You could say that this site is simply an outlet for my creative energy (whatever that may be), so it won’t all be directed at one single topic. Most of the entries will fall within one of three categories:
- Journal entries about my exciting life (if I may be allowed to exaggerate) and about my family.
- Essays/Papers/General posts on subjects that I’ve studied and thought about.
- News items that that I find interesting and that I think others might also find interesting.
Some of the more extensive entries that I write will be included in the “Resources” page – usually in the form of PDF documents, but if I have any programs to include in the future I’ll add them as well.
I chose the pseudonym “Donatello” on August 24, 2001, when I started responding to people on a message board at www.killdevilhill.com. The first post that I responded to was a post titled “Don’t” in the Science and Religion forum, written by a poster who used the name “Thinker”. The first line in that post was “Don’t tell me to belive in god! Did i tell you to belive in science?” (sic), so I decided to use a pseudonym that was a play on the words “Don’t tell” for a little bit of irony. I figured that I had a choice, then, between Donato and Donatello – but Donatello fit better and sounded more interesting to me, so that is what I ended up using.
After that, it didn’t take a whole lot of time before others in the forum noticed that they could tie my name in with the name of another poster who had posted there for quite some time – Raphael. Since Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are the names of the four turtles in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, people started to make references to Donatello the ninja turtle. I’m not sure if Raphael minded that much, but it wasn’t too big of a deal to me since I liked the TMNT when I was younger anyway and it gave a bit more character to the pseudonym.
Ever since then I’ve been using the pseudonym. Perhaps it’s just for the fun of using one, or perhaps it’s just because I’ve grown accustomed to using it, but that is how it’s been for the past almost eight years now. If anyone is curious, though, my real, given name is John (named after my mother’s father).