Making P4A 2014

For seven (!!!!!!??) years running John and Hank Green have hijacked YouTube for charities. They call the event the Project for Awesome (P4A). This year they may, no, will, raise over $1 Million dollars for good causes.

Back in 2007, social media consisted of YouTube and MySpace. Now I (as Namlhots, my last name spelled backwards) virtually exist on YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Vine, and Medium. Each has its virtues, videos, memos, GIFs, photos, video memos, and long form writing.

This year, I supported the Ferguson Missouri Municipal Public Library (click to donate on the Main Page). Throughout a terrible summer and fall, the Library served as Ferguson’s living room. Open to all, when the schools were closed, businesses shuttered, and people far apart.

My P4A submittal was in long and short form and centers on a 6 second animated clip which shows the entire universe available to library patrons. The universe is available at all public libraries. Public libraries are arguably the best use of tax dollars in the promotion of education, public safety, tolerance, and peace. They deserve our support.

Here’s a long parsing of a short clip (YouTube(long version), Twitter(short version), Tumblr, Flickr, Vine, and Medium):

In the beginning there was light (yes, I stole this from Genisis). Also, the light was surrounded by a soothing blue-green screen

Quarks are a top to botton, up and down, strangely charming fundamental particle. Two down Quarks and an up Quark are coming together.

And forming a proton. The simplest element is Hydrogen and there is more of it than any other element in the known Universe. But this proton is destined for bigger things.

Six protons getting it on with some neutrons and electrons form Carbon. A beautiful element, with tetrahedral tendancies. Also, it is orange* (*not peer reviewed).

Okay, just learned from a commenter that they’re actually lime green. Together with pink Hydrogen atoms, they’re organic. This part has been thouroughly peer reviewed.

These organic molecules form the basis for all live on earth.

Among these living things are the Photobacterium.

Some live their lives in a light emitting rod, a useful tool in the dark habitat of the deep ocean.

This is an actual photo of a Tomblerfish. In addition to the light emitting rod, the Tomblrfish has glasses, which also help in the deep dark ocean.

As deep and dark as the ocean is, it is the the reason our Earth looks like a beautiful blue marble.

It’s not the only blue marble, our solar system is a bag full of colorful marbles, with the possible exception of Mercury. Note: Keep the Sun out of the marble bag. It’s too hot.

The sun hangs out with 100,000,000,000 other stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. So many stars, so little time to meet them all.

What stars we’ve met and pretty much everything we know and imagine is available to all here too.

This is your ticket to the Ferguson Public Library. Free for all, open to all.

The end also has light. I’m an optimist that way.

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