A Brief History of John Baldessari

Four little words that guarantee I'll drop whatever I'm doing to make time for: "narrated by Tom Waits".

John Baldessari was Tumblr before the internet was ever a thing, and this is a terrific introduction.

Drop whatever you're doing and make time for this.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Writing

This is so good. And I feel like a lot of what Ta-Nehisi Coates says in this video is applicable to any sort of creative work.

Aaron Draplin on Logo Design

Old one, but still fantastic. Always amazing to see the process of someone who is just great at their job.

The Unofficial Lord Mayor of Ballymun

A couple of weeks ago, Jamie Harrington appeared on Humans of Dublin talking about how he helped save a suicidal man by just asking if he was okay.

I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, "wow..." I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn't, and he didn't say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes. I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did. We sat on the sidewalk on the south side of the Liffey and talked for about 45 minutes, about what was happening to him, why was he feeling that way…

(If you'd rather hear him tell the story, he was on the August 8th edition of RTÉ's Playback - skip to ~30'00)

Trailer for the Hateful Eight

From the IMDB's trivia page for The Hateful Eight:

According to Quentin Tarantino, this show is inspired by the Western television shows Bonanza (1959), The Virginian (1962) and The High Chaparral (1967): "Twice per season, those shows would have an episode where a bunch of outlaws would take the lead characters hostage. I love it in a Western, where you would pass halfway through the show to find out if they were good or bad guys, and they all had a past that was revealed. Just a bunch of nefarious guys in a room, all telling backstories that may or may not be true. Trap those guys together in a room with a blizzard outside, give them guns, and see what happens!"

I wasn't crazy about Django Unchained, but I'm pretty sold on this.

(Also, it's hard to believe this is only Tarantino's eighth film.)

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar are pretty great at pulling at my heartstrings, but this is the first time they've made me cry during the trailer.

This looks amazing.