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Pokemon GO Has Made A Bajillion Since 2016

July 10, 2021

Pokemon GO, the mobile AR sensation game, has made $5 billion in revenue since its launch in 2016.
Sensor Tower (via VGC) reports that on average, players spend $1 billion a year on the mobile sensation.
Pokemon GO also generated $641.6 million in player spending during the first half of 2021, according to Sensor Tower. Niantic’s mobile game has had the best start to a year thus far in 2021.
The year 2020 proved to be Pokemon GO’s most successful year, earning $1.3 billion in total. If the start of 2021 is any indication, it looks like this year will be another record-breaker.
Pokemon GO earned $1.3 billion in total in 2020, making it the most successful year for the game. It appears, though, that 2021 will be another record-breaker, based on the start of the year.
According to reports, the average player spends around $7.91 per account. As of Q4 2020, Pokemon GO had accumulated over 1 billion lifetime downloads, according to Statista. It’s a lot of people and a lot of money.
In addition, 77% of Pokemon GO players use Android, leaving just 23% using iOS. In fact, 52.8% of player spending comes from iOS accounts, which indicates that iOS players spend more money on the game.
It is also the 5th anniversary of Pokemon GO this year, and from the looks of things, this mobile game will be around for many years to come.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go catch a celebratory Pikachu tangled up in a flotilla of balloons.
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Personal Bit: My Thai Medical Stories, Part 2

June 21, 2021

At one point, I was walking down the street when I failed to notice a motorcycle in front of me. I tripped over one of the wheels and fell.
When I arose, my lower right leg was pretty messed up. Moreover, I was annoyed that a person had left his motorcycle in such a way that I would trip over it. I screamed, attracting the attention of nearby people, and kicked the motorcycle.
I went home.
My right leg grew swollen after a couple of days, but somehow, I made it to school.
One of the Thai teachers noticed that I was limping and in a lot of pain as I was teaching.
When I showed her my leg, she suggested I get it bandaged at the nearby health center. Then she suggested I go to the hospital.
Two staff members from my agency helped me get through the bureaucracy while I was waiting in line.
Then I found myself in another room, filled with sick patients coughing, spitting ugly liquids into bedpans, and trying to stay alive.
I refused to change in the morning. Hospital clothes did not appeal to me. It is true that I did not behave well, but I was unhappy after my previous experience at a Thai hospital.
Eventually, I calmed down and put on my hospital clothes.
One of the Thai teachers from the school visited me that day and lectured me about my behavior. School officials had no doubt heard about my behavior from the hospital.
Another day, two police officers came to my home and questioned me about my trip. The police hoped that I could identify the motorcycle, but I was unable to do so. The number of the license plate escaped me. I only thought when you had car accidents that you had to talk about it with the police.
After being discharged from the hospital, I had to return to the hospital to re-bandage my leg for another week.
During that week, I was fired by the school because they were not pleased with my behavior in the hospital wing, even though I personally apologized to the hospital staff.
Throughout the remainder of the term, I served as a substitute teacher for the agency.
In Thailand, you can be fired for behavior outside of the classroom and during free time.

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A Search for An Ear Cure

June 9, 2020

When you have a common cold, you can get many suggestions about how you can cure your cold, When you have the hiccups, there are many suggestions about how you can cure them. Even though you can cure hearing loss with hearing aids or cochlear implants, there are still many suggestions about how you can deal with hearing loss. 
Doctors have been trying to deal with the loss of hearing for hundreds of years They did come up with remedies, but they were not very effective and were very flawed. Some of them may even have been deadly to their patients. 
Beethoven, one of the most famous composers/musicians of all time, is also well-known for his problems with hearing. By today’s standards, he probably had what is called tinnitus. Tinnitus is an incessant buzzing or ringing in the ears. If he had lived today, he could have been cured of his condition with a hearing aid. Unfortunately, he lived in a time where there were no hearing aids and doctors gave some advice that some people might consider to be bizarre.
Some of his doctors thought that it might be a good idea to wear almond oil earplugs and galvanism, a supposed way to cure your ills by passing an electrical current through the part of the body that is being afflicted. This current was supposed to stimulate the sick part of the body to deal with the illness. One doctor suggested that he should go to an isolated area to rest his ears. Despite these cures, he was able to make such good music that people still listen to it today. 
In the 19th century, people created weird-looking contraptions that would hopefully cure people of their hearing loss. The contraptions were supposed to stimulate the ear’s nerves to work properly. The most popular contraption was supposed to vibrate the inner ear. No matter how weird-looking contraptions were, they never did any good for the triers of these contraptions. 
The most disgusting possible cure for hearing loss was blistering. A doctor would purposely cause blistering by using caustic plaster. Instead of being alarmed by the pus that was coming out of the ears, the doctor was actually thinking that he was doing some good because he thought the pus meant that poisons were coming out of the body. The doctor probably thought the patient was cured after all the pus was gone. 
In the late 19th century, another attempt at a cure was artificial eardrums. To cure the loss of hearing, a device would be inserted into the auditory canal and they would hopefully make sound resonate. They did not work. The only thing that they succeeded in was causing pain to the patient as some of them were made of metal. 
With the advent of hearing aids and cochlear implants, you would think that people would stop making weird attempts to cure hearing. It has not stopped people imagining other ways to cure hearing in the 21st hearing. 
David Quigley thinks that hypnosis is the best way to solve your hearing problem. He had a healer touch his ears with her spirit fingers and he was soon cured of his hearing loss. This might be an example of the placebo effect. This is not a recommended way to solve hearing problems. 
In the Wild, Wild West, a man would go from town to town, claiming that snake oil would cure you of all your ills. The snake oil in the 21st century for hearing loss could be a pill. Once swallowing this pill, your hearing should be restored in 60 days or you will get your money back. It does come with a disclaimer that says that if you don’t do anything with this product, it will not help you. If you don’t take this supplement as directed, you will not be cured. They admit that only some of the testimonials on their website are true. Why would you take a product that the manufacturer doesn’t even trust?
Another 21st attempt at curing hearing loss is a device called the Personal Sound Amplification Devices. They look like hearing aids, but they don’t operate like hearing aids. They amplify noise without giving you the ability to hear sound clearly. You will not get help from a professional hearing healthcare provider. 
The most bizarre and most delicious way to cure your hearing is cheese. In most kinds of cheese, there is a substance called D-methionine. Studies have shown that this substance can stop hearing loss after the patient is exposed to loud noises. 500 US soldiers have been tested with this substance while they were exposed to loud noise. The big disadvantage of this type is that you have to eat 5 pounds of cheese to get rid of your hearing problems. If you really, really love cheese, this is the cure for you. 
In the past and the present, people have tried some bizarre, interesting ways to cure hearing loss. In the end, the only true cure for hearing loss is a hearing aid or a cochlear implant.

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The 2010s: We are Thai Music

June 4, 2010

Almost every famous, professional Thai singer have come together for an album that will hopefully start the healing process after recent Thai turmoil. Though nothing has been written about this in the Nation or the Bangkok Post, it is assumed that money it was like We Are The World of the 1980s that was supposed to help people in Africa. This is probably supposed to help people rebuild their homes and businesses and to help people who have suffered because of the turmoil.

                Note; This is based on watching a news story and videos on NBT, Thai news channel run by the Public Relations Department of Thailand, a government agency,  on the night of May 29th. It was a Saturday.

The 2010s: The Red is Dead

June 4, 2010

He was the most famous victim of the recent Thai turmoil was Major General Khattiya Sawasdipol, mostly known by his nickname of Seh Daeng (Thai for Red Commander).

He spent his last moments as he did for the last few weeks: inspecting the red shirt security around the red shirt protest on Ratchaprasong and Ratchadamri roads. He stopped to talk to the press near the Sala Daeng intersection. Shots rang out. One bullet hit him in the forehead and he fell to the ground. He did not survive this wound. He died a few days later as the city burned as he wanted it to.

When he was younger, he supposedly helped the Americans in their “secret” (can’t be a secret when everybody knows about it) war against Communists in Laos and Cambodia. He allegedly went undercover as a Communist. There is no proof that he did any of these things. The only evidence is that he turned his experiences into books. These books were very popular in Thailand. He became one of the most well-known soldiers in Thailand.

During the last ten years, he became an ardent supporter of Thaksin Shinawatra and his people. This, of course, developed into a problem when the new non-Thaksin government came into power 18 months ago. He went to red shirt rallies and vocally voiced his oppositions to the governments as well as to the head of the Thai military. They first punished him by demoting him and making him teach an aerobics class. He said he would teach them the “throw-the-grenade-over-the-head” exercise. Despite this punishment, he continued to speak out against the government and they finally suspended him after few months. There was a rumor going around that the military was slow to suspend because he had high friends in the military who were protecting him. Presumably, he was not part of the military when he died.

The only known duties that he was doing at the time were for the Red shirts.

I do not support the Redshirts, but I could never like a person like Seh Daeng, no matter what sided he was on. He seemed to relish talking about violence and wanting it to happen. There was never going to be peace as long as he part of the Redshirts or any other Thai group. After he died, there was peace, but only after many people died.

Seh Daeng is dead and I hope there is no one to replace for his kind of evil should stop when he or she is dead.

Memories of Burnt Things

June 4, 2010

After the government finally broke up the Red shirt rally on May 19th, 2010, the red shirts who were not put in jail, reacted by trying to burning down buildings and causing even more violence. To me, the Red shirts reverted ti what they have always been: sore losers.
In 2008, Thaksin Shinawatra and his people which included the Red shirts, had to two chances to control the Thai government. They failed due to the Yellow shirts and their own stupidity. They just couldn’t help being corrupt and breaking laws. After backing two losing horses, they decided to back the second largest party in the Thai parliament, the Democratic Party. Through parliamentary maneuvers, the new government was formed with the Democratic Party controlling reins of power.
Instead of accepting that they lost, the Red shirts have spend the last year and a half trying to bring the government down. It is true that it was not the best way to form a government, but you do have to accept it. Your side lost and you should spend the time until the next election making sure that you rule the parliament without a coalition. You don’t trash an ASEAN summit. You don’t have riots during the Songkran Festivel of April 2009. You don’t try to get amnesty for Thaksin Shinawatra from the King of Thailand in an illegal way. Only the family of the accused can ask for amnesty and the accused have to be in jail. You don’t shut down the city of Bangkok. You don’t burn down buildings. Politically, the Red shirts should have their status of losers and try to work within the system to become the winners they want to be.
Thaksin and his people have twice not accepted losing gracefully. God knows what is going to happen if they lose the third time.

How Many Headlines for Ling Ping?

June 4, 2010

If you have forgotten about who Lin Ping is because of all the recent Thai turmoil, he is the first panda born in Thailand. The 27th of April was his 1st birthday. I can only guess that all his future birthdays will be headline in Thai newspapers.

                I was here a year ago and I am afraid to say that a year ago, Lin Ping looked like a little white rat. You have to understand that panda are quite small. They are about 1/9000 of their future selves. It is a wonder that panda babies are not squashed by their mothers.  To be clear, I certainly don’t panda babies to be squashed.

                After he was born last year, Thais went nuts about the little guy. The image of panda bears were everywhere.  He had his own 24-hour channel. Local comedians made fun of the little guy. The little guy is a bona fide Thai celebrity and the little panda probably doesn’t even know it.

The Ghost of Thaksin

May 22, 2010

One of the problems that the current  prime minister of Thailand, Abhisit, had with the red shirt protest of the last few months is that he is dealing with a ghost. The ghost has a name and it is Thaksin Shinawatra.

            I do want to say that Thaksin is in fact alive. His spirit or ghost still exists in Thailand even though he has been in exile for the last two years. He is too chicken to go to jail for two years. He may not be here, but he is able to haunt Thai politics through good use of his money and through supporters he had in northern and northeastern Thailand.

            When Thaksin was in power from 2001 to 2006, his policies partly helped people in the above-mentioned Thai regions. HE gave them everything that they wanted and he focused on them no other Thai PM had ever done before. He even had a program to give them free cows which meant a lot in the agricultural Northeast or Isaan as it is called in Thai. He literally gave them money There are pictures of him giving 1,000 Baht notes on the streets of Isaan streets in the Bangkok Post and the Nation. As a result, he viewed almost akin to a god in Isaan. Most red shirts come from Isaan and the Thai North.

            Abhisit and the Thai government have to beat a person that is a legend, a spirit and a god. How do you beat such a person? You can’t use reason because he is above reason. You can’t kill him because he has become immortal in the eyes of his followers. You can’t argue with him because he is not here. It is very hard to beat somebody who is not even here.

            Thaksin is like those ghosts in all those horror films. They can’t be touched. They can’t be killed because they are already dead. The protagonists of these movies like Abhisit will have to deal with the villains in the endless sequels of the original movie.

            Thaksin is like Madonna. He has changed his image to suit his purposes. When he was in power, he was the decisive CEO dictator who squash his anybody in his way by using the Thai legal system. When he was out of power, he suddenly became an ardent supported of the democratic concept. He and his supporters said that he was the victim of a mysterious third party that was out to destroy all that he stood for. After his money was confiscated earlier this year by the Thai courts, he is Jesus, a fighter for social justice and a victim of the elites. How do you fight a person who keeps on changing his stand?

            Abhisit is fighting a person who is not here and who keeps on changing like a changeling. It is no wonder that the Thai government can’t deal with such a man.

Feel Sorry For The Press

May 22, 2010

One group of people that I have felt sorry for during the red shirt protest of the last few months is the media people. Rain or shine, they have to be there night and day in case the Thai government finally does something to get rid of them. They have to listen to some speeches over and over again. They have to hear those clappers clap over and over again. They are probably sick of the color red. As far as I am concerned, they have one of the worst jobs in the world right now

The 2010s:Thai News Websites

May 18, 2010

As far as I know, these are the best Thai news website:  (about Thai weather)

With these websites, you will get news about Thailand every day. You will not have to pray that somehow that there will be news stories on Yahoo or CNN about Thailand. They are expecially helpful with what is exactly happening with the current political crisis in Thailand.