Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Will is leaving on Monday for his year in Lopburi, Thailand, as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. Lopburi Province lies about 150 kilometers north of Bangkok, and is known among tourists primarily for its monkeys—the crab eating macaques who infest the city of Lopburi. Recently, researchers have observed the monkeys using human hair to floss their teeth, and teaching their young how to floss. Here's a video:
Lopburi is also slated to be the site of the world's largest photovoltaic (solar) generating plant. Construction of the massive 158 megawatt solar array begins this month. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $70 million (USD) long-term loan for the project.
According to a report in Thailand's Pattaya Daily News, "ADB Vice President for Private Sector & Co-Financing Operations Lakshmi Venkatachalam stated that the Thai government’s clear and attentive policy promoting alternative energy sources and the great potential of the nation were the main reasons behind the ADB decision to help in funding the solar project."
My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .
The frontispiece from Countee Cullen's The Black Christ and Other Poems (1929). Illustration by Charles Cullen. Click to enlarge. On...
Here's the poem I wrote and read for the student-organized International Day of Peace gathering in Bridge Square on Wednesday, Septembe...
Two of my very brief essays were published online this summer. The first was the essay " Telephone ," which appeared in June in t...