a) If life is a wager, what form does the bet take?
b) What are the odds?
Cannot believe that it is already Friday. How can it be a week that I’ve been here? It seems, all at once, thata) I have just started work
Ok so safari crashed and lost a blog post I’d been typing up since 7:45. Oh well. Time to work.
1. It takes a very special discipline to leave on time and leave work at work.
2. Don’t undervalue yourself
3. Never undervalue others
4. New =/= Difficult
5. Be friendly to everyone, be friends with anyone
7. Whack a Mole code-switching abilities
8. Lunch lightly
Don’t be expecting an opinion piece here because I’ve read all of 1 and a half articles on the entire affair. Also I watched a video (which I also reblogged).
Just thinking about how I never had a nuanced understanding of nationhood up till JC; the conflation of nation, state, country, heck, throw in city as well, in Singapore, does complicate matters a little bit. Especially if you are 9 and more interested in Tamiya cars.
But now I know (somewhat) better and can’t help but feel like its so arbitrary, how a country first gets founded. How can people, even if they are homogeneous in so many ways, decide to unite their fates in a common enterprise?
Are the “allied” powers overstating Russia’s moves into the region, given that they have historically (i.e. Cold War) contested for influence in that entire subcontinent?
Is Russian military presence unwanted in Crimea (and Eastern parts of Russia?)
Is the notion of “country” going out of date?
Cambodia competes for its first Oscar this Sunday with director Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.” With help from an unconventional set of actors, the film tells the story of the four years Panh spent in labor camps during the Khmer Rouge regime.
In his powerful and imaginative documentary, nominated for best foreign language film, Panh, the country’s best-known filmmaker, enlisted about 700 clay figurines to re-create scenes from this dark period of Cambodian history, 1975 to 1979.
He first embarked on a traditional documentary but ran into a problem: There weren’t enough images of what he wanted to explore, the people and places in that time. “Most of the images in Cambodia were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge,” said Panh, speaking Thursday by phone after arriving in Los Angeles.
(Photo: Strand Releasing/Everett Collection)