Monday, October 12, 2015

Tea in the Garden

China - Huxin Pavilion, Shanghai

Sent by: Zeroro
From: Shanghai, China
For: Private swap
Notes: Depending on which website you look at, this is either the Huxingting Teahouse or the Hu Xin Ting Tea House.  Whichever one it is, it is located in the Yu Garden in Shanghai.  Construction on the garden began in 1559.  It was built by Pan Yunduan as a comfortable place for his elderly father.  It suffered damage numerous times during the 19th and 20th centuries, but was restored between 1956 and 1961, and opened to the public in 1962.  

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Shows I've Never Seen

Xena: Warrior Princess

Sent by: frozeninmi
From: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
For: Private swap
Notes:  Xena: Warrior Princess aired from 1995 to 2001, and starred Lucy Lawless as the title character.  However, I have never seen any of the 134 episodes, including Callisto, the episode shown here.  In this episode (season 1, episode 22), Callisto starts killing innocent people, claiming that SHE is Xena.  The real Xena has to try to stop Callisto, which the help of her friend Gabrielle.

Canada CA-537032 received 06-20-2015

Sent by: pickles4u2
From: Chatham, Ontario, Canada
ID number: CA-537032
Notes: Breaking Bad aired from 2008 to 2013, and starred Brian Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman.  Again, I have never seen a single episode.  Yes, I realized that it was an extremely popular show, and it won many awards,but it just never interested me.  And if anyone tells me that I HAVE to watch it, that will absolutely guarantee that I will never, ever watch it.  I'm just contrary that way.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Comic, But Not Funny

Austria AT-190684 received 08-18-2014

Sent by: Monika49
From: Zirl, Austria
ID number: AT-190684
Notes: The Bold and the Brave was a series of DC Comics that originally ran from 1955 to 1983, and since then, it has been brought back several times.  The Justice League made its debut in issue no. 28 in March of 1960.  No. 29, published in May, 1960, is the issue seen here.  It features Justice League members Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter (who?), Superman and Wonder Woman.  The villain is named Xotar, aka Weapons Master, an highly intelligent supervillain from the year 11,960.  I'm guessing that he is the guy inside the yellow robot thing.  

Taiwan TW-485590 received 03-19-2012

Sent by: JimmyZhang
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-485590
Notes: This comic, the fourth in a mini-series of four, was originally titled The Vader Job.  I don't know about you, but that sounds rather corny to me.  I think they made a good decision changing it to Enemy of the Empire.  It was published on April 28, 1999 by Dark Horse comics.  In this series, Darth Vader hires Boba Fett to track down Abal Karda, who was last seen in possession of a kneedhide casket.  Vader also hired three assassins to kill Boba Fett once he found the casket.  Apparently the casket contains the head of Queen Selestrine of the Icarii, who can foretell the future.  Yes, even though she is only a head, she can still foretell the future.  As you can see here, Boba Fett and Darth Vader end up fighting over her.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pyramid Power

Indonesia - Monumen Yogya Kembali

Sent by: diananti
From: Ngaglik, Indonesia
For: Museums and Galleries Round Robin - Group 111
Notes: This is the Monumen Yogya Kembali, or the Monument to the Recapture of Yogyakarta. It is a museum dedicated to the Indonesian National Revolution, which took place between 1945 and 1949, and resulted in Indonesia gaining independence from the Netherlands. Inside the museum are 10 dioramas depicting key moments of the revolution, many artifacts from before and during the revolution, and a quiet memorial room at the top of the pyramid.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Drip, Drip, Drip

Germany DE-3429585 received 08-25-2014

Sent by: wilfried
From: Duisburg, Germany
ID number: DE-3429585
Notes: When I first looked at this photo, I thought this was a marble dropping into a pool of water.  But then I realized that it was actually a drop of water.  I'm guessing that wilfried sent this card to me because it's sciencey (I might have made that word up) and I volunteer in a science museum.  Check out this video for a better idea of what is going on in this photo.