Jonathan Lipps
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Idou, ho kosmos ēgerthē!
Idou, ho kosmos ēgerthē!
Sunset Beneath the World Trees
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Above and Below
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Trinity College, Cambridge
Red Mountains
Ha le lo ya
Christmas at Squaw Valley
Duke Cathedral Organ
Bowen Island Harbor
Santa Maria del Mar
The Golden Gate at Sunset
Fighter Jets In Formation
The Wayfaring Aesthete Engages the Road in Conversation
Snakedike (5.7R)
Jonathan's Backdrop What is this?
How was it? It was amazing. Not only did Neal Stephenson create another interesting cosmos, he filled it with a philosophical and scientific history rich enough to rival our own!

It's hard to describe exactly what the novel is about, but the basic idea is this: there's a world called Arbre that's a lot like Earth but not exactly. In this world there is a group of monk-like people living out a cloistered life, only their aims in doing so are not religious per se, but rather scientific, mathematical, or philosophical. This sort of monastery has been around for thousands of years, and seen hundreds of "Saecular" dynasties rise and fall outside of their walls.

Into this compelling timelessness, events of global significance start happening that force these cloistered folk to re-engage with the rest of humanity and help solve a mysterious cosmological crisis.

I think the reason I loved the book so much was the philosophical thought that Stephenson put into it, under the guise of discussions between various characters. Novels often point in this direction, but I've rarely seen them succeed so marvelously at it as this one. Check it out!
Why? 4 AM is a magical time for me, because whenever I'm awake at the time, it means something special is happening. Whether I've stayed up really late for some reason (hanging with friends or doing something cool), or whether I've gotten up really early, the sense of being awake at a secret time when no one else has stirred is awesome.

I think my love of 4 AM started when I was a child, because on family road trips, where we were liable to drive for 12 or 15 hours a day, my parents thought it safer to wake up while it was still dark and finish the long drive while it was still light. So I can remember the anticipation and the delicious feel of adventure packing up the car and pulling out of the driveway at 4 in the morning.
Why? The Joshua Tree is one of the coolest trees in existence. First of all, it's a desert creature, which means that it is tough, hardy, and can survive in very harsh environments. Since the desert may be my favorite landscape, I'm obviously predisposed to such a tree...

More than that, since water is scarce, trees in the desert can't grow too close together. That gives each Joshua tree a sense of separateness, of solitude, that some of its forest brethren don't share. I love the melancholy stillness that the trees exude in this way.

Of course, they're also just beautiful. Complicated curves and twists of the branches, a soft-looking feathery bark (not soft to the touch, though!), and the unique bristles of green... Everything an artist could ask for in a subject.
Why? Something about the feeling I get when there's inclement weather is just amazing. I love sitting inside and watching things actually happen outside. Now that I live in Northern California, much of the year is dominated by sun, which can get tiresome to me. The drama of weather is a very inspirational thing, and it can often feel very monotonous here.
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Kristen Rieke said: (on Jun 2, 2009)
hi! you were just in my class. I said that maybe you should add some other options for mediums that people can select, like having "print" and "drawing" under the images tab, but I also think maybe people should be able to name the medium themselves once they select "other image," just so the artist can be more specific (like if it's a monotype print vs. a screenprint). thanks for coming in!
Brad Wolfe said: (on Apr 14, 2009)
what what!
Erin Weston said: (on Feb 17, 2009)
in response to "bloody love"

Gloria Lee said: (on Feb 13, 2009)
and i love your answer about 4AM. i feel the same whenever we go to southern california or tahoe (the snow)!
Gloria Lee said: (on Feb 13, 2009)
hey! thanks for the note. :)
i love the pac man backbrite, by the way. i miss those old days..
Sarah Colby said: (on Jan 14, 2009)
I love the profile picture, JT! I remember getting a copy of that when you were small and showing it off to my friends at school, saying, "This is my nephew! Isn't he a doll??" :)
JEANNE CANNON said: (on Jan 4, 2009)
I just saw the crayon thing and I love it! What an interesting way to give back :)
Ricky Kendall said: (on Dec 4, 2008)
dude.The Perishers are an incredible band. Thanks for introducing me to them. Love it.
Jonny Jimison said: (on Dec 2, 2008)
Awesome backbrite! =)
Unitarymatrix said: (on Nov 25, 2008)
I am prophesying the end of the Western banking system, a bolshevik revolution in Guam, and the return of Suzanne Somers to the big screen.
Sarah Oltrogge said: (on Nov 12, 2008)
JT- invite Uncle- his email is He had no idea until I told him today, so I guess maybe your mom has a bad email for him- thanks. He wants to answer more questions than anyone else here has and he wants to do this tonight. :-) So competitive he is!!
Erin Weston said: (on Nov 10, 2008)
what does your face say, Jonathan?
Sarah Oltrogge said: (on Nov 10, 2008)
Hey JT, pretty cool dude!
Erin Weston said: (on Nov 1, 2008)
Erin Weston said: (on Oct 28, 2008)
I think it turned into happiness :)
Erin Weston said: (on Oct 23, 2008)
p.s. booyah right back--i will have more! HA!
Melissa Reyes said: (on Oct 22, 2008)
that is a sweet profile pic. you flying?:)
Hannah Pool said: (on Oct 22, 2008)
I love 4 AM =]
Erin Weston said: (on Oct 20, 2008)
Brad Wolfe said: (on Oct 17, 2008)
i told you white was a good color to add on the backbrite!
Melissa Reyes said: (on Oct 16, 2008)
So THAT'S what you were coding yesterday...;)
JEANNE CANNON said: (on Oct 16, 2008)
Yay for walls! Seriously :)
Erin Weston said: (on Oct 15, 2008)
hey! this is pretty cool!
Brad Wolfe said: (on Oct 15, 2008)
did you just build a wall post feature? you're brilliant!
Jonathan's BackBrite: "Pacman Pwnership"
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