfather help try to install a fascist dictatorship in America? Yup. Did scientology orchestrate the largest ever infiltration of the U.S. government, you… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 14, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Collaborations and how to actually start them and keep them going. (By a guy who has never done one)

Yes, I have never done a collaboration, but I've been part of some failed attempts, so I have some idea what usually goes wrong. Wait! Geoffrey, what the heck does this have to do with the forums? Hold on, I'll get to that very soon.


Most  of the collaborations will start on the forums. "Hey, I'm starting a vlog collaboration, who wants to join?" Now the first problem arises right after this. The people who actually respond can't always do a vlog. Either because they don't…


Added by Cavalier on January 13, 2011 at 11:28am — 6 Comments

Vote for Shawn! (Voting is over)


Added by Ningmaster Tom on January 13, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Top Six Conjoined Twin Pairs in History

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In which John creates a list of the six most important conjoined twin pairs in history (in his humble experience) while also discussing his massive zit. Twins discussed include Chang and Eng Bunker, Millie and Christine McCoy, Lori and George Schapell, Giacomo and Giovanni Tocci, and the Biddenden… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 12, 2011 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Are you in need of a good book recommendation?

Sometimes I write these blog posts assuming that everyone is on Twitter like me and follows lots of bookish people.  I know that this isn't the case (but WHY isn't this the case, hmm?!), but I'm sure at least some of you were aware that yesterday was a special day for those interested in YA literature.  It was the announcements of the American Library…


Added by Michelle on January 11, 2011 at 8:41am — 7 Comments

Top 5 Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Bringing you the Top 5 most bizarre conspiracy theories of all time. It must be pretty scary to have lost touch with reality so completely.

EBO Sketch:

National Alaska Young Day:

Congrats to Paolo Bacigalupi:… Continue

Added by Haua (Projects Ningmaster) on January 11, 2011 at 12:35am — 1 Comment

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