Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Sentence of the Day

"Амьдралын урт харгуй урдамнай гэрэлтэнэ..."
- С. Эрдэнэ, "Халхын заяат харгуй минь," Улаанбаатар 2002, 32-р тал

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Горовиц в Москве, 1986 год

One piece of music that I keep revisiting:


During the latter part of the concert, watching this 82-year-old genius play, I found mist forming in my eyes for some mysterious reason I could not explain. I was not sad. I was exultant. It had something to do with my pride, at that very moment, in being part of the same civilisation that this great and endearing man playing the piano was part of.

Almost at the same time instant I felt the suggestion of tears in my eyes, the television camera left Horowitz’s fingers on the keyboard and dissolved to the face of a Soviet citizen in the audience. His eyes were closed, his head tilted slightly backward so that his face was up… and one lone teardrop ran down his cheek...

It was the same teardrop running down mine.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Finding a new flavor that was ours"

“We had the idea: let’s use local products here,” [Rene Redzepi] told me the next morning. We were at a diner, making a caffeine stop on the way to a beach at Dragør—a town on the Øresund Sea, about twenty minutes from the outskirts of Copenhagen—where he likes to forage. “But I was very unhappy at first. Why? Because we were taking recipes from other cultures, serving essentially the same ‘Scandinavian French’ food, and just because you’re using local produce to make that food doesn’t mean you’re making a food of your own culture. I started asking myself, What is a region? What is the sum of the people we are, the culture we are? What does it taste like? What does it look like on a plate? It was a very complex thing for us—the idea of finding a new flavor that was ‘ours.’”
"The Food at Our Feet: Why is foraging all the rage?"

+ Anthony Bourdain: 'Let's have a bite of flowers...'

Ethics vs. Morality

Саяхан гарсан "100 чухал сэдэв: Ёс зүй" нэвтрүүлгийг тойрсон яриандаа манайхан ethics, morality хоёрын ялгааны талаар баахан элийрэв. Яг Монголоор энэ хоёр ухагдахууныг сүүлийн үед юу гэж тогтохоор болсон юм бол мэдэх юм алга (justice-ийг жишээ нь "зүй ёс" гэж орчуулдаг болсон байна лээ). Юутай ч Steven Lukes-ийн ойрмогхоны нэг номонд ethics, morality хоёрыг яаж ялгасныг нь энд ишлэе:

"The moral" can also be distinguished from "the ethical." This latter way (which descends from Hegel's distinction between Moralität and Sittlichkeit) involves postulating a different and narrower sense of "moral" that derives from Kant. In this view, morality denotes something that is both more severe and more abstract; and it is seen as applying anywhere and everywhere. It directs attention to the duties or obligations I have to other human beings viewed, from the standpoint of justice, as possessors of rights. The ethical, by contrast, refers to the values and ideals that inhere in one or another specific way of life--and these will, of course, be multiple and sometimes mutually incompatible. Ronald Dworkin, the legal theorist, captured the core of this distinction when he wrote that "ethics includes convictions about which kinds of lives are good or bad for a person to lead, and morality includes principles about how a person should treat other people."
Moral Relativism by Steven Lukes, p. 135

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Эрлийз Цариг Оршвой

By 1860, seven different gauges were in use in America. Just over half of the total mileage was of the 4’8½” standard. The next most popular was the 5-foot gauge concentrated in the South. As things turned out, having different gauges was advantageous to the South, since the North could not easily use railroad to move its troops to battle in southern territory during the Civil War. Noting this example, the Finns were careful to ensure that their railroads used a gauge different from the Russian railroads! The rest of Europe adopted a standard gauge, which made things easy for Hitler during World War II: a significant fraction of German troop movements in Europe were accomplished by rail.
"History in Motion - Railroad Gauges: A Standards Battle" by Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian (excerpt from Information Rules)