Monday, June 15, 2009

This and That

Along the Goethewanderweg - Weimar, May 2, 2009

Album of the day: She & Him - Volume One
Video of the day: Neil Young - Helpless

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Link of the Day

Columbia Law School Graduation 2009: 2009 LL.M. Nemuun Gal's Address + Video (0:41:20 deerees ehlene)

Thanks to Indra for the pointer

A Lesson To Learn (From a High School Student)

Odoo bodood baihad Mongold 10 jildee heregguy zuil uzej ih tsag urdeg baij. Toonii hicheeliin ehnii 10 minutad bagsh "za ene neg iimerhuu theorem baidag yum" geshiigeed unguruh bol uldsen 30 minutiig ter theorem-toy holbootoy bodlogiig zogsoo zaiguy bodohod zartsuulna. Yunii tuhai bodlogo bodood baigaagaa sain medehguy bolovch herhen bodoh argiig ni tseejeeree medne. Niigem Sudlaliin hicheel ch mun yalgaaguy. Yu ni medegdehguy baahan yumiig dotroo tud tud huvaagdana geed l tseejluuleed baina, yag ter ni yagaad tegj huvaagdaj baigaa yum, bodot amidral deer yamar jisheen deer garch irj baigaa yum gedeg talaar bagsh neg ch ug helehguy, suragchid ni tiim asuult baih yostoy ch gej medehguy.

Uneniig helehed bi 10 jilee Mongold tugschihuud gadaadiin college-d orohod ehnii 2 jilee lav tolgoid bugshsan baisan ter olon heregguy medeelluudiig tseverleh, deerees ni nemeed asuudald herhen shuumjleltey handah tuhai surch unguruusun. Negent zuv arga barilaa olooguy, yaj medeelliig bolovsruulahaa medehguy bol shine medleg olj avaad ch heregguy yum bilee (gehdee natural science chigleleer surch baigaa humuust ene uur baidag baih l daa, bi bol liberal arts talaas ni bichij baina). Uuruur helbel Mongoliin 10 jil nadad dan gants hotsrogdson medeelel olgood zogsohguy, tsaashdaa amjilttay suraltsahad maani oyun sanaanii huvid ch, tsag hugatsaanii huvid ch asar tom "shavar haasan" yum.

Tegeed zarimdaa uund gutrahaaraa hervee bi baruunii private high school-d sursan bol odoo jinhene budaa bolgoj baigaa daa gej "muruuddug" yum :P Gehdee nuguu talaasaa jishee ni baruunii private high school-uud yugaaraa davuu ve? Resource saitaygaas uur yamar davuu chanar baina? Tsaashlaval, manai surguuliud tednii zeregt hurehed yu hiih shaardlagatay ve? gesen asuultuud zui yosoos bosch irne. Yag uund shuud hariult ugch baigaa esehiig ni medehguy yum. Gehdee minii huvid yag goliig ni olood helsen neg niitleliig uchigdur IHT deerees oroin hoolnii uyer unshiv. Zohiogch ni Boston Latin School-iin 11-r angiin suragch buguud ene niitlelee uuriin Hyatadiin dund surguulid unguruusun neg jil deeree tulguurlan bichjee.

Neg talaaraa manai dund surguuliud Hyatadiinhtay adil test-iig amjilttay davahad chiglesen bodlogotoy, asuudliig zadlaj oilgohod bus tseejlehed anhaarlaa tuvleruuldeg tul ene niitlel bidend sain surgamj boloh uchirtay. Nuguu talaaraa 15, 16-tay huuhed yamar mundag tsegtstey, asuudliig gyarhai ajiglaj bichsen baigaagaas ni ta baruunii shildeg dund surguuliudiin olgodog bolovsroliin tuvshingiin bagtsaag avna baih. Buten niitlel - "Teen's lessons from China" by Annie Osborn

But what does surprise me is that, despite the barely controlled chaos that simmers just below the surface during my classes at Boston Latin School, I feel as though I have learned much, much more under the tutelage of Latin's teachers than I ever could at a place like Yanqing Middle School [...]

Students spend their days memorizing and doing individual, silent written drills or oral drills in total unison. Their entire education is geared toward memorizing every single bit of information that could possibly materialize on, first, their high school entrance exams, and next, their college entrance exams. This makes sense, because admission to public high schools and universities in China is based entirely on test scores.

And yet, to an American student used to the freedom of debate during history or English class, to free discussion of possible methods for solving different math problems, the work seems hollow and too directed.[...]

It's more that there is very little room to maneuver: There is one good way to solve a math problem, or one way to program a computer, or one good way to do homework. Every class has the same homework, a worksheet printed on wafer paper, and essays are rare. Novels are not taught in class, and teachers encourage outside reading of histories rather than fiction. The only fiction texts read in class are excerpts from the four classics (Imperial texts that are not considered novels) and Imperial poetry. The point of class is to cram as much information into the students in as little time as possible, all in preparation for entrance exams.

Students lack the opportunity to discuss and digest what they learn. Most rarely participate in political discussions outside class. [...] Chinese schools have many strengths, but they do not foster many broadly philosophical thinkers.

Aan tiim, hervee sonirhvol edgeer asuudluudiig mash mundagaar hundsun "The History Boys", "Paper Chase" gesen hoyor kinog uzehiig sanal bolgoyo.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Antilibrary

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with "Wow! Signore professore dottore Eco, what a library you have! How many of these books have you read?" and the others -- a very small minority -- who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.
From the introduction of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan
(via Kottke)

It’s Sonia Sotomayor, being raised by a determined, hard-working widow (for whom a $400 encyclopedia must have represented a tremendous financial sacrifice) reading the Britannica in a neighborhood where few if any other people valued it as much as her mother did.

“The Britannica was a physical embodiment of the existence of a serious world where there was a lot to be learned beyond one’s own experience,” Randall Stross, author of the books “The Microsoft Way” and “Planet Google”, said in a telephone conversation. “Just having it on the shelf was a way to remind kids of the importance of education, and it was a counterweight to all the trivial and even dangerous pursuits that surrounded them.”
There’s More to Moving Up Than Books Alone by Richard Bernstein



Private house on beachside plot in Cahuita, Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architects - A bloody beautiful library. I wanna have exactly the same one when I grow old :)