Famous Thai-speaking westerners – ฝรั่งดังๆที่พูดภาษาไทยได้

When westerners, or foreigners (in Thai, “farang” ฝรั่ง) first visit or move to Thailand and make the decision to learn Thai language, they may initially be intimidated by the strange, exotic and sometimes obnoxious tonal sounds. No doubt, learning to speak, read and write … Continue reading

Colorado’s budding cannabis culture in the 1990s as I recall

So I hear that marijuana legalization back in my home state of Colorado is proving a success on many fronts. According to one post-first-year status report, in its initial fully un-prohibited year the “Centennial State” had raised US$40 million in tax revenue … 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

Thailand Challenges Podcast: Elitism and Ubiquitous Educational Opportunities

A discussion lead from a Thailand parent’s point of view about elitism education systems and acquiring “opportunities” in Thailand, whether at private or public schools. Download the podcast here. Below is the discussion outline points. … 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

Amateur off-the-grid aquaponics: Phuket prototypes

This is a seven-and-a-half-minute video clip showing two urban, off-the-grid aquaponics prototypes being developed in/on the kitchen/balcony of a shoe-box urban condo in Phuket, Thailand. One of these prototypes, the first one shown, is utilizing balcony sunlight to achieve photosynthesis, … Continue reading