When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.
Doctor Who (Love and Monsters)

(via learnhowtoadult)


chriscarruthersart:

So I made some art inspired by the Wimbly Womblys. Hopefully the first of many things said by John Green during his hilarious video series that actually supports the real life AFC Wimbledon.


I love this!! I would totally put that on my wall.

chriscarruthersart:

So I made some art inspired by the Wimbly Womblys. Hopefully the first of many things said by John Green during his hilarious video series that actually supports the real life AFC Wimbledon.

I love this!! I would totally put that on my wall.

(via nerdfighter-art)


Q
Once you are of "adult age," what books are you expected to read? All I ever see any grownup reading is self-help books and (auto)biographies!
Anonymous
A

learnhowtoadult:

Well, that’s probably because you don’t see what they’re reading on their Kindles. :]

(Also, FWIW, I am a reasonably functional adult with a job and Roth IRA and all that schtuff, and I’m rereading the HARRY POTTER series now. GOOD LORD, IT’S GOOD!)

- Mike

Who cares what you’re expected to read? Just read whatever you want. That’s the great thing about being an adult, you can chose.
When I lived in NYC I saw people reading everything from those self-help and autobiographies to classic lit toHP and Twilight while riding the subway.


#ReviewsdayTuesday

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I didn’t buy this book because (1) I’m a bit short on cash at the moment and more importantly, (2) I’m generally just not a huge fan of sad stories. I also had very little desire to write about a John Green book for ReviewsdayTuesday because it almost feels contrived or like a cop-out because his brother Hank started the hashtag. 

And then I finished reading the book.

I decided to read it for a few reasons- I really enjoyed and related to Paper Towns. I’ve recently discovered that I’m a Nerdfighter and a pretty big fan/ supporter of the work that John and Hank are doing via YouTube, The Project 4 Awesome, etc.  And I can totally see the movie being a Mom and the girls event, so I wanted to read the book before the movie comes out.

Paper Towns was the first John Green book I picked up because it seemed like a reflection of lessons I just internalized- and I was right about that.

However, while I really liked Paper Towns, I was just blown away by TFiOS.  Have I mentioned I wasn’t at all convinced that I would enjoy this book, despite the commercial success, great reviews and my appreciation for John Green’s intelligent and witty writing style?
Well, I laughed, I cried (for at least 35 pages), I was angry. But most importantly for me, I’m reminded that there is always a struggle, and we don’t always get things right, or know how to fight, or have the right words or look our best, but that all that is okay.  
I’m like Augustus, as I imagine we all are at one point or another, I want to do something great and be remembered, but I am also working on being enough for myself, and I think that is Hazel’s gift to Augustus, and John’s to us- they give us permission, and in fact, encourage us to just be ourselves, and maybe that’s one of the best things we can do. 

TFiOS is an incredibly intelligent, authentic, funny and heartbreaking story and completely deserving of all the hype. 


Fellow readers, if you haven’t read it yet, you really should, I can’t imagine you’d regret it. 

John Green, thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us, best of luck with all the movie shenanigans, and keep up the great work! 


(Tl,dr)
Now I wish I did have a copy so I could go back to the things that hit me, because there are a couple of fantastic one-liners and catch phrases that I don’t think have been properly gifed yet. I also found myself crying in unexpected (math) and expected (cigarettes) places.
It was incredibly cathartic.

#ReviewsdayTuesday

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I didn’t buy this book because (1) I’m a bit short on cash at the moment and more importantly, (2) I’m generally just not a huge fan of sad stories. I also had very little desire to write about a John Green book for ReviewsdayTuesday because it almost feels contrived or like a cop-out because his brother Hank started the hashtag.

And then I finished reading the book.

I decided to read it for a few reasons- I really enjoyed and related to Paper Towns. I’ve recently discovered that I’m a Nerdfighter and a pretty big fan/ supporter of the work that John and Hank are doing via YouTube, The Project 4 Awesome, etc. And I can totally see the movie being a Mom and the girls event, so I wanted to read the book before the movie comes out.

Paper Towns was the first John Green book I picked up because it seemed like a reflection of lessons I just internalized- and I was right about that.

However, while I really liked Paper Towns, I was just blown away by TFiOS. Have I mentioned I wasn’t at all convinced that I would enjoy this book, despite the commercial success, great reviews and my appreciation for John Green’s intelligent and witty writing style?
Well, I laughed, I cried (for at least 35 pages), I was angry. But most importantly for me, I’m reminded that there is always a struggle, and we don’t always get things right, or know how to fight, or have the right words or look our best, but that all that is okay.
I’m like Augustus, as I imagine we all are at one point or another, I want to do something great and be remembered, but I am also working on being enough for myself, and I think that is Hazel’s gift to Augustus, and John’s to us- they give us permission, and in fact, encourage us to just be ourselves, and maybe that’s one of the best things we can do.

TFiOS is an incredibly intelligent, authentic, funny and heartbreaking story and completely deserving of all the hype.


Fellow readers, if you haven’t read it yet, you really should, I can’t imagine you’d regret it.

John Green, thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us, best of luck with all the movie shenanigans, and keep up the great work!


(Tl,dr)
Now I wish I did have a copy so I could go back to the things that hit me, because there are a couple of fantastic one-liners and catch phrases that I don’t think have been properly gifed yet. I also found myself crying in unexpected (math) and expected (cigarettes) places.
It was incredibly cathartic.


Q
When do you think is an age you have to grow up? I'm 18 and I'm sort of freaking out about it because I have a job or whatever? But I still am not a grown up and I have no idea what I'm doing! You're 30 or something? And you say you aren't grown up so is it possible to be 70+ and not be grown up?
A

alandistro:

Don’t freak out. And don’t rush into “grown up” things just because you think you’re supposed to. Do what’s right for you.

If college isn’t at the top of your list, don’t take on tens of thousands of dollars in debt just because that’s what everyone else is doing. And in a couple years, all of your relatives will start asking about marriage and kids and buying a house and blah blah… for some people, that is the dream, others want nothing to do with it. Don’t let family or friends pressure you into a life you don’t want.

When I jokingly said “when I grow up” it was a bit tongue-in-cheek. Yes, I’m 30 years old. I’m definitely “grown up” in most people’s eyes. But I don’t really feel that way. I bought a house because that’s what I wanted. But I’m not married. I never plan on having kids. And I don’t work a typical day job or have the typical drinking and sports-watching hobbies every sitcom and stereotype tells me I should at this age. My “man cave” is filled with legos and the most kick-ass home theater system ever… which I use to play Borderlands 2 in 5.1 surround sound. And I hope that when I’m 70+ I’m playing Borderlands 25 in 9.2 surround.

Now that you’re 18 you’ll have a few more responsibilities than before. And with each step towards more independence you take away from your parents, you’ll find additional chores and bullshit attached. But once you are independent and “grown up”, you get to make every decision! (unless you have a partner, and then you get to make some of the decisions)

You get to decide how to decorate your place. How you spend your time. When dinner is made (or delivered) and whether you eat your dessert first. You get to throw dinner parties or game nights and set your own holiday traditions, and they can be as formal or as fun as you want.

Being grown up is freakin’ awesome *if* you let go of what you think it’s supposed to be and just build an adult life that is comfortable for you and those you care about.

I would like to add that you shouldn’t be afraid to make all of the decisions. Being an adult can get overwhelming at times, and you’re not always going to make the right decisions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The biggest mistake I’ve made thus far has been not really going after what I want.


jennyowenyoungs:

Two dope records by two dope pals are out! Let me make it easy for you:

Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out on iTunes

Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear on iTunes

Yeah, I’m with Jenny. These are on my list of albums to grab ASAP.
Also, I just heard You Go Down Smooth by Lake Street Dive and I was blown away. Will share that vid shortly.
Ok, those are my music recs for the day. Check them out!


mikerugnetta:

Virtuoso is a music theory board game. Players compete against each other by successfully answering trivia questions about music history, composition, listening comprehension, and theory. Not for the faint of heart, Virtuoso is a competitive, yet educational game geared for high school and college musicians to expand their knowledge and show off their mad skills.

Hey sooooooooo… my birthday… is coming up in a month or so. Just. Y’know. FYI.

/via updatesupdatesupdates

I so want this!


I decided on you, don’t you get that? I decided on you. I don’t want to go fucking other people and then walk around feeling thrilled and then sad, or empty, or whatever. I like the smell of your hair, and I like the sound of your voice, and I fucking decided on you.

Unknown  (via lepetitchatblanc)

Since I have no idea where this came from, my response might come off a bit confused. But, is this supposed to convince someone to date someone else? ‘Cause… ya, it’s pretty thin… and patronizing… and scary.

(via ngjenkins)

I agree. I also found the clip that it’s from. I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know the full context, but this wouldn’t make me want to be with him. 

(via observingkatherine)

I’m with you! If a relationship’s only function is to abate loneliness, that’s not a relationship I need. I just need more than that.

That being said, I haven’t watched the show either and therefore am also only speaking to the quote out of context.

(via observingkatherine)



edwardspoonhands:

OK…so we did it. It’s happening. Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers…our first album. It’s a thing, it’s happening now. It’s available for pre-order in both clean and explicit versions and it will ship in the beginning of May (hopefully end of April, but I’m padding the estimates.) Every pre-order will be signed…so you’ve got two weeks!

The clean version, btw, doesn’t just have bleeped lyrics, it’s entirely kid friendly. Example, the line “Put a light bulb up in my ass” in “I’d Rather” is changed to “Swallow an entire live bass.”

14 tracks, some songs you’ve heard, some you haven’t. It’s a six panel digipack with a 12 page booklet…all the lyrics included. 

I cobbled The Perfect Strangers together by asking some of my most talented friends if they would be in my band. It was a crap shoot, but Andrew Huang, Joe DeGeorge, and Rob Scallon all signed on and lent their amazing talents to this project. We will be playing our very first live show at VidCon, and then we’ll be going on a short tour…with some AMAZING guests…but if you’re not in the western US you will, unfortunately, be out of luck for that particular tour. 

Anyway, I’m getting off topic. THERE’S AN ALBUM! I LOVE IT! If you buy it now it will be signed!  CLEAN and EXPLICIT 

Just ordered my copy and I’m super-excited to hear it! :)