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So why did I do this site?

A good friend, Marian, recently pointed out that I do what I dream. Mid-life seems to me like the right time to do a bit of reminiscing. I was much too close to the 9/11 attacks and have recently lost some people close to me, both of which may also have had an influence on my building this site. I have attempted to make the site meaningful to those directly involved in these pages as well as anyone else who finds their way here on the web. I hope that I have struck a balance of using this public forum without trivializing important relationships and events. 

There is an excellent song in the 1996 Broadway musical "Rent" called "Seasons of Love" that asks how we measure a life. Is it time passing in minutes, or is it something more substantial? This site includes people and ideas that are more substantial than time for me. The song tells the story more eloquently than I could.

"Seasons of Love" from Rent by Jonathan Larson

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Moments So Dear
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure - Measure A Year?

In Daylights - In Sunsets
In Midnights - In Cups Of Coffee
In Inches - In Miles
In Laughter - In Strife

In - Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure
A Year In The Life

How About Love?
How About Love?
How About Love?
Measure In Love

Seasons Of Love
Seasons Of Love


Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Journeys To Plan

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure The Life
Of A Woman Or A Man?


In Truths That She Learned
Or In Times That He Cried
In Bridges He Burned
Or The Way That She Died


It's Time Now - To Sing Out
Tho' The Story Never Ends
Let's Celebrate
Remember A Year In The Life Of Friends

Remember The Love
Remember The Love
Remember The Love
Measure In Love


Measure, Measure Your Life In Love

Seasons Of Love...
Seasons Of Love

 

That's the "why", here's the "how"....

Initially, designing and building this website was a labor of love and learning done in my spare time over about three months in spring 2002. Like me, it remains a work in progress. I started with the basic navigation structure, then added content, sound and animation in MS FrontPage 2002 and Macromedia Flash. Learning Flash for this site was a mission partially tied to my pursuit of art. Adobe Premiere 6.5 and the Windows Media Player add-in to FrontPage were used to add video to the site.

The graphics in the upper left corner of most pages began with the main graphic shown on the home page. I then added a content specific transparent overlay picture. I adjusted the alpha settings with Flash drawing tools. The combined graphic was exported as a jpeg to each page border. The Flash animations on the home page and travel continent pages are overlapping motion tweened fade-in & out pictures set on roughly ten layers each, reduced to a 200x200 pixel stage and then compressed for speed.

This site builds on some of what I learned doing my travel site at http://waynemackey.tripod.com. That site has been up since spring 2000.

Cameras

Early pictures in the travel pages were taken primarily with Olympus 2 megapixel digital cameras. From August, 2002 through March 2005 most pictures were taken with a Canon 330 2 megapixel digital camera. From March 2005 through November 2006, most pictures were taken with a Canon SD300 4 megapixel digital camera. From November 2006 through early 2007 most pictures and short videos were taken with a Canon A710IS 8 megapixel digital camera. From mid 2007 through early 2010 most pictures and short videos were taken with an 8 megapixel Canon SD870IS. Longer video was taken with a Canon ZR45 digital video camera. From 2010 to 2014 most videos were shot with a Kodak Playsport HD and after that on the Xiaomi Yi action camera.

My current compliment of cameras includes a Nikon D300, D700 and D800E with more lenses than I need, along with two small point and shoots - a 10 megapixel Canon S90 with its underwater enclosure and a 21 megapixel Sony RX100. Most pictures are compressed or rescanned to 2200x1500 or smaller. I did digital photo post-processing in Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4.4, Photomatix Pro 4.2 and Portrait Professional Studio 11. Video editing was done in Adobe Premiere 6.5 and windows movie maker. Scans of non-digital media throughout the site used PaperPort software and a Canon LIDE 200 flatbed scanner.

And finally the "what"...

At its initial release in June, 2002 this site contained 64 separate pages, 945 pictures and 1058 files occupying a total of 31M Bytes of space. There were 159 external hyperlinks and 2361 internal hyperlinks. I invited about 20 people to the site via email.

As of March 2017 the site has grown to 137 pages, 4994 pictures and 11408 files occupying 4G Bytes of space. The site averages around 100,000 hits per month.

Up Too Close to 9/11

Mackey Group, Inc. 2002 - 2017
Email:  wayne@mackeyinc.com