Thursday, March 27, 2014

For all the Kathoey experts out there....


I know a lot of 'veterans' who visit the land of smiles think they are pretty good at identifying Kathoeys, especially when it comes to the local nightlife scene.

So for those experts, here is a little test - the first for which I have no definitive answer

Is she or he ?







Here is the easy one...pick out the Kathoeys....




Move over Amazing Thailand...



Move over Amazing Thailand.....here comes Amazing America....


Sarah Palin's new series opens next week on April 3rd.  Wonder if Thailand is going to threaten to sue the FOX network over the name like they did Singapore over stealing Songkran?


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More Above it all


Above the kites shot with my Phantom 2 Vision at Cha Am kite Festival this year


Sorry for the shaky video, but it was blowing rather hard that day with winds up to 20 mph and keeping the quad-copter steady was a challenge.  But Kite flyers are not limited to places with wind.  In fact, there are some people who don't want any wind at all, as in this indoor kite flying competition.  The only wind is created by the movement of the kite flyers feet and arms.

Check out this link of Spencer Watson....




http://www.wimp.com/firstplace/

Friday, March 14, 2014

Above it All...


Aerial of the resort from above via my Phantom 2


A 'selfie' shot from above showing everyone how this gadget works


Up in Issan today at the resort having a blast, heading back to the Mango tomorrow!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#throughglass


Posted From Glass


How cool is this?  Got a second new toy to play with here in the Land of Smiles. 
I am now a glass head or glasshole or whatever they want to call us people who have a set of glasses from Google.  They work just like having a smartphone on your head.  And despite the social misinformation, people wearing them are not recording you all the time...its no different than having a headset on or using a smartphone to record.  

So as I see things from my eyes, I will post them here!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

A new toy and twist for this blog

Above it All


As many old readers of this blog know, I've taken the original content private.  That is going to remain the same for my personal content, but now I have a new 'toy' and will be posting the results I get from that toy for your enjoyment.

Enter the DJI Phantom 2 Vision.  Its a Quadcopter with a bunch of technology and a built in camera.  A number of other bloggers and Thailand reporters use the same or similar setup for their reporting and posts.   A number of reporters covered the recent protests in Bangkok by posting pictures from up high.   Now, I will be joining that list and hope to bring some additional content from the land of smiles from above that might be of interest to readers of this blog.

The Phantom 2 Vision display ad.  Link to website here.

Having just got the camera before my return to BKK this week, I was a bit nervous taking it out for its test flight three days ago.  But the technology in the Phantom and my years of expert aerial sports kiteflying hand/eye coordination skills (just kidding) made the learning curve very rapid.  Soon I was doing soft landing and even catching the quadcopter in my hands to land.  To date, only one crash in over 25 flights - the single crash totally my fault as I didn't see a kite line and flew right into it, knocking the prop.  It fell about 30 feet, but luckily into the sandy beach below.  No harm, but lots of sand to blow out and it was gtg for the rest of the day.

Flying the drone at the kite event was a challenge as there were constant 15-20 MPH winds.  As you can tell from the video, there was quite a bit of shaking due to the wind which makes the need for a high tech gimbal my next priority.

Sample photo and video from this weekend's Cha Am International Kite Festival.





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More later as I get more familiar with this new toy.