Jonathan Lipps
Log in to follow
Creations: 32
People inspired: 206
Crayons donated: 0
There's beauty in everything; I'm learning how to see it.

My band is also on Backlight:
people Jonathan follows
people following Jonathan
Jonathan is inspired by
Kenya Life Redemption Old Churches Intimacy Children Precision Halloween Finishing Strong Dreams Brothers Homebuilding Water Graveyards Improvisation Ambiguity Radcliffe Camera Lake Michigan Running Roots The Sierra Nevadas Evocation Harbors HDR Gratuitous Digital Editing Skill Light Dusk Jessica Kuras Color Carbon Footprint Oxford Churches Names We Cannot Know Experimenting Dinosaurs Stanford University Christmas Small Houses Ghosts Egg Nog Living In The Moment The Blue Angels Relationships Hearing God Stillness Injuries California Sunsets Scapegoat Illumination DIY Boats Trying New Things Trees Cambridge Africa Golden Gate Bridge Humility Integration Barcelona Spine Tingles Liberation Secret Chords Dudes And Dudettes Snakedike NT Wright The Blaze Of Light In Every Word Minor Falls Vancouver Photography Universities Taking Things Into Your Own Hands Training Reversals J.R.R. Tolkien Settlers Of Catan Tumaini Hope Runs Night Fleet Week Hollywood Spore Boundaries Restoration Schloss Mittersill Napa Valley Sex Long Walks With A Friend Being Done The Beach Outcast Valentine's Day Ultimate Frisbee Squaw Valley Hope Love Trinity Waiting Hallelujahs The United Kingdom Music God Silence Sun Resurrection Organs Change Friendship Sunsets Image Hearts Creativity Stability Marathons Graduating The Sea Stolen Glimpses Architecture Travel Rock Climbing Shadow Ambition Snow Warmth Photohunts San Francisco Exploration Patience Canada Painting Longing Yosemite Cathedrals Duke University Fun Stuff Orphans HDR Photography Mountains Brokenness Community Lake Tahoe Bowen Island Nature APIs Space Adventure Health Dan Urban Broken Hallelujahs Experimentation Pain Climbing Darkness Learning New Things Snowboarding Growth Unexpected Results Separation Rain Easter Journeying Costa Rica Ruminations On War
Sort by:
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
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? 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.
Why? Besides being a formidable scholar, Tolkien was one of the most creative authors of our time. The sheer magnitude and coherence of the world he put together is awe-inspiring. He tapped into something deep in my subconscious when he wrote about Middle-Earth--things that my ancient European ancestors lived and breathed because it was their worldview, their myth.

Most retellings of these "myths" turn out to be just stories. But Tolkien, I think because of his scholarship, knew how to connect to the essence of myth and ground his stories in something more than entertainment. In sum, his works survive as some of the most beautiful pieces of fantasy ever created.
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...?
Jonathan's Wall
Log in to write on Jonathan's wall!
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"
All Jonathan's BackBrites:
Easter Sunrise
Christmas Tree
Moonlit Landing
Elements of...

Log In or Sign Up

Facebook Connect:
Email Address:
Forgot your password?