Sunday, November 30, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #46

Postcard #46
Postcard #46 is from China and is a photo of Swaying Stone at Dongshan. This card traveled 10,631 Kms (6,606 Miles) and took 16 days to get to me.

Postcard #46 Stamp
A rocket taking off at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. If I were able to type the Chinese characters I would attempt to get a translation; if you know what it says please leave a comment and let me know. Thank you Benita for the translation!

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #45

Postcard #45

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.

Postcard #45 Stamp

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

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #44

Postcard #44

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.

Postcard #44 Stamp
This Netherlands stamp promotes being green, translates to "Think Green, Do Green".

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #43

Postcard #43
Postcard #43 is a city view card from Duisburg, Germany. This card traveled 9,138 Kms (5,678 Miles) and took 6 days to reach me.

Postcard #43 Stamp
Stamp from Germany depicting Porta Nigra Trier.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #42

Postcard #42

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 #42 Stamp

I continue to get great stamps from Finland; a drawing of 2 children's heads, the border which completes the drawing was not removed. I don't think the stamp would have looked as nice if it were removed.

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #41

Postcard #41

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.

Postcard #41 Stamp

Another great stamp from Finland; looks like a drawing of someone hanging out in a flower garden.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #40

Postcard #40
Postcard #40 is from Rome, Italy and is a photo of the Spanish Steps. This card traveled 10,224 Kms (6,353 Miles) and took 10 days to get to me.

Postcard #40 Stamp
A very fast stamp from Italy; the Lamborghini emblem.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #39

Postcard #39

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.

Postcard #39 Stamp

Excellent stamps from Estonia; Kiiu Tower Castle and Juminda Lighthouse

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #38

Postcard #38
Postcard #38 is from Finland and is a photo is cloudberries which the sender says are very delicious. This card traveled 8,948 Kms (5,560 Miles) and took 9 days to get to me.

Postcard #38 Stamp
Another great stamp from Finland; soccer(football) themed with a rounded right side for the soccer ball. very cool.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #37

Postcard #37

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.

Postcard #37 Stamp

Another excellent stamp from Finland; a flower named Dryas Octopetala.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Postcrossing Postcard and Stamp #36

Postcard #36
Postcard #36 is from Taiwan; Yang Ming Shan National Park in Taiwan. This card traveled 11,133 Kms (6,918 Miles) and took 26 days to get to me.


Postcard #36 Stamp

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

Smoke at Discovery Science Center

Smoke at Discovery Science Center

While waiting at a red light I took this photo of the smoke from the Yorba Linda fire near the Discovery Science Center. Taken Saturday morning (11/15/2008)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Akoha Starter Deck Has Arrived

Akoha: Info cards from starter deck

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

Akoha: Mission Cards

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.

If you are not already in the Akoha beta and it seems like something you want to try out, sign up or seek out a current player and have them play a mission to you. That's how I got in. :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Postcrossing: 8 cards outbound today

Postcrossing: Outbound cards for 11/6/2008

I just finished filling out 8 postcards for postcrossing and will be dropping them off at the post office in the morning. The cards will be traveling to the following countries: Canada, Finland (x3), Germany, Russia, Italy and Australia.

The last batch of 7 cards I sent out 2 weeks ago have all arrived at their destinations except the card to China; hopefully it will get there soon.

I'm very close to 100 sent cards!