This is crazy.
I can’t think of a better quote to summarize my current feelings, other than
“The universe is kind of weird. I’m freaking out.” — Hank Green
I am a person. Okay, that doesn’t quite do it; but I am such a human being. I have just as long of a detailed personal history as anyone else. My life is full of good and bad days, inter-personal relationships and overlapping timelines, key incidences, choices and life-changing decisions. And that’s a broad summary, just like your life.
So, one day I met Hank Green. He came in to the museum to shoot an intro to a Crash Course episode about the vertebrate skeleton. We spent some time together as I showed him things from our collection and we shared in a mutual appreciation and fascination of science and biology. Later that night he emailed me to say thank you, and to tell me that he was impressed with what I was doing, and to suggest that perhaps I would want to be on a SciShow episode some day. And I thought that was the peak of great things to come — clearly, it wasn’t. Time and encouragement allowed for us to work together in creating The Brain Scoop, and I met Michael Aranda who became my producer, coworker and collaborator. The other night when we were editing the first episode of TBS together we ended up going to Pita Pit twice in 12 hours, because we had been up all night working on the episode. There is something very human about that to me. But we came out with the first episode and it’s been uploaded to a channel that has over 31,000 subscribers, and within 30 hours it’s been viewed nearly 17,000 times and I’ve been mentioned on the Scientific American website. And, it’s just — that was the first episode. I will be doing this for the next year. I can’t even imagine what is going to happen between now and then.
And I just want to say, thank you. I cannot say it enough. Because none of this would have happened if you all — as personal individuals, unique beings — if you didn’t care. I am floored by the amount of enthusiasm and interest that the channel and my blog has generated, but more than that, the investment you have all put into me as a singular human being is entirely humbling. I cannot even put it into words. Because between when I first found the museum and now, there were so many long days where I went in and worked and never saw a single other person. I felt as though I was doing it for — well, I was doing it for myself, but it seemed selfish. Aside from fulfilling my own personal satisfaction it had no end, no greater meaning. So to see so many comments from people saying “I never thought I’d like dead animals so much,” or, “I don’t really like biology but you’ve made it interesting,” or just questions from people about how we do things and why and the mechanics and processes of what I do — it’s just, in a word, stunning.
And I still feel like this is the beginning of great things to come. I am just so thrilled to have so many impassioned people to share it with. You all are gold.
If you missed parts of the livestream or just want to relive it, here are all the G+ hangout recordings for you viewing pleasure:
Part 1: John kicks off the P4A
Part 2: John takes his shirt off, Charlie takes his shirt off, Hank remains clothed
Part 3: John does sharpie face, Hank takes over, sings, Michael joins the party
Part 4: Hank, Wheezy & Chyna, Wil Wheaton, Joe Bereta, Hannah Hart
Part 5: H&K&M and Wil, Ethan Newberry (HANK’S FACE), Lee Newton, Frezned
Part 6: Hank & Michael, Frezned draws!, John returns, reads “The Sequel”
Part 7: John reads, Grace Helbig, John plays FIFA live with disastrous results
Part 8: Bobby takes over, John returns & draws turtles, Maureen Johnson
Part 9: John, PhillyD, Joe Bereta, Michael takes over, Kristina & Joe, chaos
Part 10: Michael, Kristina & Joe, Rosi, Hank, octopodes
Part 11: Emily joins in, Mary Kate Wiles, CATS, George Watsky
Part 12: Hank, Katherine, & Michael go to bed, P4A volunteer crew takes over
Part 13: FYNF crew, Danica joins, John returns, champagne poppers
Part 14: Final hour of the P4A, John achieves total popper victory, thank yous