Some of the drivers working on the car. The engine can be accessed from the inside of the car. Very Soviet design.
I joined a Mongolian wrestling club. There are no pictures. There may or may not ever be pictures of me in that goofy outfit. The important part is how it fits in with the world grappling martial arts. It bears the most similarity to Judo. Its all stand up and you win by take down. […]
I’m about to leave in a couple days for the second nomadic home stay. I’m currently trying to register for courses and am recovering from my first wrestling practice. I just wrote a paper on information politics and now I’m sick of the subject but here are some interesting highlights. Major ethnic groups place themselves politically […]
-Thumbs up still means good. However, little finger means bad and middle finger means mediocre. This is a good way to describe stuff if your language skills are low and is used a lot. The rude gesture is thumb between fore and middle fingers . -It’s very rude for a guest to pee in the […]
Perhaps it’s because I recently read Accelerando and that has instilled me with an appreciation of technology’s future, but I’ve been increasingly interested in the distribution and use of information. As a general principle I approve of free information, not even the distribution of copy written material which is a much more complex and sinister subject (where […]
I did a presentation on them today in Mongolian so I might as well do so here. Манай Гэр Бүл: My Family Манай ах: My brother Манай ээж: My mother Манай Нохой: The dog
While I was in the countryside we did have tv and so I saw a little bit of news on Japan but its really hard to understand exactly how bad any given nuclear reactor problem is. XKCD was kind enough for make this for us. I have clearly overstepped the limitations of a travel […]
Linguistic Thoughts Mongolian is still hard, and I’m a little frustrated by the lack of educational organization. I came from Latin which has been codified for centuries, so I was even annoyed by Russian which has at least been a very significant language recently so has received some linguistic analysis. Mongolian however doesn’t seem to have much […]
So I just spent the last nine days in the middle of nowhere (48.38625N,108.67465E for those that missed the text. You can plug the coordinates directly into Google Earth to see the valley I was in). We were on our first nomadic home stay with a community of herders in the Tov Province of Mongolia. The camp […]
Some Pictures One of many statues of Chinggis Khaan (current accepted spelling).