October 18 2012|
I used to receive some 400-500 letters a month some 20-30 years ago when the Signal was a multicolor web offset tabloid...
Now the Signal is on web and I do receive 300-500 emails EVERY DAY and 99% of them is spam. Luckily I still receive also old-fashioned snailmail as you have noticed from the colorful postage stamps scattered among the penpal listings.
They are graphic art themselves, they tell a story about the country from where they were sent, even the stickers and cancellations on the covers are more interesting than those spam emails !
We swap ad space with foreign penpal papers and collectors clubs, they print Signal's ads in their publications and I publish theirs here and in my printed publications in return. Earlier I did collect all the x-ads on one web page, now I scatter them on this page as they come, they make the Signal more interesting and give you the opportunity to contact them VIA SNAILMAIL !
The publishers having survived from the internet revolution are mainly poor hobbyists and therefore you should include the payment for the magazine or your advertisement. Don't expect a reply if you do not include at least the return postage for their reply. Never send small checks to foreigners, the banks charge up to US$ 20 per check to exchange expenses.
Publisher's daughter Kati shoveling snow in Signal's yard - it is cold, -16 degrees Celcius.
October 04 2012
Commercial ads here must be paid for... US$ 20 or Euros 20 per column inch or 50 words !
Some 'penfriends' in Nigeria, Ghana, India and Switzerland keep sending 'penpal listings' offering opportunity
'to live and work in America or Canada'; 'gold dust'; 'earn easy money'; 'immigration, visas'...
September 22 2012
Want to read TODAY'S FOREIGN NEWSPAPERS ? When the page opens click Interactive Radio and you may even listen to the news...
September 12 2012 iPhone 5 press conference...
Watch CNET's Apple event live blog here.
September 5 2012 The press conference is over now in New York, it was interesting. You may read the interviews on Cnet's newspages - click the below link...
September 5 2012
- Let's visit Nokia's Windows Phone press conference Cnet's news live blog starts after a few hours. The Finnish Nokia and Microsoft expose the new Windows 8 mobile phones, more ?
August 14 2012
August 11 2012
Two bronze medals to Finland today ! Congratulations... One in men's javelin, one in women's match race sailing, one silver medal earlier to Finland by women ! Special congratulations to Trinidad & Tobago for winning the men's javelin !
July 28 2012 at 02:49:02 a.m.
Just finished watching the opening ceremonies of the 30th Olympic Games from London Great Britain. It's 02:02:31 a.m. (GMT+2) here in Lahti Finland.
I enjoyed every moment of this great visual show,
The summer olympic games seem to work for the same aim as this website and the printed Signal, to lower the borders between different countries and nations, to get all of us to get familiar with each other, to make us understand each other, to avoid vain quarrels and fights and wars...
Why are the people of Syria just now killing each other, why they are destroying their national properties, why there are wars anywhere in the world?
That is crazy, it is useless, there is no sense at all in this kind of living the everyday life ! Stop the wars,
understand each other, work for the under- standing,
work for the peace. It is the only way to survive for all of us...
I had a few drinks of Qointreau, possibly one or two too much ?
P.S. Paul McCartney - the Beatles - is singing the ending theme of the show just now.
Good nigth !
July 27 2012
As you have noticed there are dozens of penpal listings from USA prisoners... That's caused by Signal's snailmail address and webpage URL being mentioned in a prison world publication.
The prisoners are human beings just like you and me, they have the same needs, the same thoughts, they want to contact someone via mail because it is not possible in other ways. Don't be afraid, just write a letter today, make someone happy !
Common sense is always needed when reading the letters received, everything may not be true, don't believe every word, don't send any money to anybody, don't rely on every promise made for you by strangers abroad, in prison or not...
June 20 2012
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) tries to gather three million garments for distribution to refugees worldwide this fall and winter. Info here !
I personally have always been wondering why the Custom Houses do destroy quite new PIRATED shoes, cloths, garments etc. Wouldn't it be more sensible that these items would be collected to some kind of collecting centers of UN and then later delivered to the refugee camps and poor Third World countries to needy people, FREE of course !
Also other pirated items like cell phones, toys, music and software cds etc could be "destroyed" in the same way, the poor people NEVER would buy them at the high prices anyhow. P.S. The goods could be marked with UN-stamp on them, painted, silk screened, spray colour, stickers = work for the refugees and other jobless people.
June 19 2012
Just 8-10 hours ago
Well, I guess my next tablet will be Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro, now I have Notionink Adam I tablet, with Android software. With the Surface tablet I could even make this and other websites, with the Adam and Android I can just visit the web pages and play games but do no serious work at all !
Anyhow, take a look - more info here !
In April I wrote about the tiny Raspberry Pi computer, last week I paid for mine, and expect to receive this tiny Linux
computer within a few weeks...
June 05 2012
Want to increase your abilities in speaking EVERYDAY English ? Learn more, just read the urbandictionary !
May 24 2012
The Old Fashioned Mail Order Business is back...
As to the contents the papers contained mostly ads selling Big Mails, 3x6's, 6x9's, 9x12's adsheets, publications, printing, mailing, money making schemes of all kinds, also some real
goods were for sale, but mainly just
If you want to see what is left from the golden age of real "Mail Order" as it used to be in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and
before the computers and INTERNET just click these links
It is like going back to the Mail Order business of the past century ! Enjoy !!! M.O. papers 1960-2000 with front cover photos and publishers info listed here penpalclubs.net.
May 12 2012
This was the address of the photo when I received it on the ad form: "C:\Users\Raoufi\ Pictures\mes photos\ voyage 2012\ Photo0206.jpg".
Unfortunately there is no way for me to show any photos here in the penpal listings if the photos are situated on the harddisk of your own computer.
1) Click "Browse" to find an image on your computer to upload.
2) Select "Open" or "OK", click the "Upload" button to send the image.
3) ThumbSnap will provide the code to copy and paste to the ad form.
Sunday, April 29, 2012