Tuesday, July 21, 2009

This and That

Video of the day (for one very special person):

Hard ideas define a culture — that of serious reading, an institution vital to democracy itself. In a recent article, Stephen L. Carter, Yale law professor and novelist, underscores "the importance of reading books that are difficult. Long books. Hard books. Books with which we have to struggle. The hard work of serious reading mirrors the hard work of serious governing — and, in a democracy, governing is a responsibility all citizens share." The challenge for university presses is to better turn our penchant for hard ideas to greater purpose.
A Manifesto for Scholarly Publishing

In its crudest form—the idea that economics as a whole is discredited—the current backlash has gone far too far. If ignorance allowed investors and politicians to exaggerate the virtues of economics, it now blinds them to its benefits. Economics is less a slavish creed than a prism through which to understand the world. It is a broad canon, stretching from theories to explain how prices are determined to how economies grow. Much of that body of knowledge has no link to the financial crisis and remains as useful as ever.

And if economics as a broad discipline deserves a robust defence, so does the free-market paradigm. Too many people, especially in Europe, equate mistakes made by economists with a failure of economic liberalism. Their logic seems to be that if economists got things wrong, then politicians will do better. That is a false—and dangerous—conclusion.
What went wrong with economics

Design touches all sectors of our daily life, and increasing awareness of that reality can result in tremendous benefit for all. Is design about aesthetics? Of course it is, but that’s just one of its many facets. Design can save time, money and one’s sanity. It can simplify use, enhance enjoyment, and keep us safe and well.
Designs on Policy + Currency Exchange (the world’s best and worst banknote designs) + uul ni mungutey baisan bol Tufte-giin course-d suuh l bailaa :(

Q. What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?

A.[..]I think two leadership lessons really stand out for me. He forced me to think about doing things that I did not think were possible. Challenging individuals by setting goals and then letting them use their ingenuity to accomplish them is something that I hope I can pass on as part of my leadership style. If you set a common vision and then get really scary-smart people, they do things that amaze you.

The other aspect of being a good manager has always been getting gratification from what others do, because the higher you get in management, frankly, the less you do yourself.
Shantanu Narayen: Connecting the Dots Isn’t Enough + "Corner Office" column: "talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing"

Skidelsky's interview on Keynes
Seven hours of Feynman lectures online (props to Bill Gates)

Recommended books:

Wolf Totem - Jiang Rong (reading at the moment - unuu Mongolchuudiin talaar bichsen geed baahan shuugian tariad baisan nom, so far so good)
Renegade: The Making of a President - Richard Wolffe (Obama's constant reinvention of himself à la Malcolm X! Endees Charlie Rose-tey hiisen yariltslagiig sonsooroy. Gesnees mani er Bush-iin ailchlaliig survaljlahaar Mongold irj baisan. Audiobook ni bur davguy.)
The Beach - Alex Garland (savaaguy, bas backpack hiih durtay humuus zaaval unshaaray)
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga (Absolutely brilliant! Unuugiin Enethegiig oilgohod mash tus duhum bolno. Gants gem ni ADD-tey Baruunii audience-d zoriulj bichlegiin hevee tohiruulsan yum uu daa)
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt (Haramsaltay medee: uchigdur Frank McCourt nas barjee. Hervee ene nomiig unshaaguy bol zaaval olj avaaray. Hamgiin haramsaltay ni ene nom deer durseldeg shig baga nas manaid haa saiguy baidag ni emgenel yum daa)

Recommended films:

Saint Ralph - cute movie, very Kierkegaardian (seriously, I bet the movie was partially inspired by Fear and Trembling)
Bottle Rocket - Wes Anderson's debut
Gallipoli - Australia's loss of innocence and the beginning of "manhood"! Bonus: Mel Gibson's Aussie accent :P
Little Fish - Oird iim mundag kino uzeeguy. Brilliant performance!
Shattered Glass - Journalism sonirhdog humuust highly recommended! (along with Good Night and Good Luck, and All The President's Men)
Entre Les Murs - Brilliant! Bagshiin deed tugsch baigaa hun bolgond ene kinog uzuuleh heregtey
The Hurt Locker - One of the best actions movies I've seen
Welcome to Sarajevo - Winterbottom rocks!
Rogue Trader - Recommended for finance majors
Whatever Works - Woody Allen's latest work. Most of the ideas are too familiar - or is it perhaps the culmination of all of his previous works?

Recommended albums:

Jorge Drexler - Eco (Motorcycle Diaries-d durtay humuus mani eriin duulsan soundtrack-iig andahguy baih aa)
Jacqueline du Pré - The Concerto Collection (as one "wise man" said: "du Pré shat on Rostropovich's head" :P Jacqueline du Pré is arguably the best cellist ever! Gesnees Bach-iin Cello Suites-iig toglosniig ni olj avah yumsan)
Julieta Venegas - MTV Unplugged (I wish I could understand what she's singing about)
Au Revoir Simone - The Bird of Music (David Lynch's favourite band! haha)
American Analog Set - Set Free (really nice melodies)


sirus said...

tuvshin haaguur bgaan? Germanyd bgaamuu? surch bna uu ayalj bna uu? hehehe... zaza ali ni ch yalgaagui dee.... kkk...

sirus said...

aan tiin ene jose gonzalez chene goyo umaa... tnx... kekeke... ter teardrop cover ene ter laitaim bna...

Solongoo B. said...

sanal bolgoson nomnuudaas white Tiger-g l unshsan um bna, dajgui sanagdsan

Anonymous said...

jorge drexler is awesome ! muchas gracias :)