Reviving solar aquaponics veg and herb growing trials: VIDEO

After much procrastination in reviving solar aquaponics trials since moving to a new apartment months ago, finally got out the components and reviving sustainable gardening trials, fiddling around with solar panels, pumps and fish tanks again; first unit, featured in the video … Continue reading

Thailand Birdy instant coffee made by world MSG, Aspartame king

So there I was last Wednesday racing against the newspaper print deadline and getting ready to indulge in the 3rd or 4th can of Birdy instant coffee of the day, a post-lunch suga… And then a small red logo on the … Continue reading

Book Preview: Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade by Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s amid Colorado’s “budding” cannabis culture, I had long been fascinated that “bud” from Thailand, my mother’s home country, had a persisting reputation in my birth country USA, for being among the world’s most potent “dank”. Being a … Continue reading

Off-grid autonomy Phuket, Part 1: Water life

Last time, I outlined the benchmark of 80-90% electrical energy autonomy out here in the central backwoods of Thailand’s most populous island. Now, we will discuss the most essential and practical use of solar energy – water – highlighting various benchmarks and challenges in respect to … Continue reading

A path to energy independence in Phuket: forming the foundations

First utility bill of the year came the other day (for December, 2014), and I’m pleased to say that it was the lowest I’d ever seen since moving to this mangrove-side man-cave 10 months ago – thanks to a few … Continue reading

Podcast: Wrapping up September on a good note

Howdy Cyber World! Today’s podcast, will be the final of a series I recorded here in September, more on a personal note marking my status and progress on various projects and responsibilities I’m monitoring/maintaining. Download the podcast by clicking here. … Continue reading

Phuket’s First Adobe Brick Rocket Stove

Following is a video documenting Phuket Thailand’s first adobe brick rocket stove. Was really simple/quick make. Basically, you have a base layer, in which the middle brick should be slightly thinner (half thickness ideal) and you use to half bricks … Continue reading