User:Jomegat

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Jomegat

My real name is Jim Thomas. Among many other things, I am the Pathfinder Director for the Northern New England Conference. My involvement with Pathfinders has inspired me to organize the Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book at Wikibooks back in October 2005. The project grew until 2011 when I was inspired to ask the NAD to adopt the project so that we could expand it to include an instructor's manual for the new Investiture Achievement curricula (which replaced Advent Youth - or AY - that same year).

The IA and AY curricula are more religiously overt than the Honors are, so it was not possible to host an IA Instructor's Manual at Wikibooks. Wikibooks has a Neutral Point of View (NPOV) policy that would prohibit the inclusion of overtly religious material. The NAD embraced the concept, the material was imported here.

An additional advantage of hosting with the NAD is that we can now include images of the Honor insignia. The NAD allows the use of this copyrighted material in conjunction with youth ministries only. That meant the images could not be hosted by Wikimedia (the organization that runs Wikibooks and Wikipedia). They require that any images they host be licensed such that they can be used for any purpose including commercial. By hosting these resources here, we are not bound by those policies (though I do agree that their policies are a very good idea in general).

With the exception of church-related insignia and graphics, we are still bound by the licensing adopted by Wikimedia. All of the material here except for said images is licensed under the Creative-Commons CC-BY-SA license. That is what allowed us to create these resources in the first place. Other people around the globe contributed material to Wikipedia, which we were able to include and modify for use here, provided that the modified work also be licensed under CC-BY-SA. This is a Very Good Thing, and it means that you are allowed to reproduce, modify, adapt, or even bind and sell any of the text you find here. CC-BY-SA is designed to protect the user of the material, not the producer.

Why Jomegat?

Jomegat would be more properly rendered J Omega T, or jωt. My middle initial is W, and the Greek letter omega looks a lot like a w, so jωt (which appears in a lot of equations found in electrical engineering) looks deceptively similar to my initials. In fact I was working with some of these equations once when my wife asked me what I was doing. When I told her I was working on a math problem, she said "That's not math. First of all, there aren't any numbers on that page, and second, you've written your initials all over it."

I hadn't noticed the similarity until that moment. And there were no numbers on the page


More About Jomegat

I am also an electrical engineer, father of three, and husband of one. I advocate the use of Open Source Software (I switched from DOS to Linux in 1995, before Windows 95 was released), and I love woodworking, whitewater paddling, hiking, camping, and identifying wild plants.

Honors

These honors need to be revised.

These are the honors I have earned. They are listed according to the year I earned them (most recent first) and then alphabetically.

Cold Weather Survival AY Honor.png Engineering AY Honor.png Gods Messenger AY Honor.png Hiking AY Honor.png Paper Quilling AY Honor.png Pizza Maker AY Honor.png Renewable Energy AY Honor.png Hot Air Ballooning AY Honor.png Christian Drama AY Honor.png Digital Photography AY Honor.png Food Canning AY Honor.png Gold Prospecting AY Honor.png Maple Sugar Advanced AY Honor.png Teaching AY Honor.png Basic Water Safety AY Honor.png Feeding Ministries AY Honor.png Stars Advanced AY Honor.png Cats AY Honor.png Painting AY Honor.png Drilling and Marching Advanced AY Honor.png Fire Safety AY Honor.png Geocaching Advanced AY Honor.png Glass Etching AY Honor.png Peacemaker AY Honor.png Braiding AY Honor.png Bread Dough AY Honor.png Food Freezing AY Honor.png Geocaching AY Honor.png Knitting AY Honor.png Origami AY Honor.png Pinewood Derby AY Honor.png Amphibians Advanced AY Honor.png Animal Tracking AY Honor.png Basketball AY Honor.png Bats AY Honor.png Bible Evangelism AY Honor.png Communications AY Honor.png Cultural Food Preparation AY Honor.png Fungi AY Honor.png Insects AY Honor.png Insects Advanced AY Honor.png Kites AY Honor.png Leathercraft AY Honor.png Personal Evangelism AY Honor.png Wattles AY Honor.png Cake Decorating AY Honor.png Cultural Diversity AY Honor.png Dog Care and Training AY Honor.png Heart and Circulation AY Honor.png Native American Lore AY Honor.png Internet Advanced AY Honor.png Maple Sugar AY Honor.png Stewardship AY Honor.png Tie-Dye AY Honor.png Weather AY Honor.png Amphibians AY Honor.png Baking AY Honor.png Blood and the Body's Defenses AY Honor.png Cacti AY Honor.png Candle Making AY Honor.png Canoeing AY Honor.png Child Care AY Honor.png Digestion AY Honor.png Flowers AY Honor.png Flowers Advanced AY Honor.png Food Drying AY Honor.png Housekeeping AY Honor.png Internet AY Honor.png Metal Craft AY Honor.png Microscopic Life AY Honor.png Optics AY Honor.png Physical Fitness AY Honor.png Plumbing AY Honor.png Seeds AY Honor.png Seeds Advanced AY Honor.png Shrubs AY Honor.png Small Engine Repair AY Honor.png Small Fruit Growing AY Honor.png Trees AY Honor.png Trees Advanced AY Honor.png Backpacking AY Honor.png Bible Marking AY Honor.png Bones Muscles and Movement AY Honor.png Bookbinding AY Honor.png Brain and Behavior AY Honor.png Cetaceans AY Honor.png Chemistry AY Honor.png Dogs AY Honor.png Edible Wild Plants AY Honor.png Endangered Species AY Honor.png Health and Healing AY Honor.png Kayaking AY Honor.png Mammals AY Honor.png Marine Invertebrates AY Honor.png Nutrition AY Honor.png Nutrition Advanced AY Honor.png Outdoor Leadership AY Honor.png Photography AY Honor.png Physics AY Honor.png Pioneering AY Honor.png Quilting AY Honor.png Red Alert AY Honor.png Soap Craft AY Honor.png Intermediate Swimming AY Honor.png Wilderness Living AY Honor.png Winter Camping AY Honor.png Archery AY Honor.png Automobile Mechanics AY Honor.png Basic Sewing AY Honor.png Christian Storytelling AY Honor.png CPR AY Honor.png Electricity AY Honor.png Fire Building AY Honor.png Lettering and Poster Making AY Honor.png Model Rocketry AY Honor.png Orienteering AY Honor.png Swimming Beginners AY Honor.png Swimming Beginners Advanced AY Honor.png Camping Skills IV AY Honor.png Christian Citizenship AY Honor.png First Aid Basic AY Honor.png First Aid Standard AY Honor.png Geology AY Honor.png Laundering AY Honor.png Sanctuary AY Honor.png Silk Screening AY Honor.png Stars AY Honor.png Basic Rescue AY Honor.png Camping Skills III AY Honor.png Christian Grooming and Manners AY Honor.png Family Life AY Honor.png Camping Skills II AY Honor.png Knot Tying AY Honor.png Camp Craft AY Honor.png Camping Skills I AY Honor.png Computers AY Honor.png Computers Advanced AY Honor.png Radio Electronics AY Honor.png Woodworking AY Honor.png