UDON THANI EXPATS CLUB
MINUTES OF MEMBER MEETING
|Meeting number:||MOMM 0033|
|Location:||Bangkok Hospital Udon|
|Date:||Sunday, May 31, 2015.|
|Subject:||See Agenda (Distributed by e-mail and shown on the website)|
|Participants:||See attendance list (For Administration only)|
|Secretary:||J.J. van Spaandonk|
1. Peter Edwards opened the meeting at about 14.00 hour
2. Administrative issues
– 31 members, 0 Sponsor and 8 guests/visitors attended the meeting.
– 7 members notified that they would not be able to attend.
– At present, the Club has 67 members.
– Quorum (to vote) requires >40% members present. Quorum is OK.
– With thanks to Wulf, the minutes of the April 26, 2015 member meeting have been approved. No comments made.
3. NewMembers, Visitors and Sponsors
* In April Mr. Mike Cosenza is granted membership.
* Mr. Robert J. Jackson is welcomed and installed as member.
* Eight (8) guests/visitors attended the meeting.
The Club welcomes them all with much pleasure.
4. Announcements by the Board
* The pavilion at the Coffee Station is under renovation.
* Next meeting of the “Raising Awareness” group will be after Nick’s return. The exact location, date
and time will be published later.
5. Open Forum
* David informed about an easy and inexpensive method to have access and/or download movies
and the like.
For details see next page.
“ Hi to all my Family & friends in Thailand.
I have just got an Android smart TV box, that I am using to watch all the latest movies and new and
old TV shows and sports channels for FREE.
All you need is an internet connection, and an android box.
It is best to have a new TV that has an HMDI connection for quick set up.
Best place to buy an Android box is to use www.lazada.co.th
I recommend the gadgets Guru M8 quad core 4.4.2 2.0 Ghz cpu with 2GB ram and 8GB Nand flash memory, wireless mouse and keyboard.
So what is an Android box, it is a mini computer that has nearly the same software as your smart phone or tablet, and is a Linux base system, not Microsoft.
The software program it uses is XBMC, that has now been up graded to Kodi.
If you look these two names up on the internet, you can find the history behind the XBMC project, to give us all FREE TV PROGRAMS and MOVIES and more.
The box is very small, normally, about 4×4×1 inch in size, it makes no noise like a computer, and is cheaper to use, it has no hard drive to go wrong, or any other mechanical parts, it is fully transistorized. The average cost on EBAY is about £35, some of them come with a wireless mouse and key board, and of course also with a remote control.
You should look for one with these specifications.
1.6 GHZ or 2.0 GHZ cpu
Android 4.2 or 4.4 better
Dual core or Quad core better
1G DDR3 or 2G DDR3 better RAM
4Gb or 8Gb better Nand flash memory
Full HD 1080
You can now download XBMC Kodi on to your Computer or Phone or Tablet. If you download it of the internet, I suggest you use www.download.cnet.com very good sight for all free software, and safe too. Once you have downloaded Kodi on to your computer, then you have to in port the apps to watch TV and movies, this is easy if you use YouTube, go on YouTube and put in the search box (2015 easiest 1 click XBMC Kodi setup/free TV & movies).
You will find a very nice American guy, who will explain and show you step by step how to set up Kodi for you, it will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to do.
So, to sum up, I hope you all find this info helpful, it could save you allot of money on cable rental, and it can also save you from buying a smart TV.
I have now found a web sight that downloads XBMC Kodi, and also at the same time loads all the movie and music apps at the same time too, very easy to set up, hope you all enjoy it and save money.
Best wishes Oat & David Lee “
6. Coffee break
The dedicated Coffee Break was skipped and instead we were invited to enjoy the offered spring rolls, cool water, coffee & tea with assorted cookies at a break during the following presentation.
7. Guest-Speaker; Mr. Terry Clayton; “ CROSS CULTERAL COMMUNICATIONS “ Terry introduced himself and outlined the subject of his presentation.
It is NOT about:
– Personal experiences,
– Specifically Thai
It IS about:
– A brief tour of the scientific literature
– A reflection on the meaning of “culture”
– Insights from research into more effective cross cultural communications
– A handout: 10 Things I have learned living in another culture (Attached)
Among a wide array of items Terry in particular discussed:
– The ability to communicate
– To be in control of yourself
– What is culture
– Maps of Europe over the period from the 1400s until the 1900s and present times
– Overlapping that maps show that, however country borders changed cultures remained.
– Language is a good indicator of areas with identical cultures
– Ways of organizing things in various societies
– So if, underneath, the various societies are similar; What accounts for the huge variations
– To answer that statement, Terry discussed the book “Clash” by Markus and Connor, 2014.
– Some more book-titles, that learn more about this subject, were shown and discussed
For details, additional interesting issues, experiments, examples and conclusions, we refer to Terry’s
slide show with accompanying text. (Attached).
At the Q&A some interesting issues were raised
– Culture is still developing.
– We all have the same genes. However, also genes are in evolution.
– Is there a relation between DNA and Culture ?
Peter thanked Terry for his very interesting and entertaining lecture and presented him the Club’s
“Certificate of Appreciation”.
8. Committee Announcements
No announcements were made.
The meeting was closed at about 16.00 hrs. And, to our pleasure, many used the opportunity to stay
for another cup of tea/coffee and to continue their chat. Last attendees left around 17.00 hrs.
Next meeting will be on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Please check at www.udonexpatsclub.com for
possible changes and/or further information.
June 6, 2015.
Joop J. van Spaandonk,