StatCounter

Sawadee Khrap

Just installed StatCounter and really pleased – does a great job of tracking the sites traffic – great detail – and IT’S FREE. It only allows a log for the last 100 guests max but that can be increased with a purchase plan and I think it’s reasonable (although I haven’t yet compared it to other pay counters). Now I can see how many countries the site is reaching and what pages they are stopping at – using this I should be able to adjust the site for better presentation.

Check it out for your site.

Graffiti – Though I left it in San Francisco

Sawadee Khrap

Thought I left graffiti as I new it in San Francisco. I have several images in the Gallery and at one time I intended to canvas San Francisco, particularly in the “Tenderloin” and keep for posterity – now I find it follows me.  Here are some shots taken near Chiang Mai University.  Now you know there must be students from the US here – at first I though it was Thai graffiti but check it out.

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Asian boys, Asian boys, Asian boys

Sawadee Khrap

What a delight to go to any parade here in Chiang Mai – here are some shots from the Loy Krathong parade last year – sorry I didn’t post them eralier.

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I’m starting to process more images and will try to post them along with some video – just setting up to embed video into the posts.

Ciao

Just upgraded to BlogJet 2

Sawadee Khrap

Latest News – Just upgraded to the latest version of BlogJet. We have been using this since we started the blog and really like it – makes posting so easy. We were hoping that this version would allow off-line creation and editing of “Pages” – but apparently that’s not possible because of lacking APIs. But if your blogging and new a way to write your post at your convenience and publish when you want to – then check it out. I see it has a new face lift and should be easier to see what the image-text will look like before posting. The editor looks nice so far as I write this post.

We’ve been working on getting our photo studio set up – that’s a full time project. Frank busy with his weekly massage and now local AA meetings, new friends and places to go. He has also been helpfull in teaching me some pointers on the new video software we have.

We are planning on starting a new web site in addition to AsianCoOp. It will be dedicated to Artistic Photos of Asian Men – We have the domain WWW.gThaiStudio.com and hope to have it up and running in about 2 months. – First the Studio, then the Models, Photos and finally the Gallery/Store on line. A specialty site dedicated to gay Thai boys and ladyboys. I think it will have the same format as AsianCoOp, Blog and Store for Photos – we will post here when it is on-line for those who wish to view it.

Ciao

Tasanai

WordPress 2.1 Upgrade

Sawadee Khrap

Just up-graded to the latest WordPress Software version 2.1 — seems to be running OK

I have not checked out the new capabilities of the version and plan to do that shortly – maybe I can easily add new items to the blog now.

Anyway – that’s what is new

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Cremation today

Sawadee Khrap

Yesterday we went to Tasanai’s Uncle’s Cremation in Lampang.  His Uncle died last week after suffering with cancer for quite a while.  I am developing the images and video right now, but it will take several says to complete.

Thai Cremations are similar to Irish Wakes.  For 2 days there is a meeting of relatives, with music and food as they prepare for the Cremation itself.  The Cremation day started off with food and music and about 12 noon they started the procession to the Temple with the casket carriage.  This large beautiful carriage, made of teak and containing the casket is pulled by a long rope by everyone at the ceremony.  The Temple was 1 Km up the road and police blocked off a portion of the highway so we could pass.  At the temple, prayers were said and then the fireworks began – a series of rockets on wires were set up around the Temple grounds ending at the funeral pyre – a open raised pit for the actual burning.  When lit, the rockets travelled around the grounds with a loud noise and lots of smoke – then set afire the casket area.  They also had several fireworks in bamboo columns that emitted coloured smoke and made unique loud sounds like elephants make – these were on either side of the pyre and when lit they engulphed the whole pyre in smoke.  Right after this ceremony everyone left so as to allow the deceased to leave – this was necessary because if they had stayed there the spirit could not leave.

I hope this makes sense – I am not a writer and definitely not a story teller – Comment me for more info – I will try to post some pictures in a few days.

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Great dinner in Chiang Mai – “Spirit House”

Sawadee Khrap

We just got back from a great dinner at a new restaurant in Chiang Mai.  The “Spirit House”  Owners, Wanchai & Steve just opened it and we went there tonight for dinner.  The Spirit House is a garden restaurant that surrounds a ancient Chedi.  The bar area has classical music, antiques and a art gallery.  Entertainment consists of classical concerts, opera and ballet DVD’s.  They fly the rainbow flag and have sufficient space for large parties.

We had several dishes, steamed rice, pork & kale, sweet and sour chicken, asparagus with shrimp, shrimp cocktail and Thai salad with soft drinks – total bill  450 Baht = $11 US   Not bad for a full dinner for two – excellent taste, no MSG (that’s my real dread in most of the local shops), and large servings so we couldn’t eat it all and had to leave a lot  – too much for us.

When you come to Chiang Mai be sure and stop by.   They are going to have a web site in the near future and I will put a link to it here on our blog.

We are planning on visiting more local venues and report about them in the blog – I would want to develop a list of the best places to eat, stay and find entertainment in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and surrounding area and post it here so when someone comes for a visit they will be assured that they will fully enjoy themselves without the worry of being ripped off.

We’ll cover more spots as time permits.

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Windows VISTA – do you want it ????

Another great article I found.  Actually I have a Alert Newsletter sent to me that everyone should be subscribed to.  Gizmo’s Support Alert.    Sign up here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/al_subscribe.htm

 

Check out the article on the NEW WINDOWS VISTA  Content Protection specs and see if it blocks any of the hardware or software programs, or media like DVD’s you have now – stitching to Vista would or could make your computer life miserable in the future.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt

Hope this helps

Frank

Foxfire tweaks

Hey are you using FoxFire – Do you want to make it behave like you want –  here is a link to a great site for those special tweaks to make the browser work the way you like – try it out.

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Ciao

Frank

AA in Chiang Mai

Sawasdee Khrap

Just went to a great AA meeting in Chiang Mai – what made it better than others I have been to is that the members were from all over the globe.  German, Dutch, French, Australian, Middle East, British and so on.   Listening to them share, each with their own problems, but actually the same, really hit home that we all share the same joys, problems, and goals no matter where we are from – just the language is different.  Strip everyone of their Nationalism, Religion and Politics and just talk about their feelings and needs and find we are all the same  – just hiding behind these institutions.  It’s these institutions that fuck up our ability to communicate.  Meetings I went to in the Bay Area were generally limited to locals and so seeing these different views of the same problems was not there.

I’m really looking forward to the next meeting and getting to know the people there –

anyway, my thoughts

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Special photo reproduced.

Sawasdee Khrap

Has everyone looked at “Chart’s” Reproductions – featured in the Store. What a great way to have your favourite picture of a loved one to hang in your home. Imagine that special photo on a 2.5 ft by 2 ft canvas. or larger by special order. Oil, pencil, sepia, pastels.

Fgallery2-4What’s really nice is that you can have a larger reproduction of any photos you have – even the most erotic ones are possible. No problem, now you can have your “special” private image enlarged and reproduced and sent back to you. What a great way to get that certain picture for the bedroom, den or playroom.

Check it out.

Ciao

Tasanai

Just a Update

Sawasdee Khrap

Boy, have I been busy trying to learn the new DVD video software – finally got it working, fades, crossovers, transitions, slide shows, and full movie preparation. I’m testing out Sony’s Vegas / Architect for Video with Sound Forge for Audio. What great programs and very easy to use – at least it is now that I am over the initial learning hump – it was difficult changing from Adobe Premiere logic to Sony’s – but I think it is a lot easier and I have full Dolbe Sound now. Once I learn it I can teach it to Tasanai. So far he has been using “Roxio” DVD Studio 8 – not that good and he needs to raise the quality of his DVD Video projects to something like broadcasting standards – looks like these will do it – the first one cut was really stable, great clarity and sound.

I will now try to make some small clips to put in the Blog – maybe about the artist we show in the store and later something for the trips I take ———— I am hoping that anyone who wants to see something about a “tour” or vacation area they are thinking about – this would be a great way to do it. We have a lot of footage from videos on the trips we have taken and thousands of snapshots that would make excellent clips – just ask and I’ll try.

We are planning on going to the Royal Flora again at night to film the shows final month – the show was real great the last time we were there but we were not prepared. At least now we know where to set up the cameras – last time we were nowhere near the good site. This time we will get there before the crowd and stake out our seat and vantage point. He will get his video and I will take my still shots and get some for the blog.

Anyway, that’s about all I’ve been doing — and Tasanai has been preparing a printed photo project (wedding party) for friends of ours that they went to in the Nan area (city Northeast from Chiang Mai). I told them, Jerry and Art, that I would try to make a DVD slideshow from their pictures that Tasanai has processed.

Promise to have some more pictures for the Blog later –

Ciao

Frank

Panoramic view – Royal Flora

Sawasdee Khrap

Here is a panoramic view of the entrance to the Royal Flora Horticultural Exposition in Chiang Mai. If you click to open it please be patient – it’s a very large file.

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We took Tasanai’s family there yesterday and I got this 3 shot view from the front.

IMG_9709small The second shot is the fireworks display at the end of the nightly show. We intend to go back and do some serious photography next week now that we know where the events will happen and where the best shooting points are. Hopefully I’ll have some good shots to show you, till then, if you look closely at the panoramic you can see the Buddha in the far left background – thats almost 20 miles away (as the crow flies ). Actually I’m just guessing but it’s really far away.

Ciao

Frank

My turn – Royal Flora pictures

Sawasdee Khrap,    Sawasdee Pee Mai:

Here are some shots from the Royal Flora Ratchapruck 2006 Exposition.  We went there last week, first during the day and the following day with friends for the night show.  I did not get a great deal of shots but hope to get more when we take Tasanai’s family there next week.  Here are a few ( mixed collection ) of the shots I have processed so far:

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I’ll have some more when we get back from next weeks trip – But the main URL link above will take to the official site and they also have a great Photo Gallery – enjoy

Ciao

Frank