questionsrecipes snail mail style ~ flash drive/journal


~The Flash Drive~
Size will be about 8 GB, I'll just pickup one of these:

The Drive will have the following folders so as to keep the recipes organized.

Main Dishes
Side Dishes

Feel free to suggest changes to this.

~All files must be formated in either doc or odt.
~The filenames must contain the recipe title, a dash, and your initials.
~Feel free to include photos whether embedded in the recipe or separately, with the files named the same as the recipe. Please only 1~2 photos per recipe.


Flash Drive: PDFs will also be accepted.

~The Package~

The package that will be sent around will contain three things: The recipe journal, flash drive, instructions and the mailing list. You will cross out your name off the list and then mail the package to the next individual.

Packaging: It would be nice to stick this all in a flat rate envelope. It costs only $4.95 to send it anywhere in the U.S. However the journal will probably kill that option, but will see.

Closing time to sign up for the mailing list will be the September 17th, 2010.


@catbertthegreat: I'm not sure what you mean when you say that people should cross their names off before they send the package on - are we just going to list woot usernames and have each receiver contact the next person on the list (like with the Box of Offal)? I don't know how willing everyone would be to give out a full name/email address to all other people (though I guess email addresses are not too hard to come by).

There was also a suggestion about sending via media mail, which would be cheaper if it's not possible to fit everything into the flat-rate box.


@angstangel: I'm not asking for emails. I'm just asking that in the PM that they state how they want to be contacted in case of problems that may arise, PM, email, phone whatever they prefer. Sometimes things are delivered to the wrong place or are returned undeliverable. There will be a note inside to contact me should it be delivered to the wrong person. I will pay them to ship it back to me and I will contact the next person on the list for a fixed address. If it returns undeliverable, again, I'll use the emergency contact to get a hold of the person. If no one responds within a few days they will be skipped.

The self contained list will have no usernames attached, just names and addresses.


@catbertthegreat: Does this mean you're sticking around for awhile? :)


I have another suggestion:

Why don't we have everyone submit their "hard copies" to one person who would imput them into digital format, then we could upload the recipies to a website that everyone could download them from.

That way, there would be no cost to those who already have their recipes in digital format. Also, the people at the beginning of the list would get to see all of the recipes, as opposed to those at the end of the line being able to see all of the journaled recipes.


Oop, Sorry!

I didn't read the other thread first.....

I will go read it now.....


@catbertthegreat: On the fear that this question may not make it to Popular, I've made a link to it in a comment over on the other question.

I love recursion, and this is about as recursive as it gets. I am thinking that once the thumb drive finishes its journey, it would be nice to put the results as one or more compressed files that could be downloaded from the blog. That way everyone gets to play (sooner or later).


"Media Mail is not sealed against postal inspection. Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at Media Mail prices constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection.

Media mail is used for certain types of books, films, manuscripts, printed music, printed test materials, sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and their binders consisting of medical information, video recordings, educational reference charts, and computer-readable media. Video games, whether on CD-ROM, diskettes, or similar software, or playable systems including computers, do not meet the standards for Media Mail. Storage devices such as "portable hard drives", "thumb drives", "flash drives", "jump-drives", and "USB drives" for use with computers are not eligible for Media Mail prices. For specific eligibility please see DMM 173.3.

The maximum size of an item in combined length plus girth (distance around the thickest part) is 108 inches."



Okay media mail is out since we are moving a flash drive around. However Parcel Post would work just fine.


Personally I dont think you guys should use a flash drive and mail it around the country. It would be too easy for someone to get on this mailing list and plant a root kit onto the drive without anyone knowing, so just be careful guys there are all sorts of unsavory recipes I mean characters out there.


@jagg3d3d93: Actually, the blog has taken off, much to my stunned amazement, and @catbertthegreat has been very busy with improvements and suggestions. For those that are looking for an easy way to share recipes digitally, this is probably the safest way.

I suspect that if there WAS a thumb drive making the rounds, that it would be limited to those whom people are very familiar with, and almost certainly not include those that couldn't be vouched for, no matter how nice they seem.

Yes, it's still easily compromised, and while the likelihood of someone deliberately introducing malware is extremely small, the possibility of it happening accidentally is pretty high, and gets higher, the more people there are in the group. It's a sad commentary on the way things are, but there it is.

The journal is a really nice idea, though. Paper still rules.


@shrdlu: Sad but true about the bad apples.


Hello all! I have a bunch of recipes ready to submit...but stumbled into a feverish blah. I'll post them on the blog within the next day or so.


I have to find my recipes before I can put them on. Hopefully I will find them soon.


@sgoman5674: I found some, but it will have to wait until next week. Busy time of year.