Why name a site DrPsychotic.com?
Unfortunately, the name Dr Psychotic scares some
people. But wasn't it Shakespeare that said a rose by any
other name still smells pretty much the same? I mean, he
could have been called Dr Nutjob or something else. But I was going through one crazy name
after another and all of the domain names I entered were taken
except DrPsychotic.com. Why pick a name that has something to do with
insanity? Well I wanted to do a website that was
predominately humor-based. You see, quite often, humor is
associated with insanity. Words like wacky, zany, and crazy
are often used to describe something of a comedic
next reason would be because I wanted to create a cartoon
character who was bent on world conquest. A mad doctor of
sorts. One who was delusional, paranoid and the
works. So I created the character first, then sought out a
name. The third reason has a little more to do with my own
life. Insanity is a subject I happen to know a little
about. My father is a schizophrenic. I guess that
makes me a son of a schitz.
With mental illness,
unfortunately, there are feelings of shame sometimes. As a
kid, you sometimes feel embarrassed when you see others laughing
at your father while he is doing an Indian sun dance on the
front lawn. Or when they see him picking up cigarette
butts off of the road and lighting them up. One
can often explain to others the nature of the problem one's dad
might be the victim of. Some understand, empathize, and
comprehend, once you explain. Some still find it amusing
and some even look down on those neighbors with the "crazy"
father. Then you have to think to yourself that they
only do that out of their own ignorance. So,
on the site I have a "Psychotic
Dictionary" where people can actually acquire the
information I had to quite often explain. I mix a little humor in with the definitions.
Humor acts as a great coping
mechanism in a variety of situations. Therefore, you will find a
lot of insanity related jokes on this site. I also have an
article on schizophrenia
which provides more detailed information on the subject. The
intention, regarding this site, was never to make fun of insanity or
those suffering from it. But they say the first rule of
writing is to write about what you know. It's a humor site
and I know about insanity, so you figure out why I worked in so
many jokes about it.
Why build a site around a cartoon
When I was a kid, I
wanted to be a cartoonist. I took art lessons and was
learning to paint oils and all that. Then one day I told
my art teacher that I wanted to draw cartoons. She told me
that cartoons were for babies. I no longer wanted to take
lessons anymore. As a kid, I just loved cartoons and I
thought that there would be no better job on the planet than
creating them. And here was somebody telling me that
something I loved so much was "stupid". I lost
interest in it and stopped drawing cartoons. The only
exception was when I was bored in school I would doodle cartoons.
They would often be unflattering depictions of my
teachers. When the cartoon
thing fizzed out, I tried out the guitar. That's when I
became a musician.
Since I am also a musician, I created a section for this site
where you can learn guitar
chords and scales. I created features that would
include information would have liked to have had made
available when I was first learning. I've also included
other instruments like keyboards, mandolin, recorder,
banjo and harmonica.
So now you know where
all of this came from. I hope it makes more sense to you
now. check back every now and then to see what's new and
please spread the word. Thanks.