Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jack Weatherford: Great Law of Genghis Khan in Iraq

Los Angeles Times, 2006 December 29

“In his final televised speech to the Iraqi people in 2003, Saddam Hussein denounced the invading Americans as ‘the Mongols of this age,’ a reference to the last time infidels had conquered his country, in 1258. But the comparison isn't very apt — unlike the Mongols, the Americans don't have the organizational genius of Genghis Khan...

“The legal justification for the Mongol invasion of Iraq derived from the reluctance of the caliph of Baghdad to control the Shiite Cult of the Assassins, whom the Mongols accused of attempting to kill their khan.

“The Assassins operated from a series of fortified mountain camps spread from contemporary Afghanistan to Iraq, and the Baghdad invasion did not begin until the Mongols had eradicated the threat from the Assassins and destroyed their fortresses...

“The Mongols took no prisoners and allowed no torture, but they executed swiftly and efficiently, including the soldiers of the defeated army who, they believed, would be a constant source of future problems if allowed to live. The first several months of a Mongol invasion were bloody, but once the takeover ended, the bloodshed ended.

“By contrast, the American military campaign was quick, with comparatively few Iraqi (or coalition) casualties, but the bloodshed has continued for years...

“And while the violence continues, the U.S. can't come close to establishing a government that rivals what the Mongols achieved...

“They fiercely enforced religious freedom, which created an essentially secular state... They lowered taxes for merchants and eliminated them for religious, medical and educational professionals. They educated women along with men...

“Fundamentalist Muslims look back at Mongol secularism as a scourge. But, although U.S. rule in Iraq has produced a constant flow of refugees, particularly religious minorities, out of the country, under Mongol rule Christian, Muslim, Jewish and even Buddhist immigrants poured into the newly conquered Iraq to live under the Great Law of Genghis Khan...

“By the time of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the political achievements of the Mongols had been forgotten, and only the destructive fury of their wars was remembered.”

-Jack Weatherford

Who's your daddy?

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ulemj’s birthday

This post has moved to Adventuria - Travels of Radigan Neuhalfen.

Zaya’s dance thing

On Sunday, went to Zaya’s holiday production at her tsetserleg (an abridgement of “khuukhdiin tsetserleg,” which is literally: “child garden”; used as “kindergarten,” which is literally: “child garden”).

Poor little kids, being forced to sing and dance for old people’s amusement.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Holiday Greetings from Tsetsegee

"I wish to everyone a Merry Christmas and a new 2007 year.

"Also, I wish you all success, good health, luck in coming new year!"


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Holiday Greetings from Luvsan

"May your New Year of 2007 be filled with Joy and Happiness. Hope you succeed in everything you do throughout the new year."


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

See Sunny Afghanistan

Advice for travelling in Afghanistan from a U.S. soldier.

Seriously, advice for travelling in Afghanistan from U.S. soldier Jonathan Miller, who "has a passion for travel." 21 years old.

"If nothing else, you must come see this country for its amazing terrain features...

"Since there are no beaches, you won’t have to pack your bathing suit...

"Stay away from the Afghanistan and Pakistan border on the East side of the country or you might find yourself in the middle of a firefight...

"Pack light and don’t bring too many valuable belongings...

"Before you come you should also do some research on suicide bombers (what they wear, how they act, etc)."

The Travel Junkie - Untamed Travel for the Young and the Restless

Mongolia, China, and Chinggis Khaan in *The Economist*

"Battle for Mongolia's soul

"On the 800th anniversary of his empire's birth, China and Mongolia both claim Genghis Khan as their own"

The Economist, Dec 19th 2006

"The Mongolian government has already suffered the downsides of economic nationalism. By law, all gold output is supposed to be sold to the Bank of Mongolia, the central bank. This year the amount sold has fallen by half even though production has continued to rise, says the central bank's former governor, Ochirbat Chuluunbat. He blames a windfall tax that has encouraged small producers to sell gold on the black market rather than to the bank. Most black-market gold is smuggled across the 4,677km border with China...

"For all Mongolia's nationalism, the government remains acutely aware of the dangers of upsetting its powerful southern neighbour. Officials studiously avoid criticism of China, which provides vital port facilities for Mongolia's exports...

"In order to avoid falling under the sway of either Russia or, particularly, China, Mongolia pursues what it calls a 'third neighbour' policy. This involves remaining on good terms with its giant neighbours but also reaching out to countries such as America and Japan (Mongolia's biggest aid donor). America has been delighted by Mongolia's support for its military operations in Iraq, including the dispatch of some 200 support troops. This is the first time Mongolian troops have been stationed in Iraq since Genghis's grandson, Hulagu, conquered Baghdad...

"A Mongolian general, given warning by an American counterpart of the dangers of operating in Baghdad, is said to have quipped: 'I know. We've been here before.'"

Widely Misunderstood

Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
Once you spend half your life just covering up

Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man said, "Son, if it was up to me"
Went down to see my V.A. man
He said, "Son, don't you understand?"

I had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, but he's all gone

He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years burning down this road
Ain't got nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go

Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I'm a long gone daddy in the U.S.A.

-Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the U.S.A."

Monday, December 18, 2006

Declaration against the War

"I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it. I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this War, on which I entered as a war of defence and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purpose for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects which actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation. I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust. I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed. On behalf of those who are suffering now I make this protest against the deception which is being practised on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacency with which the majority of those at home regard the contrivance of agonies which they do not, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize.

"Siegfried L. Sassoon...July 1917"

Sunday, December 10, 2006

War on Terror: The Boardgame

"Wage War on the Most Dangerous Abstract Noun Known to Man"

"The actual War on Terror is offensive. This is just a board game."

Just released last month; already banned at several toy fairs.

Clearly designed lovingly by people who enjoy critical thinking, this thing looks smart (stylish) and smart (intelligent). Check out a couple "Empire Cards" from the Card Appendix:

"Weapons Inspector - You need to make sure they haven't got anything that might trouble your liberating forces."

"Terrorist Upsurge - Seems like not everyone wants to be liberated. Ungrateful swines."

As a cartophile and sometime fan of Risk and Axis and Allies, I can't help but pore over the gameboard: New Zealand and the Philippines are apparently planned for the "Southeast Corner of the Map" expansion pack, Alaska is exhibiting symptoms of palsy, and - betraying the game's British origins - the Falklands are way prominent. (Only British folk could design a game of world domination in which the Falklands receive the high-profile treatment. Maybe also Argentinians.) More than offsetting this, however, is the inclusion of Antarctica, which is crazy cool. Antarctica is labeled as "Nowhere."

And Mongolia is on there! It has powdered off to the west and borders Afghanistan, but it's still nice to see it. Kazakhstan didn't make the cut.

Our friend Lajos commented on the game at
"Ooooh, I can't wait to read more about this game (preferably the rules). The theme is absolutely brilliant and so are some of the card texts. How can anyone with at least some sense of humour be offended by this?"

For more info from BoardGameGeek, here's a shining review and a play session.

In closing, from the creators:
"The dialogue has effectively been closed. If you think terrorism is a symptom of a wider problem, rather than an inexplicable phenomenon, then you must be a terrorist. We hope this boardgame might play its humble part in opening up that dialogue."

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Murder in Malaysia

"Setting the stage for a lurid courtroom drama that is sure to grip a country that officially sees itself as upright and puritanical, one of Malaysia’s most prominent political analysts has been charged with the gruesome slaying of a Mongolian 'free lance' fashion model who claimed that he was her lover and the father of her infant child.

"The skeletal remains of the 28-year old woman, described as 'stunning' in press reports, shot twice and torn apart by explosives, were found by police on November 6 in a jungle hilltop near Kuala Lumpur after she had been reported missing. She was later identified through DNA testing."

-Asia Sentinel

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Miss Mongolia 2005

Mongolian flags

Baron Ungern

The God of War as artistic inspiration:

Neue Operative Radikale Kunst

A Movie


Life Goes On

"Tibet is lost. You have your freedom."

-Dalai Lama, in Mongolia, 2006 August

Face of Arrogance

"But we will still tell our children stories of Chang'e and the rabbit that lived for thousands of years in the moon, and mooncakes that carried the message of the uprising against the Mongolians, who now have become one of the Chinese minorities. Life goes on."

-China Daily

Face of the Future

"Mongolia is the latest country to be sucked into the centrifugal force of China's rapid economic growth, yesterday signing a series of economic agreements with its prosperous neighbour. . .

"The biggest coal mine in Mongolia is sending train-loads south to China, whose energy hunger is voracious, at a tonnage price well below the global market price."

-The Australian

Friday, December 01, 2006

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Kubla Khan, or a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment.
first published in 1816
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English, 1772-1834

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh ! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover !
A savage place ! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover !
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced :
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail :
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean :
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war !

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves ;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.

It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice !

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw :
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,

That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome ! those caves of ice !
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware ! Beware !
His flashing eyes, his floating hair !
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Monday, November 27, 2006

A Genghis Khan Opera in Austin, Texas

A production at the Salvage Vanguard Theater that opened last spring:

"So today I got the coolest email and I’m just going to paste it below. Graham and I talked about this quite a bit last year when we were writing the opera Genghis Khan. Check this out…

"Mr. Neulander

"My name is Dawadash and I am the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Mongolia in Washington DC. I came across to SVT website and the Genghis Khan Opera blog while surfing the net. We congratulate you on the production of Genghis Khan, who is national symbol and hero for my country. The Embassy of Mongolia regrets that we did miss the chance to watch the show, which was a success in Austin. This year Mongolia celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Great Mongolian State created by Genghis Khan in 1206. That year Temuchin was proclaimed Genghis Khan, the ruler of the first unified Mongolian state. We are eager to learn if the Genghis Khan production is still on stage and where and when we can watch it. Have you thought of putting it in other countries, for example in Mongolia. This would great.
Anyways, congratulations on the production and hope to hear from you.
Any questions are welcome at the address below.

"Dawadash Sambuu
Second Secretary
Embassy of Mongolia"

Salvage Vanguard Theater blog

Salvage Vanguard Theater - Genghis Khan: The Opera

*Modern Mongolia* by Morris Rossabi

A review by Andy Morriss of Morris Rossabi's book Modern Mongolia:

"It's a well-written and well-researched book, with lots of fascinating details about a fascinating country. It is also an incredibly frustrating book, as Rossabi has only a loose grasp of economics...

"Rossabi makes two crucial errors. First, he thinks economics is just a point of view, using quote marks around economic terms to emphasize that they aren't really definitional. Second, he buys an excessively romantic notion of primitive communism among nomads, without asking (at least through this chapter) whether the pre-Communist nomadic civilization included institutions that were destroyed by the Communists and which take time to recreate."

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


pataphor - An extended metaphor that creates its own context.

"Jenny is eleven years old. She lives on a farm in Luxembourg, West Virginia. Today Jenny is collecting eggs from the henhouse. It is 10 a.m. She walks slowly down the rows of cages, feeling around carefully for eggs tucked beneath clucking hens. She finds the first egg in number 6. When she holds it to the light she sees it is the deep tan of boot leather, an old oil-rubbed cowboy boot, creased with microscopic branching lines, catching the light at the swelling above the scarred dusty heel, curled at the cuff, bending and creaking as the foot of the cowboy squirms to rediscover its fit, a leathery thumb and index prying at the scruff, the heel stomping the floor. Victor the hotel manager swings open the door and gives Cowboy a faint smile."

Thursday, November 09, 2006

5+ Art

Photo by 5+, a young Mongolian artists' group.

'Nambla Monkeybar'?

A year later, still roiling over at The Dilbert Blog:

"You, so called western intellectuals, if placed in Mongolian steppes, you could not survive our harsh climate..."

"Geez, I'm Mongolian but I'm not angry nor humored, it was kind of a lame joke really."

Mongolian Day in Chicago – Malign God Theory

by Neil Steinberg for the Chicago Sun-Times, 2006 July 14:

"The entire length of Washington there is taken up with a dozen anti-abortion protesters, in a straight line, each holding the same 5-foot-tall poster showing a pair of tongs holding the bloody, decapitated, jawless head of a fetus.

"Did I ever mention my Malign God Theory? I don't think so. Briefly stated: There is a deity, and He does hear our prayers, but often acts perversely, for his own amusement.

"I turn my face, away from the grisly horror, and see a group of short Asian men in bright tribal uniforms -- long coats, round hats. A banner reads 'Mongolian Day in Chicago.' A stage, tents, chairs, already occupied by aging relatives, booths of some kind.

"These poor people. Bet they planned for six months. Rehearsing ancient dances. Eager to reflect Mongolian pride, to see a neglected people shining in the public square. Our city's first Mongolian festival.

"The great day arrives. They show up -- take chartered buses down from Waukegan, no doubt, enticing their families and friends along. Only to be confronted by platoons of grim, lipless yokels and gimlet- eyed, corn-fed fanatics, waving huge color photos of chopped-up babies."

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Important religious questions (vis-a-vis Christian evangelism)

"The Charge of the Teutonic Knights at Lake Peipus in 1242"
Giuseppe Rava
1963- Italian

In Heaven, will my grandmother, who died at 80 years of age, look like she did when she was 80? Should people hope to die at a young age, so that they can be young in Heaven?

What is Heaven like? Where is Heaven located? What’s the weather like there? Can you see stars or planets from Heaven? What language is spoken in Heaven? Where do people live? Are there houses? What kind of entertainment is there?

What happens to disabled people in Heaven?

Say a married man dies and goes to Heaven. His wife remarries. Later, the wife and the new husband die and go to Heaven. Isn’t it awkward when these two guys meet up with their singular wife? What happens then?

Does God have a wife? If not, doesn’t He get lonely?

Why did God rest on the seventh day? Why would a perfect supreme being need to rest?

Why would God punish humanity so severely simply because a woman wanted knowledge?

Why did God expect Cain to give Him his best sheep? And why did He turn him away when he did not, inciting him to kill his brother Abel?

How did Noah collect the virus that causes AIDS for the Ark? And polio? And influenza? More importantly, why?

Why did Jesus have to pay for the sins of humanity? Why not the Devil?

Why did God even create the Devil? Just to torment and punish His creation? If so, then is this god worthy of praise or devotion?

If God intended the Bible to be His message to all humanity for all time, why does it lack so much fundamental data? Why didn’t He mention that the planets travel in elliptical orbits around the sun, or include references to the periodic table of elements, or allude to the double-helix structure of DNA?

How do you know there is only one god? How do you know there aren’t two? Or ten? Or millions?

Why doesn’t God answer—in easy-to-read, ASCII-formatted text—my prayers?

Why do angels have wings? Why didn’t humans get wings?

Why did God make the Universe expand at a slower rate in the past and accelerate its expansion in the present? Is it because dark matter really does have expansive powers, or are there other universes with gravity pulling ours towards theirs?

Who or what created God?

What evidence is there against the existence of God? What evidence is there against the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Why won't God heal amputees? Why does God seem to cure cancer and other diseases daily, yet he unfailingly ignores the prayers of amputees? Does God hate amputees? Why?

Is God a man or a woman or both or neither?

Through the hundreds of years of religious killing in Europe and the Middle East, whose side has God been on? Catholics or Protestants? Orthodox or Catholics? Christians or Jews? Jews or Muslims? Muslims or Christians? Sunni or Shi'ite? Whose side is He on now?

Do you love your god more than you love your country?

Does God prefer to keep critical thinkers out of Heaven by letting them become atheists, rather than eternally suffer their incessant, impudent questioning of his judgment and authority?

Does God believe in a higher power? If not, then that would mean that God is an atheist.

--adapted from

Microbial resistance to antibiotics

Antibiotics are overused in Mongolia. Powerful antibiotics, generally Russian-made, are available over-the-counter in UB, and people take them often. When I have been ill, my friends have consistently advised me to take antibiotics. As I understand it, however, taking antibiotics indiscriminately, and especially for short durations, leads to microbes evolving resistance to the drugs.

This letter from 2001 concerns gonorrhoea:

"We read with interest 'The antibiotic susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia' by Lkhamsuren. We also found high levels of resistance to penicillin, tetracycline, and ciprofloxacin. Of the 13 isolates which were successfully transported to our reference laboratory in Birmingham, Alabama. . . 3/13 (23%) were chromosomally resistant to penicillin, 2/13 (15.4%) were chromosomally resistant to tetracycline. . . We agree with the authors that antibiotic resistance is a significant problem in Ulaanbaatar and that a surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance is needed."

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Treasure of Khan

"The action, and there's plenty of it, ranges from Siberia's Lake Baikal and the wilds of Mongolia to the Hawaiian islands. The treasure is that of Genghis and Kublai Khan, the great Mongolian conqueror and his grandson. The villain is a modern-day Mongol with dreams of restoring national power and pride."
-Publishers Weekly

A couple years ago in Costa Rica, an archaeologist friend told me about the adventure novels of Clive Cussler, which kind of incorporate maritime archaeology somewhat. He was reading one of them--I think it had to do with the Aztec--and he offered it to me when he was finished. I opted for Under the Volcano.

Last weekend at the ranch, we watched the mighty crap-bomb that is Sahara, based ("loosely," allegedly) on one of Cussler's novels. The pirate Chinese DVD crashed before the end of the movie, and we cheered.

Today, while researching a dead poet guy, I got into one of those spiraling click-chains that somehow led to Cussler. So, I discovered that his new novel has a Mongolian flavor. And is being released next month.

"When Dirk Pitt is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team from a freak wave on Russia's Lake Baikal, it appears a simple act of nature. When the survey team is abducted and Pitt's research vessel nearly sunk, however, it's obvious there's something more sinister involved. All trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious mogul who is conducting covert deals for supplying oil to the Chinese while wreaking havoc on global oil markets utilizing a secret technology. The Mongolian harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan that just might give him the wealth and power to make that dream come true."

Friday, October 06, 2006

Russia and China

"Chinese immigrants find opportunity in the fertile emptiness of Siberia. But hosts fear a gradual takeover."


Met up with Ulemj and a couple of his buddies last night. We sat in a bar called "Zona" just north of the Parliament building and drank beer. Got drunk.

Ulemj is one of the first people I met after returning to Mongolia a year and a half ago. He teaches engineering at the Technological University.

He went to Khovsgol with his family over the summer and sent a photo.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

simulation argument

Is this a simulated reality?

The simulation argument, claimed by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, investigates the possibility that we may be living in a simulation. The argument attempts to prove the disjunction of three hypotheses (that is, that at least one of the following three propositions must be true), that:

  • the human race will never reach a level of technology where we can run simulations of reality so detailed they can be mistaken for reality; or
  • races who do reach such a level do not tend to run such simulations; or
  • we are almost certainly living in such a simulation.


Thursday, September 28, 2006

"Jack Weatherford awarded Mongolia's highest national honor"

"Jack Weatherford has been awarded the Order of the Polar Star by President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and the parliament of Mongolia. Weatherford is the author of The New York Times best-seller Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Weatherford will travel to Mongolia to receive the award in person in February."

-Macalester College

furry traditional costumes

"When I was told about them, in my mind, I somewhat had painted a very bias picture of what to expect of people from Mongolia. I pictured them in their furry traditional costumes living in tents of the mountaneous Ulaan Bataar. . .

"Well, they certainly proved me wrong of everything I'd imagined them to be. They were very fashionable and way more advanced than many of us in terms of mentality and technology. They were very open and assertive about issues deemed taboo here. . . True, they were playful at times but they made up for it through their diligence and eagerness to learn."

-Soleiliana's Diary

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Andrew McLaughlin at Slate: tech commentary from 2003

"Ulaanbaatar is home to a surprisingly cosmopolitan cultural mélange. . .

"In the area of Internet and communications, I am left with the agonizing sense that Mongolia is poised to squander an incredible opportunity. . . .it's suicidal for a government to try to force particular services to be channeled restrictively to particular elements of infrastructure, using the law to bludgeon everyone into compliance. . . With its well-educated population, relatively free markets, and open society, Mongolia could embrace the Internet's potential to supply cheap, reliable, ubiquitous communications for all."


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Singing Sands

"One knows these modern travelers, these over-grown prefects and pseudo-scientific bores dispatched by congregations of extinguished officials to see if sand-dunes sing and snow is cold."

-Robert Byron, The Road to Oxiana, 1937

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lenin in Erdenet from Lkhamaa

--"I studied for years what Lenin and Marx did, so I feel really happy to see them on the buildings."

--"Yes, I miss the bust of Lenin that I had on my desk in Moscow. I could rub his bald head for luck."

Associated Press Reports on Religion in Mongolia

Bollywood in Mongolia


Very striking photos of Ulaanbaatar and the countryside by Artemii Lebedev

In four parts, taken at the end of July, 2006, with amusing commentary in Russian:

* * *

From Dan in San Francisco:

Hey, that guy is Art Lebedev, a relatively famous industrial designer. He's popular in computer geek circles for the "optimus keyboard" he's working on:

For a laugh:

Monday, May 29, 2006


"Being a billionaire isn't that great. It's not as good as average sex. Average sex is better than being a billionaire."

--Ted Turner, billionaire

Sunday, May 28, 2006

gertee baina aa

Since the city turned off the central heating as scheduled on May 15th, and it snowed the next day, and then it snowed again the following week, here's me at home in my winter deel (lined with sheepskin), in front of a thangka of the Wrathful Deity and a map of Mongolia.

Monday, May 15, 2006


This is awesome.

“According to Japanese newspapers, Mr. Kadokawa (producer of the film) met Mongolian Prime Minister to ask the preparation of 20,000 extras from countryside for this film shoot.... It sounds ridiculous. He must have no idea about Mongolia. ‘20,000 people’ means almost 1% of the whole Mongolian population.”