Friday, January 15, 2010


I saw a partial eclipse of the sun today. In this part of Thailand about 79% of the sun's disk was covered (according to the NASA website clickable map). NASA Map

The sky darkened ominously starting about 3:00 PM. By 3:30 the eclipse was as full as it was going to get here. The sky was visibly darkened, although I coulld not see any stars in the sky. Perhaps away from the city, it would have been possible to see some. On the ground it was a little darker than 3:30 should have been, but not so much that most people noticed. In fact, I am entirely certain that most people in CM had no idea there was an eclipse today. It was really cool to look up at the sun and see most of it hidden by the moon. Only a rim on the upper edge of the sun was totally unobstructed. This was the most complete eclipse I have ever seen, and probably will be the most complete I ever do see. I am glad I didn't miss it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Breaking News

According to, there is a black panther on the loose on Chumpon Province, Thailand. Panther on the loose

Hmmmm. . . I thought that after Eldridge Cleaver died, they went extinct.