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Splash Page, April 2012When I redesigned the site in 2002 to the “Minimalist” design, I also redesigned the splash page (example seen at right), which, from February 2001 until June 30, 2012, was the first page people saw when entering the site.  Until August 2002, the splash page contained the logo in large size and the URL, with an invitation to click to enter.  With the 2002 redesign, the splash page reduced the size of the logo and added a picture of me, which I changed monthly.  This was the splash page’s design for more than nine years, with only minor color changes throughout the years until the splash page was discontinued with the completion of the site’s conversion to WordPress in 2012.  At that time, the splash photo feature was temporarily moved to the Welcome page.  When the site was redesigned in September 2012, the splash photo, though now smaller in size, was placed in the upper right corner of every page.

Since August 2002, I have run many photos in the spaces where the splash photo has resided, with “whatever I find interesting” as the guideline.  All of the photos that have come and gone over the years are listed here, and I hope that you will find these photos interesting, too…

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September 2004

Flashback photo, showing a seven-year-old version of myself riding the Casino Carousel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A more recent photo of me is in the circular inset.

August 2004

After a coworker noticed a resemblance between the “Shrek” character and myself, I created this composite image with a toy Shrek wearing my glasses, as a compare-for-yourself image.

Notes: This is a reproduction of the original composite image. The original composite image run on the front of the site was lost due to technical problems.

July 2004

Cell phone self portrait.

May-June 2004

Sitting on the steps near Wampler Hall at JMU.

April 2004

Posing at the Harrisonburg Wal-Mart with a playground ball with the Wal-Mart happy face emblazoned on it.

March 2004

Smiling while wearing a set of head boppers.

February 2004

Contemplating that which is the Ugly Fruit…

January 2004

Holding up the unused “WHITE” line color sign on board a Breda train at the Vienna Metro station.

December 2003

Posing with a bag of “stuff” for Christmas.

Notes: I think I filled the bag with towels to give it some mass. This was an unused shot from the previous year's Christmas splash page shoot.

November 2003

Moving a dresser at Sojourner House in Pittsburgh.

Notes: Practically everyone who looked at this picture said it looked like I was moving a lot more than just the dresser, if you get my drift. But it was indeed totally innocent.

October 2003

Posing with a fiber optic pumpkin.

August-September 2003

Riding the Metro in Washington DC, on board Breda 2008.

Notes: Since this photo was taken in August 2003, Breda 2008 has been rehabilitated. The Metro station visible through the window is Virginia Square-GMU.

July 2003

In the garden at home.

June 2003

Rain.

Notes: In May and June 2003, it rained just about every day in Harrisonburg. Thus this photo was in recognition of the large amount of rain that fell during that time. It was even raining when this photo was taken - note the water on the umbrella.

May 2003

Last Potomac picture, taken in recognition that my time at Potomac Hall was coming to an end that month.

April 2003

Silliness during May 2002.

March 2003

Reading the Bible at LPCM.

Notes: According to the site update that marked this image's introduction, I called this my "God-fearing picture" at that time.

February 2003

James Madison and me…

Notes: This photo tied into the theme of the quote article that ran on February 2, 2003.

January 2003

Fire drill!

Notes: This image is from the Pulling the Fire Alarm photo set in College Life.

December 2002

Unpacking a coffee table for Christmas.

Notes: This was originally intended to be a "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" parody, but the concept was abandoned before it got very far and the picture was run without any significant modifications.