Friday, January 12, 2007

High School Batch Web Site

One of the recent projects that I've attacked with much gusto was our high school batch web site. If you want to know what I looked like so many years ago, you now know where to look.

It was an idea that came out of our 20th anniversary reunion last December. (Yes, folks, I am 20 years out of high school.) Over the years, many of us have drifted apart, and so our little gathering was an opportunity to rekindle those relationships.

What was obviously needed was a directory of sorts. Unfortunately, the general idea behind this was for everyone to write down their cellphone numbers in a notebook. I had to be the one to suggest getting everyone's email addresses, too; and out of that, I volunteered to put together a wiki.

Using PmWiki, I managed to put the site together over the weekend. I spent two more nights uploading a ton of pictures that my friend Jameson had scanned. And, ta-dah! instant web site.

So far, the wiki has been a moderate success. People have started logging in and updating their own contact information. It still needs a bit more publicity and coaxing to get people online, but I'm pretty sure we'll actually have a fairly complete list in a couple of months.

Arguably, the more successful section has been the photo gallery. Thanks to my classmates' collections, I had scads and scads of pictures to put up. These were hundreds of pictures from high school, back when we were young and stupid and dressed funny.

Ye cats! were we ever so young?

And now I look at the reunion photos. There we are: old, fat, and respectable. In boring clothes. How did we get this way?

Look at the pictures yourself, and have a good laugh. Bonus points for spotting me in the photos.