Now up: My Quartz story on Thailand’s questionable economic policies

Think rice, rubber, and cars. The story is here.

Self-Promotion: My NewYorker.com Story is on the Site’s ‘Most Popular’ List

I’m delighted that my recent NewYorker.com story, which I mentioned earlier, has made it to the site’s “most popular” list; the piece has been shared one thousand times on Facebook and has been Tweeted sixty times. The list is visible on the right side of the home page, pictured above.

‘Warning: Trains Arrive on Time’

An entertaining headline and story from The Bangkok Post today: Rail passengers in Phitsanulok are being warned that trains stopping there will be more punctual during the 45-day track maintenance period for the far northern railway, and should ensure they arrive at the station on time so they don’t miss their train. Saksing Wongsanguansodsri, chief […]

9 Links

Some Thailand-related, some not: Indian Miss America resonates as symbol of change — The AP The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done — Kottke.org The Twitter of Tomorrow — NewYorker.com Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media — TechCrunch Bribespot: Fighting Corruption in Thailand One Click […]

My NewYorker.com Story on a Red Bull Heir and Inequality in Thailand

Up now over at NewYorker.com: a story I wrote about a Red Bull heir, a hit-and-run, and what the data reveals about income distribution here in Thailand.

The Thai Air Logo Paint Job, Crisis Communications, and Social Media

A couple of Tweets I appended to my last post: Regarding the painting over of logos on the aircraft of @ThaiAirways flight 679. This is not in line with @staralliance crisis (1/2) — Star Alliance (@staralliance) September 9, 2013 guidelines. It would appear that the official quoted was misinformed. (2/2) — Star Alliance (@staralliance) September […]

Update: Thai Airways Logo Paint Job Makes Headlines

An update to my previous post… Update two: September 10 — see Tweets embedded at the end of this post. Star Alliance said last night that “painting over of logos” is not Star Alliance policy. And an emailed statement from Thai Airways shortly thereafter confirmed this. The AP on last night’s accident: A Thai Airways […]

Thai Airways Plane Veers Off Suvarnabhumi Runway; 13 Injured

Happened late last night (Sunday night), Bangkok Post reports. Flight TG679, from Guangzhou. Nose gear collapsed; plane slid off runway At least 13 injured Delays expected today (Monday) at Suvarnabhumi airport The Bangkok Post reports: A Thai Airways International flight from China veered off the runway as it arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport Sunday, and the […]

Programming Note: I’m Back in Bangkok..

…and after a year in the U.S., experiencing, once again, Thailand’s glorious tropical heat. (And it’s not even hot season.) The temps here remind me of this May 2012 Tweet and photo from Annelie (@a_nnelie): CNN explains why it's so hot in Thailand pic.twitter.com/5fjA9DzH — Annelie (@a_nnelie) May 2, 2012 Sometimes that’s truly how it […]

Thailand Rubber Farmers’ Protests Continue

Reuters reports today: Thailand faced pressure on Friday to end a two-week protest by rubber farmers after violent overnight clashes between riot police and a group of protesters who hurled rocks and bottles filled with an acidic liquid. Police fired tear gas to disperse a group of protesters in Prachuap Khiri Khan province on a […]