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Ben Yamiin
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Missive From Strangers From Friends by Ben Yamiin

March 20th, 2009 11:21 AM / Location: 5.5337645,-0.236892

INSTRUCTIONS: Have a stranger write a postcard or letter to someone you know.

It is recommended that you give the postcards to strangers already-stamped and addressed.

A missive from GaØ and Øuagadøugøu and ⴶⴹⵣØ


I had an 18 year old local girl write a postcard in Ga to a friend in ØAK.

Postcard Back

On the front is a picture of the Asantehene, the current king of the Asante people.

Postcard Front

If you'd like her English translation of what she wrote, select the following text:

Dear J*****,

I am very happy to write you this letter. How are you? I want to tell you about myself. I like the way you are and the work you do is the designing of a map you do. I want you to do some for me. I will see you next time to talk a little about something.

F******* M****

The postcard was then sent, for 1₵


I sent out another post card from Øuagadøugøu.

Burkinabé Postcard Front.JPG

Burkinabé Postcard Back.JPG

It was written by this man:

Burkinabé Writer.JPG

To see who it was sent to, just remember that "yobbo" is Moré for "one"


I send another one out from ⴶⴹⵣØ (AgadezØ)

It's written in Tamajeq, the language of the Tuareg, in their traditional script (which they've been using for over 3000 years. This makes it the oldest script still in use. The average literate Tuareg that find carved monuments from that era can still read them).

Agadez Postcard Front.JPG

Agadez Postcard Back.JPG

It was sent to a player that's never done a task before, but is a friend of mine.

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Postcard Back

Postcard Back

Postcard Front

Postcard Front



GAØ is our first West African Ø, in Accra, Ghana. GA stands for Greater Accra, also Ghana, also Gã, which is the name of the language of the people originally from the area.



AgadezØ, in traditional Tifinagh

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posted by Myrna Minx on March 20th, 2009 5:21 PM

i give you partial vote only b/c i have two other favorites.

EDIT March 21st, 2009: i see you have now voted for my favorites. more points for you.

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posted by Burn Unit on March 26th, 2009 1:14 PM

sally forth, young zero warrior! doubtless the west african lands will flower and bloom after your having passed, full of taskish beauty and wonder. your drive is commendable, admirable, enviable! we await your next installment...

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posted by Ben Yamiin on March 26th, 2009 1:42 PM

check out my Silent Donation for a not-so-cleverly-disguised reference to your player name.

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posted by Ben Yamiin on April 11th, 2009 3:22 PM

hey everybody, I added another postcard recipient.

This one was sent from Øuagadøugøu.

Hooray! I got my postcard!
posted by anna one on April 22nd, 2009 8:15 PM

But what does it say?

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posted by Ben Yamiin on April 25th, 2009 12:50 PM

EDIT - postcard from ⴶⴹⵣØ

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posted by anna one on April 25th, 2009 8:57 PM

I have now achieved jealousy overload.

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posted by saille is planting praxis on July 14th, 2009 10:02 AM

how did I miss this?! awesome.

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posted by rongo rongo on October 16th, 2009 9:41 AM

The Tamajeq script is very cool looking.

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posted by Ben Yamiin on October 16th, 2009 12:30 PM

I've heard of it referred to as an ancient geometric script used for writing love letters. It's getting in wider use now, though, now that Morocco has made it official.