Thaksin Returns to Thailand

CNN: Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was taken into police custody Thursday after arriving on Thai soil and ending 17 months of exile to face corruption charges, police said. Thai authorities took the 58-year-old billionaire politician into custody after his arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on a Thai Airways flight from Hong Kong, said […]

Big Think

Big Think is a sort of YouTube for intelligent debate, with public intellectuals weighing in on a variety of topics. The New York Times has the back story. Related deep-thinking site (but with more text and fewer videos): Edge.org, a longtime favorite of mine. (Thanks to BA for the link.)

Talking Pet Bowl

The Chatterbowl allows pet owners to record messages that play back when their furry friends eat or drink. (Via Buzzfeed.) As you know, ridiculous pet products are a favorite of mine. Witness such previous postings: — The pet peek — The “oral hygiene kit” for pets — The dog-powered scooter — “Warm Whiskers” eye pillows […]

How People Work

Here’s a long list of how people go about doing their jobs. Profiled here are artists, writers, musicians, robotics researchers, actors, cyclists, and more.

The Future as Seen from 1978

The Usborne Book of the Future was published in 1978 and envisions the world in the year 2000 “and beyond.” Some of my favorite predictions include: — the human-robot space exploration teams, — military troops transported by rocket and then dispatched via armed “hovercars,” — these crustacean-like aliens pondering high-tech crystal balls, — (under the […]

On Classic Fishing Lures, Art, and Urban Legends

Fishing tackle as objets d’art? Damn straight. Field and Stream‘s got an excellent photo gallery of the 50 Greatest Fishing Lures of All Time, many of which are simply beautiful. The Dardevle Spinnie, for example, is awfully pretty. I also love the sleek Rapala, the flamboyant Rooster Tail, the irreverent Hula Popper, and the bulbous […]

Takraw in The Onion

Sepak takraw (or simply takraw in Thai), is a volleyball-like game played with the feet using a rattan ball. The sport is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but especially so here in Thailand. The game doesn’t get much attention outside of Asia, so you can imagine my surprise when I came across this fake video report […]

North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel

Esquire: The Worst Building in the History of Mankind It’s the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea, where the world’s 22nd largest skyscraper has been vacant for two decades and is likely to stay that way … forever. … Even by Communist standards, the 3,000-room hotel is hideously ugly, a series of three gray 328-foot long […]