Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Yesterday I received an e-mail from Postcrossing that the card I sent to Finland US-298995 has arrived. This card is a personal milestone of 100 sent postcards and to commemorate the event I sent this person a congratulations greeting card along with an Akoha mission card "Give Someone a Greeting Card". Don't know about Akoha? Check out this nifty comic that explains how the reality based play it forward game is played.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
We went to Disneyland yesterday to take photos of the holiday decorations and I got this shot of Sleeping Beauty's Castle with just enough light to allow me to still take this hand held photo. I plan to go again with a tripod before the decorations are changed for crisper shots.
I shot a bunch of photos on Main Street that need to be stitched together for what I hope will be interesting panoramics. I'll try to get them finished this week.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Postcard #45 is from China and is a photo of Mount Song, one of the Taoist Five Sacred Mountains and is located in Henan province on the south bank of the Yellow River in China.
I'm not really sure what is going on in the drawing for this stamp, seems like all the people are looking at the tiger. The three Chinese characters at the bottom might explain but I can't read it.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Postcard #44 is a cheesy card from The Netherlands. This card traveled 9,025 Kms (5,608 Miles) and took 6 days to get to me.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Postcard #42 is from Finland and is a photo of a dove with the quote printed at the bottom translated from Finnish to English with Google Translator is says "Luck dove will bring you the greetings!" This postcard traveled 8,899 Kms (5,530 Miles) and took 7 days to get to me.
Postcard #41 is a beautiful scenic photo from Finland. This card traveled 9,013 Kms (5,600 Miles) and took 14 days to get to me.
Another great stamp from Finland; looks like a drawing of someone hanging out in a flower garden.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Postcard #39 is a view card from Luxembourg mailed from Estonia while the sender was on vacation. On the back of the card there are 5 location names but I don't know which match with the photos on the front, they are: Circuit Vauban, Statue de la Princesse Amelie, Chemin de la Corniche, Parc Municipal, Villa Vauban. This card traveled 9,252 Kms (5,749 Miles) and took 10 days to get to me.
Excellent stamps from Estonia; Kiiu Tower Castle and Juminda Lighthouse
Monday, November 24, 2008
Postcard #37 is from Finland and is an art card of a painting by Maria Vagyon; according to the sender she paints with her feet. I tried searching for information about her with no luck. This card traveled 8,899 Kms (5,530 Miles) and took 5 days to get to me.
Another excellent stamp from Finland; a flower named Dryas Octopetala.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I love it when I get multiple stamps on a card this card had 3! The bird is preprinted but the 2 fruit stamps are actual stamps and they look great.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Two months ago I ordered an Akoha starter deck and yesterday it finally arrived! Although I have already been playing the game for about 6 weeks it is still very exciting to now get to use the actual cards; so many new missions to play. :) If you have not heard of Akoha please check out this nifty comic that explains the game play.
The photo above shows 12 of the missions that come with the deck; the missions range from simply thanking someone or generating a smile to giving a surprise gift, chocolate or flowers. Besides the preprinted missions, Akoha has the Mission HQ which is where users have the opportunity to suggest new missions. Currently there are about 100 additional missions that can be added to your deck and to play them you simply print out a PDF and fold. A couple of my suggested missions are on the list; "Give Someone A Memory" which is played by giving a friend something that reminds them of a fond memory such as a photo, letter or article. "Give Someone A Greeting Card" which is intended to encourge the giving of nonoccasion greeting cards such as cheer up, funny or inspriational cards.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
|My buddy Ian just arrived home from his 54 days in Japan and brought me gifts. I had asked him for one thing and that was a Coke can from Japan and he came through with a can; it almost looks the same as a can here in the US but with nutrition and ingredients in Japanese. The big surprise is that he brought me more stuff!|
|A pressed medal from Tokyo Disneyland which looks awesome; I wish the pressed pennies at Disneyland were this detailed. I've been collecting pressed pennies from Disneyland for a few years now and it was nice of Ian to think of me when he saw the medal machine at Tokyo Disneyland.|
He also got me a postcard sent from Mount Fuji that was stamped with a special cancellation that can only be gotten from Mt Fuji. Very cool and a nice addition to both my postcard collection and stamp collection.
There are 4 cancellations on this card with 3 of them being the special cancellations from Mt Fuji Post Office.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I just finished filling out 7 Postcrossing postcards that I will be mailing out tomorrow; they are going to the following countries: Germany, Finland (x2), China, Latvia, Lithuania and Portugal. Here is to hoping they all make it to their destinations.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I have now posted postcrossing postcards #1-35 that I have received from around the world and still have 40 more cards to scan; I hope to get these scanned and uploaded soon. Here are my postcrossing stats as of today:
» Sent: 79 postcards
» Received: 75 postcards
» Traveling: 1 postcard out of 8
» Sent distance: 755,173 Kms (469,243 miles)
» Received distance: 717,384 Kms (445,762 miles)
I also have 3 expired(traveling over 60 days) cards:
* Brazil(erii) traveling 74 days
* Greece(dst121gr) traveling 191 days
* Germany(McCoize_de) traveling 233 days (this was my very first card ever mailed!)
Maybe one day these cards will get unstuck from a mail sorting machine and arrive. :)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It has been almost three weeks since joining the Akoha beta by confirming my first mission and I’m doing pretty well. Although I still have not received a “real” mission deck I have been able to make good use of the Mission HQ and added several cards to my deck that I was able to print out and play with friends and co-workers. I am doing so well that that my karma point total puts me in seventh place amongst all Akohans and only a few hundred points away from over taking sixth and fifth place.
Watch out Austin I’m going to pass you. :)
So far I have played 13 missions to people and confirmed 4 missions that were played to me. Playing the thirteenth mission advanced me to level 6 which at the moment means nothing but I am sure as the months roll along new features will be added that can apply meaning to a level gained. I already have my next mission (Give Someone a Surprise Gift) planned and will play it as soon as I acquire the item I am giving.
One of my recently played missions was “Give Someone a Plant” and I’m looking forward to seeing this mission get played forward; a new plant is always a nice gift to receive. This was a user submitted mission and I think a great candidate to be turned into an official card. About two weeks ago I submitted a couple mission ideas of my own (“Give Someone a Recipe” and “Give Someone a Memory”) and am looking forward to seeing them get through moderation and become available in the Mission HQ soon. If a mission like “Make Love to Your Lover” [I think this mission is for swingers, otherwise a strange mission to ask to be played forward :-)] can make it on the list then mine should have a chance.
I would have a lot more missions played but it has been a challenge getting some friends to join the game and I think part of the problem is calling Akoha a game. Once they hear game they start thinking video games and time sink. So I have started telling people this is more of an activity that encourages social interaction and not really a game, points and levels are just for fun. Hopefully I’ll get more friends playing and will get missions played all over town. I may start playing missions to a few random people just to see what happens, so far it has worked well with a mission I played to a fellow Postcrosser in Germany; she joined and has already played a mission to a friend.
Back to playing Akoha; could you be the next recipient of a mission card?
Monday, October 13, 2008
Postcard #32 is from China and is a photo of the Imperial Palace in Shen Yang. This card traveled 11,725 Kms (7,286 Miles) and took 9 days to get to me.
The stamp on the right is preprinted with the same image on front and the stamp on the left is a large art print.
Postcard #31 is from Finland and is a photo of a mining car from Tytyri Mine. This card traveled 9,049 Kms (5,623 Miles) and took 8 days to get to me.
This stamp from Finland was very cool; it moves when you move the card from side to side! That's why the scan does not look very clear. Great stamp!
Postcard #30 is from China; the card text says this photo is of "Water Cave in Ben Xi", I found this photo collection from Ben Xi. This card traveled 11,725 Kms (7,286 Miles) and took 13 days to get to me.
The stamp on the right is preprinted with the same image on the front of the card and the other stamp is a nice mountain scene.