We all like to look at pretty postcards in each other's walls... but sometimes the hassle of getting the scanner out or finding the right the cable for the camera is a bit too much work, right? We definitely understand.
Enter the new Google PhotoScan, a very simple "scanning" app which promises to take care of a few of the steps for you, such as removing glare, aligning corners and cropping the extra stuff — all right there on your phone. Have a look:
It's advertised for photos, but works really well for postcards too, of course! Five clicks and you end up with a great photo of your postcard, trimmed and ready to be uploaded to the site. Pfeww... so much easier than the scanner! 😅
If you a have a smartphone, look for it on your Android or Apple app store!
Each postcard is accompanied by a little rat, with a curious spark in his eyes! :)
There seemed to be quite a few of them, so I was curious and talked to Julia (aka SunnyRat) about her quirky wall. Julia is from Russia and works on a software company... but as it turns out, she's also mommy to a large family of pet rats, and does some wonderful art as well! It was a pleasure to learn more about her and her pets, so I hope you enjoy this mini-interview as much as I did.
Could you introduce your rats to us? What are their names, how old are they... what do they like to do all day?
At this moment I have eight wonderful little rats. They all are male and their names are: April, Baikal, El, Sky, Krosh, January, Cheshire and Fort Erie. They have different ages, from a few months to almost 3 years old. The youngest is April, and this April he will be one year old :)
I must say that I like to give names, which are ordinary words or geographical names, because when I hear these words accidentally it always becomes sunny in my heart and I'm smiling.
Every rat is a little person with its own character traits. For example, Baikal (on the right), a rat with Siamese "point" on the nose, is a calm, tender, plush teddy bear who loves to be cuddled and stroked and is a perfect shoulder companion. April (on the left) is curious, cheerful, restless bundle of energy who adores people. He is always ready to be with you and that is why he appears on photos most often. He has curly whiskers and white unsymmetrical stripe on the face. They are best friends, and together with their brothers, we are a big united family!
They have an organized part of the room, where they live. Here it is:
This is where they play, jump, climb, runn, groom each other, do housekeeping, generate and solve problems, have dinner and communicate... I've made some videos with our rat's everyday life, you can watch it if you would like, if you're curious and have some time: video #1, video #2.
And all rats love to sleep and usually they do it in hammocks! :)
Also, they are intelligent animals and love to learn new things. So we do some trainings together and they can easily perform simple tricks. For example, here we are leaning how to do a rotation:
Sometimes we take part in rat shows, where events like tightrope walking and rat agility take place. So they do sports too.
Where did you get the idea to include them in your postcard photos?
I was inspired by SeanPatrick's wall! I found it so uplifting, lively and enjoyable that I decided to make something personal too. And, of course, I thought about rats at once, because they usually make me smile.
Are they cooperative in the photo sessions?
It may depend on the temper of each specific rat... some cooperate very well and some are difficult to take pictures of. But they love to explore new things and love to do something together with human beings, so we simply have fun. And the more often it happens, the better we understand each other.
Something yummy doesn't hurt too! :)
What kind of reactions do you receive from other members who notice your wall?
The reactions I usually get are warm words and well wishes to the rats. Some people talk about their own pet rats. Compliments and energetic emotions! And, if I may take this opportunity to say thank you so much for such kind of reactions! I appreciate it very much and this is a happiness for me to know that someone somewhere on the planet is smiling too, looking at these photos.
What about you, what do you do for a living, and for fun? And do you have other pets?
I work as an analyst at a company that develops solutions for computer protection. And, by the way, sometimes my rats are used for this company advertising items, such as wall and pocket calendars.
Also I enjoy almost all kinds of creative activity. Especially I love to draw. And thanks to postcrossing I can do it much more often, because to draw for somebody is always more enjoyable for me, than to do it for no particular reason. So most of my sent cards usually have little drawings.
Rats are my only pets. I am with them about ten years and have to say that since the discovery of pet rats there is always laughing at home. And the more I learn about them, the more I like them!
Thank you Julia, that was wonderful! :)
PS - Do you know of any other quirky postcard walls? Please share them in the comments!
I love perusing random postcard walls on the website, just to see what lovely cards I can discover. Apparently I'm not alone in my little pastime, since quite a few of you have found SeanPatrick's gallery and sent us the link! :)
Sean uploads photos of his postcards to the website, but with a twist: featuring himself as well as the postcard! Here are some of his photos:
It took a little getting used to, but I must confess I love it and couldn't stop myself from going through his entire gallery, like a mini-stalker! I was intrigued by his unusual approach to the postcard wall, so I decided to reach out to Sean and he explained:
I was curious what the postcards would look like upon arrival when I sent mine and I wondered what they might look like in the hands of those that received them. Then it occurred to me... why not take photos of myself with the postcards I received?
Brilliant! How often have I wished for the same thing, to get just a glimpse of the reaction that lights up someone's face when a postcard I've sent finally arrives? I think we can all relate to that.
Sean's photos are taken by either himself or his daughter, and a bit all over the place: his home, his wine shop or while he's out and about outdoors. He says many people enjoy seeing their postcards like that.
Postcrossing is about connecting people, first and foremost, and the more I look at Sean's wall, the more I'm reminded of this.
At the end of each postcard's journey there's always a person who will receive and hold that card, just like he does.... the smile on that person's face as they open their mailbox and find an unexpected postcard there - that's what it's all about!
Did you know we have a Facebook page and a Twitter account? It's where we (and you!) share any postal goodies and snippets we stumble across throughout the day. It's also where many members share their photos of what they've received that day... or what they do with the postcards afterwards! In the past few years, we've come to realize that many of you had very real postcard walls in your homes... so here are a few of them! :)