Q: What is this! How did I get here! What are you doing to my eyes!?
A: I am Vi Hart! I am a real person, and I make videos and virtual reality and other things. Sorry about the bright yellow. It amuses me. This is my personal website, not some “Vi Hart brand Websperience” created for your enjoyment or education or whatever.
Q: How do you pronounce “Vi”?
A: Usually “Vi” rhymes with “Hi”, but the non-English pronunciation is often like “Vee,” and I consider that also correct. I will also answer to “Six” and “Not-Emacs”.
Q: Do you have a tweetbook-facespace-linktube+?
A: My twitter is @vihartvihart. My YouTube is Vihart, and my secret channel is vihartvihart. A facebook page exists. My vimeo page is vimeo.com/vihart and my twitch page is twitch.tv/vihart.
Q: Can I give you money? You should really be able to make videos full time!
A: I already make videos full time when I want to, or maybe other things (like VR) if I feel like doing other things. Making my videos takes a lot longer than most people’s craziest estimates. Luckily, you’re not the only one who thinks my work is worth supporting. I am currently very generously supported by HARC, the Human Advancement Research Community at YCR, and before that I was supported by SAP, and before that, I was supported by Khan Academy. I am doing pretty good!
Q: How long does it take you to make a video?
A: About a week per minute or two.
Q: Will you give a talk at my conference / visit my school / etc?
A: Nope! Sorry. I still like you.
Q: You should make a video about…
A: Nope! You should make that video!
Q: So wait, what do you do and who are you again? And this time I want a fancy-style bio of you, not, like, words a human would ever say.
A: Vi Hart is a mathemusician and philosopher known primarily for work in mathematical understanding, musical structure, and social justice. Hart has publications in the fields of computational geometry, mathematics and music, mathematical art, and math education, and speaks internationally on a variety of topics. Hart is best known for the film series “Doodling in Math Class”, the stand-alone philosophical work “Twelve Tones,” and as co-creator of “Parable of the Polygons.” Current research focuses on how virtual reality technology can impact human understanding and the human experience.
Q: Can I subscribe to your website? How do I get updates?
A: Use the RSS feed!
RSS? What is / how does?
I like RSS! I like choosing what internet stuff I consume, without “most popular” or “recommended for you” algorithms deciding what I have access to.
The rss feed for this blog is vihart.com/feed/
I’m still heartbroken that google decided that people choosing exactly what they want to see is no longer a popular option worth supporting. Since the shutdown of Google Reader, I’ve been trying out Feedly. I use it for blogs, webcomics, and youtube videos. Did you know all youtube channels have an RSS feed?
My YouTube rss feed is youtube.com/rss/user/vihart/
You can replace “vihart” with any channel name in that url to get that channel’s rss feed. For example, the rss feed for my second secret channel is youtube.com/rss/user/vihartvihart/
But you can just subscribe to vihart.com/feed if you want updates on everything I post on both my channels plus whatever other crazy stuff I might post.
There are also other Vi-relevant feeds, like the eleVR blog feed (my VR research group): http://elevr.com/feed
If you are still confused, sign up for an rss reader like Feedly or something on this list, and somewhere it should let you add feeds. Then start noticing that all the websites you visit have rss feeds, and that if you put those feeds into your rss reader, suddenly everything you like is all together and happy on one page. Rejoice in your individuality and the exercise of your “free will”, for your individual consumption of this unique set of rss feeds will fill your brain with different things than those who all consume the same “trending” content. I bet you are the greatest. Hello!