I’ve been going by the username Jomegat on the Internet for a long time. Jomegat would be more properly rendered J Omega T, but I always just jam it all together.

Here are a few things about me:

  • I am the director of the Central New Hampshire Flames Pathfinder Club.
  • I am the primary editor of the Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book, now officially adopted and hosted by the NAD Youth Ministries.
  • Pathfinders is an important part of my life and soaks up most of my free time.
  • I take a lot of pictures of wild flowers.
  • Most people would classify the flowers I photograph in the “weed” category.
  • I also take pictures of other things I find in nature, including mushrooms, moss, lichen, slime molds, gastropods, insects, frogs, trees, animal sign (tracks and scat) etc. Most of these things have Pathfinder (aka Adventist Youth, or AY) Honors associated with them, and sometimes the photos make it into the Answer Book.
  • I serve as an Elder at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Concord, NH.
  • I have a wife, two sons, a daughter, and a Border Collie named Penny.
  • I work as an engineer at a telecom firm writing embedded software for signal processing. Some of it is cool. You have probably never seen any of the products my software is in.
  • I have used Linux as my main operating system since 1995 (before Win95 was released even).
  • I probably cannot fix your computer. You are probably having an issue with some version of Windows which I avoid like the plague.
  • My yard is full of fascinating weeds. I do not fertilize it, but I do mow it sometimes.
  • I built a canoe in 1998. I love to paddle it, especially in whitewater (though I don’t often get that opportunity).
  • I also love to camp, hike, and go backpacking.
  • I like math. Sometimes I get to do math problems at work. Those are good days at the office.
  • I teach Sabbath School to the “Earliteens” (ages 13-14). I’ve been teaching in the children’s divisions since 1998.
  • I moved to New Hampshire from Northern Virginia in 2004. I love it here.
  • I like woodworking, especially using hand tools and techniques perfected in the 19th century. It’s very difficult to cut your finger off with a handsaw, but not that hard with power tools. Zing! gone.
  • My favorite hand tool is a bench plane. I love planing so much that I accidentally reduced the thickness of my canoe hull to zero when I was smoothing it. I had to replace a few planks.

17 Responses to “About”

  1. Gillian Says:

    Hi – I found a photo you took of witch hobble (hobblebush) on Wikipedia – I’d like to use it to illustrate our newspaper’s gardening column for next week. Just wanted to make sure that was okay and determine what you’d like to be called in the credit.
    Thanks!

  2. jomegat Says:

    Thanks! I sent an email answering your question.

  3. littlebangtheory Says:

    Darn those “homeopathic” canoe planks! 🙂


  4. I’m glad to hear you’re taking pictures of “weeds.” As I like to say: One man’s weed is another man’s wildflower, and I’m that other man. I do my native plant photography in central Texas:

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    1. jomegat Says:

      Thanks for stopping by Steve! I’ve added your blog to my subscription list.🙂 What stunning photography!


      1. Thank you. Happy viewing.

  5. forageporage Says:

    September 29th is the one year anniversary of my blog. To celebrate I would like to honor the folks I look to, for inspiration and guidance; with a series featuring guest authors. Please consider writing a guest post. Your words, your way, would be best, although I did considering asking for interviews, I’m not that good a journalist! Certainly photos are, also, welcome. I ask only that the subject matter be related to foraging or nature; in some way.
    Hope to see you here, soon!
    Many Blessings,
    Linda “Inky” Redbird

    1. jomegat Says:

      Wow – thanks! If I can come up with anything to write for you, I would be honored to do so. Let me think about for a couple of days.

  6. Dlg3rd Says:

    How’s it going? I was just reading through your honors week blog and thought it was a pretty good idea. I am the new director for the Calvary Cardinals club and often times find myself looking for new ideas to help our club grow and improve. Thank you for the inspiration, it helped. I do not think we will be able to do it this season but it remain in my bag of leadership tools for the future. Also, I would love to see a picture of the flashlight science kit.

    1. jomegat Says:

      Thanks for writing. I’m glad I was able to help! I’ll dig out the flashlight kits and take some photos.

  7. wonderky Says:

    Heading for Dawson Springs. Will say hi for you. Photography weekend at the park.
    The little woman

    1. jomegat Says:

      If you come across any pennyroyal, be sure to get a shot! I was not into plants until after I moved away, and I never knowingly saw any.

  8. natezinn Says:

    Hey there. I saw a picture of a mortise and tenon joint that you made with a cad like program on wikipedia. I was wondering if you could tell me how to go about citing creative commons pictures in a blog post. I would like to know the proper way to do it in case I use your picture or someone else’. Thank you for your time.

    1. jomegat Says:

      I’m glad you have a use for it.

      It only has to be attributed to the creator. In this case you can just put “Attribution: Jomegat” somewhere in the blog posting (the image caption would be fine, as would a note at the end of the post). For other people’s work, I recommend reading this:
      http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

  9. Bruce Doran Says:

    Hi,

    I am a Staff Scientist at Science North, a science center in Sudbury Ontario. I am writing a blog that will be posted on our website about Bryozoans. I came across your picture of someone holding a bryozoan colony and I was hoping to use it as part of my blog. I was wondering if I could obtain your permission to use your picture – appropriate photo credit would be added.

    Thank you.

    Bruce Doran

    1. jomegat Says:

      Hi Bruce!
      Yes, absolutely. That’s me holding the bryozoa. I had never heard of them until I found them there in Sandogardy Pond in Northfield, NH. Someone from NH Fish and Game told me it was a bryozoa, and someone from UMASS identified the species as Pectinatella magnifica. I uploaded the shot to Wikimedia Commons (which hosts photos for Wikipedia), and licensed it under CC-BY-SA3.0.
      https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pectinatella_magnifica_8568.jpg You can get a higher res image from there than from my blog. You can credit me with my Internet name – Jomegat. There are thousands of Jim Thomas’s, but only one jomegat (as far as I know).

  10. Joie Says:

    hi, I am glad I found your webpage. The recent youth camp encourage me to start a progressive class in my church.

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