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Mar 10, 2014, 3:32pm Top

Welcome to LibraryThing.com's very first dedicated developer, Jon (kiparsky)! We're very excited to have him joining the team.

Read about Jon over on the blog. Feel free to congratulate and welcome him here, but try not to scare him off with too many different ponies at once!

Mar 10, 2014, 3:34pm Top

Congratulations, Jon, and welcome.

Also, you have a lovely cat!

Mar 10, 2014, 3:37pm Top

Welcome Jon! I am delighted to see you here. :D

Edited: Mar 10, 2014, 3:44pm Top

Oh cool! - An old-timer! Lucky Jon to get to do his thing in one of his already favorite places.


Mar 10, 2014, 3:45pm Top

Welcome aboard, Jon!

Mar 10, 2014, 4:27pm Top

Our most obscure shared book is The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax. I highly approve. :)

Mar 10, 2014, 4:49pm Top

Welcome and best of luck with whatever you are doing, since I have no idea what a developer is or does.
We used to have film developers but even those have long since disappeared and they weren't human.


Mar 10, 2014, 5:05pm Top

Mar 10, 2014, 5:13pm Top

There's a lot of shared science fiction for us but I found the shared non-SF more interesting.

Welcome Jon.

Mar 10, 2014, 5:26pm Top

Congratulations, Jon!

Mar 10, 2014, 5:37pm Top

Jon and I share membership in Bug Collectors! :D

Mar 10, 2014, 5:40pm Top

Thanks all! Looking forward to making some fun things happen!

Mar 10, 2014, 6:12pm Top

Welcome, Jon!

Mar 10, 2014, 6:23pm Top

While everyone else is at it, welcome and our most obscure shared book is Menagerie Manor by Gerald Durrell!

Edited: Mar 10, 2014, 7:35pm Top

I have that one too, but my most obscure shared book is The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli

Mar 10, 2014, 8:08pm Top

>12 kiparsky: Welcome, I look forward to benefiting from your work!

Mar 10, 2014, 10:11pm Top

Hi there!

Mar 10, 2014, 11:56pm Top

Welcome to the family.

Mar 11, 2014, 2:29am Top

great, we need more left-handers!

Edited: Mar 11, 2014, 3:23am Top

Most obscure book: Verteidigung der Zukunft.


Mar 11, 2014, 5:11am Top

Welcome Jon,

Don't let TIM work you so hard you don't have time for reading!

Mar 11, 2014, 10:22am Top

Hi from another New Englander! Welcome to the crazy train.

Mar 11, 2014, 10:24am Top

Especially glad you are a long time member! Welcome!

Mar 11, 2014, 2:10pm Top

Good luck with this bunch(sic) and >19 Crypto-Willobie: I agree!!!

Mar 11, 2014, 2:13pm Top

agree with >19 Crypto-Willobie: and >24 ulmannc:
lefties rule

Mar 11, 2014, 4:09pm Top

Great to have you on board, Jon!

Mar 11, 2014, 4:20pm Top

My most obscure (a distinctly relative distinction) shared work with Jon appears to be El Aleph.

I dunno if I can wish you welcome, Jon, you've been at LT longer than me, but best luck in your new role!

Mar 11, 2014, 5:12pm Top

Hi Jon!

Interestingly enough, one of the books you and I share is The pity of it all : a history of the Jews in Germany, 1743-1933 a book given to my husband from a client for whom he did concrete work when the client heard that I am of German-Jewish origin. Now that my cousin gave me an extensive family tree of that side of my family, I'm looking forward to eventually reading this book!

I'm so happy that you're about to join Tim & Company working for LT. As a long-time LT member myself, I think it's terrific that you, too, have been with LT for quite a while.

Best wishes on your new position. Have fun with the LT gang!

Mar 13, 2014, 5:42am Top

No obscure books shared (just a dozen of German and English classics, plus Das Jesus Video :-) ).
Congratulations on the new job! It's great, isn't it, when you get paid for working on/with the things you love.

Mar 13, 2014, 6:02am Top

The two most obscure books I share with Jon are Musical instruments through the ages and Jobst Brandt's classic monograph on The bicycle wheel. I wonder what note his spokes are tuned to?

Mar 13, 2014, 7:52am Top

Welcome, Jon. :)

When I saw your photo, avec chat, I figured you were a good'un. Also, you brought Gate of Ivrel with you to Massachusetts, so that's definitely something in your favor! :)

Mar 13, 2014, 4:28pm Top

I have to say I haven't got around to reading Das Jesus Video yet - but I've watched the sketch...

(I suspect Eschbach's version has a little more oomph, though :) )

Edited: Mar 13, 2014, 4:46pm Top

I may have missed some, but a quick scan through suggests that >9 hailelib: and >8 anglemark: keep libraries that I should visit. The "what should you borrow" count in both cases is quite remarkable.

Mar 13, 2014, 4:45pm Top

Welcome. Love the cat in your picture.

Mar 13, 2014, 7:01pm Top

Welcome! Good to meet you. : )

Mar 14, 2014, 2:44pm Top

A bit late, but still: Welcome!

Mar 14, 2014, 2:49pm Top


Edited: Mar 14, 2014, 5:55pm Top

Thanks, all!

Edited: Mar 14, 2014, 5:53pm Top

Huh. You managed to post...

And so did I. Try the other two that failed.

Mar 14, 2014, 5:55pm Top

There was a momentary glitch. It's back now.

Mar 14, 2014, 5:59pm Top


And it looks like I haven't actually posted my welcome to you yet - so welcome! Our obscure shared books are all SF - looks like the most obscure is 2076: The American Tricentennial.

Mar 14, 2014, 10:25pm Top

We share no books at all, obscure or otherwise. :) Welcome and congratulations!

Mar 14, 2014, 11:36pm Top

Well met, kiparsky. I decided to play the game of most obscure, since everyone else was. It turns out to be Motif Programming Manual, Vol 6a, which appears to be the only one out of the set of the X Windows series that you possess (I own them all, of course). It's an interesting set of books that we share; mostly programming and science fiction.

Glad to see that you're employed in the world you'd joined so long ago. :-D

Mar 15, 2014, 10:50am Top

From browsing your library it appears you read/speak Spanish , French, and German. Any other languages? Welsh? Finnish?

Mar 15, 2014, 11:30am Top

>44 Crypto-Willobie: I don't know if it's all correct data, or if they've all been read, etc, but you can see the languages of books he holds http://www.librarything.com/profile/kiparsky/stats/library there.

Mar 15, 2014, 6:08pm Top

I think Jon and his cat look like something out of Hogwart's, a professor and his familiar for sure.

Mar 15, 2014, 6:29pm Top

>44 Crypto-Willobie: Minä en puhu Suomea. I tried, but the language defeated me - so far, at least. I have a few Finnish titles from my attempts, and I still entertain hopes of giving it another shot. Welsh - not at all. (My interest in the Mabinogion is due to an old friend who used to perform branches of that cycle regularly in Portland - I heard him perform those stories so many times, how could I not go back and see some reflection of the source?)

Mostly, I read German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Some French, but not well. I've done some rough translations of some of my favorite authors, which is a great way to really dig into a text. Unfortunately, it's also a very slow way to dig into a text - or maybe that's not hugely unfortunate. In any case, it's not something I do as much of lately, and that is in fact unfortunate. (As I type this, I turn my head to my shelf of literature in other languages, and I'm thinking, well, how much does one person really need to sleep, anyway?)

>46 Morphidae: I like the comparison, if only because of Harold Abelson's comparison of programming to wizardry. (See Abelson and Sussman, SICP, chapter 1) Perhaps I could get a position in the CS department?

Mar 15, 2014, 7:12pm Top

Looking at the kinds of books we share:
Linguistics, sheet music, and user interfaces,
Essays on 'bullshit' and Latin American places,
The breadth of the overlap is really quite rare.

But whatever you read, I don't much care.
Fixing bugs and making movements
On Recommended Site Improvements
That is my only prayer!

Congratulations and welcome.

Mar 15, 2014, 7:39pm Top


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Mar 16, 2014, 4:52am Top

Mar 16, 2014, 3:11pm Top

>48 omargosh:. A loud single 'CLAP'! Keep it up!

Mar 16, 2014, 9:55pm Top

Congrats and welcome!

Mar 18, 2014, 7:03pm Top


Mar 23, 2014, 3:40pm Top

Welcome Jon & best of luck with all tasks before you.

Mar 24, 2014, 4:04pm Top

Welcome Welcome hope you love us as we will you !

Mar 26, 2014, 12:47am Top

Let's get to the serious stuff. What's the name of your cat?

Welcome aboard and greetings from sunny Florida.

and rescued in Madagascar, now living on his third continent, Snagglepuss.

Mar 26, 2014, 6:42am Top

Welcome Jon!

Mar 26, 2014, 8:35am Top

Welcome Jon...glad to see another genius left hander in the ranks...yes, tell us the story of that lovely cat!

Mar 26, 2014, 9:12am Top

Good day I am very glad because I became a member of this group.I'm very glad also that I will be able to exchange opinions with people from this site.

Mar 26, 2014, 10:57am Top

Welcome to LibraryThing Jon, and congratulations.

Mar 26, 2014, 3:06pm Top

Hey Jon, mind divulging some details on your career as a "music label bigwig?" That's a future profession I'm considering, and I'd love to hear some details!

Mar 26, 2014, 4:05pm Top

Congratulations, Jon! You seem like one of those people that does really well at whatever you put your mind to, so I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job! Congrats to Nadia, too! :)

Mar 27, 2014, 11:19pm Top

Congratulations on joining LT. This is a great community and I hope you have fun while you are here!

Apr 7, 2014, 3:32am Top

Ah, the cat. Well, I have to confess that that was actually a reverse adoption. The cat lived in an upstairs apartment in the 4-plex that I was living in at the time. Since it was a warm summer, we kept the back door open for ventilation, and the cat took this as an invitation. We didn't mind, and the cat sort of moved in. Fortunately, her person didn't mind too much, and we all hung out together on the back porch.
There were some other great cats in that building at the time. I particuarly remember Spooky - Spooky was a cat who looked like she'd swallowed a bowling ball. Tiny cat, except she weighed about eighteen pounds. I've never seen a cat, before or since, who could lie on the ground and touch the floor with her belly on both sides. She was very friendly, too - when she heard someone come in, she'd run to greet them, which was really an interesting sight.

There was also Bird, a tiny little black cat who loved to play fetch with rubber bands. Once you got her started, she'd play for as long as you were willing, and get annoyed if you wanted to stop.
Bird also loved to be up on top of things. I'd turn around, and she'd be up on an eight-foot bookcase, and I'd have no idea how she got there - and she'd just sit there and look smug.

Apr 7, 2014, 4:50pm Top

Cats usually choose you, not the other way around!

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