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Jan 25, 2006

Added a Tip Jar

Hi Peeps,
I added a Tip jar, because our server bill is going to be in the gazillions of dollars. The traffic for this site is officially Out Of Control™ and we're looking into ways to serve up The Cuteness™ in the future. Al Gore and I are working on it. Please consider the tip jar, but only if you've had impeccable service ;)
Thank you,

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Who is your host?

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:12 PM

move it to the top of the page, or no one will ever see it!!!!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:34 PM

Why do you trade market every third word in your posts? Marking "out of control" is crazy.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:39 PM

Just a heads up... I can't tip you- something goes wrong when I transfer from the Tip jar to Paypal. My browser window still says "cute overload" at the top and it is impossible to log in to Paypal on the secure server and finish the transaction...

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:44 PM

I'll see if I can change it. Thanks for the head's up!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:49 PM

You might want to
1) move the tip jar up so people can see it
2) open it either in a new window (target="_blank") or open it without the cuteoverload frameset (target="_top")

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:54 PM

I had actually looked for one before, since I think you should get a little help. Of course, do large tips constitute bribes for putting in photos that we submit? LOL...

*bats eyelashes*

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 01:59 PM

pants. paypal is broken. keeps saying i'm logged out when i'm not... i'll have to try again in a few days. and yes, move tipjar to more prominent position. and stick kittens on it. and make it dance!
maybe not the last one.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:01 PM

I don't think this picture of the donkey is cute at all, I think it is mean.

Mandy Speers
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:02 PM

fail language I can handle. Inhumane pictures bug me though. I would hate to think you found that picture funny or cute.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:12 PM

Dear Mandy, Joanne,

Please get a life.

The Rest of the World

D.R. Tong
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:19 PM

Can you also hook up with an Amazon tipjar? I want to contribute, but am not willing to go to the hassle of all the sign up with PayPal just for this.

(Yeah, rant on about how I'm lazy all you like, but I already have about 50 passwords in my life, and I'm not going to add another one unless there's a damn good reason.)

Maynard Handley
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:27 PM

I gotta agree that the picture is sad- poor donkey.

That said, I hope the tip jar helps you keep things running here at Cute Overload.

Without my daily Dose of Cuteness... things'd get ugly.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:29 PM

It was there, now it's gone. I assume it's coming back, though, right?

Can't hardly contribute without some kind of link, grumble grumble kids these days...

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:38 PM

Oh and Pheral, pants to you too. And suspenders. ;)

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:41 PM

Yes, Maynard, Great idea on Amazon Tip Jar. Will look into it and add it if I can.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:47 PM

I agree with you Mandy and Joanne.
D.R. Tong, maybe you need to be a little bit kinder.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 02:55 PM

Wow, I'm glad Mandy and Joanne don't read my blog... I've used that donkey picture before...
PayPal worked just fine for me, cash is on the way!
Keep up the great work, this stuff makes my day!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:03 PM

I don't like the donkey picture either.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:05 PM

That awful pic is supposed to make me want to tip you?
Oh please try again - hint use a kitten and a link!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:07 PM

I think the donkey picture was used because it's a play-on-words... the donkey is in the air because the cart TIPPED over. Tip jar... get it? And because, well, it's kinda funny. I doubt anyone tried to hurt the donkey or did that on purpose- the cart was just too heavy. It's called physics.

Donkeys are tough little guys and I'm sure they were able to get him down just fine. :)

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:12 PM

We get so caught up in how amusing and cuuuuuuuute animals are, maybe some of us forget that they are live beings with nerve ending and feelings.
That donkey is hitched up so it cannot move. The psychological stress as well as the physical stress are not funny to the donkey, I am sure.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:24 PM

Okeydoke. PayPal link worked. Cheers!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:26 PM

I agree with the thin-skinned college sophomores. And since we've got no life, let's head over to Bangladesh and set that fu@king donkey free. Then maybe we can look back on this photo and laugh? To donate funds for our altruistic ass saving mission please visit www.growasenseofhumor.org . . .

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:47 PM

Please people, the donkey looks fine. He is probably glad to get a load off his feet and is enjoying hangining out! Cute Overload loves animals and is dedicated to their happiness and well-being. Enough said.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:47 PM

To those who think the donkey picture is inhumane, and not cute: Does it look like the ass is thriving in pain?? NO, he's just sittin there, it's not like he's hanging on a hook by his neck.
He does seem to have a look on his face like "WTF?!?" It's more funny than anything...lighten up people. It's like getting picked up from under the arms...no biggie.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 03:52 PM


 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 04:11 PM

P.S. I tried to donate but it gave me the same message of not being logged in. Will try again tomorrow.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 04:27 PM

Meanwhile think of the donkey.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 05:05 PM


 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 05:07 PM

Oh Jeff, v funny. LOL.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 05:18 PM

The Donkey picture is not funny. How do you really know it was not hurt???

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 05:21 PM

How do you know it was? By the evidence presented (ie the picture) it is impossible to tell, and therefore it is likewise pointless to speculate.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 05:29 PM

Hi! I'd like to tip, but sometimes I get uneasy using PayPal. Is there an address that I can send a check to? Thanks!

Karen F.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 05:51 PM

Why not do what everyone else does and add Google Adwords? I know they're annoying and not at all cute, but they help cover the costs.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 06:09 PM

The donkey is indeed "tipping" and it says "Server bills" on the load he's trying to pull! What an amazing coincidence. ;)

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 06:16 PM

I love this site but I think the photo of the donkey is really out of synch with the whole tone and, knowing what I do about cart & harness, that donkey was in discomfort. It does look funy if you're disconnected from the reality of it.

I'm amazed at the people who insult and try to invalidate those who've shown dislike of the inhumane image. Not only is it rude, it comes across as really hypocritical.

Others who have looked at this (yes, we in our office love this site!), ar ereally disappointed in the choice to use that photo... and to Jeff, we say: take your pubescent angst and shove up your sarcastic uh... donkey.

cat lover
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 06:54 PM

I'll gladly donate when there's a different picture.

Zena Marie
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 06:59 PM

You should just put up ads. They're not that annoying and would more than make up the server costs because I'm guessing you have a pretty high daily hit count.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:01 PM

um... has it occurred to any of you peeps who think that's just a cute photo that the donkey was expected to pull a load that huge?... and that, even if they take off enough weight so he whomps back down on his feet, that was still a really hefty load for a relatively small animal.

I know: he's just a donkey, not cute and fuzzy....and it's happening ina 3rd world country and we're not supposed to be bothered, but it actually really sucks.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:04 PM

Really tacky choice there.

Get a different picture please... one that's in line with your professed fondness for animals.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:06 PM

My vote: not funny, definitely painful for the animal, as the poster who mentioned their familiarity with harness horses and tack mentioned.

E. Collison
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:13 PM

Hey all you whiners, guess what? You're RACISTS! That's right, you only complain about the treatment of the donkey because you're insensitive to economic conditions in the Third World.

Ha! I out-PCed you!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:16 PM

Err - look a little more carefully at the way the harness goes under his forelegs and around the lower part of the donkey's neck and upper chest.

I've never thought of pain as being "PC"!

E. Collison
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:21 PM

I AM EXTREMELY OFFENDED by all this humorless estrogenic whinging. Ladies and gentlemen, please unwad your panties. If donkeys wish to engage in consensual BDSM play, so be it. It's their right. I don't care what your bible says.

Seriously folks, relax. Have you ever eaten meat or worn leather? That actually promotes animal cruelty. A mildly humorous picture of a donkey in discomfort posted online does not. No one is going to go out and hurt a donkey after seeing this. But every time you buy meat or leather, you forward unspeakable animal cruelty and murder. Shouldn't you focus your efforts on that front, rather than complaining about some damn picture? Or are you just a bunch of overly concerned self-important hypocrites?

Look at the picture again. Then look at your shoes. Think about what you had for dinner. Remember that the animals you consume experience pain and suffering a million times worse than that donkey's discomfort. Now STFU.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 07:51 PM

Let me guess, Magdalein - you've never saddled and bridled a horse? It's very possible to hurt them by doing it wrong. I'd hate to think what being strung up by *my* chest and forearms would feel like.

That's all.

Brennan Haas
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 08:06 PM

no-likee the donkey picture either, however i do get the joke.
here are some cute donkey pics:

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 08:09 PM

Oh, nice pics!

And yes, I get the point too :)

E. Collison
 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 08:11 PM

Bobo: You made me laugh very loud, that was awesome!!
And Magdalein: Amen sister!!

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 08:19 PM

Throw some Google ads on here. I wouldn't mind, and I doubt most users would.

 |  Jan 25, 2006 at 08:22 PM

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