A look back at 100 consecutive
of the Week-End Theme
Weekend: The end of the week; the period
from Friday night or Saturday to Monday Morning
Theme: A subject of discourse or discussion; a subject or topic on which a
So much for the dictionary meaning. If you've
participated in the Stationery Newsgroups or the WET, you'll know that both
terms above are used rather loosely: the "Weekend" frequently
starts on Wednesday and lasts until Monday; the "Theme" is often a
collection of images with no discernable unifying element or theme.
The semantics of the name are unimportant however, the theme
on any given weekend is the same as it is every week: people getting
together in an open sharing knowledge, skills and techniques. Far from
being a contest, the WET represents people at their best, willing to share and
impart knowledge to others. As well, the WET acts as a friendly and
inviting way to introduce newcomers to the art of Stationery. Many people
who began by participating in the WET have become hooked and are now prolific
As we pass this important WET milestone, I thought it would be
a good idea to interview some of the people who created the WET and helped it to
become what it is today. Presented below are the responses I received from
some of the first wet posters, as well as thumbnails of the images that they chose.
Dianne (Dskag) - Originator of the WET:
rather unbelievable to me that a simple idea that popped into my head one
afternoon could have grown in the proportions that it has since January, 1998.
I understand there are many groups who now have adopted their own versions of
I was a novice in the Outlook Express Stationery group. I had been
lurking since October of 1997, when the group was in it's infancy. I
started posting in December of 1997 and was warmly welcomed into the fold and
patiently taught this art as newcomers still are today. I remember that
someone posted a beautiful stationery. (I believe it was our dear departed
"Purpleplum".) Another member did an interpretation of the
same piece and I responded by saying, "Wouldn't it be fun if we all did
our own version of the same theme?" The group responded positively
to the idea, so I posted the "OK, let's do it" message which
contained the outline of the idea and a few "ground rules". [Click
to see the original message]
It is so gratifying to see a simple idea grow so rapidly and engender so much
creativity in the group. The WET has grown and changed over this 100
weeks. Some changes may not be equally welcomed by all, but growth and
change are good in this context. It means that the WET is a vital thing.
With all the changes (e.g. multiple choice images, various names in other
groups, etc), the basic premise has remained the same; the WET is a showcase
for the abundant creativity in these groups. It is not and never was
intended to be a competition and I am so happy that this has remained true all
Keep on creating and having fun!
Redlace - WET 4:
WET began with one idea and over the past two years has spawned thousands of
ideas. The range of imagination, creativity and skill amazed me from the
beginning. The WET prompted lurkers and regulars alike to ask "How
did you do that?" That is probably the most commonly asked and
Where has the WET been? All over the world and back again.
Where is it going? It's only limited by our imaginations.
My favorite WET's? The funny ones. *<:o)
Why did I choose the "Rainbow Falls" photo? The moment I saw
it on a friend's desk...I just knew it was the one.
What did I learn from the WET? Some assembly required. :)
John Wilson - WET 8:
has almost been 2 years since Dianne started it all..... from that time on I
have enjoyed seeing all the creations from members of various ng's. I
enjoyed doing them mostly because it made me explore the different features of
the paint program. I would normally put a humorous twist to most of them and
hope to get a chuckle but didn't for my own WET....odd that...LOL
At first there was one image....don't know....seem to like the idea of one
image best... as time went on and things were done with scripting
and as the group progressed I can see where multiple images were required...
The future of the WET....hmmm well I think it will be around as long as
people are willing to participate, do not take it too seriously and
experiment, experiment, experiment... many times I have had my trash bin
full of masterpieces and then said "who cares, post it"....LOL
Although I did enjoy the humorous creations most, I did respect the efforts
and talents of the more serious artists.... the effects that were achieved by
them and there willing to share how they created these effects were paramount
in the continuation of the WET.
My first WET was an obvious choice for me....the Burrard St. Bridge,
Vancouver. The city where I reside <bg>. The group ran the whole gamut
with this image....you name it, it was done. I sent a lot of the creations to
the photographer that took the picture (who happens to be a colleague) and he
was awestruck by all the creations.
The WET has not lost its novelty for me.
John : )
Ted Brewer - Originator of the Retrospect:
originally got the idea of a retrospective when I submitted a post in early
March 1998, showing the pictures from the last 5 or 6 weeks of the WET.
My ISP offered 5mb free web space that I wasn't using. I knew that a
weekly post of all of the previous WETs would soon get way too large, so I
set up Retrospect. I think the first site url was
Probably standing for outlook express stationary news group. Anyway, I
soon realized that was not very easy to remember, so I renamed it Retrospect.
It started out with frames, but that soon turned out to be too difficult to
manage, so I re-designed the entire site. That design was in place when
you took over.
In order to keep the site updated on a timely basis, I got in the habit of
watching for the passing of the torch post, to get the name of the next
host/hostess. I was then able to make the additions to the web page that
I kept on disk. Then starting on Wed, I kept watching for the next
submission, saving it and doing what I had to to get ready to publish. After
checking the pages, 10 ways from sunday, I posted a note to the ng
that Retrospect had been updated.
When I started adding some of my own creations, I started running out of room,
so I had to pull back some of the original pictures that I then stored on my
hd, and set up a system by which the readers could e-mail me for a copy of the
In March 1999, I felt that I could no longer maintain the site, because of the
constraints of time, money, health, etc. So, I asked for volunteers, and
you, Sven, came to the rescue.
I have enjoyed participating in this experience. The knowledge that I
have gained is incalculable. I don't spend near as much time in the ng
as I once did, so there are quite a few people that are new to me. I do,
however, still like to post as is evidenced by my recent ASF posts.
I firmly believe, that for the WET to continue as a viable entity, we should
do as much as we can to promote the "IDEA" of the WET. That
is, to take a theme, and, using our own thoughts and ideas, present that theme
Don Brown - Movie: 100 Wets
The finished movie can be seen by clicking the link below.
There is no sound.
This will only work well if you have a 28,800 or better baud rate connection
to the internet
This project fell way short of my original idea; filesize quickly became
unmanageable and it ended up being almost 2 megs....but, it was fun making the
asf file and learning more about windows media author in the process.