Peter Kowalke

Peter Kowalke

Relationship coach and international man of mystery

Peter Kowalke

Relationship coach and international man of mystery

Peter Kowalke

Peter Kowalke

Peter’s Annual Asia Trip 2014-15

Peter Kowalke in AsiaPeter spends some portion of every year living and working in Asia. This year Peter will be in Asia for six months starting Nov 25, 2014 and ending with his return to New York on June 1, 2015.

The “Asia New Year 2014” trip starts in Bangkok and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. Peter will spend the majority of his trip living and working at his home base in Bangkok. He also will spend significant time in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India and Turkey, with an additional country or two to be announced later. For exact dates, see Peter’s Schedule and Location page.

Peter will be working as normal both with his freelance writing and his relationship coaching work. He also will be active with the Ramakrishna Vedanta Association of Thailand where he is an assistant secretary, spend significant time both at Vedanta and Theravada Buddhist monasteries in the region, continue building his home base in Bangkok, add to his knowledge of the Asia Pacific region, and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

This will be Peter’s first time in Australia, Laos and Turkey. You can follow Peter’s adventure by signing up for his updates.

Touring Angkor Wat

How Do People Manage Photos in 2015?

By on January 23, 2015

I’ve been designing web sites for more than 10 years now, and I was an early adopter of both WordPress and its more industrial cousin, Drupal. So I’ve been working with online photo posting for quite some time, and over the years I’ve developed both simple and complex ways to share photos. But I admit that I haven’t been posting photos for the past couple years, and now that I’m returning to photo posting I have discovered that we seem to be in some sort of photo dark ages.

Sure, everyone now can make photos easily. But despite all the social media sites and ways to share photos, I feel like we’ve gone backwards. It is hard to post photos once and do it quickly and coherently in 2015. Am I missing something?

I might be missing something. Social media has come to dominate our online lives, and that’s where we now share photos. And I suck at social media because as a writer and producer my time is worth too much to waste on the likes of Facebook. So I freely admit that I’m no social media expert.

What I’m finding is that Facebook really is where I need to share photos. Yet Facebook isn’t really good at managing photos, and I can’t share them publically very easily. So I have to turn to another service like Flickr or Smugmug, and now upload the photos twice (since Flickr can share with Facebook, but doesn’t do it well enough to use). This is craziness and a definite step backward, especially when I’m uploading from internet-starved places like Laos.

I have to be missing something. I know I complain a lot that the computing world is a lot worse off since Steve Jobs died, but is it really true that in 2015 there’s no easy way to post photos once and have everyone see them despite the fact that just about everyone needs this functionality

Please reach out to me if you if have a better solution.

Here’s what I’ve got at the moment:

  1. I Download photos to Apple’s Aperture photo management program and bulk tag the photos so all the photos of me at temples and monasteries actually means something (try looking at photos of Angkor Wat without captions and it blurs into an unrecognizable mass of ruins that nobody really can differentiate).
  2. I upload the photos twice. First I upload to my Flickr acct, then to Facebook.
  3. I Tweet about the uploads and make some noise so people know I’ve added stuff.

My photos can be viewed at my web site at http://www.peterkowalke.com/photos . This is annoying, though, because there’s also a more complete listing of photos at my Flickr page (I’m only allowed to feed the most recent photos to my site).

If you’re a Facebook friend, you also can see the photos in my Facebook albums. But there have been multiple reports that sometimes Facebook won’t acknowledge that I exist as a Facebook user–another reason for the public album on my site.

There’s got to be a better way, though. This is 2015. So how do you manage this problem?

Luang Prabang international airport.

One, Two, Three–Breathe!

By on January 23, 2015

Now starts the heavy lifting. The past couple months have been intense. First there was preparing for my trip in November. In December I set up my apartment in Bangkok, attended a Theravada Buddhist retreat in southern Thailand for half

Peter in Vientiane

New Year’s Eve in Vientiane, Laos

By on January 3, 2015

Happy New Year! This year I spent New Year’s Eve in Vientiane, Laos. I’m basically taking a break from Bangkok for a few weeks, so here in Vientiane I’ve been working by day and exploring the city by night. I’ve

Peter Kowalke

Back in Bangkok

By on December 14, 2014

I'm back in Bangkok this week after nearly two weeks meditating at Wat Suan Mokkh near Surat Thani, Thailand.

Seek Truth

Let Truth Be Your Guide

By on November 23, 2014

Let truth be your guide, not authority.