DJI Spark, ipad mini, video Cache, Windows 10, Clearwater, Florida, 13 August 2017


n The DJI Go 4 application there is a setting to record audio with video cache. In other words while the drone is up in the air I could, in my case , talk to the app in  my Ipad mini and it would be recorded in the video cache file. I then proceeded to search both the DJI forum and YouTube to learn how to access the cache and move it to my Surface pro with windows 10. Too many conflicting solutions so I decided to finger it out myself. Actually the whole process is much easier than many explanations. The cached video is only 720p, but you can judge for yourself

From Tom’s Desk, Back to Thailand, DJI Spark and More

I’m still ticking and heading back to Thailand for 3 months after a week stop in England. I’m really happy with the DJI Spark drone, which I’ve purchased and have started the Google+ album DJI Spark,Florida,Thailand and the World which I will continue to update in Isaan and forward. It’s easy to set up and get in the air and does a good quality video or still. The problems flying in Florida are the numbers of restricted areas and High Voltage Transmission lines that bugger signals. Another thing has been the lack of informative videos posted to YouTube. Earlier DJI drones were considered more “professional” while the Spark was to my mind, ,mistakenly advertised as a “selfie drone”. The video posted here is 4K. Hope to see y’all soon.




Tham Patihan, The Longest Known Sandstone Cave in Thailand, Ubon Ratchatani,Thailand

pattihan caveIs located in Wat Tham Patihan. Now the Tourism Authority of Thailand sees no reason to list the fact that it is the longest known sandstone cave in Thailand. I doubt they know it. From my searches over the years I have not seen any information, but then the Prime Minister of Thailand thinks there are 77 Provinces in the country and no government agency seems to know the number of sub-districts, Tambons. Once again it is westerners that seem to have the correct data about Thailand. I have visited the site twice once with no time to explore and once the generator providing light was out, and me without a proper torch. I finally got into the cave 22 December 2015 and the attached video shows what I saw.I was told that the cave was a few kilometers long but tend to accept the information by the only people who seem to have any clear concise somewhat complete information about the caves of Thailand, Hepton Mallet Caving and  Caves and Caving in Thailand

Forest Buddhism, Ajahn Thate, A Formula for Sleeping or not Sleeping

I met a few western monks who were students of Ajahn Thate while in England in the 80s and read a bit that was available in English. When I got to Thailand in 1995 I visited Wat Hin Mak Paeng, where he lay in state before his funeral. Thousands of folks were there, maqny to pay their respects and many who stayed on day to day feeding and looking after the visitors. This was a time before cell phones and digital cameras, a time much different to the period of morning and Luang Ta Maha Boowa’s funeral. He wrote his autobiography “The Autobiography of a Forest Monk” which is easy to find as a PDF. It is much more accurate and to the point than many of th Biographies of monks that are written by their followers who tend to embellish and leave out the warts and low points. Ajahn Thate was one of the earliest and most senior of those who joined Ajahn Mun as a Dhammayut monk in the Forest Tradition….

Thepsuda Bridge Thailand

DJI, Isaan from Above, Thepsuda Bridge, Lam Pao Reservoir. Sahatsakhan, Kalasin, Thailand

Thepsuda BridgeThe Lam Pao Reservoir is not at a level that local farmers might appreciate and are being told not to plant a…Continue reading

Dawn at Thepsuda Bridge 06.11.11

This is the longest Bridge in Thailand and until 3 months ago there was not a signpost to be found. More here: Dawn at Thepsuda Bridge 06.11.11…Continue reading

Lampao Reservoir, Kalasin, Thailand 15.08.12

Stopped at the south eand of the resevoir wher the dam and gates are located. There is no discharge into the river , but there is into the irrigation canals that are running full and fast. At the…Continue reading

A Washout in Kalasin leads to a Interesting Queens Birthday Weekend in Khon Kaen, Thailand

We arrived in Kalasin on a rainy cloudy boring Saturday. Generally I now stay at Soontri Apartments near the bus station. The place is a bit long in the tooth, but clean, the WIFI is actually…Continue reading

Scientology, Clearwater, Florida, and the Seperation of Church and State

I wonder what would happen if a local Catholic Bishop, or senior Jewish Rabbi were part of these headlines.
Clearwater Council defends meetings with Church of Scientology
Editorial: Clearwater officials should not surrender to Church of Scientology

Scientology (look at wixipedia, or elsewhere is big, buildingwise in Los Angeles, Claifornia it is HUGE relative to the population. Downtown Clearwater is a ghost town. There is no shortage of empty buildings.

Buddhadasa, Krishnamurti, No Buddhism, No Religion

If you set out to meditate, it will not be meditation. If you set out to be good, goodness will never flower. If you cultivate humility, it ceases to be. Meditation is the breeze that comes in when you leave the window open; but if you deliberately keep it open, deliberately invite it to come, it will never appear.
— The Only Revolution, p. 37

Road 2287 Connecting Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan,Thailand, A Scenic Alternative and Wat Phu Kampra



This is a rerelease of the post with geotagged photos that can now be see at Google+. The usual route between Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan is Route 223 to the 212 in That Phanom then south. Over the years I have taken a number of alternatives and recently started traveling and searching for places of interest along Route 2287 to Nong Kaen and route 2292. While it looks logical to follow Route 3008 on to the 212 beware that this road is under construction, and I would advise checking out condition before travelling that route.
The Sakon Nakhon and Mukdahan of the 2287 in the section through the mountains (look in Google Earth or Maps in Satellite mode) is an are with little or none 3G signal, nor any type of signal, which makes it difficult to locate places of interest. There are plenty of caves and temles of interest along the route, but finding them is a bugger…

From Tom’s Desk, From the USA February 2017

I arrived back in the States after 18 plus years in Thailand June of 2014. The pupose was to get my Veterans Administration disability reviewed and to sort out Social Security and Medicare. During my time in Thailand I maintained occasional contact with friends in the States I returned to Clearwater in Florida as an old friend put me in contact with a friend of his who had a place to rent at a reasonable price. Having a credit rating in the states is essential, without it one is powerless,
Anyhow the point of this post is to reflect differences in life in the states as it differs from life 20 some years ago, from my eyes.

2017, New Year,From Tom’s Desk My opinion on Life, The Universe and other miscellany

To make a not so long story shorter IMHO ingeneral the people that govern the United Staes have done a pretty crappy job over the past 50 years. The qualityof education has certainly fallen. The infrastructure is in definite need of repair and upgrade. Health care is expensive annd confusing. Only about 50% participate in elections, but it seems that 90% complain, apathy run rampant. Technologically there have been many advances, but much of it is nit affordable to many. Although most peoiple now have healthcare, high deductibles and premiums impose economi pain on many. Sure, there are many things “good” about the States, but a lot needs to be done to make thing better for the average Joe.