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The Original Phoons Website
Look below the line. That is how the Phoons web site looked when it started in 1999.
The History of the Phoon
In 1980, a friend and I named a particular pose (essentially an exaggerated running person) the "Phoon."1 If one of us would say "Phoon", we'd both briefly assume that position.
Later that summer, I snuck the Phoon into various family vacation photos. That was the beginning of photos that I have begun adding to this web page.
In early 1999, I renewed the Phoons-in-photos thing while on a business trip (see the Bloomingdale's photo). Since then, others have started contributing photos of Phoons. So can you!
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Can you think of someone who might contribute to this page? Do you know someone who is going on a trip this year? Send an email to them to tell them about this page.
Need ideas for Phoon photos?
If you have Acrobat Reader, you can download and print phoons.pdf to show to others...and talk them into posing for a photo.
I'd be glad to scan and return your Phoon photos if you mail them to me. If you are sending me scans, my request is this: send me a scan of the normal photo, and send a separate scan of the Phoon at a minimum of 800 dpi--I'll create the inset, if any.
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Version 2June, 2000
I added a title to reflect the growing collection: "Phoons from Around the World." And I added some "how to use this" instructions at the top.
I realized that I was losing track of when pictures were contributed. (How could anyone know that the new pictures might be somewhere in the middle of the collection??)
So, I added a new section, "History of updates...," so that visitors could view pictures by date, if they wished.
Phoons from Around the WorldPeople regularly send in photos, so check History of updates to see what has been added since you were last here.
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History of updates to this pageJune 2000
[Coming soon: students of my Documenting Java course] [The Akropolis 2 ] [Statue of Mercury] [Olympic stadium] [Another statue] [The Akropolis, 1] [Golden Gate Bridge] [London Guard] [Roman Coliseum] [Boat dock] [The Forum]
October, November, December 1999
The Pictures that Started it All
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Version 3February, 2001
Since I was adding all new pictures to one web page, the page was taking longer and longer to download. Obviously!
Also, the "History" links merely displayed the images in their own pages. The picture pages had no stories, no personal touch, just pictures.
I needed to break up the main page somehow. I decided to organize the pictures by category. But it was clear that some pictures belonged in multiple categories. I did not want to have to manually tweak one web page after another as new pages came in. So, I decided it was time to figure out how to get a program to generate the web pages for me.
So, I created a text file that listed each picture and the categories it was in. I wrote a program to look at the text file and generate web pages. The program added "NEW" next to any category that had a picture in the Recent Additions category.
The photos of the policemand and the guy at Disneyland were prizes at the time, photos which lended some legitimacy to the Phoons concept, as if "everyone" were getting into it.
Eventually, I wrote a graphical program that automated more of the process.
Phoons from Around the World
You will find this pose somewhere in every picture of every category below.
See Editor's Picks for the best pictures.
picture for the Groups category! Know anyone who is getting married? graduating? Talk them
into doing a Phoon while dressed fancy. And all of you who keep visiting this page and
haven't sent in a Phoon pic yet, how about it?
Thanks to viewers like you, there are now 204 Phoon pictures!