Embracing ‘Thainess’ in the 21st century

An increasingly common cultural and tourism PR buzzword echoing across the kingdom these days is ‘Thainess’ (in Thai, “kwam bpen Thai” ความเป็นไทย) – an abstract concept referring to the various unique characteristics that define the Thai people and their rich … 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

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

Finding gains from material loss

Yesterday morning I came to the unwelcome yet unavoidable realization that a considerable set of “valuables” had gone missing. Stolen from under me, a  jab to the gut, and all I can do at first was sulk, and now as the aftertaste … 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

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