Monday, October 27, 2008

Gifts From Japan

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!

Disneyland Japan Pressed CoinA 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.
Postcard from Mt Fuji, Japan

There are 4 cancellations on this card with 3 of them being the special cancellations from Mt Fuji Post Office
Postcard from Mt Fuji, Japan (Stamped)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Postcrossing: 7 cards heading to the Post Office

Postcrossing: Outbound cards for 10/21/2008

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.

Happy Postcrossing,

Richard

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Postcrossing Update

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. :)

Happy Postcrossing,

Richard

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and stamp #35

Postcard #35Postcard #35 is from Holland (Netherlands) and is a very cool tulip shaped card with a photo of a commercial tulip garden and large windmill. This is my first card not shaped like a postcard! This card traveled 8,993 Kms (5,588 Miles) and took 6 days to get to me.

Postcard #35 StampAnother heart shaped globe stamp from the Netherlands. Must be a popular international mail stamp in NL.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamps #34

Postcard #34
Postcard #34 is from China and is a photo of Statues on the Peak Flying From Afar. This card traveled 10,599 Kms (6,586 Miles) and took 20 days to get to me.

Postcard #34 Stamp
Bird stamps from China

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Akoha: Three Weeks Later

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.

I'm in seventh 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.

Akoha Mission: Give Someone a PlantOne 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

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #33

Postcard #33
Postcard #33 is from Germany and is a map card from Dresden.

Postcard #33 Stamp Flower stamps; a tulip and narzisse.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #32

Postcard #32
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.

Postcard #32 StampThe stamp on the right is preprinted with the same image on front and the stamp on the left is a large art print.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #31

Postcard #31
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.

Postcard #31 StampThis 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!

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #30

Postcard #30
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.

Postcard #30 Stamps
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.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #29


Postcard #29
Postcard #29 is from Germany and is a photo of Dom Zu Aachen; "Aachen Cathedral". This postcard traveled 9,159 Kms (5,691 Miles) and took 19 days to get to me.

Postcard #29 Stamp
A stamp from Germany of Astrid Lindgren; I like the bordering on this stamp; it goes with the theme of the books she wrote.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #28


Postcard #28
Postcard #28 is from Finland; a great photo of kids admiring a sports car. This card traveled 8,956 Kms (5,565 Miles) and took 10 days to get to me.

Postcard #28 Stamp
This stamp went really well with the picture; the sender did a good job with the card theme.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #27


Postcard #27
Postcard #27 is from the Netherlands; it's a cow! I think this card was sent through a service and the cow photo selected. The text on the card is all printed, even my address; very nicely done.

Postcard #27 Stamp
Another heart shaped globe stamp; the cancelation stamped nicely on this card; usually get a blob.

Postcrossing Postcard & Stamp #26

Postcard #26
Postcard #26 is a view card from Halle an der Saale, Germany. This card traveled 9,376 Kms (5,826 Miles) and took 7 days to get to me.

Postcard #26 Stamps
Stamps from Germany.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamps #25

Postcard #25
Postcard #25 is from Estonia. It is a painting titled "Gimme a kiss!" or in Estonian "Anna Musi!" by Navitrolla. This postcard traveled 9,136 Kms (5,677 Miles) and took 12 days to get to me.


Postcard #25 Stamps
Great stamps from Estonia!

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #24

Postcard #24
Postcard #24 is from Tampere Tammerfors, Finland. This card traveled 8,899 Kms (5,530 Miles) and took 10 days to get to me.
Postcard #24 Stamp
A flower stamp: Lathyrus odoratus

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #23


Postcard #23Postcard #23 Stamps
Postcard #23 is from Japan and is a photo of Mt Fuji with cherry blossoms; card text says "Mt Fuji, the symbol of Japan is the most beautiful and highest in Japan. The view from Kawaguchiko Lake is most popular and typical." This card came with great flower stamps. It traveled 9,397 Kms (5,839 Miles) and took 18 days to get to me.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #22


Postcard #22
Postcard #22 is from Germany and it is my first handmade card; it is a printed picture of a leaf with dew glued to cardstock. This card traveled 9,126 Kms (5,671 Miles) and took 41 days to get to me.

Postcard #22 Stamps
The back of the card was also printed and included the date, time, some weather info and a picture of the day. The message area was bordered with green leaves.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #21


Postcard #21Postcard #21 Stamps
Postcrossing postcard #21 is from Russia and it is of a bridge; that's all I know because I can't read the Russian printing on the back of the card. Took a lot of stamps to get here. This card traveled 10,187 Kms (6,330 Miles) and took 49 days to get to me.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard & Stamp #20

Postcard #20This postcard #20 from the Netherlands (Holland); it's a map card. This card traveled 8,959 Kms (5,567 Miles) and took 8 days to get to me.

Postcard #20 StampThe stamp for this postcard.

Postcrossing Postcard & Stamp #19

Postcard #19 This is postcard #19 from the Netherlands; a photo of Cathedral of Saint Martin, Utrecht. The text on the back of the card says "Domkerk en toren vanaf Maliehotel". This card traveled 9,006 Kms (5,596 Miles) and took 9 days to get to me.

Postcard #19 Stamp The stamp for this postcard is a heart shaped globe.

Ian Loves Japan

My buddy Ian has been on vacation in Japan for about a month and will still be there another 2 weeks. Before leaving for his trip he decided to give blogging a try and created a blog to chronicle his adventures in Japan. I have been enjoying his posts and look forward to the next; check out his blog and experience his adventures with him. He has named his blog 50 Days in Japan.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard & Stamp #18

Postcard #18This is my first card from Japan and it is a Thank You card for the postcard I sent to Japan and not an official Postcrossing. Thank you Erisa! It is a view of Shiretoko, located east of Hokkaido. A very famous sightseeing spot and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This card was sent to me back in April, I am more than a little behind with posting my postcards and hopefully will step up the postings and try to catch up to today. I've already received over 70 postcards! Check out postcrossing if you are interested in getting international postcards and stamps; it always brings a smile to my face when I open my mailbox and there is a postcard waiting for me.

Postcard #18 StampsThe stamps for this postcard.

Postcrossing Postcard & Stamp #17

Postcard #17
My seventeenth Postcrossing postcard is from Gdansk, Poland. This card traveled 9,396 Kms (5,838 Miles) and took 9 days to get to me.

Postcard #17 Stamps
Here are the stamps that came with this postcard.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Thomas More Construction begins

They started clearing the land at the site and now have a green fence up so I think I'll have to wait until there is something interesting to photograph before I post again otherwise all the photos will just look the same.

Here are 3 photos taken over 1 week:
9/22/2008


Thomas More Construction 9/22/2008


9/25/2008

Thomas More Construction 9/25/2008


9/30/2008

Thomas More Construction 9/30/2008

Akoha Update

I've now been playing Akoha for 1 week and have played 9 missions putting me at level 4 and I think one more will launch me into level 5; right now levels don't mean anything but perhaps as the game matures they will. What matters is I am having fun and the people I have played missions to are also enjoying the game.

There was an update to Akoha yesterday but I think most of the changes were under the hood because I haven't noticed much changes except for when I click on an image; they now load into a viewer, seems new but maybe I just didn't notice it before. I think the best addition are the new user tutorials which are very helpful and it even taught me something new so check them out if you are getting into Akoha.

I was doing some blog searches for posts about Akoha to see what people are saying about their play experiences and came across a post by Endless Monkeys describing the game and his interest in wanting to play the game; he is on the beta waiting list but I think he is enthused enough to start playing now so I'm playing the Akoha mission "Link to a Blogger" to him so he can play now. I home you enjoy the game Greg and be sure to play this mission forward.