Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More Commendments

Szilárd Leó's Ten Commandments

Advice to people at the beginning of their careers: do not imagine that you have to know everything before you can do anything. My own best work was done when I was most ignorant. Grab every opportunity to take responsibility and do things for which you are unqualified.
Freeman Dyson on being 60 years in the same job

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Арслантайхан уу эрээн авдраа хө

Арслантайхан уу эрээн авдраа болбол доо
Алхан чиг алтан чиг хээгээр хашсан чиг юмаа хө
Ай шинэхэн чиг ханилсан чи бидэн хоёроо
Дөлтэйхэн халуухан голомтныхоо хоймортоо
Дөрвөн их хүчтэнээ байлгаюу гэсэн юмаа хө
Сосорбарам - Арслантай авдар

Зургийг Ц.Ядамжавын "Монгол ардын хээ угалзын эх дүрсүүд" цомгоос авав

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Failure to anticipate effectively

from Thomas Schelling's foreword to "Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision" by Roberta Wohlstetter

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"digging beneath the surface differences"

“There is no doubt that what I retained in my politics is a sense that the only way I could have a sturdy sense of identity of who I was depended on digging beneath the surface differences of people,” Obama said during an interview. “The only way my life makes sense is if, regardless of culture, race, religion, tribe, there is this commonality, these essential human truths and passions and hopes and moral precepts that are universal. And that we can reach out beyond our differences. If that is not the case, then it is pretty hard for me to make sense of my life. So that is at the core of who I am.”
from "Barack Obama: The Story" by David Maraniss

Тvvхийн Шижим

"U.S. Recognition Urged For Outer Mongolia" by Justice Douglas (written on September 29, 1961 - a month later on October 27, 1961 Mongolia became a member of UN)

+ "Монголчуудын сэтгэлгээ нээлттэй хэвээр ажээ"

+ "Mongolia and the United Nations - 6 decades and counting"

Addendum:

“I have to say at the risk of blasphemy that I found the Supreme Court an unimpressive institution,” [Richard Posner] wrote. “I was stunned to discover that Supreme Court Justices didn’t write all their own judicial opinions ([Justice William O.] Douglas did—and his were the weakest, though not because he was dumb—rather because he was bored)
"Rhetoric and Law: The double life of Richard Posner, America’s most contentious legal reformer"

Friday, December 25, 2015

О добром русском мире

Я люблю русский мир, только я, правда, до сих пор не могу понять, что они имеют в виду. Если иметь в виду русский мир, который за пределами русского мира, да, или вообще все вместе. Я люблю русский мир, скажем так, добрый русский мир, гуманитарный русский мир, мир, перед которым до сих пор поклоняется весь мир, перед той литературой, перед тем балетом, перед той музыкой великой, да, я вот этот мир люблю. Но я не люблю мир Берии, Сталина, Путина, Шойгу, это не мой мир.
Светлана Алексиевич

Friday, December 11, 2015

For life is short

According to Herodotus, Xerxes wept at the sight of his army, which was too extensive for him to scan, at the thought that a hundred years hence not one of all these would be alive. Who would not weep at the thought in looking over a big catalogue that of all these books not one will be in existence in ten years’ time?

It is the same in literature as in life. Wherever one goes one immediately comes upon the incorrigible mob of humanity. It exists everywhere in legions; crowding, soiling everything, like flies in summer. Hence the numberless bad books, those rank weeds of literature which extract nourishment from the corn and choke it.

They monopolise the time, money, and attention which really belong to good books and their noble aims; they are written merely with a view to making money or procuring places. They are not only useless, but they do positive harm. Nine-tenths of the whole of our present literature aims solely at taking a few shillings out of the public’s pocket, and to accomplish this, author, publisher, and reviewer have joined forces.

There is a more cunning and worse trick, albeit a profitable one. Littérateurs, hack-writers, and productive authors have succeeded, contrary to good taste and the true culture of the age, in bringing the world elegante into leading-strings, so that they have been taught to read a tempo and all the same thing — namely, the newest books order that they may have material for conversation in their social circles. Bad novels and similar productions from the pen of writers who were once famous, such as Spindler, Bulwer, Eugène Sue, and so on, serve this purpose. But what can be more miserable than the fate of a reading public of this kind, that feels always impelled to read the latest writings of extremely commonplace authors who write for money only, and therefore exist in numbers? And for the sake of this they merely know by name the works of the rare and superior writers, of all ages and countries.

Literary newspapers, since they print the daily smatterings of commonplace people, are especially a cunning means for robbing from the aesthetic public the time which should be devoted to the genuine productions of art for the furtherance of culture.

Hence, in regard to our subject, the art of not reading is highly important. This consists in not taking a book into one’s hand merely because it is interesting the great public at the time — such as political or religious pamphlets, novels, poetry, and the like, which make a noise and reach perhaps several editions in their first and last years of existence. Remember rather that the man who writes for fools always finds a large public: and only read for a limited and definite time exclusively the works of great minds, those who surpass other men of all times and countries, and whom the voice of fame points to as such. These alone really educate and instruct.

One can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind.

In order to read what is good one must make it a condition never to read what is bad; for life is short, and both time and strength limited.
Arthur Schopenhauer - "On Reading and Books"

Friday, December 04, 2015

Bookmarks

Буцаж оюутан болоод зав зай бага болсон тул өөрийн сонсч уншдаг зүйлсээ цөөлөх шаардлага гарав. Тэгээд ойрын үед чөлөө олдвол доорх хэдэн линк дотор л эргэлдэхээр шийдвэй:

Conversations with Tyler

Conversations with Bill Kristol- яг нарийндаа бол Америкт хамгийн философилог, асуудлын угыг олж харж чаддаг хүмүүс нь консерватив интеллигенция нь байдаг

Conversations with History

Tanner Lectures

The Reith Lectures

Desert Island Disks

Open Yale Course + ялангуяа Robert Schiller-ийн 2008 онд заасан Financial Markets хичээл нь

Ben Casnocha's bookmarks on Delicious + "10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned" is a must read

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dank sei Dir

Denn das Schöne ist nichts als des Schrecklichen Anfang, den wir noch grade ertragen, und wir bewundern es so, weil es gelassen verschmäht, uns zu zerstören
Rilke - "Die erste Elegie



And let's also not forget Aafje Heynis' hauntingly beautiful version

Saturday, October 17, 2015

«Мы вас любим. А вы зачем разжигаете?»

Жена Ганболда на идеальном русском вспоминает, как её учили варить борщ в московском общежитии, и переходит от прошлого к настоящему: «Вы, русские, не понимаете, как мы вас любим. Да вы вообще ничего не понимаете. Я смотрю ваше телевидение и схожу с ума: что вы с Украиной сделали? Зачем разжигаете?»
Дети барона Унгерна: Как Монголия проиграла битву с ресурсным проклятием

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"It's that kind of tune..."

Why New York is World City?

If [New York] is a world city, it is not thanks to the Ukrainian restaurants on 2nd Avenue, nor even the Ukrainians who have colonized Brighton Beach: they can be found in many other places from Cleveland to Chicago. It is that cultivated Ukrainians in Kiev read New York’s best-known periodical the [New York Review of Books].
Tony Judt - from his essay "New York, New York" in Memory Chalet