They’re ubiquitous in Dakar: the bright blue and yellow car rapide buses that criss-cross Senegal’s capital city.
For the uninitiated, Senegal’s most popular form of public transportation can be chaotic and overwhelming. The buses, custom made from discarded vehicles by the city’s brilliantly inventive mechanics, chug along the streets with the back door open and the driver’s assistant shouting out the route.
I’m interested in how psychology becomes behavior. Takes Frances. What she accomplishes at the end of the movie, out of context, is relatively minor in that she takes a desk job and she finds an apartment. But in the context of the movie, it’s kind of heroic. And, to some degree, it’s always trying to find the context for these things, these little movements we make in life. Like the end of Greenberg, where he goes and picks her up at the hospital, this sort of little thing for these characters means a lot. I’m always thinking of those things as cinematic and big and I see no reason why they shouldn’t be.
“We wrote in late 2011 about some early research suggesting that many Twitter users in fact follow other people located within their same city, evidence, Richard Florida wrote, that the Internet is reinforcing the value of place instead of eliminating it.
But now that Twitter is a few years older – and considerably more global – Leetaru and several colleagues have conducted a massive new analysis of the site that suggests the opposite: ‘In effect,’ Leetrau says, ‘location plays a much lesser role now in terms of who we talk to, what we talk about, and where we get our information.’”
“And, for better or for worse, I have settled on Scully as my role model for this year. If I could do better, I don’t really see how. Scully is a pragmatist, and not just because she has to keep Spooky Mulder from going off half-cocked. She focuses on what she knows to be true, and it’s her grunt work that usually ends up saving Mulder’s ass. Even if she doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, she can convince herself she does—except when the time comes for her to open herself up to the impossible, and then she does. She knows how to keep a clear head and make use of the facts, but she also accepts that what’s really going on is often outside her comprehension. She knows that the truth is out there. And she gets to kiss Mulder at the end.”