Monday, July 30, 2007

Olon (Hungry)

1982- Mongolian

Bought a painting last week from the painter D.Ganbold.

The painting charges unusual colors: red for the night sky, turquoise for the wolf, pink for the eyes.

Gers in the UK

Xenophobic Nationalism

“Young urban women are a real problem for conservative nationalists for several reasons. First, they are seen as more European than Asian, which renders problematic the conservative/nationalists’ portrayal of Mongolia as an Asian state. Second, if they are well educated and professionally successful, they are capable of escaping the confines of patriarchy-cum-conservative/xenophobic nationalism and make independent decisions about marriage, partner choice, and childbirth. Third and worse, if they are multi-lingual and/or well-traveled, they have greater chances to ‘betray’ their biological-cultural community by establishing sexual relations with foreign men and giving birth to ‘half-breeds’ with questionable loyalties to the Mongolian state. Fourth and worst, if they are politically prominent, they threaten to invade the last reserves of the masculinist/patriarchal domain and break the male monopoly over the control of the state power. Therefore, the image of womanhood constructed by the conservative/xenophobic nationalists is projected as the full measure of Mongolian women’s Mongolness and, consequently, of their patriotism.”

--Undarya Tumursukh, "Masculine Constructions of National Identity and Man-Made Images of the Mongolian Woman in Post-Socialist Mongolia"

Chris Kaplonski

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Dinosaur Soft Parts

North Carolina State University's Mary Schweitzer in Montana, Macalester College's Ray Rogers and Kristi Curry Rogers in Madagascar, and Montana State University's Jack Horner in Mongolia are recovering specimens of the soft tissue of dinosaurs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Age of Info

Discovered Google Earth last night.

1. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2. Minot, North Dakota
3. Karlsruhe, North Dakota
4. St. Paul, Minnesota
5. Provideniya, Chukotka, Russia
6. Nome, Alaska
7. South Pole
8. Baghdad, Iraq
9. Besancon, France
10. Cancun, Mexico

Saturday, July 21, 2007

8 syllables die hard

“Eight syllables of ass-kicking-American-cowboy awesomeness: ‘Yippee Ki Yay, Motherfucker.’”

--Daniel O'Brien at Cracked

Endure what life

"Never to have lived is best"

--William Butler Yeats, Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus"


But me they’ll lash me in hammock, drop me deep.
Fathoms down, fathoms down, how I’ll dream fast asleep.
I feel it stealing now. Sentry, are you there?
Just ease this darbies at the wrist, and roll me over fair,
I am sleepy and the oozy weeds about me twist.

--Herman Melville, final lines of Billy Budd, Sailor (An inside narrative)


You're a crazy bitch, but you fuck so good, I'm on top of it
You're crazy but I like the way you fuck me

In a world of human wreckage
I'm plowed into the sound

Smile Empty Soul
I do it for the love
That I get from the bottom of a bottle

Space in your face I'm gonna drink the fucking ocean
Skip or trip to face the space or fake in this

Steve Earle
I heard a voice calling my name one day
And I followed that voice down a lost highway

Foo Fighters
I've waited here for you

I'm so afraid of the gift you give me
I don't belong here and I'm not well

Counting Crows
Well I heard you let somebody get their fingers into you
It's getting cold in California
I guess I'll be leaving soon

Estoy aqui queriendote, ahogandome
Entre cosas y recuerdos
Que no puedo comprender

Third Eye Blind
Just an old friend coming over now to visit you and
That's what I've become

Uncle Tupelo
And the hardwood floor is home
When morning comes twice a day or not at all