Friday, April 29, 2011

A Note for Myself

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
from Ira Glass on Storytelling

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Poem of the Day

Mar Português de Fernando Pessoa

Ó mar salgado, quanto do teu sal
São lágrimas de Portugal!
Por te cruzarmos, quantas mães choraram,
Quantos filhos em vão rezaram!
Quantas noivas ficaram por casar
Para que fosses nosso, ó mar!
Valeu a pena? Tudo vale a pena
Se a alma não é pequena.
Quem quer passar além do Bojador
Tem que passar além da dor.
Deus ao mar o perigo e o abismo deu,
Mas nele é que espelhou o céu

Addendum: Hervee bainga shine sanaa, inspiration erelhiildeg, aphorism, ajiglaltuudiin tsugluulgad durtay bol Fernando Pessoa-giin The Book of Disquiet-iig zaaval unshij uzeerey.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eurotrip de Manière Chinoise

When I was travelling in Italy I always tried to sneak into museums for free by pretending to be a member of those large packs of Chinese or Japanese tourists. Though somehow they always caught me - I blame it on my height. But have you ever wondered what it feels like to travel in those groups with matching hats and a guide carrying a small flag or umbrella as a rallying point? The New Yorker's Evan Osnos recently travelled across Europe on a bus with Chinese tourists and wrote an article about it. The result is a wonderful discussion about the subtle differences between Chinese and Westerners.
the myth that a richer China would soon become a Western, democratic China has rarely looked more frayed than it does today. But if it was naïve to imagine that China’s opening up would draw it close to the West, it is also naïve, perhaps, to dismiss the power of more subtle changes. Modern Chinese travel, like the modern Chinese state, is predicated on the fragile promise that it will impose order on a chaotic world, by shepherding its citizens and keeping them safe from threats that can include Western thieves and Western cuisine.


Neleed deehne duridaj baisan NYTimes deer blog hutulj baigaa Uyanga ohin Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth guravt tentsjee. Tuunii deer tun dotnii and maani Amerikiin hamgiin baga acceptance rate-tay law school-d tentssen bas neg bayartay medee sayhan avsan. Bas lav l neg huuhed Mongol dahi dund surguuliasaa shuud Harvard-d tentssen baina. (End MIT, Harvard-iig tugssun hiigeed odoogoor amjilttay surch baigaa olon Mongol oyutnuudiig duridalguy ungurluu).

Yurduu hedhen jiliin umnu davashguy davaa met sanagdan apply hiihees hurtel tsaargaldag baisan bidend unuudur Ivy League-iin bolovsrol tiim ch hol bish sanagddag boljee. Amjilt amjiltiig daguuldag gedeg. Delhiin ner hundtey surguuliudad tsaashdaa suraltsah heden zuun Mongol huuhduuded uram zorig, ulger duurialiig uzuulsen ta nart ih bayarlalaa. Bugded ni umnuh amjiltuud deeree duruulun tsaashdaa ulam ih amjiltiig gargahiig husen yuruuye.

Monday, April 04, 2011

A Lesson to Learn from Navalny

Manaihniig Avilgatay Temtseh Gazriinhaa dargiig shorond hiij baih zuur Orost Alexey Navalny gegch zaluu tsor gantsaaraa avilgiin esreg temtsej suuliin uyed delhii dayar shuugian tarij baina. Mongold avilgatay yaraltay temtseh shaardlagatay, chingehed uls turchdud itgeh yamar ch bolomjguy gej uzdeg humuus Navalny-giin interneteer olon niitiig oroltsuulah zamaar yavuuldag uil ajillagaaniih ni arga bariliig mash sain sudlah heregtey. Minii medehiin avilgatay temtsegchid dundaas tuun shig ur buteeltey ajillaj chadaj baigaa huniig urid umnu ni sonsch baisanguy. Tuunii deer Moskvad baidag angiinhaa ohinoos Navalny-giin talaar asuutal ingej helj baina:

He is a kind of star now here. I even met him during the summer. I was in the very begining very very much inspired by him! But then I went to a few meeting, we talked and I figured I dont really like him as a person. But, really, who cares? what he does is extremely important. Just because it crates a feeling in our society that there are ppl who still can speak up and do smth!that one shouldnt be indifferent! And even if it doesnt in the end lead to some great change, I am supporting him with all my hands and legs. Now it looks like it's possible the government will just shut down the law that states that this competitions should be publicly-announced...But that is the begining of struggle - he talks and (very importantly so) young ppl are listening to him.

Russian Site Smokes Out Corruption - doloo honogiin umnu NYTimes deer garsan Navalny-giin tuhai niitlel
Net Impact: One man’s cyber-crusade against Russian corruption - ene doloo honogiin The New Yorker deer garsan profile. Medeej New Yorker-iinh bolhoor chanariin huvid yarih zuilguy mundag. Gehdee mani eriin nationalist uzel barimtlaliinh ni talaar tuuniig shahaj iluu delgerenguy bicheeguyd ni jaahan setgel gonsgor uldev.

Navalny-giin blog -
Gol ajlaa yavuuldag РосПил website -

Addendum: Unuu O. Magnaigiin jishee bolgoj avaad baidag Sergey Magnitsky-giin uheltey holbootoy deehne uzej baisan Bill Browder-iin Orost business bitgii hii gej urialsan Stanford-d unshsan lekts (hervee butneer ni uzeh yum bol Orosiin zah zeeliin talaar neleed sain medegdehuun ugnu)