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CSS/JS 3D Cube

FeedMeComics Beta Launch

Shadowrun: The Anarchy Wars

J-B Weld a Bicycle Peddle to the Crank Arm

Introducing PolySure

Cyber Monkey 3D

Famous Artists in Modern America: Raphael

Arts Shows and Photography

Controling the Google Map Iframe

The Dark Lord Rises

Custom Form Check Boxes - JavaScript Class

HTML Color Selector Class

Styling Snipt Code Embeds

Simple Accordion JavaScript Class

I Stand with Rand

Glen Bradley for NCGOP Vice-Chair

CSS 3 @(at) Rules and Font Embeding

Happy New Year, New Site!

Making a Simple House with Blender 3D

Happy, Mic Check 121212

Making Mountains with Blender 3D

Bash ~ indexOf

Ana's Corner

ConstitutinalWar.org

Midwife Advocates Website

My Own City - Part 2

Virtual Box VS. VMware

My Own City (In Blender 3D)

The Return of DonvanH!

Geishas and Watercolor

More Vector Cartoon People

Basics of Graphic Optimization for Flash

Veterans for Ron Paul 2012

Dynamic Draggable Divs

AK Donovan Sole Brutha ~ Time Lapse

Disengaged Reality ~ Time Lapse

HTML5 Canvas Drawing

AnimatedImg - Javascript Class

CyberMonkeyDev.com Up

Charlotte, Photography, and Penguins

North Carolina CPM Rally

DJ The Sypher @ Heaven and Hell

Making a World... Map

TDI Site Complete

AS3 vs HTML5 Drawing

Poked in the Face ~ Time Lapse

WeAreChangeDC.org BETA up!

Jordan

Grendel Babies

SamMenkmeller.com is GO

Prince of the Pavement

Speed cooking for 100

AS3 to Clipboard to JAVA communication

Lighten Up ~ Time Lapse

AmbieMac.com is Up

Revisiting Design

Howl's Moving Castle

End the Fed 2009

Chicago!

Timer Tools AS3

Free Wallpapers!

Flash to PHP communication

Dynamic Timer Event Handling

JavaScript XML node array

XML to JavaScript structure return

Appalachian Trail

AS3 XML class [dXML]

Let Oklahoma Vote

MurderOne Shirt App

Stelor Games

Universal Click Handler

R,G,B, to HEX and back

Snipt.net

Kirupa Art Contest, 2nd!

AS3 Preloader Class

Purple Cauliflower

Paul is FREE!!!

Wallpaper tutorial

My First C++ App

Vigilant Logos

Free Paul Jacob

XML picture displayer

Flash Web Site Template

Afterdeployment.org

Easy Effects AS3

Election Judge

Attack of the Frownies

Gootropolis On-line World

Ohio Valley Recovery Inc.

Symphony City

Challenger Learning Center Site

CLC, E-Missions Site



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J-B Weld a Bicycle Peddle to the Crank Arm

7/11/15

I have started riding a bicycle recently for exercise because jogging all the time is boring. I bought a Vilano kit bike and put it together. I must not have tightened the right peddle enough though because after about 200 miles, the peddle started to feel like it was shifting when I peddled. I would tighten it back up and it would go away for a little while and come back. Then after some time the peddle was visibly lopsided and hanging out of the crank arm and it wasn't long till it fell off.

Looking at the crank arm it was pretty stripped out and the threading on the peddle was messed up too. I figured I would have to get a new arm and peddle but thought I might try and fix it with J-B Weld. I looked on the Internet and found one other person who had done this [unsuccessfully], however it was with a mountain bike and I am just ridding a street bike and don't intend to put hard stress on the peddle. I cleared off the peddle and arm with rubbing alcohol and then placed some tape on the back of the arm to seal the bottom of the arm hole. I mixed the J-B and glopped it into the arm hole then pushed the peddle down in. After that I took some rubber bands and wrapped them around the peddle and arm to secure the peddle while the J-B dries. I waited for two days (J-B requires one day to set) before I decided to take it out for a test run.

Conclusion

It doesn't work. Maybe if the threads weren't so stripped but even then it's doubtful. I set out on my bike planning an 8 mile ride to test the peddle. About 2 miles in I run into a friend and we went a little further past the end of the trail. We went somewhere between 12-15 miles. About three blocks away from my apartment I felt the peddle get loose. I look down and can see the J-B cracking. Then within seconds the peddle comes right off.




Happy New Year, New Site!

1/1/13

Happy New Year! I have a new site layout! I was going for an increased display area, as well as using the whole page. It was back in 2008 when I design DonovanH 2.0 and have plans to make it still usable, after I finish up all of the details with the new DH 3.0. I still have a working copy up of my Flash based student site. There is a nice little tool I had on there for showing off type face on line though. It's been a while since I have messed with font making but have often hand drawn letter sets.

Last year was quite an adventure, with a lot of learning experiences and travel. This year I turn 30! So I have to plan for one of the most epic adventures around my birth date. I'm looking forward to making some more art and hopefully make more time to get my other experiments done. Anyways, stay tuned for more posts about the interesting things I do and experience.




The Return of DonvanH!

7/16/12


Well, it has certainly been a while since I have made any sort of update to this website/blog. Trust me, it's not because I have been slacking, far from it. I have been burning the candle at booth ends, with a blow torch going at the center as well!

Since I last wrote I have learned a great deal about Blender 3D modeling tool, became a Ron Paul delegate, shot a (no-budget) commercial for Matt Riednhour who is running for County Commissioner, attended serveral awesome music shows such as World Inferno Friendship Society and Less Than Jake, started doing pottery again, helped oranize and make the website for Conservatives Against Unconstitutional Wars, changed my sites backend from XML to SQL, also I have made much more art work, designed logos, shot some nice photography, and finally moved my entire website from (the lame) Host for Web to Dreamhost! Indeed friends I have been busy

Not only have I been busy but some of my friends have been up to their own epic ventures. Mr. Pi (Paul Makarov) has been writing a song a day for well over 70 days and doesn't plan to stop until he has a years worth! Fellow cyber ninja Mike Logic has launched his new multi-media campaign, Windy City Slick, and has many new plans up his sleave (as usual). My good friend Xero has taken to making some interesting stencils as well as developing a whole new theme for his website. Finally, some long time friends of mine, Chris and Cara are getting married! I'll be driving 7 hours to wish them well and bring good luck and drunken shenanigans to their reception!


CyberMonkeyDev.com Up

3/19/11
After a little work and planning I have offically registered my own business and I have also gotten the website for it up and running. As of March 14th, 2011 CyberMonkeyDev.com is up live!

The site is all my design and programming however for the monkey mascot type character I turned to the expertice of one Steven Burnett-Wynn , who turned this,


into this,


If you didn't know Steven is also the same guy who illustrated about 80% of the childrens games in my games section. He is good at what he does and great to work with. I can always rely on him to give life to my concepts.

Now it's to get a phone number for the company and business cards. I also need to seek guidance in marketing. Right now I have a marketing/sales consultant who works on commission. This is good, but only a temporary plan. If you have some useful tactics you would be willing to share, please send me an e-mail.


Charlotte, Photography, and Penguins

3/13/11


So as mentioned previously I have moved to Charlotte NC, and in case I haven't mentioned before I started my own company called Cyber Monkey Development, but more on that later. Right before I moved to Charlotte a nice lady in my pottery lab, named Ginger, gave me an old Pentex ME Super manual camera. Now that I finally have a manual camera again I can take real pictures, capture real light, not that digital rubbish fake light.

Honestly, I have yet to get real film and take it out for some shooting. However I have been practicing and finding spots I want to shoot. Here are some pictures I have taken with my digital camera, around the city of Charlotte.


I do plan on returning to where my best shots where taken with my digital camera and capture real light with my manual. Anyways, I need a lot of practice. I am still a novice when it comes to photography, though I do know the ropes.

On a completely unrelated note. I have had a couple days where I haven't been swamped with work, so I did something I haven't done in quite some time. I played a video game! Seems like over the years I have made more games then I have played. Anyways, the game that has stolen hours of my time and replaced them with enjoyment is called Freedroid RPG, and it is awesome! It is also completely free.

Freedroid RPG is developed on Linux environments but has a version for Windows systems too. It reminds me of a more live action Chrono Trigger. Your character is the Linux penguin "Tux" and you get all kinds of crazy abilities to control robots, which comes in handy, for in this world robots went crazy and started killing everyone. It's up to you to help defeat the robots! Anyways if you have some time to kill download this game and check it out.


North Carolina CPM Rally

3/5/11


A couple of days ago my friends the Suiter family had informed me that a very prominant midwife in North Carolina had been arrested for practcing. Now for those who are un-aware, NC is one of a couple states where Certified Professional Midwives are not allowed to practice, which is rather absured, as you can give birth at home with out one just fine.

On March 2nd, hundreds of People rallied in Raleigh NC to demand a change in legislation and the right to chose how they give birth. Anyways, using my intermiedate knowledge of video taping and editing, I put togeather a nice little video coverning the event. I would like to thank all of those who gave me a couple minuets of their time to speak and help make this video.


WeAreChangeDC.org BETA up!

6/30/10


So recently I have launched the BETA version of WeAreChangeDC.org after starting on the project waaaaaaay back in January. Why the delay? Well, I have been doing a lot of work with Artist Web Builders and have not had to much time to devote to the site. Also the first half of 2010 has been filled with many ups and downs. Im glad I have at least been able to devote more of my time to doing art this year.

Also coinciding with the launch of WeAreChangeDC.org, I have been working with the group to hold a protest of the Federal Reserve on July 3rd, in Washington DC, us locals call the place to District of Criminals. For those who are not in the know about the Fed I would encourage you watch the movie below. With that I thank you for reading and wish you a merry day.



Update
View the archived page HERE.


Jordan

6/5/10
I have lost close friend and lover recently. It astounding how much you realise you care for some one when you can never tell them that again. The best way I was able to cope with this experiance was to honor her memory with art.


I will put up the picture after i have it profesionally scanned. View the finished version on my Illustration page.


Prince of the Pavement

4/3/10


In the busy hustle of life I have almost forgotten to share with you (my readers and friends) the joyous news that your Donovan was actually featured on a music CD! Now it's nothing major, just a brief sampling of a guitar riff I came up with while hanging out with friend and multi-talented sound producer Mike Logic of Doom City Audio, but still was something I was very happy to get to be a part of.

Take a listen :)




Revisiting Design

12/2/09

Back in 2007 I graduated from college with a degree in graphic design. Before I even graduated I had a job, not as a designer (though I worked with designers), but as a programmer. Not much has changed since graduation as my current job title is "Programmer". I have always been fascinated on how all those series of 1 and 0 make things happen. Programming can be fun and challenging (when it's not boring and frustrating), however it seems I have spent so much time delving into making things happen that I have not focused much on making them pretty.

This past month instead of researching how to execute command lines, perform cross platform communication, or further any of my various programmatic experiments; I have instead been reading design blogs, studying up on design trends, and finding some nice resources to make designing easier. Back in my college days of design I wanted to make everything from scratch, which would be cool if I were some sort of design master. Now I'm trying my best to put all stubbornness aside and focus on the outcome of a design experiment rather than how I came to it, in other words using different brushes and textures that I had not created personally.

With all these new brushes, textures, and resources design is becoming very fun again. Anyways I want to share some awesome design resources I have came across lately. They have inspired and aided me and I hope some of these links are useful to you all :) enjoy.

60 Free Illustrator Brushes

Huge List of Photoshop Brushes

Super Awesome Free Textures Site

Great Aid for Brain Storming

Sweet Web Design Site

Help Finding the Right Colors

Great Font Site, with a Font Finder!

Good Design Blog


End the Fed 2009

11/22/09


So I joined the good folks of We Are Change, Campaign for Liberty, and Young Americans for Liberty in order to protest the group of private bankers that have a strangle hold on the American monetary system, aka The Federal Reserve.

For those who don't know the "Fed" as they are commonly referred to is a consortium of private banking organizations with the Rothschilds Bank of England sitting at the top, and these bankers control our monetary system? YES. Personally I see this as a risk to our national security and freedom. Also that fact that under Fed control the dollar has been removed from the gold standard and is worth only 2% of what it was before they took them helm, adds to why I don't like the Federal Reserve. Interested in knowing more? Here are some nice documentaries to watch.

America: Freedom to Fascism
The Money Masters



Chicago!

10/5/09
So, I have been to two major cities for the first time this year. The first being New York City, which was awesome but I was only there for a day (9/11/09) and it was raining the whole time. The second being Chicago, and it was awesome! I went to visit my sister for her birthday and get out of the DC area for a week. I had a fun filled week of hanging out with my sisters and their friends, skating, eating at awesome vegan restaurants and doing your basic toristy type things. I went to the sears tower and stood in a glass booth 103 floors above the city. I went to Millenium park at night and saw all kinds of interesting lights and scupltures. All and all I would recommend going to Chicago some time for those who have not, it's a fun place to venture about.




Appalachian Trail

7/2/09


I was luck enough to get some time off work and decided I have not been on a good hike in a while, so! I decided to go hike a section of the Appleachian trail. This is my second hike on the trail, and I forgot how mountainous the trail was. I had two souls brave enough to venture with me, John and Bosko, members of We Are Change Virginia. Togeather we went on an awesome 4 day 50+ mile hike. Above is a little slide I put togeather of the pictures we took out on the trail.


Snipt.net

5/1/09

WOW!!! I have found a truly awesome site for the modern traveling developer, snipt.net. The idea is actually rather simple, you copy your code to the site and it displays your code in wonderful syntax highlighting. Then if your ever out on the go and can't quite remember how you structured some efficient piece of code, just go to your Snipt account and look it up!

You also have a choice weather the code you add to the site is public or private. In the spirit of open source I lean towards making all my snips public in the spirit of open source! I am already in love with this site, it has a very clean look and is easy to use, and for all of you who have been wishing I would share code more often, well now every time I add to my snipt account I will also post it to my site, wow, that mean I'll be updating my blog A LOT more. Catch ya in the biteArray!


Kirupa Art Contest, 2nd!

4/16/09

WIN!
Ok, well I didn't get 1st, but I did manage to get entered in the Kirupa.com draw yourself competition and win 2nd! I was pretty happy to be recognized for having some small degree of artistic skill and the $100 prize is nice too!

One point of hilarity I would like to point out is that all though I got 2nd place I actually the the 3rd highest amount of votes. That is to say that I was beaten by "None (Just show me the results!)", LOL++! So I am 2nd place but beat by none, wow, that statement could be open to a whole set of interpretations.
btw, the picture winning drawing, along with a bunch more of my art stuffs should be making it to the site soon!


Purple Cauliflower

3/15/09
Some times in life colors all blend together and the great feats of nature and man seem mundane and trivial. At what point do trees become un-interesting, when every last one is different? When do you lose interest in problem solving when any problem has an unthinkable amount of solutions? Life being in the abstract, non-biological, is the interpretation of the one "living" it. Variety being the abstract "spice" of the abstract "life", and I a lover of spice, crave variety. Recently my view of variety has been aroused by one of the most beautiful vegetables I have ever seen, the purple cauliflower.

Now I have seen a lot of different plants in my life. I am a life long lover of nature, and have even worked on a farm, yet I have never seen purple cauliflower, and this puts a whole new spin on how i see other things. Well this little bit of acknowledgment has kicked my right brian into action.

Since my first encounter with the purple cauliflower I have been taking things more slowly and from an increased array of perspectives. Tomorrow I plan on eating the cauliflower and shall consider a variety of ways to perpare the dish. Which brings me back to variety, ummm. I had found the purple cauliflower when visiting a MOM's store I had never patroned.

Variety brings about more variety, but you must open up your boundaries to find it. Count the rings in a tree, count the trees in a ring. Count the rings in base 2, 8, 10, 16 and yes even 13.Anyways, go some where new find your purple cauliflower and notice the intricacies of life, cause variety is a spice that grows every where. INSPIRATION!!!


Paul is FREE!!!

1/29/9
I am pleased to say that a client and friend of mine Paul Jacob has beaten his case in Oklahoma! Finally he can get back to what is important like assisting people with petition's and supporting ballot initiatives. For those who don't know, Paul caught fire from Oklahoma after aiding the citizens of that state on a petition. If you would like to know more, visit the site I did for Free Paul Jacob! On a final note looking at this picture makes me think a hair cut should be in my near future.


Election Judge

1/16/08
I have been asked to participate on the Maryland Board of Elections for the coming Presidential Election! I am honored to serve and make sure the election process happens in a fair and just manor. For those who are not aware the Maryland primary election is February 12th, and the general election is November 4th.
Here is an interesting fact I have learned during the election judge classes, if you sign you name a ballot and leave it blank it still counts as a vote! No kidding, these are votes of no-confidence.