The evolution of Tom Hanks

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Profiling the two-time Oscar winner and all the experiences in filming industry that made him a versatile impresario. Read the full article in The Washington Post.

 

Excerpt:

 

On the surface, Hanks is defined by his ambitious schedule. He doesn’t race cars, own a minor league baseball team or play bass in a celebrity rock band. His work, he says, leaves little time for much else. Beyond the acting, there is Playtone, a company he formed in 1996 and that has been particularly adept at producing multipart programs for HBO, including “John Adams,” “Olive Kitteridge” and “Band of Brothers.” “Lewis and Clark” is up next.

In October, Hanks had his first short story published in the New Yorker, about four friends who take a trip to the moon. Within weeks, Alfred A. Knopf had the actor, who attended California State University at Sacramento in the 1970s but never graduated, signed to write a collection of short stories.

It’s fitting that Hanks is writing fiction, because other than perhaps Thomas Pynchon, it’s hard to imagine anybody less likely to publish a tell-all.

Infographics: Happiness Index Around the World

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A data visualization beautifully compiled by movehub.com, which specializes in assisting people moving overseas. And here are the findings:

1. Latin America may be plagued with violence (especially drug wars, gun battles between gangsters and security forces, and many nefarious things else to describe), but surprisingly, majority of the people are living a happy life (exception for Bolivia and Uruguay, which, in recent years, have pretty low rates of violent crime).

2. US and Russia score very low on happiness. US is still dealing with some remaining effects of the 2008 depression, and is now getting torn in reignited racial division, while Russia has seen its economy significantly crumble due to sanctions imposed by Western countries in regard to the Ukrainian crisis which is still ongoing (and also high depression rates with a rapid decline in population).

3. The Latin American model can’t always be replicated in Africa. Most of the African countries, with the exception of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Madagascar, are still struggling to cope with sporadic violence, ethnic riots, and sectarian crises dividing the nations, despite high economic growth in recent years (Ebola is not as sporadic as those above)

4. Surprisingly, Syrians and Iraqis remain ‘happy’. I’m not sure what the researchers in Movehub do that define their happiness as real ‘happy’, but what I can assume from this point is that in wars, everyone suffers, and everyone does the very hard to become ‘happy’. Perhaps that can be an explanation.

5. Where are South Korea and Taiwan? The results are somewhat unclear, but in the case of Korea, it is very well-known that this country has the world’s highest suicide rate, given the country’s somewhat unforgiving competition in most aspects. Singapore, another Asian tiger, also faces the same thing.

What else can you observe from the visualization? Share your thoughts.

 

Source: Business Insider (Singapore)