Dear reader, if you are younger than 40, may I tell you that this is true? I look back now with so many regrets. But not regrets of things I did do; regrets of things I DID NOT do! And now it is too late. I hope it is not too late also for you!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --Mark Twain
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This official postcrossing card just arrived here from New Zealand--thanks to Lauretta for the interesting recipe! I told her that our sweet potatoes here are orange; she wrote back that sweet potatoes are three colors over there! Must be harder to tell them apart, eh? :)
This lovely airport card comes from a private trade; I understand that this airport is one of the largest in the country!
Map of Canada from my postcard pal Tam. She sent this and the next, Canada Map 2, and pointed out how the second map, Canada 2, was printed before the Nunavut providence came into existance. See the Northwest Territories here? Earlier, it encompassed Nunavut, too.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Ever since I switched to using Flickr to store my photos, my cards have been cut-off at the right. Flickr's "BLOG THIS" ability is nice, but it only offers two templates: 500px, which means my photos are too big and are cut off, or 240px, which means my photos show up too small here on Blogger...you can barely see them. So this explains why many of my previous photos are cut off.
I have found a solution, but it creates yet ANOTHER problem.
A wise soul on the Flickr help pages showed how to change the width of each photo blogged to 400px. That's great! It works for horizontal images. Now they fit nicely, and you can see the detail. But what about VERTICAL images? I was afraid that code would force Blogger to STRETCH the vertical images out to 400px in width. Thankfully, it doesn't do that. But what it does is super ENLARGE the image to retain the correct proportions! So now, what you will see on my blog in the future, are vertical images that are SUPER LARGE but normal-sized horizontal images. The next two blog posts you see as you scroll will show you what I mean.
Does that suck or what???
The lesser of two evils, I suppose....
The more I struggle with photoblogging, the more I want to find some smart programmers who want to go into business with me to create a photoblogging solution that WORKS. When you run into problems with Flickr or Blogger, you're basically at their mercy. And for some reason, they refuse to tackle and/or even acknowledge even basic issues that would make very many people happy. (This is not just me!)
For instance, why does Flickr not allow you to easily show photos AND descriptions in a slide-show format? So many people want this option...it would be easy to integrate, according to the Web heads out there talking about it....yet Flickr people won't even engage in the conversation to tell us that they hear us and WHY they won't do something about it.
Despite my frustration I continue. I know that some day the right solution will come along and then...I'm outta here!
Back to our regularly scheduled postcards.....
Thanks for listening! :)
Thursday, February 08, 2007
This awesome view of Singapore comes from a round robin on postcrossing. Sender relie tells me that it shows the skyline of Singapore's central business district, where most of the big banks and multinationals are located. In the foreground is the Swiss Stanford Hotel, the tallest hotel in southeast Asia! Thanks Relie!
From this spot, it is 90 miles to Cuba. I visited here when I was a teen, but I wasn't collecting postcards at that time (I think I was collecting boys!). My parents picked this up during their travels :)
Yes, my parents went to Hell on their cruise--luckily it was full (as you will see on another postcard from Hell)...so they were able to come back! This card shows the old Hell post office, and the post office in Hell as it exists today. Can you imagine answering the question: "Where are you from?" with "I'm from Hell!"? :)
This is Smith's Barcadere, in the Cayman Islands. The back of the card says that this view shows one of the few secluded beaches that are favorite bathing areas for local residents. My parents got this for me on their recent cruise!
One of my old haunts when I lived in St. Pete. The Pier was a neat place to take the kids--there's shopping inside, an aquarium on the top floor with a huge tubular fishtank that runs through the middle of the building from the first floor up to the aquarium, and indoor and outdoor eating establishments. Not to mention fishing...I remember all the pelicans that hung around where the old men outside sold bait and rented fishing gear :)