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220 110 Room Heater for Nepal

220 110 Room Heater for Nepal

I am still in Bangkok, I am preparing to go to Nepal, many persons would be thinking about trekking or what last few tourist sites in Bangkok to visit. Me, I am worried about freezing, Nepal is a country on the cusp, it is not cold, however it is not warm, it is not always comfortable.

I estimate that Katmandu, Nepal is about 28 degrees above the Equator.
This is about the same as Miami, Florida.

Now, in Miami you are at sea level, while at Katmandu I will be at 1220 meters or maybe 4000 feet above sea level. This altitude makes it colder, mostly at night, the days could be like Miami, then a cool drop at night. The warmer days convinces them to not heat the rooms. Therefore for a beach bum, I am freezing. Tibet is even worst, and the Chinese can be inhuman on how they treat a tourist. I was in Lhasa Tibet and it was frozen outside, I had a room with zero heat.

I remember....!

I have been trying to make this 220 110 Heater, something that would work in Quito, Ecuador at 2500 Meters with 110, however also will work in Nepal that has 220. I think I have found the right combination. I went to Panthip, today a computer mall, purchased a universal computer cord that has adjustable output, it give me a 15 Volt output, and then I purchased a 12 Volt Fan that you put in a computer.

I am testing, I will let run all night and hopefully I will have a complete forced air heater that is whisper quiet or about the same degree of racket as your computer. I am excited, the problems with this have been numerous. I think I have made great progress, however the test will be in Nepal on them cold mountain nights.

I suppose I should find a girl, it would be easier.

Oh well, life is good. I have been trying to do this for years. I used to use a hot plate, however it is only radiant, with this I have a fan that will blow through the heater.

NOTE: This may seem weird, heaters are easy to buy. However to purchase a heater that does not make FAN NOISE is difficult.

Owners of Hotels do not like room heaters.

Plus I can cook on this baby.

220 110 Room Heater for Nepal

Malnutrition Solutions Niger

Malnutrition Solutions Niger

I am doing research on Malnutrition.

I think I finally stumbled onto a place to find books or papers about Malnutrition, Agriculture or Nutrition.

IF you want to find books written about Food or Malnutrition you can search on this page:

This is a United Nations page I believe, the page is overloaded with both information and words that take a couple of minutes to comprehend. I would suppose like listening to a lawyer explain something.

Prof Talk

Niger is my focus, there is a lot of research done on Niger or people write a lot, I went to the encyclopedia to check my spelling. Niger has,
-French is the official language, but Hausa is the language of local trade - (2) Encarta

Hausa is the language of Niger.

Ok, it is like this, French is spoken with the rich who do not suffer from Malnutrition.

There is a need to have a way of simplifying this down to people talk, for sure this is complicated, but in the end the solution is simpler than the analyzation.

- IN the Hausa language, a person needs to hear or read. ( I think there is a way, read at bottom.)
- Only about 15 percent of person can read, therefore any solutions need to be either

1. On a sign that other can read to them.

2. On the radio.

3. Told to them or shown to them.

The bottom line is all the Prof talk needs dummied down, then translate a solution, not the analyzation of the problem, GROW these foods and your children will not die, then put in the Hausa language.

The Hausa language is the largest and best-known member of the Chadic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. Hausa has borrowed freely from other languages, especially Arabic, and is adapting well to the demands of contemporary cultural change. It has become a common language for millions of non-Hausa West Africans, and sizable Hausa-speaking communities exist in each major city of West and North Africa as well as along the trans-Saharan trade and pilgrimage routes. An extensive literature and several periodicals in Romanized script have been produced since the beginning of British rule. An Arabic-based writing system, developed before the British conquest, is still in limited use.

Malnutrition Solutions Niger



Tuk Tuk Thailand

 Tuk Tuk Thailand

This is a Tuk Tuk, a three wheeled and not cheap way of getting around in Thailand, sometimes it is cheap if you negotiate well, however, the best value in Thailand is a metered Taxi.

Everyone should take a ride in a Tuk Tuk; this is typical sight on Khao San Road in Bangkok.

I moved to another room, I am in full on anti-ANTS mode, this line is hanging up, I have my towel hanging on the line, I poured or saturated the nylon cord with insect repellent, hope it works on Ants. The cord is from my hammock.

Tuk Tuk Thailand

The Lost World of Khao San Road

The Lost World of Khao San Road

I was talking, listening and misinterpreting what person said about Khao San Road here in Bangkok the other night. I thought she said,
- People are addicted to Khao San -

I say,
- Yes, that is true. -
(That is not what she said, that is what I thought she said.)

There are many elements of Khao San Road, however you slice and dice it, the bottom line is Khao San is not for normal people.

I moved to a smaller Guesthouse and it has some Thai Hippies or maybe, Thai Jimmy Hendricks, however I doubt they are old enough or well read enough to know. However maybe the Thai version of Bob Marley. They want to cross over to the Farang or foreigners side of culture.

The got out the bongos tonight, I am hiding in my room. I cannot handle bongos or people that play bongos in Guesthouses; there is something over the edge, trying to hard to be something.

I took a walk to 7-11, the rain is dreary, Bangkok is a city, it is apparent in a rain and the sounds of traffic are magnified. The main road one block off the guesthouse has at least 10 lanes, I have never counted.

I walked by some night meat on a stick cart, the lady has many types of something sausage, looks like hotdogs rolled up into balls. I cannot ever learn about it because I want to vomit when I get close, therefore impossible to fake curiosity.

7-11 is a sane place in Thailand, coming back with a bottle of Milk, some Peanuts to alleviate depression and a package of Lays Potato chips; I know my happy level is up a notch.

When it rains in Bangkok, it can wash away a sticky substance that I believe is invisible on the ground. I was wading through a pond in the small Soi or Alley leading to my new Guesthouse. I look around, the water is cool, feels refreshing, my sandals are sloshy. I am ok, I am better; I like them peanuts with sugar on them. I think the rain has stop, I am doing the muse and meander thing back to the guesthouse. I hear a noise, look to the left and a rat the size of a small cat jumps and runs.

I look down in the water, I do not feel strong, I feel week, wonder if that rat was swimming in the pond called an alley?

I was thinking, then I was trying to find words to explain, there often are just not the right words to explain some places on the planet. They need to can it, package it, and ship it to people for them to understand.

I sleep on a mattress on the floor, this is common in Thailand, I do not have a top sheet, I am not sure if the bottom sheet has been changed. When I pulled out this little Thai style table, a pair of small petite girl�s underwear fell out the end.

I suppose that should give me a happy rush, however it gave me a feeling close to the rat. Where have they been and have the been swimming around in my room?

I need to move one level up the food chain, thinking about moving back to Sawasdee Smile Guesthouse tomorrow.

I suppose the bottom line is the Thai boys have gone around the Guesthouse and marked their territory. It is controlled by Thai Bob Marleys elements and adoring Foreigners that still believe.

I will be the same for a moment,
- Bad Karma -

I know the words, the phrases, I can be like them if I want, I can be a Chameleon, I fit in and I do not want to, nobody every said I was sane. I think June the manager has a TV in her room�

This is a little Thai Style type thingy, I pulled it or moved it out so I could hook my reading light on it and out pops something�

Undies hmmm

This is the Thai style bed on the floor of Tu�s Place, whatever the case, whatever you think, this is a good value for Khao San Road at 150 Baht or about 4 U.S. Dollars. In addition, I can put my own padlock on the door, now there are three on Khao San Road that I would say are secure.

I needed to use my special adapter, necessary for anyone; I plugged my computer into the light hanging from the ceiling.

I have moved to a different guesthouse closer to whatever and has long-term storage for my backpack.

The Lost World of Khao San Road

Travel Towel and Ants

Travel Towel and Ants

I may have solved a mystery, I got about 5 huge Ant welts on my back one day in the Manila after I showered. This is weird I thought, maybe I had an Ant on my back and it went crazy when it entered the shower with me.

I am presently in Bangkok in the Tu's Place Guesthouse, it has a typical Thai style shower, and because it a house, it is 10:26 in the morning, everyone is taking a shower. The common shower was open, I went for the room, grabbed the shampoo and was rushing to lock the door. I had wrapped myself a my towel.

Aagh, I return there is already someone in the shower.

I return to my room, lay down to check some downloads of emails from the GPRS connection on my cell phone. I keep the towel wrapped around me.

Bite, nibble, ouch, what the H.?

I am getting Ant Bites.

Now, the towel is still a little moist from yesterday, it was hanging on the wall, not on a clothes line. I think maybe them nasty little, terrible to know, not my friend Ants have entered onto the towel to get a drink. I have no idea.

This is
- Ant Theory -

I do not know the behavior of Ants for sure, I do know they have paths, I believe my towel is on the path.

Time for Nylon Cord clothesline dripped with insect repellant and hanging.

A clothes line can help, plus I can get the towel under the center of the room fan, and HOPE, I hope solve the Ants riddle, where are they all coming from.

A dry towel is always an art form when traveling.

Time to try to dash for the common shower again.

Travel Towel and Ants

Bangkok Katmandu Kashmir

Bangkok Katmandu Kashmir

Thailand to Nepal to India

I purchased a ticket from Bangkok to Nepal for Monday, many flights are cancelled and the Thai Airways is just too expensive.

I leave Monday May 22, 2006 for Katmandu, Nepal.

It is an open jaw ticket; I think that is what you call it. It is a ticket to Nepal, then another ticket to India. Looks like an open mouth on a drawing. Then with no return, it is an open mouth, not a closed mouth. I think that definition is correct.

I am trying to figure out how to go to Kashmir, India. I have an adjustable ticket already for Delhi, which does not mean I can change it easily. I am hoping my visa comes back for India as multiple entry, I do not know and the India Visa people are not predictable.

I think Bangkok is great for applying for Visas, I found I can get a Russian Visa here easily.

Note: There is a world of difference between Sukumvit and Khao San Road. The really bend over the Sukumvit Tourist for price.

I saw a trip to Pattaya advertised on Nana for 1200 Baht, it only cost 200 here on Khao San Road. I keep saying comments about the area, so I went over there and walked around to see what is going on�

Not G Rated

Bangkok Katmandu Kashmir

Hacking the Blog or Accident

Hacking the Blog or Accident

I had some person successfully post to the blog yesterday or sometime while I was sleeping.

I am not sure how, however for sure there is a hole in the system or they spoofed. Hard to say how they do this, maybe it intentional or maybe by accident.

What happens is this,
I post by email, this means I send an e-mail to that is a special address. The email address is not suppose to be so special, it is meant to work only from my reply address.

I am not sure how, maybe he or she spoofed or faked the reply address, it is so common to have people trying to do something that I almost admire them.

If they are really trying to hack in or spam the blog, they really need to get a life and channel that energy into a fruitful enterprise.

Contrary to any ideas about the internet, advertising on some large website is not as beneficial or world shattering as they hope.

He may have received 10 people on his or he site, not a real productive form of advertising.

On the other hand, he or she may have just hit reply and it worked, therefore who knows. I do know the world of computers is extremely far from perfection.

My Hosting techies or support tell me dream world beliefs weekly, they really do not know how their systems work as well as the believe. It is just too complicated to learn, then just when they get a grip, it is all changed again.

Two Thumbs Up to the Hack or Spammer.

I do admire brains, and think I should encourage hacking on my sight, give them something to do and demands we learn.


Special Weapons And Tactics

I think that is what it means, eventually we the Hobo techies will have a special attack them force to go after them. We already made about 6 months ago an counter attack all the way down to the internet provider in India, telling them they had a spammer that was annoying us, tracked all the IP, followed them home.

Hacking the Blog or Accident




When I return to Thailand my English become worst, I find I am incapable of talking in normal sentences.


In Thail English, this is correct, in normal English, which is not my English; however, a normal person would say.

- I am talking -
- I have been talking to many people in the Guesthouse.
The last sentence would translate into Thai English as,
- Talking many people -
- Talking - Mak Mak
Mak Mak is something like - Much Much -

What am I feeling today?
- Talking -


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