Jonathan Lipps
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There's beauty in everything; I'm learning how to see it.

My band is also on Backlight:
http://splendourhyaline.backlight.org
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Idou, ho kosmos ēgerthē!
Idou, ho kosmos ēgerthē!
Sunset Beneath the World Trees
Radcliffe Camera at Night
Above and Below
Radcliffe Camera Panorama
Trinity College, Cambridge
Marathon
Marathon
Red Mountains
Ha le lo ya
Christmas at Squaw Valley
Duke Cathedral Organ
Bowen Island Harbor
Ambiguity
Graveyard
Santa Maria del Mar
The Golden Gate at Sunset
Fighter Jets In Formation
The Wayfaring Aesthete Engages the Road in Conversation
Snakedike (5.7R)
Prelude
Prelude
Jonathan's Backdrop What is this?
Why: The Settlers of Catan is a great game because it has a complex ruleset allowing for a great variety of gameplay. A lot of the game comes from the rolling of dice--so there's an element of chance--but it doesn't take away the opportunity to become a skilled player and to make good decisions!

Catan is also unique in that players do not confront each other directly in the game world--it's not "violent", so to speak. It's more about trade, collaboration, and pursuing certain goals that you think will lead to victory.

My only real problem with Catan is that when I play it with my friends, one Trent Wiesen always ends up winning...
Why? We were in third grade. She was adorable. She wanted to hold my hand. I played it cool and pretended that I didn't want to (I realized boys are supposed to be disgusted by girls at that age). Then when she went away I was sad because I really liked her. You'd think things would be different now but I basically never got past that point in relationship education. Just kidding. I think...?
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? 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.
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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"

http://tinyurl.com/by5fvd

hahahahahaha.
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 doltrogge@earthlink.net. 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)
AWESOME PUMPKIN!!!!!
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)
Booyah!
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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