Featured Blog Posts – June 2010 Archive (19)

Poopy Nintendo Mystery SOLVED WITH SCIENCE

In which John discusses Neisser & Harsch's study of flashbulb memories and the memory-storage capacity of human brains in the context of a miniature dachshund pooping in a Nintendo.

For more info on the study and on flashbulb memories in general, check out the book "Affect and Accuracy in Recall: Studies of "Flashbulb" Memories," parts of which can be found online here:…


Added by Tenley Nadine on June 30, 2010 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Stabbed in the Brain: Phineas Gage

The Curious Case of Phineas Gage. A railway worker in the 1800s, a iron rod passed through his head, and he recovered almost fully in a matter of months. I just wanted to tell you the story, no analysis or's just amazing, take what you want from it.…


Added by Tenley Nadine on June 28, 2010 at 11:32pm — 2 Comments


In which Hank talks about winning, and why it's important, and what it actually is. Because winning, I don't think, means what we think it means. And despite the fact that, in the end, we all lose, the frustration and pain of losing is extremely important to humanity, and also to the feeling of win.


Oh, and USA beat Algeria or…


Added by Tenley Nadine on June 25, 2010 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments

Winning Blurbs and "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld

*turns dramatically towards computer* Oh hi, didn't see you there. On that particularly strange note, its results day! That's right you voted (not as many of you as last month, but last month we read a book co-authored by John, so that's to be expected) and the results are in. Without further ado, your winning regular blurb for "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" is;…


Added by Tenley Nadine on June 25, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

You're Gonna Die

In which John discusses the inevitability of loss but the moral necessity of choosing which games to care about, and then talks a little about the World Cup finals in soccer (or football, depending on your…

Added by Ningmaster Tom on June 22, 2010 at 7:33am — No Comments

Nerdfighters who like Harry Potter should read this.

There are lots of nerdfighters who like Harry Potter (duh) and if you are one of them then you've probably heard of a little thing called The Harry Potter Alliance. (Helping Haiti Heal anyone? Or how about this video? Maybe Hank's and John's tweets about how they voted?)

Anyway, if you'd like the HPA to be able to work on more awesome things to decrease worldsuck, I have a small… Continue

Added by Kate Looby on June 19, 2010 at 12:00am — 19 Comments

You just lost THE GAME!

In which Hank loses the game A…


Added by Tenley Nadine on June 18, 2010 at 9:22pm — 11 Comments


Hiya all! Picture goodness coming at ya.

Mmm. Cupcakes.…


Added by Team Unicorn on June 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

"The Forest of Hands and Teeth" - Blurbing Book Club - Vote for your favorite blurbs!

Well, its June 18th, which means another month has passed and with it another book has been read. Specifically, "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" (in your pants... sorry, I couldn't resist) by Carrie Ryan has been read and now it's time to vote on your favorite blurbs. You can leave your votes in the comments below, and to make it simpler you can just leave the corresponding number… Continue

Added by Tenley Nadine on June 18, 2010 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

California Dorks (Parody of Katy Perry's California Gurls) by Skyway Flyer

This video is pretty awesome. Thanks to my predecessor TheAmberyOne for pointing me towards it… Continue

Added by OSUBrit (former Ningmaster) on June 17, 2010 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

In Defense of Contemporary Art

New York Times article about 100 Acres:

John will be emceeing the Artists' Forum discussion of 100 Acres this Saturday. You can get tickets for free here:…

Added by Ningmaster Tom on June 17, 2010 at 7:17am — 4 Comments

The Change

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis

and suicide prevention efforts among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,

Transgender and Questioning youth. In the midst of National LGBTQ Pride

Month, The Trevor Project is launching a new video contest…

Added by Ningmaster Tom on June 15, 2010 at 6:18am — 1 Comment


Register for Vidcon:

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In which John discusses many things in 12 parts while watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between South Africa and…

Added by Ningmaster Tom on June 12, 2010 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment

Book Club

Hey, Nerdfighters! I don't have much to talk about this week, its kind of late and I'm kind of sick so this just going to be a quick update. Really the only reason I'm writing a blog at all is because the blurbing book club is only reading "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan for one more week and I wanted to remind you.

So, I reminded you. Read it, if you haven't already. Discuss it and blurb it in the…

Added by Tenley Nadine on June 11, 2010 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Viacom Irony

John made a video about how viacom posted a video to without the owner's permission.

What did viacom do?


I wonder why viacom hates viacom so much?

ps go watch the video on the site

Added by Paul on June 9, 2010 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

Viacom PWNED on Piracy

Added by Ningmaster Tom on June 8, 2010 at 7:46am — 7 Comments

YouTube vs. Viacom The Battle Explained

In which Hank argues with Hank about the Viacom v YouTube lawsuit. Important points:

1. Yes, YouTube knew that copyrighted clips were being uploaded.

2. Viacom once tried to buy YouTube

3. Viacom's steals videos from independent video creators constantly.

4. Viacom wants YouTube to manually approve every video on the site, which would destroy YouTube

In my opinion, YouTube should pay some reparations to Viacom based on…

Added by Ningmaster Tom on June 5, 2010 at 4:34am — 2 Comments

Harry, Harry Pottah

Hiya, Nerdfighters. Many of us love the wizarding world, so let's have a gander at the pretty pictures.

Somebody finally got their acceptance letter!…


Added by Team Unicorn on June 4, 2010 at 3:25pm — 18 Comments

The Case of the Poopy Nintendo

In which the saga of Red Green, a long-dead miniature dachshund who may or may not have pooped in my Nintendo Entertainment System 20 years ago, continues. But this time, there are scientific experiments strongly pointing toward a Hankish…


Added by Tenley Nadine on June 2, 2010 at 5:46pm — 3 Comments

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