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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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March 2009

How do I look in this shirt?

Notes: This photo was taken in the fitting room at JCPenney in Charlottesville for reference regarding how I looked in the shirt I was wearing.

February 2009

Once again smiling for the camera.

January 2009

Smiling in my Gatsby cap.

December 2008

Holding a stocking as if it’s a dirty diaper.

Notes: This kind of goes right along with a Journal entry that I did during this month, where I was totally not enjoying the Christmas thing.

November 2008

Making a face for the camera.

Notes: I'm actually trying to imitate this expression by then-vice president Dick Cheney in this picture. You can judge for yourself about how successful I was, but I don't think I got the lip curl right.

October 2008

Shadow portrait at 20-Minute Cliff on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Notes: This photo was taken on the same day as the January 2008 splash page photo.

September 2008

At Metro Center, waiting for a Red Line train.

Notes: As you may have guessed by the outfit, this photo was taken the same day as the June 2008 photo.

August 2008

“Yes, it blends!”

Notes: This is a spoof of Tom Dickson's Will It Blend? series of Internet videos. This is not a BlendTec blender, and the item in my blender is my wallet and keys. ("Wallet smoke! Don't breathe this.")

July 2008

Railfanning at King Street, taking a photo of a CAF rail car with the Kodak.

Notes: Matthew Tilley took this photo of me with his cell phone during our railfan trip. Meanwhile, this is the photo that I was taking when Matthew took my picture.

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.