Sunday, December 28, 2014

WE

WE, a poem by Joany 'Alice' Coleman

We are in a room where
Filtering light
Strikes
Wandering hands
And loveless exchanges
Which move to echoing corridors
With the perfect
Acoustics for our cries.

We are used
To empty rooms
Because we're hollow
With no regard
For comforting words
And pleasant exchanges
But for careful sentences
And clever statements.

Хайрыг буулгаж чадсан кинонууд

Хайр сайнтай ч муутай ч кино уран бүтээлчдэд хүний зүрх сэтгэлийг эзэмдэх өргөн их боломжийг олгож байдаг. Хайрын тухай олон романтик кино байдаг ч яг хайрыг тэр чигээр нь буулгаж чадах тийм хялбар биш. Ердөө хоёр цагийн хугацаанд хайрын олон тал, давхар давхар мэдрэмж, сэтгэл хөдлөлийг багтаан харуулна гэдэг бодвол амаргүй байдаг биз. Гэхдээ хааяа хааяахан яг зүрхэн тушаа газарт оносон, хосуудын харилцааг яг тусгаж чадсан кинонууд гарах нь бий. 

Blue Valentine

Маш гайхалтай, сэтгэл хөдөлгөм хайрын түүхүүд бүгд аз жаргалтай төгсгөлтэй байдаггүй. Blue Valentine кинонд хоёр үзэсгэлэнтэй/дур булаам хоёр хүн бие биендээ дурладаг ч харилцаа нь улам бүр гүнзгийрэхийн хэрээр бодит байдал, тэдний өнгөрсөн бүх зүйлс хайрыг нь нурааж орхидог. Хэдийгээр тэдний хайраа ариунаар нь авч үлдэхийг хичээхийг нь харах хэцүү байдаг ч заримдаа хичнээн хичээгээд ч болохгүй зүйлийг болгох гэж хичээхийг харах ямар бүр харамсалтай байх юм.

Before ... -ийн гурван кино

Найруулагч Ричард Линклатер (Richard Linklater)-ийн гурван киноны цувралыг энд нэрлэнэ гэдэг нэг талаасаа шударга бус байж болох юм. (хоёр цагийн дотор хайрыг харуулах ёстой шүү дээ) Гэхдээ Before Sunrise, Before Sunset болон Before Midnight кинонууд хоёр хүний хайр дурлалын өөр өөр шатыг өөр өөр үед харуулдаг. Ес есөн жилийн дотор их юм өөрчлөгдөнө байлгүй дээ. Этан Хоук (Ethan Hawke), Жулье Дельпи (Julie Delpy) хоёрын харилцааны үл анзаарагдам нюансууд нь хосуудын харилцааны нюасныг тэр чигээр нь харулж чадсан гэж би боддог. Before Sunrise кинонд галт тэргэнд танилцсан хоёр залуугийн бие биендээ татагдах дурлалыг харуулдаг бол Before Sunset кинонд 9 жилийн дараа гэхэд халуухан дурлал санагалзсан сэтгэлтэй хамт хайр болдгыг үзүүлсэн. Хэдийгээ би хараах Before Midnight-ийг үзээгүй байгаа ч одоо хайр дурлалын бодит байдлыг дүрсэлсэн гэдэгт эргэлзэхгүй байна.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Хайр бүтэлгүйтэх ямар хэцүү байдгыг төсөөлөхөд ч төвөгтэй биз. Хайрлаад алдсанаас анхаасаа хайрлаагүй минь яав даа гэж харамсах мөч ч байдагг байх. Гэхдээ Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind-ийн Жоел Бариш заримдаа огт хайрлаагүй байснаас хайрлаад алдсан нь дээр гэдгийг ойлгодог. Өөрийнхөө дурсамжуудыг эргэн дурсахдаа Жоел тодохойлж боломгүй Клементайнтай өнгөрүүлсэн хөгжилтэй, дурсамжтай мөчүүдээ эргэн санадаг. Эцэст нь зүрх өвтгөсөн дурсамжуудаа тэр чигээр нь үлдэн хөөснөөс сайхан мөчүүд ч байсан гэдгийг марталгүйгээр авч үлдэхийг хичээх нь магадгүй өөрөө өөрийгөө авч үлдэх боломжийг нь олгох байх.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DAMNED by Chuck Palahniuk | Read Log

Photo credit to El Paisano.
Damned (Damned #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison." Every chapter of this book starts with this same phrase, except the last one. The last one included the protagonist's full name, a girl so emotionally deprived and needy that she seeks attention from the Hades himself.

Madison, a daughter of ex-hippy and pretend philanthropist parents, narcissistic actress and a billionaire father, died at the age of 13 when her mother pretends that she was 8 - the age of innocence in her opinion. When Madison died, she is sent to Hell. Though she thinks that the reason for her penance is she smoked pots, but as the story goes along Madison learns more about her physical death - death that in fact liberated her. Now she is a telemarketer of some sort that the product she is selling is damnation itself.

The author Chuck Palahniuk's vision of Hell is depicted in this book via the experience of Madison. Though the book itself is widely undermined by a lot of Palahniuk fans who admire his earlier works, I enjoyed this short but very engaging story on audiobook of just over 6 hours. The story is told by a very smart, attention seeking 13 year-old in a non-creepy way (that alone says a lot) and the storyline kept me interested throughout the whole book.

The book itself ended with the line "To Be Continued". Damned does have a sequel Doomed, but the fans of Chuck Palahniuk took the line sarcastically as the book was first published. Narly, right? Would I recommend this book to anyone? Damn right, I would. (Get it? I've just made a pun. Nevermind.) Not a bad one the start your Chuck Palahniuk journey with if Fight Club is too violent for you.

Cheers,
Anu

Sunday, November 30, 2014

INTERSTELLAR | Watch Log

Hello people of the internet,

It's been a long time since I did a video on my YouTube channel. So I am making one, though the quality of the lighting and the lack of editing is might not be satisfactory, I thought I should upload it anyway.

So here it is. My Watch Log on INTERSTELLAR, a Christopher Nolan film.

Cheers,
- Anu


Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas is in the Air

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Hello people of the internet,

As the coming of December looms on us, the most horrible time of the year comes along. Sometimes I wonder if the celebrations are all bundled up together in the last months of a year just to cover up the fact that it is just morbid. Though the shot I just got from in front of the Central Tower still features greenness in it, the temperature in Ulaanbaatar is not your friend. I am sure that you will agree with me on that.

What's more is that I almost froze my feet off trying to pass my driving exam - which I didn't pass the first time around. Yeah, I didn't pass. Gotta wait for it until next month.

Cheers,
- Anu

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Freaks - The Hawk in Paris



I Shazamed this song off of a Vampire Diaries episode, I think. Pretty obsessive tune. That's all that this track needs.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

20141111 Single's Day

Hello people of the internet,

Nov 11 or 11/11 is named to be the Single's Day by a few university lads for its abundance of number 1s in the date. Now, Chinese major online retailers, especially Alibaba Group, uses it as a day for huge discount reaching 90%. Last year Alibaba made $5.2 bln in a single day's transaction with the help of discount, or should I say even with discount. Think about it, that's more than half of Mongolia's full year GDP.

I went to Mongolian Software Industry Association's (MOSA) annual event at the ITPark today for reporting on it. And now I am watching the first episode of Sherlock's season 2 right at this moment. Maybe go on to AliExpress.com, one of Alibaba Group's affiliates, and shop for something...

What are you doing this Single's Day or rather Friendship Day as others call it.

Cheers,
- Anu

Update: Alibaba Group made $9.3 billion in transaction on Nov. 11. $9.3 billion in only one day.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Think - Kaleida

First of, hit play on the following widget. Then continue reading.


Think of me, I'll never break your heart.
Think of me, you're always in the dark.
I hate your love, your love, your love.
Think of me, you're never in the dark.

Whenever you see a film with a good soundtrack, however improbable the story is, you find yourself enjoying that film quite immensely. That's what happened to me when I watched John Wick yesterday.

Seeing Keanu Reeves back on the silver screen was enjoyable with a role that he wasn't very associated with or have drifted quite far. Keavu Reeves's character, John Wick, is like his other characters, doesn't talk that much. The action scenes were very close to realism and the added psychedelic soundtracks, like the one I am attaching to, made the sequences incredibly satisfying.

I am sure you're gonna enjoy this rendition of Think by Kaleida - the repeat of this song has just replatced Pirate Game as my ringtone a few minutes ago.

Cheers,
Anu


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Podcast: Serial


Hello people of the internet,

There is the cult culture starting and I wanted to include you in it just in case you haven't noticed. (not saying you haven't, just a suggestion) It is a podcast. iPhones or any other Apple smart devices have this nifty app called podcast, which is a media player that syncs any radio show that you are subscribed. These podcasts have evolved to be much more than radio shows. There are the big ones: RadioLab, Freakonomics, This American Life etc. and there are more internet oriented, talky shows like Hello Internet.

A month ago on This American Life's podcast, they broadcast the first episode of Serial - This American Life's sister podcast in Lehman's terms. With my habit of listening every episode of the podcasts that I am subscribed to, I just went on hearing that episode. I was hooked ever since. Right after finishing Serial's first episode on This American Life, I went on and subscribed to Serial on iTunes.

Mashable described Serial as such: "Never has a podcast collected a loyal cult following in such a short amount of time like Serial. The nonfiction series, which unravels a story week-by-week, is a spinoff of another popular radio show and podcast, This American Life. Describing the first season of Serial accurately and with justice would be a tumultuous undertaking in itself, but in short, the host and executive producer, Sarah Koenig, investigates the strange story surrounding the murder of a Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee on January 13, 1999. Currently, Adnan Syed, Lee's ex-boyfriend is serving time for the murder, but he insists that he had nothing to do with her death."

Just as Mashable put it, it IS a captivating story and I am pushing it for my mom to listen to it. I strongly suggest you do too. If you don't have an Apple device with Podcast app, you can follow the show on their Soundcloud. Don't forget to check out their website as well. As of the publication of this post, Serial already has 7 episodes released. I embed the first three episodes for your listening pleasure.

Cheers,
- Anu

Sunday, September 28, 2014

20140928 | First Driving Lesson





So today I went to my very first driving school practice lesson in the freezing cold of weather. It was snowing when me and Duuya got to the place but after two hours or so we were done. But not so fast, us and another guy in our car, we drove the car into the town on our very first day. How insane is that?

With the first snow of this winter coming in, you can't help but feel the indoors coziness creeping into your system slowly. Days get shorter, dusk approaches faster, cold gets worse, indoors seems nice and you just want to cuddle up there with a hot beverage of you choice without doing any work and read a book or watch the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory or American Horror Story or whatever show you're following then.

Here is to a great winter and me getting through driving school, which I should have completed 5 years ago when my classmates were obsessed to finish and get their driving licenses. I wasn't just there I suppose.

Best,
Anu

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anu Goes to Social Good Summit Mongolia

I loved these IDs. It had the attendants'
name and the agenda of the event.
Designer: Nemus.
Hello people of the internet,

I was able to go to the very first Social Good Summit in Mongolia last Saturday. This United Nations Foundation, UNDP and Mashable organized event that started in New York has reached more than 70 countries in its becoming. This year the UNFPA, UNDP and CCE along with very active and generous volunteers, they have managed to pull off the #2030NOW event in Ulaanbaatar successfully.

All in all, the meet-up was made up with one main speaker and 4 panel discussions each with its own speaker. I was one of the moderator of the four panel. The panels were all connected to how information technology can improve with Social Enterprise, Women, Democracy etc. I believe the declaration we all came up with from the panels were very well rounded and doable in until the year of 2030. (read the declaration in Mongolian here) 

It was my first time to be moderating any panel, and I think it went very well judging by the people's reaction and organizers comments, which is always nice. Glad that hours of research and late night logging in to the New York event on the previous day. And I hope my effort was well received. Looking forward to the realization of the declaration and getting involved in more of these types of events.

Please visit UNDP Mongolia's Facebook page for more photo and don't forget to hit the SGS's official feed on Mashable.

Cheers,
- Anu

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS trilogy by Stephanie Perkins | Read Log

Hello people of the internet,

I was watching tyrannosauruslexxx's video on books the other day and she mentioned Isla and the Happily Ever After which is the third installment in Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, first book of which I was meaning to read (I don't know why). So reminded of my old task, I've got the three book on audio. (you gotta praise someone who came up with books on tape, so handy when you're travelling)


This is about a girl named Anna who is sent to study her last year of high school in Paris of all places and finds her soul mate. Though the idea of spending a whole year in Paris with dorm full of kids your age who has bucks on their side, away from any parental supervision, studying French sounds crazy and awesome at the same time, Anna and the French Kiss is about finding yourself.

I found Anna's finding herself part a bit annoying, because she is a drama queen to some extent and her world centers around her. Well, it is her world. I liked the outcome of this novel. How dealing with your 'problems' on your own is overlooked sometimes is sad. But not this time.


I have to say from the beginning that you don't have to read all the novels in order. It is basically all a separate installment and completely stand alone.

Lola is an adopted daughter of a same sex family living it San Francisco. Stereo-typically, Lola is very 'colourful' person with a nack for ostentatious and attention grabbing clothes.

Though you feel like you're more mature, the childish side always shows up. The characters in this book are the perfect example of this kind of behaviour. I shall say they are more real than the characters in the Anna and the French Kiss.


Not sure how this sounds, but Isla was the most realistic character in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. Though the students in the American School in Paris are pretty rich kids running around complaining that they can't get all of what they want.

But at least their reactions toward teenage stuff were actually teenage-like and adorable and stupid, stupid in a cute way. It's almost like you're growing up with the characters of the series, the 'seriousity' grows along the timeline. Totally recommended.

Thought all of the three books are in a set, all of them can be stand-alone novels. The characters from the previous books shows up in small parts in the later books - not too much be considered as spoilers. (depends on what you think of as a spoiler)

Best,
- Anu

Monday, September 15, 2014

Anu goes to TEDxUlaanbaatar 2014

Hello people on the internet,

I went to the TEDxUlaanbaatar event the other day,for a whole day of inspiration and motivation, and inspiration did I find. The speakers included Asher Svidensky, Lkhagva Erdene and Erdenedalai "Eddie" Purev. You can check out TEDxUlaanbaatar's website for the details of the speakers.

Besides the 9 live speakers each section include an original speech from the TED event, two of whose books I've read before: Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in the World That Can't Stop Talking, and Jon Ronson, author A Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

73 Questions with Anna Wintour

Hello people of the internet,

I am subscribed to over 190 accounts on YouTube. It doesn't mean that I watch all of them all the time. But when this video - "Anna Wintour on Brooklyn, the Rumours, and the One Thing She Will Never Wear - 73 Questions" on the Vogue channel, heavens forbid, I've clicked on it immediately. 



It is obvious that the answers were rehearsed, just like other '73 Questions' segment, but it doesn't make them false. Anna Wintour is definitely the most influential figures of our time - on more things that you might actually aware. I was in love with everything that involved her since I translated a 'Game Changers' TV programme on her last year.

Anyway, if you'd like to see other '73 Questions' segments on Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker, keep on watching the playlist above.

Love,
Anu

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass | Read Log

Hello people of the internet,

Sometime in the past, I saw Indra saying that regretted starting The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass and after the first installment, she just gave up. Taking that indirect advice, I laid off of it. When the third and last book came out, I just somehow downloaded the whole trilogy on audio and started listening. You know what was Indra's comment when I logged by first update on Goodreads? She said "Noooooo! Why would you bother with this book????". (Yes, I hunted down the actual comment on Goodreads to write that up.)

Thought I would do a video on the trilogy once I finish them. (seemed a bit too excessive to do one on each of them) But I am not going to do a video. So, I am writing a blog about it. Here is what I thought about the series. I hope you'd enjoy.

Book One : The Selection

First thing is first, the protagonist's name is America. Are you kidding me??? The need to have the readers, who are mostly American young girls, like her is so overly done that it's borderline irritating.

Second, when you're a singer and you know that you've got a talent, no amount of suppression is going to eliminate that self-value and ego from an artist. So the character building seemed off hand. Almost like Bella from Twilight Saga is described to be so smart but her actions prove otherwise. In fact, America and Bella are the same in this way. Fake characters no matter how natural and down-to-earth they are written up to be.

Three - What kind of dumb idea is that to construct regal system from the ash way down the future. It's just too costly and the society is messed up in that sense. (Well, at least I agree with the main character on it. But for quite different reasons.) 

Book Two : The Elite

At least that crazy house of thirty-something girls (I can't even remember how many there were) is reduced to six now. Now everything is going to be at least smarter and less of a hustle. Well, dream on.

Having a drama between two men is understandable. Having that between a prince and a royal guard??? What kind of fairy tale is that? Who gives a sh*t?

Don't even get me started on the differences of the rebels. Southern and Northern. If what was left from any attack can be picked up by a suppressed, oblivious prince, any professional already had got the gist of it. Also, Southern and Northern are just very derivative name for groups of activist.

Moreover, there is the issue of diplomacy. If the Germany and Italian delegates were so important (which they completely are and should be), the protocol issues have to be handled with trained professionals - not a couple of teenage girls who knows nothing about history of their own county for crying out loud. Thus, illogical reality, AGAIN.

Book Three : The One

Make up your mind America. If it has to take a prince to convince you that you're worthy of being a princess, you're not worth it. Well, when the royal family is in charge of running the country - not like a parliamentary constitutional monarchy like United Kingdom. You're literally caring the day-to-day lives of your subjects. A royal family member of that kind of system has to be simply... better.

A prince goes out on a suicide mission with a-soon-to-be-a-princess guarded by only 2 guards. I don't care how good they are, they are outnumbered. Simple routine. And one of them was with the guard less than ... a year? *illogical captain strikes again*

OVERALL : 2 STARS just for the heck of it.
VERDICT : DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. You're right, Indra.

I hope the negative sentiment and my spoilers ruined any possibility of you ever reading these horrid books. And if you've already read it, I feel you bro/sis. If you actually liked it, go pick up The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Best,
Anu

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cliché | The French Version


Hello people of the internet,

I wanted to share a video that my cousins showed me about the stereotypes of French people. As part of my major as International Economic Relations, I had to choose a second foreign language to English, so I chose French. It worked out quite well for me, but I forgot almost all of it since that first semester of senior year when the second language courses stopped. Nonetheless, I hope you'll enjoy this one. It has English subtitles, so no worry about not understanding any of it.

Cheers,
Anu

Sunday, July 20, 2014

LIP PRODUCT ADDICT TAG

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Hello people of the internet,

I am doing a text version of a TAG that was created by essiebutton and amelialiana - Lip Product Addict TAG. Going on camera to film a video was a bit too much for me today. So, let's get started.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WE WERE LIARS by E.Lockhart | Read Log

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Hello people of the internet,

I've started reading this book because one of the YouTubers I follow recommended it. Looked it up on Goodreads, seemed to have good score, didn't read any reviews in fear that it would spoil my experience with it - for that I am grateful.

The story line was very slot in the beginning and kept being so until almost 80% done, then it starts to unravel. Since starting this book, I felt very query about the dodgy characters surrounding the main character. I realize the reason why.

Some people are finishing this in one sitting, for some it is hard to get into because of the self-centered narratives in the beginning. (well, almost through-out the whole book) This is a read for when you're chilling and not really doing anything serious or think that much. Not a must-read, but a good-read.

Best,
- Anu

Nude-ist | Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick


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Hello people of the internet,

Today I have a lip product to share with you. I say lip product, because I am not sure if it's a lipstick or a lip gloss. Gloss because the packaging with a wand and liquid-y formulation. Lipstick because once you put it on, the formulation changes into a matte lipstick-y way.

Matte lips are the ones that I go for mostly, but they have a bad habit of either drying your lips so bad or not a long-standing as you desire. The good thing about Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipsticks are that they embody the better parts or both sides, I find. They are long-lasting and you barely feel it on your lips, hence they don't dry your lips.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets come in 8 shades:
01 Personne ne rouge - hot red with coolish undertone, 02 Frambourjoise - natural pink red, 03 Hot pepper - warm toned red as the name suggests, 04 Peach club - natural peachy colour, 05 Ole flamingo - hot pink, 06 Pink pong - fuchia pink, 07 Nude-ist - as the name suggest, a pretty nude (the one I chose to have), 08 - Grand cru - not sure how to describe the colour for I haven't seen in real life; Bishrelt runs 6 of the 8 shades for ₮23,600. I am sure you'll be able to find the one that suits you.

Verdict: You need this in your arsenal.

Love,
Anu

Friday, June 13, 2014

Unboxing: Mogul Sonor S401

Hello people of the internet,

I got the Sonor by Mogul, the first Mongolian smartphone the other day and I haven't opened it. Come along to watch me explore the tiny box for the first time.

Yours,
Anu


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Anu goes to Bangkok: Asiatique

Hello people of the internet,

I am just about now getting around to editing the rest of my footage from the trip I made to Thailand mid last month. This is the Day 3 where I wandered around the place in shopping malls and gardens, and in the evening we went to the Asiatique The Riverfront, a formerly a river front and now a place with a lot of small shops with great quality stuffs and amazing food with lots of things to do, including Muay Thai (Thai fighing?) and Calypso (a trans-show which I went to later in the trip).

Love,
Anu


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Anu goes to Bangkok : The Jazz Night

Mar 15, 2014. Hello people of the internet,

Sadly because of my previous day's endeavor the slippers I was wearing gave me blisters, thus resulting in me not going anywhere and not doing much during it. But the evening was amazing and I got some shots at the Groove.

Love,
Anu


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Anu goes to Bangkok: Day One The Jim Thompson House

Hello people of the internet,

On the second day I am in Bangkok (technically Day 1), I went to The Jim Thompson House museum on a recommendation of my friend Sunya. But getting there took some detour. A lot of detour and it took a whole day's trip.

The video was cut very suddenly because I forgot to take my camera out back again after I went back to the hotel.

Love,
Anu


Anu goes to Bangkok: Getting There

Hello people of the internet,

I took my vacation this week and I wanted to share my journey to Bangkok with you on my YouTube channel as well as this blog. Here is the Part One: Getting There.

I flew from Ulaanbaatar (ULN) to Hong Kong (HKG) for 4 hours and after 3h20m layover, me and my mother hoped on a plane to Bangkok (BKK). 1 hour of delay on the plane, finally we took off and reached our destination in 3 hours.

See you next time with Day 1 or 2 there.
Anu


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Life Lessons from H.I.M.Y.M

  1. Nothing good every happens after 2 A.M.
  2. Don't chase after what doesn't work. Let the universe take over.
  3. Things happen for a reason.
  4. Don't ever give up crazy times with your friends.
  5. Miracles happen.
  6. Things you may not have liked before may not be that bad later on.
  7. Perfect isn't always perfect.
  8. Some people have expiration dates.
  9. Wait for it...
  10. Don't postpone joy.
  11. The important moments shouldn't be wasted, because you can't get them back.
  12. Be clear about the things you say.
  13. The most important people in your life are the ones you can picture sitting on a porch with.
  14. The talk is one of the worst things ever, but it is important.
  15. You're not looking for someone who accepts your quirks, you're looking for someone who loves them, cherishes them, and loves you more as a person because of them.
  16. Some people are worth a lot of work to keep around.
  17. Get out of the house, go for a walk, get a bagel.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Sand Storm, a film debut of Ai Weiwei is on track

Ai Weiwei is in a film!

The Sand Storm is a low-fi, sci-fi short film set in a dystopian world where water becomes scarce commodity where Ai Weiwei plays a role of a smuggler. I presume he is water-smuggler, duh? According to the cast, it's not only about water, it's about human nature as well. The crew was filming this film in Beijing under the scrutiny of the local government and in secret from the rest of the world.

Before finishing the film, the film crew has requested to crowdfund the film on Kickstarter. Because of the information leak, they waited to crowdfund after filming it. Though they had pledged to raise $33K in 33 days, the goal has been reached in 3 days. Since then the amount of backed money has almost doubled. I guess people really want to see the film.

Since the Chinese government has taken away Ai Weiwei's passport, he can't legally leave the country. But a funny to find out that he has starred in a film when he got out of 'inprisonment' by paying a million dollar penalty to the officials. And did you know he had put forward his exhibition in Berlin? All that's missing is Ai Weiwei himself for the reason mentioned above. One thing that struck me of the exhibition was he painted a bunch of ancient Han dynasty's clay vases with car paints and displayed them - hence showing his rebellion.

Love,
Anu


360° Panoramic Video Creates the Illusion of a Man Riding a Bike around a Tiny World

Hello people of the internet,

I've just stumbled upon this video and it seemed so cool that I wanted to share it with you. German photographer and journalist Jonas Ginter has created this nifty video of a man cycling through a tiny world by recording himself and his surroundings by 6 GoPro cameras on top of his head. Anyone want to try and recreate it with me?

Love,
Anu


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Women Are Not Men

Hello people of the internet,

Thanks to Stephen Dubner taking a spring break with his family, Freakonomics Radio rebroadcast one of their most popular episodes - "Women Are Not Men", in which they prepared series of stories on some of the reasons and causalities that women are not men. You can listen to that episode using the widget provided down below if you want to, or you can download the episode on iTunes.

Subscribing to the podcast is extremely recommended. Maybe donate to them if you like their show.

Until next time,
Anu

P.S. From left to right, they are Zorigt, me and Duuya on the thumbnail picture.