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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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June 2008

Standing at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Rosslyn.

May 2008

Riding the Orange Line on the Metro in pajama pants and flip flops.

Notes: This was part of a "positioning" run for an upcoming trip to Stuarts Draft. For these positioning runs, I pack the car ahead of time, and then drive to the Vienna Metro station and leave the car there overnight. Then I take Metro back to Glenmont. Then the next day, I go to work like always, and then rather than go back to Glenmont after work, I go to Vienna, pick up the car, and then leave for Stuarts Draft right from there.

April 2008

In Stuarts Draft, visiting the parents.

March 2008

Smiling at work, taken with Andy Warhol-style coloring using Photo Booth on my office Mac.

February 2008

At Chicago station on the “L” train in Chicago, Illinois.

Notes: The person with me in this shot is my sister, Ann Schumin. Additionally, note my camera, Big Mavica, hanging around my neck.

January 2008

On the Blue Ridge Parkway, at the 20-Minute Cliff overlook.

December 2007

Painted Christmas ornament from a Potomac Hall party in December 2000.

Notes: This photo is part of the Potomac Hall Christmas Party set in College Life.

November 2007

I pulled out the radical cheerleader costume once again, this time for an actual protest.

Notes: This photo is part of the October Rebellion photo set.

October 2007

Posing in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters.

Notes: This photo was part of the Weekend with Katie photo set, and was selected in part to evoke memories of the Million Worker March, which happened three years ago that month.

August-September 2007

In the Sable, taking a self-portrait from above with my cell phone.

July 2007

Posing for a self-portrait in the bathroom mirror before leaving the house for my first day at Food & Water Watch.

June 2007

Attempting to balance on “moon shoes” at KB Toys in Staunton Mall.

May 2007

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

Notes: A similar photo was taken in 2003 in the same location on the same car, prior to this car's rehabilitation. This is also the first splash page photo to run where I did not airbrush my hair to conceal a receding hairline. Note, however, that photo restoration undertaken during the site's conversion to WordPress in 2011 and 2012 eliminated all of the earlier airbrushing.

April 2007

Up close and personal.

Notes: This was a self-portrait taken at dinner with my friend Katie.

March 2007

Wearing 3D glasses in the breakroom at work.

Notes: Interestingly enough, this was the splash page photo that was running when I was fired from Wal-Mart on March 31.

January-February 2007

Smiling at the observation deck of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

December 2006

Santa Claus and I pose for a photo, circa 1983.

November 2006

Dressed as a radical cheerleader for Halloween.

October 2006

Self-portrait of my shadow as seen on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

September 2006

Posing for a photo in Breezewood, Pennsylvania.

Notes: For those familiar with the Metro in Washington, note the FliteStar safety vest that I am wearing. I wore the safety vest on this trip because the photos I was shooting were mostly taken along a very busy road (technically an interstate), and I wanted to make absolutely sure that drivers could see me.