All posts for “twinf”


The Best Christmas Gift - From a Driver in Sri Lanka

Posted by: leelefever on December 24, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: google, search, travel, twinf


On Christmas Eve of 2004, Sachi and I made a decision.  We decided that, in one year, we would depart on a year long trip.  We reserved a web site address that night: (TwinF).  In January of 2006 we departed, dedicated to blogging the whole trip. After a glowing recommendation from another traveler along the way, we added Sri Lanka to our itinerary, with some apprehension.  Sri Lanka experiences some domestic terrorism, but it mostly stays in the northern part of the... Continue Reading

China Week: Pretty Pictures for 08-08-08

Posted by: leelefever on August 7, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: china, olympics, travel, twinf


To finish up China week, I'd like to share some of our favorite photos from China. Enjoy the Olympics! Shanghai from the Pearl City Tower   A squished pig from a Nanjing market.   Summer Palace   Locks on Yellow Mountain.  You might remember these from The Amazing Race.   Li River, near Yangshou, China   Li River Karsts, via Guilin, China.   It was a sunny day in Shanghai.  The umbrellas (parasoles?) were to block the sun.    Yangtze River - Three... Continue Reading

China Week: Lessons in Line Breaking (A Story)

Posted by: leelefever on August 6, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: china, olympics, travel, twinf


Below is a short story that was posted to our travel blog from Shanghai.  Almost any visitor to China is likely to experience a higher-than-expected level of competiion while standing in line for something like a subway ticket. In the case below, I had made up my mind to be a competitor.  Unfortunately things didn't work out as planned. From the post: Lessons in Line Breaking   I had made a decision and I was going to act on it.  Gone were the days of standing passively in line while... Continue Reading

China Week: Strange Translations

Posted by: leelefever on August 4, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: china, olympics, signs, travel, twinf


If making signs in Chinese characters was my job, I would be very, very bad at it.  However, I might hire someone who knows the language well before erecting a permanent sign at a major tourist destination.  For a long time, this didn't happen in China and we snapped the photos below before they invested in changing the signs for the Olympics.     The guy in this photo is one of the most interesting people I've ever met.  He's the blind adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber.(notice the broken cane,... Continue Reading

Home for the Holidays (and an off-topic interview)

Posted by: leelefever on December 20, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: home, interview, lifestyle, seattle, thissite, travel, twinf


First, we want to wish you and yours good cheer and positive vibes for the Holidays.  It's been an exciting year for us at Common Craft and it couldn't have happened without you.  Your links, your blog entries, your emails to friends all put a spotlight on our work that wouldn't have happened otherwise.  Maybe there is something to this social media thing after all. J Between now and the New Year, we'll be with families on separate coasts and generally unavailable.  If you're looking for an... Continue Reading

China's Three Gorges Dam Project - Our First/Only Documentary

Posted by: leelefever on August 28, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: offtopic, travel, twinf, video


Exactly one year ago, we published the video below - one of our first. We had just finished a six day river trip from Chong Qing to Shanghai, China on the Yangtze River, which goes through the Three Gorges. China is damming the Yangtze River with the Three Gorges Dam Project, the worlds largest dam. It has displaced over a million people and caused a huge and well-deserved global controversy. At this time last year, we had just purchased the camera we use today. I decided I'd try to do a... Continue Reading

The Big UNsubscribe

Posted by: leelefever on November 30, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: email, personal, twinf


How long has it been since you really thought about all the things you subscribe to in email? The newsletters, the notifications, the email lists. It's so easy to delete the old stuff when it comes in that you might be used to doing just that - deleting instead of unsubscribing. I've spent the last couple of weeks unsubscribing from everything and I was amazed at the sheer number of things that came in, but always went unread. My guess is there were 25-30 different newsletters and updates. I... Continue Reading

Mobile Blogging via Treo 650

Posted by: leelefever on November 16, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, gadgetry, mobile, review, travel, twinf


I've been geeking out a lot on all the things we can do with gadgetry on the trip. You might remember that I first posted about a device (the i-Mate PDA2K) back in June that I thought would be good for mobile blogging. I've been using a PalmOne Treo 650 for the last couple of months and I think it's going to be the close-to-perfect gadget for our needs on the trip. Over at TwinF I posted a bit about all the capabilties I've been testing. Tags: twinf, gadgetry, geek, mobile, moblogging

Building and Spending Buzz Capital

Posted by: leelefever on September 15, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, marketing, twinf


As I’ve been hinting, I’m getting really close to revealing something new that I’m very excited about. Quite honestly, I’m hoping to build some buzz, as I’ll be looking for people to participate (it's free). In planning for buzz, I like to look at it in terms of something I call “Buzz Capital�?. Like most types of capital, buzz capital is something you build up and then spend. The goal is to spend it at the most opportune moment, thus increasing the returns on the buzz. I'd say... Continue Reading

The Times They Are A'Changin

Posted by: leelefever on September 13, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, marketing, twinf


I've been planning something since January of this year and I'm really excited that it's about to come to fruition. In fact, I can barely contain myself. I'm going to be evasive for now, but it's something that represents the biggest adventure of my life so far, personally and professionally. In a week or two, I'll start talking specifics and my goal in writing this is to fire off a warning shot to say that things are changing here at Common Craft headquarters. In fact, I think it's safe to... Continue Reading