Thai army declares martial law — how to follow the news

Our main story today: Thailand’s armed forces declared martial law early Tuesday, saying the move was intended to curb the country’s sometimes violent political conflict and wasn’t a coup d’état. Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha issued a pair of statements at 3 a.m. and later appeared on television to say that martial law was necessary […]

Bangkok protests: What happened today and how to follow the news

Anti-government protesters, whose rallies I’ve written about before, stepped up their demonstrations today. Above is AP video of scuffles that broke out with police. Here’s a recap of what happened today: Protesters began marching to 13 locations around the city this morning, then later forced their way into the Finance Ministry. Demonstrators also entered the […]

3 Digital Tools I Used to Write my Master’s Thesis

In April, after more than six months of work, I submitted the thesis I wrote for my master’s in business and economics journalism. At more than 11,000 words and 41 pages long, it was the longest story I’d ever written. I interviewed dozens of people, analyzed hundreds of pages of court documents, submitted and tracked […]

Thailand elections: how to follow the news online

On Sunday, Thais will vote in a national election for the first time since 2007. Here are some resources for following the events online. Twitter I maintain a list of Bangkok journalists and media-types on Twitter. It’s currently at 47 feeds. I also maintain a general Thailand Twitter list. It’s got 285 accounts. I’ll be […]

How to transfer domains from GoDaddy to DreamHost

I wrote the following text a few months back, and in an effort to publish some long-neglected drafts, I decided I’d dust it off and share it. My Web host is DreamHost, but a while back I registered several domain names at GoDaddy.com. I’m happy with Dreamhost and figured I’d consolidate my domain names and […]

How to make netbooks run faster

Netbook nerds only: My friend H recently asked a few pals for some tips on netbooks, the increasingly popular ((Asus is the netbook pioneer, but Dell and several other companies also produce these gadgets. And Nokia recently announced that they’re getting into the subnotebook game, as well.)) subnotebook computers that are cheap, lightweight, and great […]

More on H1N1 in Thailand — the atmosphere in Bangkok, and how to follow H1N1 developments

A quick note about H1N1 here in Thailand. Infections continue to spread — the Nation newspaper tells today us that there are now 518 confirmed cases, up from just 16 last week. And the Bangkok Post has a breakdown by location within Thailand. Nevertheless, here in Bangkok — as you might imagine — life continues […]

Frugal Traveler: how to stay in touch on the road

The New York Times‘s Matt Gross, aka the Frugal Traveler (whose work I’ve praised in the past), has a good post about how to stay in touch cheaply when you’re traveling abroad. He discusses SIM cards (so you can get a local number), Skype (to make voice calls via the Web), and Fring (a service […]

How to Learn Thai

Many months ago, Newley.com reader Paul D., who lives in California, asked me for advice on learning Thai. While I’m not an expert and certainly not an advanced speaker, here’s a slightly expanded version of what I told him based on my experience as an enthusiastic — but far from talented — student. I invite […]