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Donnie Love

“I hate that word, blog. Sounds like throwing up.”

2007 05 20

Donnie Love sitting on a tree stump wearing a big tall Uncle Sam hat
Hey, it’s me! What up? Just figured I’d make myself a little web presence here. I paid the registration fee ahead for 100 years, a feeble attempt at immortality. So any other Donnie Loves who wanted this domain name, too bad. I got it. Ha ha! More later...

2007 05 22

“So, how’s life treatin’ ya?”
Don’t ya know I just love ya, with your hyperinflated gas prices and your dog-eat-dog economics. Can’t wait to get out there and fall further behind. Just warms my heart. And, of course, I love my job. It’s more fun than soaring head-first into a brick wall. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have the Almighty Dollar to slave for. It really gives my life purpose. I wish I could do it 24 hours a day. Hell, I wish I could spend 48 hours a day pulling the cart. Maybe today I’ll actually get that carrot. Beat the other guy to the brass ring. That’s what life’s all about, right? Rob your neighbor, even if you have to club him over the head to do it, or better yet, blow his head clean off his shoulders in the name of God. That would make me a hero. Yes, today promises to be a great day. This might be the day I get that promotion and probably a raise, or I might get fired, whichever. The possibilities are endless. The anticipation excites me. I am now ready to face the day, to take the bull by the horns and land wherever he flings me.

I think I’m becoming agoraphobic.

2007 05 23

I saw Spiderman 3 over the weekend. What can I say about it? It was great, of course. Special effects are spectacular, they will blow you away. Story’s good: Peter wants to ask his girlfriend to marry him, but he is distanced by his fame as the friendly neighborhood web-slinger, and later overcome by some black alien slime. (Didn’t he get the black suit in the Secret Wars back in the 80’s? I don’t know, as far as comics, I was more of an X-Men reader.) Two new villains are created. It’s always bugged me the way they create and kill off a supervillain in the same story. They do that in this one - oops I hope I didn’t spoil it for you. Topher Grace was good in it. He’s got a boyish face that can either help or hurt a good actor. I like his acting, but he’s not very scary. I thought it was good to see Thomas Haden Church, although I looked at his filmography, looks like he keeps busy. He looks old. Beyond that, nothing remarkable. Typical superhero stuff. About as believable as a Godzilla movie. I have a picture of Spiderman that I drew when I was a kid. If I find it, I’ll post it in the archives later. I drew him more cartoonish looking. I know it’s around here somewhere.

2007 05 24

I rebooted my computer today.
Man, I hate doing that.
“Those little slices of death, how I loathe them.”

2007 06 20

Original artwork which appeared on the cover of Mad Magazine June 1983. This is what they paid me:
Ha ha, just kidding. This picture never appeared on the cover. Actually, I drew it when I was fifteen years old, but I never submitted it or anything. I wasn’t totally happy with the way it turned out. I still think parts of it look kind of crappy, but overall it’s kind of visually appealing. Look how I put my name all huge and bold almost near the center of the picture.

2007 07 04

Hey, everybody! Happy holiday! Isn’t 4th of July great? It’s right in the middle of summer, you’ve got the fireworks, barbecues and everything. I love Independence Day: strictly an American holiday, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. And for America’s birthday, I won’t even go into what a bloated cesspool of corruption the government has become since then. I’ll forget all that for one day and just have fun. America: love it or help fix it! So get out there, enjoy the fireworks (if your city is actually showing them on the 4th) and please drink carefully! Happy 231st Birthday U.S.A.

2007 07 11

“OK, now who ordered the phoenix?”
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, possibly the best film in the series so far, has loads of action, spectacular special effects, great looking sets and wonderful performances by all the actors. The showdown between Voldemort and Dumbledore is absolutely dazzling. We meet some new characters: Luna Lovegood, Kreacher the house elf, Tonks and other members of the Order, Grawp - Hagrid’s full-giant half brother, and of course Dolores Umbridge. We also get to see the Room of Requirement, the Ministry of Magic and 12 Grimauld Place. Of course the film doesn’t even compare with the original novel, but J. K. Rowling’s books are so packed with sub-plots and peripheral characters, even a four-hour film wouldn’t do it justice. They did a decent job of cramming as much story into a two-hour film as possible. The result is a very fast-paced view of Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts. Some of the plot points are represented by quick scenes intercut together, but they work pretty well. The most glaring omissions are the trip to St. Mungo’s hospital, Harry’s interview with Rita Skeeter in The Quibbler, and Ron and Ginny joining the Gryffindor quidditch team. The film has a more modern feel, maybe because the actors are all aging rapidly. Dudley looks ten years older than he did in the last film (oh, wait, he wasn’t in the last one) and at first I though they recast Arthur Weasley (but they didn’t). The actress playing Umbridge isn’t the toad-faced old hag described in the book (she actually has kind of a cute smile) and her hem-hem sounds more like a giggle. She did however portray the character acurately and the viewers will come to hate her despite her smiles and giggles. Altogether, a good piece. I highly recommend it, and if you haven’t read the book, see the movie first and then READ THE BOOK!

2007 09 XX

I find it comical that most of the banks in the United States are now called “Chase”. We’re gettin’ a little closer to the truth.
“Here, boy! Chase the dollar! Good boy.”
Why don’t they just call it what it really is:

2007 11 06

Goes Digital
The latest issue of Rolling Stone is the first available online, which is pretty damn cool. Welcome to the 21st century. With a news stand price of seven bucks an issue, maybe I can afford to read it again. (I think the last issue I actually paid for was the one that had Mariah Carey half naked on the cover.) The whole magazine is available cover-to-cover: of course all the ads are there which probably make up more than half of the 213 pages, but all the interviews, photos, everything. About the only bad thing is that there’s a rock & roll quiz, half of which you won’t get, I guarentee it, no matter what era you’re from. I read the quiz, which was good, but I haven’t found the answers yet. You can’t flip back and forth like in a real paper magazine. Oh, well, what do you want for free? The answers must be somewhere in the back. I haven’t read the whole thing yet — it is 213 pages! I got as far as the close-up of a fat, old, pastey-looking Al Gore. The magazine, which recently celebrated its 1000th issue, is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Wow, Rolling Stone and I are almost the same age. (I’m still younger.) Check it out and show your support for free content.

2007 11 21

THANKSGIVING DAY, another of my favorite holidays. Anything that has to do with eatin’ is bound to be my favorite. “Turkey Day”, “Feast Day”, this day goes by many names. Either of these will do since we’re more likely to feast on some turkey than actually have a thankful attitude here in the United States. Personally, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into some pumpkin pie. Mmm, delicious! Don’t forget its cousin the sweet potato. It’s making me hungry, just thinking about it.

The first Thanksgiving Day is generally considered to be the feast that was held in Plymouth in 1621, although there have been many harvest festivals in the U.S. before and since. President Washington declared Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Day in the first year of his presidency in 1789, but an annual Thanksgiving Day was not a U.S. tradition until 1863 when President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day every year on the last Thursday in November. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt, hoping to start the Christmas shopping season a little early to help bring the country out of the Great Drepression, declared that Thanksgiving Day be held on the second-to-last Thursday in November. In 1941, Congress passed a bill stating Thanksgiving Day be celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November, which is usually the last Thursday in November and sometimes it isn't.

This got me confused this year, because there is a 5th Thursday this November. All last week, I kept thinking that Thanksgiving Day was two weeks away, until I found out that it was this week. So I guess we’ll be celebrating “Franksgiving” as it was called in Roosevelt’s day.

Well, whatever you call it, have a good one. Get you some turkey and some pie, watch a parade, watch some football (watch the Lions lose), get together with the family and have a good time. Most of all, don’t forget to be thankful to whichever god you worship, and if you don't worship a god then thank whomever does the cookin’. (Washing the dishes remains a thankless job!)

On a side note, other celebrations taking place over the next two weeks are Revolution Day in Mexico (the 20th) and Independence Day in Yemen (20th), Lebanon (22nd), Suriname (25th), Mongolia (26th), Panama and Albania (28th), and Barbados (30th). It’s always Independence Day somewhere. Well, wherever you are, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

2007 11 27

TOP 30 (OR SO)

This is a list of my favorite Christmas films and TV specials. Of course, I haven’t seen every Christmas film or TV special out there, this is just a list of the ones I have seen, ranked according to which I’d rather sit down and watch (not necessarily with the kids). I didn’t include TV series episodes (with one notable exception) of which there are many, many good ones.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
    Arguably the best Christmas show ever. Gotta love the Grinch! Great original story by Dr. Suess. Classic Chuck Jones animation. I could watch it 100 times and never get tired of it.
  2. The Muppet Christmas Carol
    I’m a huge Muppet fan and a fan of the classic Dickens tale. I saw this in the theatre and it’s been one of my favorites ever since!
  3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
    A timeless classic. I had this on an LP record when I was a kid and can still recite every line of dialog from memory.
  4. Nation Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    Not the most family-friendly Christmas film, but still a great movie. I’ve always loved the Vacation films and this one is the best of the whole series.
  5. A Christmas Carol (1984)
    The George C. Scott version. Probably the best version without Muppets. I remember when it first aired it had the IBM commercial with the M*A*S*H actors.
  6. Scrooged
    Bill Murray rules! This is like a Saturday Night Live version. Very funny.
  7. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
    The one TV series episode on my list. It was the first episode aired and tells the origin of Santa’s Little Helper.
  8. The Year Without a Santa Claus
    My favorite Rankin-Bass Christmas special. It’s cheesy, but you gotta love the Miser brothers. I’d love to see this one made into a feature film. Christopher Walken would make a great Snow Miser!
  9. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    Classic film. Best Santa Claus film ever. My favorite line (which isn’t actually spoken) is Kris’ age: “As old as my tongue and a little bit older than my teeth.”
  10. Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas
    Another Muppet production, an HBO Special based on a 1969 children’s book. The River Bottom Gang rocks.
  11. Rich Little’s Christmas Carol
    Also an HBO Special. A great humoruos version of A Christmas Carol. Rich Little is a very underrated entertainer.
  12. Jingle All the Way
    Schwarzemajigger’s okay, but Sinbad is funnier. One of Phil Hartman’s last movies. Great soundtrack.
  13. The Nativity Story
    I’ve only seen this one once or it might have ranked higher on my list. It’s based, of course, on the true Christmas story with lots and lots of stuff added.
  14. Bad Santa
    Definately not family-friendly, but very funny.
  15. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
    Another good Rankin-Bass TV special. I liked this one as a kid because it delves into the origins of Santa Claus. I was a history buff even back then.
  16. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
    Good remake of the old classic, but just not as good as the original. They changed too many things. The only improvement is that it’s in color.
  17. Frosty the Snowman
    The original cartoon was pretty good, but the sequels were pretty cheesy. The Rankin-Bass cell animation cartoons always bugged me with the buck-toothed characters.
  18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Now, if my niece was making this list, this would be #1. It’s cute, but cheesy. I can’t stand the noise Rudolph’s nose makes when it lights up. Burl Ives makes the show.
  19. Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    I saw this film in the theatre and was a little disappointed. I love the Grinch, obviously. Maybe my expectations were too high. They departed too much from the original. Of course, you have to add stuff to make it feature-length, but the original story got lost, I think.
  20. The Santa Clause
    This one’s pretty cool. I like Tim Allen. I saw the new one, it was good. They pretty much reinvent the whole Santa Claus story, though. I wish there was a Christmas show that sticks a little closer to the real Saint Nicholas, but without ruining it for the little ones.
  21. It’s a Wonderful Life
    I like this one because it deals with the old Christmas blues, which I’m sure everyone has dealt with from time to time.
  22. White Christmas
    Another classic, but not exactly timeless. Let’s face it, it’s old. And it's a musical, blecch!
  23. Elf
    This one’s kind of cute in spite of Will Ferrell. I think he’s a goofball. I haven’t seen this one that many times yet for it to be one of my favorites.
  24. A Chipmunk Christmas
    Now, I’m a Chipmunks fan. I’m looking forward to the new movie coming out. I like their music, but this show’s just too sappy.
  25. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    This is a favorite of a lot of people. But Tim Burton’s always been a little too weird for me, and it’s my list, so there!
  26. Little Drummer Boy
    I never liked the song. It’s only two chords and all that rum-pum-pum-pum stuff drives me crazy. I do like that there’s a children’s show involving the Christ Child.
  27. Christmas with the Kranks
    This movie’s stupid. Too much tension. I’d rather read the book, Skipping Christmas.
  28. The Polar Express
    I never quite got this movie. What the heck is it supposed to be about? I don’t like movies where the main character walks around with a stupid confused look on their face. Good animation, though.
  29. A Christmas Story
    “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” This is another stupid movie. I saw this one in the theatre, too, and I never liked it. I know a lot of people do, but I think it’s dumb.
  30. Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
    This one’s lame. It was cute when I was a kid, but now I can’t stand it.
  31. The Star Wars Holiday Special
    I saw it only once when I was 10 years old, and I thought it was pretty goofy then. And I’m a huge Star Wars fan.
  32. Silent Night, Deadly Night
    The least family-friendly Christmas movie ever! I had to put the old classic slasher film on this list. Again, I only saw the first one once, and I don’t really remember it.

2007 10 04

STS-122, beginning 2008 02 07, is the latest mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis. The purpose of the mission is to deliver the Columbus laboratory module and its componants to the International Space Station. This is Atlantis’ 29th flight, and 9th mission to the Space Station.

Pictured from left to right: Melvin, Frick, Walheim, Eyharts, Love, Poindexter, and Schlegel.

Here’s a list of crewmembers:

You can see live coverage of the entire flight from launch to landing at NASA’s website. It’s kind of like watching Star Trek without the music...or dialog. The special effects, of course, occur naturally, like zero gravity, spectacular orbital sunrises and sunsets, three Extra-Vehicular Activities (E.V.A.’s) or space walks, and the operation of Canadarm2, the largest robot arm on (or orbiting) Earth. It is, however, unlikely that there will be any space battles unless the Klingons show up looking for trouble. Check out NASA’s mission page here. Atlantis is scheduled to return 2008 02 19. The next scheduled shuttle mission is Endeavour’s visit to the station scheduled for 2008 03 11.

2007 12 08

In the English language there are many many many dialects, literally hundreds of them. The dialect you use is usually determined by what part of the world you grew up in, or in some cases, what culture. If you travel a hundred miles in any given direction, you will notice that the people talk with a different accent and use different words. You travel out of the country and you’ll see that people even spell words differently. (Of course, in the United States, most people can’t spell anyway.) I have always been fascinated by this, and I have made a study of it.

In the Midwestern U.S. (where I am) white people who were born here use what is known as the Inland North American dialect. What this means, basically, is that the words Mary, marry, and merry all sound alike, but cat, cot, and caught do not. We actually use the letter “r”, and we call soft drinks pop. Many consider the Inland North to be the “standard” American accent, the one you will most likely hear on TV and radio all over the United States.

Some dialects are considered to be sexy. In the United States, a British accent can be a real turn-on, especially when spoken by the opposite sex. I remember when I watched the special features for the movie Click, Kate Beckinsale, who is totally hot anyway, started talking in an interview with her natural accent and I literally fell out of my chair. “Holy cow! She’s British too?” Some consider the French accent to be the sexiest, and I’ve heard that the French think an American accent is sexy. But the French don’t really speak English, of course. They speak French. Learning English as a second language is a whole different subject entirely. I’m talking about native English speakers.

Some dialects are actually comical. The Southern U.S. dialects, of which there are many, are a good example. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy doesn’t even need to tell jokes, just the way he talks is funny. Dan Whitney (better known as “Larry the Cable Guy”) bases his whole act on this. It is an act, by the way, he doesn’t really talk like that. I had a friend I grew up with, and his mom had a deep Southern accent. She would crack me up even when she was being serious, which was most of the time when my friend and I were together causing trouble. Sometimes Black folks are that way too, especially Old School guys like Red Foxx and Richard Pryor. And when “Cheech” Marin does his Pedro accent, I start laughing before he even says anything funny.

Some accents are just damn irritating. The New Yawk accent is a prime example. I can’t stand the way New Yawkiz tooawk. To me, Rosie O’Donnell is doubly annoying, not only because of what she says, but the way she sounds saying it. No wonder New Yawkiz are all jerks, they’re all pissed off from listening to each other talk. The Ostra-eye-lien exint bugs me too. It's like they don’t know which vowels are which. Most dialects are mutually intelligible, but when an Ostra-eye-lien talks, I can barely make out what he’s saying. Both of these dialects are non-rhotic too, which means they’ve never even heard of the letter “r”. It isn’t even in their alphabet. To me, anyone who talks without using the letter “r” sounds like a weetodd. Sounds like Elmer Fudd talking.

Well, I’m just ranting now. I don't even want to get into Chingy’s Right Thurr or the planet California dude, fer sherr. Hey, that rhymes, at least in some parts of the world. I know I sound like a dialect snob, but I don’t mean it. Really, I enjoy the differences. When I say you talk funny, I do mean funny because I find it amusing. It cracks me up when I visit my cousins in Canada and they call me Dawn. You know what I’m tockin’ aboat, eh? Mary marry merry Christmas.

2007 12 27


Estonian parliamentary election - Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 - French presidential election - Turkish presidential election - Scottish Parliament election - National Assembly for Wales election - Latvian presidential election - G8 summit - Sierra Leonean election - Guatemalan election - Burmese protests - Inter-Korean Summit - Pakistani presidential election - Slovenian presidential election - Argentine election - Pakistani state of emergency - Danish parliamentary election - Kosovan parliamentary election - Australian federal election - Treaty of Lisbon - Kyrgyzstani parliamentary election - South Korean presidential election - Schengen Agreement - Uzbekistani presidential election - Kenyan general election

Grammy Awards - Academy Awards - Eurovision Song Contest - Tony Awards - Bob Barker’s retirement - Concert for Diana - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Halo 3 - Writers Guild of America strike - Latin Grammy Awards

Comet McNaught - Rosetta - New Horizons - Gliese 581 c - MESSENGER - STS-117 - Phoenix - STS-118 - SELENE

Taiwan High Speed Rail - Windows Vista - Airbus A380 - iPhone - Hawaii Superferry - Boeing 787 - Mac OS X v10.5 - High Speed 1

Burj Dubai - Chicago Spire - Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Asian Winter Games - Super Bowl XLI - UFC 68 - Formula One - Masters Tournament - Euroleague - FA Cup - UEFA Champions League - Indianapolis 500 - Stanley Cup Playoffs - Canadian Grand Prix - NBA Finals - Copa Libertadores - Copa América - World Cup - Tour de France - Asian Cup - Wimbledon - All-Africa Games - Pan American Games - Barry Bonds - PGA Championship - World Championships in Athletics - Rugby World Cup - FIFA Women’s World Cup - World Twenty20 - Brazilian Grand Prix - World Series - Mitchell Report

Adam Air Flight 574 - Kyrill - Florida tornadoes - Bird flu - Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 - M/S Sea Diamond - Qinghe Special Steel Corporation disaster - May 2007 Tornado Outbreak - Kenya Airways Flight 507 - Kerang train collision - Cyclone Gonu - Sudan floods - TAM Linhas Aéreas Flight 3054 - United Kingdom floods - I-35W Mississippi River bridge - Foot-and-mouth disease - Crandall Canyon Mine - Peru earthquake - Typhoon Sepat - Hurricane Dean - Greek forest fires - Hurricane Felix - One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 - Typhoon Wipha - Can Tho Bridge - Glorietta explosion - California wildfires - Atherstone fire - Antofagasta earthquake - Cyclone Sidr - Zasyadko mine - Atlasjet Flight 4203 - Gisborne earthquake

2008 01 01


Georgian presidential election - Russian presidential election - Republic of China presidential election - Dominican Republic presidential election - U. S. presidential election

Grammy Awards - Academy Awards - Eurovision Song Contest - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

STS-122 - STS-123 - Large Hadron Collider - Phoenix

KDE 4 - Techfest - 2007 WD5 - Santo Domingo Metro - Ubuntu 8.04 - Expo 2008

Liverpool Echo Arena - Citi Field - New Yankee Stadium - St. Anthony Falls Bridge - Burj Dubai - CCTV Headquarters

2008 01 05

100 YEARS AGO: 1908

Carlos I of Portugal - Luís Filipe - Young Turk Revolution - Federal Bureau of Investigation - Abdelhafid of Morocco - Peter Adler Alberti - Bulgarian Independance - U.S. presidential election - Andrew Fisher - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson - 溥儀 (Puyi)

Motion Picture Patents Company - Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz - “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” - Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony

Henry Farman - Fisher Body - AEA Red Wing - Ford Model T - Vimto - Geiger counter - Cellophane - Gyrocompass - Haber process - Liquid helium - Wright brothers - Short Brothers - AEA White Wing - Roe I Biplane - AEA June Bug - Antoinette IV - AEA Silver Dart

Frederick Cook - Robert Peary

Gamble House

The Ashes - Football Club Internazionale Milano - Clube Atlético Mineiro - Summer Olympics - Feyenoord - World Series - Panathinaikos - Iraklis Football Club - The Merkle incident - Johnson vs. Burns - Hockey

Collinwood School Fire - Tornadoes of 1908 - Tunguska event - Messina earthquake - Sunshine train disaster

2008 01 10

I finally Installed a counter on this website and it was no great surprise to see that I was not getting a large number of visits. I’ve just begun to get material on this site and there’s very little here that you can’t find anywhere else...yet. What did surprise me was that many of the visits I have gotten have been coming from French-speaking countries like Quebec, Canada; Switzerland and France. I wanted to give the site an international appeal, and I have been trying to translate the home page into as many languages as I can. Currently the languages are limited to English, French, Spanish and Japanese. I find it hard enough to keep the English page up to date, let alone the interlingual versions. I am pleased that the French version of my home page is one of the most frequently visited pages on this site. French is my favorite second language. I have studied it since junior high school, although, I'm not very fluent, as readers of the French page have without doubt realized. I’ve had a couple of pen-pals in France, namely Caroline Troilo of Seynod and Maryline Maillot of Ermont. I’ve even visited France and met Caroline and Maryline. Of course, I’ve been to Canada many times. I have cousins there in the honey business, the Davidsons, near Watford, Ontario. I went through Switzerland once, on my way to Nice, France.

I have been getting visits from all over the globe: Thailand, Finland, Greece, Morocco, the UK. Nine countries so far. But there’s one other place where I’ve been getting a lot of visits and that’s Texas. I don’t know why. I haven’t translated my home page into Texan yet, but hopefully, y’all can read the English page for now. What is the correlation between France and Texas? Well, I don’t know that there is one. They each have a Paris, I know that. Texas has a Detroit too, and France has détroits, maybe that’s it. I’ve been to Texas. I walked from Fort Worth to Dallas, just to see how far it was. It was pretty damn far. I didn’t walk back. I saw Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was shot (allegedly). Took a lot of pictures there. Oops, maybe I’ve said too much.

Well, anyway, wherever you are come on in and have a look around. If I may ring in a commercial for myself, there’s lots of stuff to do here and I'm adding more stuff all the time. I just bought the upgrade for more storage space and I put my Presidents page back up and now I have a French Presidents page just for you francophones. You can read a book, look at the Mona Lisa, play a nice relaxing game of Pac-Man, study history (that’s still under construction), read about the Space Shuttle launch that might eventually happen one day, or read about my favorite food in the whole world, pizza! Mmm, good stuff. It’s making me hungry. Excuse me while I kiss the pie!

Oh, yeah! I almost forgot, PLEA$E click on my advertisers. They pay me when you do. ;0>

2008 01 19

The North American International Auto Show is open to the public from January 19th until the 27th at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Tickets are $12 for people ages 13-64, $6 for people ages 7-12 and 65 and over, children ages 6 and under are free. I’ve been to previous auto shows and they are pretty fascinating. All the auto makers showing off their shiny new models, and of course the space-age-looking concept cars. I like the awesome displays they have down there. I saw a full-sized car hanging on the wall, which I thought was amazing.

Ever since the automobile was first invented (which at the time was something between a miniature locomotive with tires and a four-wheel motorized bicycle), people have been infatuated with cars. This is especially true here in the Detroit area, where cars were first mass-produced. You will see classic car shows and “cruises” around here all year long.

I’m not one of those, however. I hate cars. I hate them! Nothing but a waste of resources if you ask me. Sure, they’re all sparkly and pretty, at least to start out, but it only takes a couple of years before they become dingy-looking rust buckets. And unless you either are rich enough to spend tens of thousands of dollars or have a job that lasts longer than three years (ha! those days are gone) you can never afford to buy one that isn’t already a piece of crap. But, if you are rich, and relatively few people around here are, you can afford to waste money rebuilding your car every few months, which is absolutely necessary or it will simply cease to function. I’ve owned so many clunkers that were just losing battles to keep running.

Every year, car designers add more things that can go wrong. They put a lot of effort into making cars safer, which can be a good thing, although I think they’ve overdone it. There are so many safety features on the damned things now, they’re almost undrivable. I can’t tell you how much time and gas I wasted discovering that you have to step on the brake pedal now, just to shift out of park. And once I finally figured that out, the sound of the doors locking by themselves made me claustrophobic. Designers are always talking about “performance”. What am I, a racecar driver? If I can actually get the gas hog to start and get me to point B, that’s all the performance I need. Let the gear-heads enhance the performance if they’re so inclined. Designers should be putting more effort into making a car that won’t break down every week. Basic laws of thermodynamics aside, I think they design cars specifically to break down, just so you have to pour more money into them or buy another one. You know they do. That’s the only way the failing auto industry can maintain its stranglehold on the consumers.

And we all know that auto mechanics are a nothing but a money-grubbing band of pirates. They’ll charge you a hundred dollars or more just to replace a single screw. Hell, they’ll charge you a hundred dollars or more just to tell you a screw needs replacing! And then, of course, they’ll only repair your old beater insomuch that you’ll think that the problem has been fixed, but they know that the same problem will soon resurface and cause other problems, in the hope that you’ll bring it back and spend hundreds more on repairs.

I hope I never again find myself in the unfortunate position of owning a stinking car. Cars have been compared to women (or the opposite sex) numerous times. Arguably, this is a fair comparison because they’re both nice to have around, but they require endless, expensive maintenance. Most of them are fun to look at, until you find out what kind of a bitch they really are. There are many different kinds out there and it’s nearly impossible to find a good one, even a brand-new one. And if you’ve ever had a bad experience with one, you’ll be in no hurry to find another.

2008 01 28


In January of 2007, after trying Windows Vista (hated it), I switched to Linux at the suggestion of my computer guy, Jeff. I knew the transition wouldn’t be a smooth one; I’d been using Windows since it was invented. But before that I was using DOS and was able to use it, so i figured I could handle Linux.

Now, as far as computers go, I’m not the techincal type, I’m certainly no programmer, but I’m not computer illiterate either. I’m somewhere in between. Back when I still had hope of getting a job I described my computer skills as “above average”, meaning that I use a computer for more than just looking at web pages and reading email. I’ve been using my computer for DJing ever since my turntable became obsolete and the hard drive is full of about 12,000 mp3s — all legal (mostly). I draw cartoons, now with the aid of a computer, so there are lots of pictures stored on my hard drive. I enjoy writing and there are primitive versions of the pages you see on this website (and many you haven’t seen yet). I also like to collect whole books that are in the public domain, which is unnecessary, really, now that the internet is what it is. I have several that aren’t public domain as well, and I do recording (music and otherwise), so suffice it to say, I use my computer for everything. I will also add that my computer is nearly 8 years old, so it is no longer state-of-the-art as it was when Jeff and I first put it together.

Being poverty-stricken, I’m all for free software so I thought I’d give Linux a try. I admit I’d had certain preconceptions about Linux: that it was developed by basement computer nerds, that it was decades behind Micro$oft, and that there were deficiencies in the software when compared to the expensive brands. In all fairness, some of those preconceptions were true, but Linux does have some advantages. Number one, it’s free, and I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars every couple of years on updates (think of the film Robots), and supposedly, Linux isn’t susceptible to computer “viruses” the way Windows is. Linux enthusiast can list you many many more advantages, I'm sure. From my brief experience, I can tell you that editing pictures in the motherf#@kin' G.I.M.P. (as I call it) is way way superior to Micro$oft’s Paintbrush. But since I’m just an end-user and still new to Linux and my computer is aging gracefully, but rapidly, that’s all I can tell you.

I can tell you that there is vast room for improvement, and by “vast” I mean the Grand Canyon . . . on Mars! No, I'm kidding, it’s not that bad, and most of my problems are rather small but they are numerous. I installed Linux version SUSE 10.2 and immediately nothing worked. Amarok and Kopete are a joke — a bad joke. I couldn’t listen to music, I still can't send text messages to mobile devices such as a phone, and my brand new printer/scanner is now useful only as a boat anchor. I’ve compared installing Linux to buying a car. You get the frame, the body (blue), and the engine. The rest of the parts you have to find and install yourself. Some use Imperial measurements, some are metric, and some are, like, Klingon, or something. It’s like a damn scavenger hunt — with no list. There are manuals available online (thankfully, my browser works, for text anyway), but they’re not written in plain English and are absolutely incomprehensible. It seems to me that there are at least two or three different names for everything. If you check different sources they all seem to be saying different things. They all may be saying the same thing or they may not be. It’s impossible to tell. (Apparently YaST and YaST 2 are the same thing — the 2 has no meaning, I guess.)

The biggest unresolvable issue for me is this problem of “permission”. Most of my mp3s are “owned” (or should I say “pwned”) by this mysterious entity known as “root”, whoever that is, and I just cannot get permission to put them into the folders I want or even rename them. That’s a big issue, actually; the rest of them are relatively small. I've been wrestling with that issue for 10 months now (the first 2 months were devoted to getting my computer to just play mp3s). Steaming audio and video from websites is hit-or-miss, usually miss, so a lot of the time that’s just not doable. I went through and set all the settings the way I like them, but either they don’t work or they don’t stay where I set them. I can’t play videos at all. After the battle to get mp3s to work, I gave up on videos. Some of the smaller issues included this stupid bouncing cartoon icon next to the pointer (I hunted that damn thing down and killed it right away), the buttons on the taskbar keep moving around, (I never know where they will be when I need them and they all start with K). The menu pops up if you accidentally mouse-over it and won't go away. I have to enter my password for everything, even to set the clock (because it won’t set itself), and I could go on and on and on and on.

Well, that pretty well sums up my first year with Linux. I don’t hate it enough to go back to Windows, and Jeff tells me there are better versions than SUSE (I pronounce it es-yoo-es-ee). There’s gotta be something better than the version I’m using. So I’ll try staring down the barrel of something else for a while and see what comes out of it.

2008 02 13


Many people are unable to understand why it is that I cannot work in the United States. There are a couple of reasons, which I will try to explain. The main reason is that, technically, I am what is known as a “dead-beat dad”, or, more accurately I am what is referred to as a “dead-bolt dad”. That’s a father who is denied the right to actually be a father. It’s a long story, but I will try to relate it briefly here. The story is told from my point of view, but to be fair, bad choices were made on both sides, so I can’t blame anyone more than myself.

In 1986, my daughter, Janine, was born. I was 18 at the time and working, but not making much money. Her mother, whom I lovingly refer to as . . . the plaintiff decided against my wishes to apply for welfare. I had a whole different plan: to work hard and pay for the birth myself, get married, raise our daughter, have more kids, and be a family. You know, the American dream. Her plan was to get on welfare, ditch me, and marry someone else. You know, the American reality. But I’m getting ahead of the story.

After Janine was born, the plaintiff and I were still together and planning to get married. The courts, in its infinite stupidity, ruled that I would pay $10 a week in child support, which would then be sent back to us. We decided that we would put that money in an account for Janine’s education (which never happened). Now, I will admit that at the age of 18, I was more interested in partying with my friends than being a husband and a father, but I paid the $10 a week and gave the plaintiff most of my own money, so Janine was well taken care of and was never denied a thing. I eventually matured and got a better job, but the plaintiff’s parents hated me, and a wedge was already driven between myself and my bride-never-to-be, a wedge which quickly blossomed into anger and open hostility. After about a year, the plaintiff said, “I think we should see other people.” I told her I thought it was a terrible idea. I still believed we could work out our differences and be a family, but as anyone who’s ever heard the words “I think we should see other people” knows, she was already seeing other people, so we never got back together.

Then my child support was raised to $75 a week (that doesn’t sound like much now, but this was in the 80’s, minimum wage was only $4.something an hour and I was only 19), and I didn’t see Janine for 3 years. I never got to see her first step, never got to hear her first word, but was expected to pay the bill. Well, naturally, I stopped paying. So we went to court. No lawyer would touch me, not one I could afford anyway. I told the referee that I refused to pay child support as long as I was denied visitation rights. The referee said I was to make the payments and the plaintiff was to allow visitation. Neither of us complied.

Well, to make a long, ugly story short, the plaintiff got married and Janine grew up. I did get to see her a few times, and I did make a few payments. As Janine got older I gave money directly to her, not through the court. I had tried to work reasonably with the court, but as you know, courts are more interested in money than justice. Their solution was to take half my paycheck. Needless to say, I bounced around from job to job. I’ve worked a few jobs “under the table”, but that isn’t really honest on my part. I don’t have the skills to make any real money. The best I can hope for is $7 an hour, which after the government double-dips is $2.32, certainly not enough to live on. So I’ve given up on earning a living and I’ve pretty much given up on life all together. Now I’m retired or on strike or whatever, basically homeless and waiting to die. I still talk to Janine. Thank God she doesn’t hate me.

2008 03 27

Sex sells. Anybody old enough to be interested in the opposite sex is aware of this. It’s always been true; that doesn’t bother me. The danger of course, is that like anything else, sex can be overdone or done inappropriately. What bothers me are teenage girls who dress sexy.

Now, I will admit, I have a healthy libido and I like to look at good-looking women. But I like to look at women not girls! I don’t consciously look at teenage girls, but my eyes will move involuntarily, and the first thing I will notice about a woman isn’t usually her age. Nothing makes me feel filthier than checking out a woman and suddenly realizing she’s a teenager. Eww! I’m not into that at all!

Maybe I’m just getting old. I know it never bothered me when I was a teenager. But I think it’s more prevalent now than ever. Clothing designers are making skimpier things like low-cut jeans and string bikinis for young girls. There is an increasing number of channels on television targeting teens like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon that are loaded with sexy teenage girls. Today’s parents are more permissive; when I was a teenager, most girls weren’t allowed to dress sexy or even wear makeup. Now they’re everywhere! It’s crazy!

I know I sound like I’m preaching. I’m not suggesting floor-length skirts or covering up head-to-toe. It just bothers me when I see a sexy teenager and I have to force myself to look at a bird or a squirrel or something, anything else. Am I wrong? Am I just a big pervert for even noticing? I don’t want to be! I still don’t even like looking at Alyssa Milano, and she’s 35, only five years younger than me. I don’t want to notice, believe me, but I know I’m not alone in this.

I guess what I’m trying to say is the same thing I said to my daughter when she started to develope. Naturally, there’s nothing wrong with trying to make yourself look nice, and I know that looking good is important to a young girl. Obviously, they want the boys to notice them. But be aware that if you look too good, guys my age will notice, and nobody wants that, except pedophiles, and they're just sick.

2008 05 07

Hinomaru (Sun disc), Nisshōki (Sun flag), it goes by two names. It’s the flag of the Land of the Rising Sun, also known as Japan. Probably one of the most recognized flags in the world, and certainly one of the easiest to draw. It’s a white field with a red circle. Brilliant in its simplicity. I’ve been getting a lot of visits from Googlers looking for the flag of Japan, so here it is.
Animated Japanese Flag

I had thirty-six visitors in one day (I normally get less than five a day) almost all of them looking for the Japanese flag. Several of my pages have the Sun Disc on them, but I really only have two pages that are actually in the Japanese language. There’s ダニー愛, the Japanese version of my home page, and 出エジプト記 22 (Exodus 22). I will have more soon. Japanese is a hard language. I don’t speak it at all, so I must rely on electronic translation, sorry. It sucks, I know. Oh, there’s also the History of Godzilla in English and Japanese.

So, as long as you’re here, hang out for a few. There’s a bunch of stuff for you to check out. You can learn about history, read a book (War of the Worlds, Frankenstein, the first four books of the Bible), look at some Star Trek stuff, there’s a few paintings, some original cartoons, a couple video games, a page on current and future space flights, and more. Donnie Love.com is a work in progress. I've been uploading stuff for nearly a year and there’s so much more to come, so check back often. And don’t forgot to PLEASE! click on my advertisers. You don’t have to buy anything, just check them out.

Cool, thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again.

2008 07 07

Yes, it's the final four months before the Big Election. I’m talking about the U.S. Presidential Election. They’ve been gearing up for it now for a couple of years, and it all goes down this November 4th. It’s bound to be a pivotal day in our nation’s history. Will we have our first black president? There’s talk of record numbers of people turning out, droves of young voters from Generation Why? who have never lived through an American war before. Will they choose to continue or discontinue our involvement in Iraq? That’s really the Big Issue, is it not? Sure there are other concerns: the economy, health care, energy dependence, immigration, national security, the environment, blah blah blah blah blah; but, the biggest opposing viewpoint is the war in Iraq. The Republicans want to win the war, the Democrats want to get the hell out of there.

You do know that there are more than just two candidates, right? You didn't know that? Oh, yeah, that’s like one of America’s best kept secrets, right up there with the details about Roswell or the J.F.K. assassination. Yes! There are numerous choices! You don’t have to vote for Thing One or Thing Two, or the lesser of two evils. Now, be aware that there is, shall we say, a wide variety of choices for president. Any natural-born citizen over 35 who has lived here for fourteen years can run for president. One guy’s a Nazi (don’t vote for him), one guy wants to re-establish the Roman Empire here in America, there’s even some joker running under the “Keg Party” whatever that is. The vampire seems to have dropped out, I'm kind of bummed about that. I wasn’t going to vote for him, but I wanted to put his picture up on my website. Jonathan the Impaler, apparently he threatened to impale George Bush, so the secret service “investigated” him. I don’t know what happened after that. His website disappeared. He said he would only do it if he was elected.

Now, aside from the weirdoes, there are some respectable men and women who would like to take over the top job. Some good, intelligent, hard working people who are not career politicians, but business people, engineers, preachers, construction workers and even a painter, people who are sick of watching the land that they love being run into the ground. Just look at this guy. This guy is serious. Don’t you think he looks like Statler from the Muppet Show?

He looks pissed! He says he can’t smile knowing what a terrible mess our country is in. Who can blame him? So, there are honest people worth voting for. Most people don’t even know that. Just by reading this, you are already smarter than the average voter.

So who am I going to vote for? Well, I’ll save that for another time. Check back later and I’ll tell you all about it.

2008 09 12

“Are you going to vote for Barak Obama or John McCain?” I love when people ask me this question, because my answer is “Of course not!” Then I get the blank stare. I have never, ever in my life voted for a Publican or a Kleptocrat, and I never will. There really is no difference between the two. The Republicrats are all money- and power-hungry megalomaniacs who, in my opinion, are comparable to the supervillans in the comic books who want to rule the world and serve their own purposes. But, because I understand this, I am in the minority. And if you try to tell people that, they glare at you with that foggy look in their eyes like you just said something in an alien language.

“Why would you want to throw your vote away?” they will ask. The point is, my up-side-down friends, is that I don’t want to throw my vote away. If I wanted to throw my vote away I would vote for the Republicrats. Every election year I’m reminded of The Simpsons Halloween epiosode where Bill Clinton and Bob Dole were abducted and replaced by aliens. Their campaign slogan was, “It does not matter which one of us you vote for, either way, your planet is doomed!” Nothing could be closer to the truth, and the funny thing is, they won! As far as I'm concerned, a vote for the Republicrats is a vote for nobody. It won’t change a damned thing. We need change in our government — real change — not the kind of change that Obama or McCain are talking about. We’ve heard that song and dance before, and I would be deeply shocked if they changed anything for the better. To quote both Obama and McCain, that would be like “putting lipstick on a pig”.

The only interesting thing about this election is the fact that it’s guaranteed to be historic. For the first time ever, we have a black man running for president, and a Christian woman running for vice president. Many people see this as a step in the right direction. Some do not. Some don’t care. I’m mildly excited about this historic event. I would be wildly excited if there were a possibility of electing a third-party candidate. That would be historic. We haven’t had a president that wasn’t a Rebuplicrat in over 140 years, and many think it’s time we did.

The last time we even came close was in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party and beat the Republican candidate and incumbant, William Howard Taft. The Progressive Party came close again in 1924 when Robert La Follette won in his home State of Wisconsin. In 1968, Alabama Governor George Wallace won five states on the American Independant ticket, which was the last time a third-party candidate won any electoral votes. The closest we’ve come since then was in 1992 when Ross Perot won 18.9% of the popular vote, but no electoral votes. In every other election third-party candidates have run a distant third, leading people to believe that third-party candidates are unelectable.

Few people realize how badly we need a third-party president. They certainly could do no worse than the Republicrats. A big part of the reason is that the media ignore the third-party candidates, and most of the voters don’t even know they exist. As I’ve said before, there are some real whackos running for president, but there are respectable men and women, too. The political party I've voted for most often is the Libertarian Party. They are one of the biggest third parties and have the best platform, in my opinion. Their slogan is “Smaller Government, lower taxes, more freedom.” There’s no way anyone could argue with the principles of the Libertarian Party, that is, if anybody would bother to read them.

Former Congressman Bob Barr is this year’s Libertarian candidate. He wants to reduce government spending, protect our borders and restore civil liberties lost during the Bush administration. If you take the time visit his website and read his position on the issues, you will see that he is the perfect choice for our country. If you care at all about the future of this country and the future of your children, you will ignore the political hierarchy and vote for the only candidate who can repair our economy, and fix our broken government by enforcing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But alas, there are too many people who either are heavily invested in our corrupt government or just aren’t paying attention. If enough people pull the wool out of their eyes and vote not for the status quo, but for a candidate who wants to really change our government for the better and get back to what the Founding Fathers had in mind, then there is hope for this country yet.

I urge you to vote for Bob Barr for president and tell others to vote for him as well. Voting for the Republicrats is pointless. No matter which candidate you deem to be the lesser of two evils, either way our planet is doomed.

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