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Jun. 12th, 2010 @ 10:23 am light breathing may be possible
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Training of trainers and orientation days are finished, and I’m back in the capital for the first full weekend “off” I’ve had here. Course, I’m working on other things – friends of mongolia newsletter, thesis, IT stuff, banana bread? – but at least it’s a change. It’s pretty quiet here due to world cup, but the most important development is that there is a korea-based donut chain with a branch in Mongolia. I haven’t been there yet, but it’s a major goal for next weekend.


The other thing is that there’s a place that makes pho here – Kenny Rogers Roasters(? which is similar-ish to Boston Market). It’s not tooo bad, but could be improved.


Randomly, the other person in the coffeeshop here is a lama who I assume is Tibetan as I can’t understand what he’s saying on skype. He also produced from somewhere in his robes an iPad and a 13″ macbook.


In other other news, no one has called me since I got here – I know I’m hard to  get to, but huh.




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Jun. 1st, 2010 @ 10:36 am Mongolia is super busy
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aaaah work aah. Today’s the first day off in a bit and I’m working on other work. Baah.


On the other hand, walking around checking housing for the trainees was fun – and made me miss my host family. The training site soum we were at was so peaceful and the drive there was beautiful. Sigh.


Today is Children’s Day here, which means way too much sugar, theater shows, movies, parents spending time with their kids, and in all likelihood tantrums.


The trash trucks still sound like ice cream trucks.




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Sep. 13th, 2009 @ 07:25 am my usual confusion with flying and Seoul continues
So, some may remember the boneheadedness I had last time in Seoul in missing my connecting flight back to UB, and having to live in the airport for an extra two days or so.

This morning I just realized, also in Seoul, that my 11:00 flight is 11:00 AM, not PM. I realized this at 9:00 AM when I woke up. Hopefully I won't miss it this time.

Off to change money and perhaps shower...

Oh, and by the way, I'm on my way back.

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Aug. 28th, 2009 @ 11:53 pm finishing service
I broke this blog somehow, but random copying and pasting of files figured things out, I believe.

Anywho, I COSed (close of service = wrapping up Peace Corps) technically last Friday. So I'm free and clear...though thesis-less still.

On the other hand, I just heard back from IRB that I qualify for exempt status possibly, so things may move on that soon - though I've already purchased an open ticket back in case I need to return to do data collection...pfft.

I'll try to trace back the past few days with all my free time in between hanging out with people for the last time here, but I do appreciate the Korean channel here with subtitles of variety shows - they just had a party game where everyone had to pretend to be blindfolded zombies except one person, who they were supposed to eventually find - which meant they "lost."

Today I made a chocolate stout cake with candied ginger for the picnic that's happening tomorrow and I drank a good cappuccino. At least it tasted like it was strong.

Hmm, maybe that's why I'm not sleepy yet. I *did* drink it at 6pm or so....

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Aug. 7th, 2009 @ 10:44 pm still alive
but here has been random and work-ful.

brief notes of things to come (in a marked lack of temporal order):

slow-dancing with 12-year-olds
being apartment-less yet still in Khovd
being overly directive and accidentally pressuring concerning eating a green bean off the sidewalk
offending people
smushing bugs with my hands then wiping them on my pants
foreign service examinations - why me?
meringue epic fail + destruction of immersion mixer + the Day We Made 4 Kinds of Pies (sort of)
Trying not to explode re: interpersonalities

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May. 21st, 2009 @ 12:37 am Boo
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Long radio silence, but since our last episode:

  • Trip to Thailand - note that spiders = personal kryptonite and people are very very nice



  • Work in Khovd - some cool stuff working with adolescents - want to keep on doing this kind of work later, as they all are on break in a week and thus work will disappear

  • Close of service conference, BoarBQ, TOT, virtual moving to UB - seems to be happening too fast - as I was told really today I'm moving most-ish to UB except for like a week in July. Otherwise exciting - there will be an Iron Chef at COS conference, and BoarBQ just sounds fun...

  • Thesis - whimper ugh

  • Lust - I have an unaccountable desire for a nerd merit badge laptop sash.


More eventually, but for now I should pack, as I fly out Friday til end of June and it discombobulates me greatly.

Also my official COS date is 21 August, which means I in theory leave Mongolia that day. For those with large quantities of appendages, count up the days or something :)

Rarrrgh!

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Mar. 27th, 2009 @ 06:34 pm notes on airport living (Seoul)
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  • it costs more to take a shower than to buy a Shanghai Spicy Chicken Sandwich meal at McDonald's. And they want to leave earlier than the posted hours.Suggestion for next time - the shower is free, it's the kit - namely, a Mongolia-sized (Bonnie knows what this means) towel and toiletries - that costs the money. So bring a little travel towel and bar soap and you'll be home free in theory.



  • Free wifi just about everywhere...Voltage and plug shape adapters are available for free at the info desks if you leave with them your boarding pass or a form of non-passport ID.Next time, give em the ID so you know when your flight actually leaves



  • Super comfy couches upstairs in the "rest and relax" area as well as internet stations that are sparsely populated. If you get in by 10ish you can get quite a nice setup, though a bit cool aircon-wise.Next time, use that travel towel you're bringing anyway for warmth perhaps.



  • For those looking for more culture, they have random traditional craft stations and music demos; plus today there was a quartet pl



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Feb. 15th, 2009 @ 10:18 am Basketball and underappreciated statistics
This article (the No-Stats All-Star) from the New York Times is a nice combination of things I like - mostly because its main example is Shane Battier. And, of course, statistics. The analogies to how basketball is one of the sports more like real life are pretty interesting too.

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Feb. 1st, 2009 @ 02:19 pm random items I would like later
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aka valuable future investments of my readjustment allowance:

geek clock

plush squid hat

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Jan. 24th, 2009 @ 09:25 pm brief thesis process update
In case you may be interested in this, it's sort of a mess as I feel like I read a good line of research/methods, dash off in that direction, just to find a then-better line of research methods, running at a slightly divergent angle from the current point. Looking over my shoulder at the original idea, I feel orthogonal. Blame the word on all the article-reading.

At first I was highlighting then copying relevant passages into a word document, but it rapidly became hard to organize and find cites. So now I've stepped back and am utilizing the note feature of Zotero with tagging. Now I can do full-text searches on notes and pdfs, or browse by thematic tags for different things, like "mongolia analogous" or "organizational culture".

The only problem is that this is a multi-step, tedious process - I read the PDF, highlight relevant bits, go back, copy and paste the relevant bits into a text editor, run a regex pattern I set up to remove extra hard returns and hyphenation due to papers' two-column justified layouts, copy to individual notes, then tag. Being a tad perfectionist, I guess - or just liking to gratuitously use regular expressions. It sure would be nice if I could directly edit those PDFs with Zotero and grab notes automatically, leaving only tagging to do by hand.

I suspect it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't know all the tools and regex bits, but it's definitely helping out. I think I'm going to do this for scholarly stuff I'm reading in general as it's a super useful writing aid. At least Zotero grabs the citation information first off (for most items) so I don't have to do that, and its citation plugin for Openoffice means I don't really have to pause mid-thought to write out all those little references.

Still, my current count for papers read and annotated in this manner is...63. And I have about 15 new things I found today to read. Ugh. I assume at some point I can stop reading and finally settle into doing.

If this is dissertation practice, I can't imagine ever being up for it.

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