How my blog has looked through the ages (Click on images to enlarge. Links in italics are external and subject to rot):
March 28th 2007: I move my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I chose the Quentin theme (pictured above) because it made my imported Blogger posts look the least bad.
June 2007: I moved to the cleaner look of the White As Milk theme. I started doing posts on beautiful women and the brown background of Quentin looked terrible.
January 5th 2008: After playing around with different themes I move to the Connections theme. The picture is an angel from Leonardo’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” (1508).
May 2008: Through most of 2008 and 2009 I used masthead pictures taken from an old picture of Quiloa. So much so that some thought my name was Quiloa!
It sold me on the MistyLook theme that I use to this day:
January 2010: The masthead picture comes from “Blues” (1929) by Archibald Motley.
November 2010: From a picture of Nick’s Pub in Harlem. I loved this picture because it suggests people talking late at night, which is kind of how I saw my blog.
April 2011: Race map of metropolitan New York.
July 2011: From a tomb painting from Shaykh ʿAbd al-Qurnah, Egypt, c. 1400 BC. I was doing posts on Cheikh Anta Diop.
September 2011: Troy Davis. This was when the background turned black. That picture was too much for some, so I sarcastically changed it to:
October 2011: Bambi, the Disney version. The grim underlying message of this picture for me is that the Disney film plays in the US while Jews are sent to Treblinka.
Now the masthead picture changes every month or so. Here are some of them:
November 2011: From Vincent Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night” (1888). In the same vein as Nick’s Pub.
January 2012: From a Mambu Bayoh photograph (2010).
March 2012: Trayvon Martin.
March 2012: Arrest George Zimmerman! From Google Images.
April 2012: From “Curly” (2010) by Milos Gazdic.
May 2012: From the Naked Black Justice poster.
October 2012: From “Her SMIRK” (2012) by Mambu Bayoh. Model: Whippa Wiley.
May 2013: Being the only Black person. From Tumblr.
June 2013: From “Secret Self” (2010) by Tim Okamura.
July 2013: In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, a picture of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin.
August 2013: The Dark Knight from Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” (1975), who reminded me of xPraetorius, a troll then at his height.
February 2014: From “La Martinique” (1986) by Françoise Huguier
April 2014: Model Loredana Ituah. From Tumblr.
May 2014: Asian Heritage Month. Detail from an Ansel Adams photograph (1943) of morning exercises at the Manzanar Japanese American internment camp.
August 12th 2014: A picture I made from Jet magazine covers, one from every ten years or so.
August 14th 2014: “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot”. Ferguson protest at Howard University.
September 25th 2014: The current masthead, for Hispanic Heritage Month. Taken from “The Virgin’s Seed” (1991), a mural in East Los Angeles by Paul Botello.
Newer mastheads are shown in the Masthead Museum Annex.
- First post in WordPress
- I saw the iPhone for the first time
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Quiloa, aka Kilwa
- Cheikh Anta Diop
- Troy Davis
- A man was lynched yesterday
- Warsaw Ghetto – Treblinka, etc
- Whitney Houston
- Tumblr: yet more Internet crack
- Trayvon Martin
- Should George Zimmerman be arrested?
- George Zimmerman is found not guilty
- Emmett Till
- Notes on xPraetorius
- Welcome to Asian American History Month!
- Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month 2014