I watched the following video from Trevor Noah speaking about the protests and I was greatly moved. While I’ve long known that are deep structural problems in our society, Trevor brings a succinct perspective on the events unfolding around America today. I was moved to write out the transcript for posterity and as an effort to better my understanding of the issues at hand. This moment of time will be recorded however it plays out, and Trevor Noah’s words should be part of it.
Simone Giertz makes a delightful YouTube channel wherein she designs and builds self-proclaimed “shitty robots.” Earlier today, TED Talks posted her talk from April of this year. It’s wonderful example of her work and enthusiasm, and explains why we shouldn’t be afraid to fail. As per the TED standard, it’s heartfelt, inspirational, and a lot of fun.
Anyone who knows me has undoubtedly heard me go on and on about CHVRCHES at some point. They have long been one of my absolute favorite bands. They recently performed an acoustic set on the Honda Stage at Power Station and in short, they nailed it. From their breakout hit Mother We Share, to a cover of Beyoncé’s XO, to two tracks from their forthcoming album Love Is Dead (Get Out and Never Say Die), every one of them is perfect. It’s always exciting for me to see a stripped down version of songs I know and love come from such a talented band like CHVRCHES. If you only enjoy these half as much as I do, you’ll still be enthralled.
The second season of Daredevil on Netflix holds one my favorite scenes in TV history. And yes, I know Dardevil is a superhero crime drama, but don’t get hung up on that if you really want to enjoy life. In episode 11, called “.380,” Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) talks to Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) in an empty diner about, “people that hurt you,” and how they’re the most important people in your life.
SPOILER WARNING! If you haven’t watched season two of Daredevil yet, turn around and come back when you have.
Like most good stories, the lead up to this scene is everything. Up to this point Castle has been on a rampage, killing criminals because he has had everything important to him taken away during a drug deal gone bad. His wife and child were murdered at the hands of drug dealers and crooked cops. In their wake he’s cleaning up the streets in the only way a crazed, ex-special forces soldier would.
I’ve watched this clip over and over again and can’t seem to shake it.