The Mysterious NYC Fire Hydrant Poles Marked ‘Thailand’: We Have an Answer

We have a definitive answer to the question I posed back in October: What’s with the New York City fire hydrant poles marked ‘Thailand’? Above is a photo I took back in the fall. Michael De Stefano left a comment on the post Tuesday saying that: Actually, it’s rather prosaic. By law, the Country of […]

HSBC New Yorker Ad Features Mall in the Philippines

File under: Another photo to share. I spotted this HSBC advertisement in a recent issue of The New Yorker. As you can see, the top line says, “A mall in the Philippines can change the way you look at your financial future.” The ad goes on to say that “A wealthier middle class in Southeast […]

The View from Campus: Looking South on Amsterdam

Here’s an iPhone photo I snapped yesterday that I think illustrates the early evening feel around the Columbia campus. I took this at about 6:30 p.m. from a pedestrian overpass that connects the 116th street campus to the Law School, looking south on Amsterdam. The sun had gone down, the temperature was falling, and folks […]

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Another unexpected stateside reminder of Thailand: Gale Boetticher’s karaoke performance

Philosophy is really homesickness; it is the urge to be at home everywhere. — Novalis What does “home” mean, anyway? The concept seems especially complicated to me these days, as an American studying here in New York City after living in Bangkok for six years. Thailand, as you might imagine, is often on my mind. […]

Obama’s State of the Union remarks on Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar

President Obama just finished his State of the Union address. I Tweeted his remarks about Myanmar and wanted to share them here as well: 1. Obama: “I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home…” — Newley Purnell (@newley) February 13, […]

AP: ‘Thailand government says al-Qaida group eyes attack on US consulate’

The AP reported today: BANGKOK — Thai authorities have tightened security measures at the U.S. Consulate in the northern province of Chiang Mai following reports that it was a possible target of attack from al-Qaida and Salafist terrorist groups this month, officials said Tuesday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters she had been informed about […]

NY Times: Journalists who cover Myanmar may have had their email hacked

The New York Times reports today: Several journalists who cover Myanmar said Sunday that they had received warnings from Google that their e-mail accounts might have been hacked by “state-sponsored attackers.” The warnings began appearing last week, said the journalists, who included employees of Eleven Media, one Myanmar’s leading news organizations; Bertil Lintner, a Thailand-based […]

Twitter accounts for following snowstorm Nemo as it approaches NYC

A big snowstorm, Nemo*, is now making landfall in the Northeast. I just Tweeted some NYC-specific Twitter accounts worth following, and thought I’d share them here as well: 1. #FF NYC #NEMO storm resources: @mtainsider @notifynyc @nycgov @nycarecs @nwsnewyorkny @conedison @nycmayorsoffice @nyc_dot @ny_njairports — Newley Purnell (@newley) February 8, 2013 2. #FF NYC #NEMO storm […]