There’s an interesting obsession with nice cars and fashion in Ulaanbaatar. While in the countryside a sweet ride was your motorcycle and your nice clothing was a clean deel, in UB people love their fashion and slick cars. This seems a little odd from people who live in tiny apartments with no beds and step […]
First, traveler’s checks: they are out of date. While it is theoretically possible that somewhere in the world they are more readily accepted than a simple ATM card, that is not the case here. Mongolia is certainly not the most remote place in the world, but its up there, and here it is very clear […]
So I was doing an interview in the Wrestling Palace and when it was done we found this going on. It seems to be a Judo competition in honor of the police. These are the competitors. This is the ceiling of the Wrestling Palace with banners depicting the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. The arena. […]
So I recently watched the movie The Way Back. It’s a story about a group of men who escaped from a gulag and walked all the way to India. The hardest part of the journey is through the Gobi. There’s one part where they encounter a group of Mongolians, who they fear because Mongolia is […]
The phrase “guys, this is the serious” came from an older, ex-military, rather grim, man who really wanted us to take him seriously. It was a beautiful moment. Anyway some points of culture. -Bathrooms are not required to have toilet paper. You’d think this would be a priority, but no, almost half the bathrooms I […]
This is a list of every predicted apocalypse that humans have come up with. I know I posted it before, but it is particularly appropriate today. The list, and the concerns about today, raise the question why people think the world will end. Is there some weird desire for a good apocalypse?
I think that is a description of the best day possible. I now understand why Mongolian wrestling uniforms are…. what they are. They began, literally thousands of years ago, as a deel and pants. They had minimal standard rules so people could do what they wanted. And as in most cloth martial arts (Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) having […]
I’ve been pretty excited about the vast strides that have been made in prosthetics for years now. The idea of hooking up the electronics to your nervous system is something science fiction has been playing with for years. It also seems like a good first step to uploading, though there is much work to be […]
Near our apartment. I’m still not sure what’s going on here. Near an apartment we nearly took. Near our apartment again. In the square outside our window.
“There was one species on Terra that lived in very close symbiosis with the domesticated primates. This was a variety of domesticated canines called dogs. The dogs had learned to achieve a rough simulation of guilt and remorse and worry and other domesticated primate characteristics. The domesticated primates had learned how to achieve simulations of […]