Welcome to the Thripp Republic

The Thripp Republic is a new micronation founded by Richard X. Thripp on Jan. 3, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida with its own constitution and currency (the Thripp Dollar). In the future, there will be a Senate, Supreme Court, citizenship applications and benefits, free markets, and other fun yet serious things.

The Thripp Dollar is backprinted on 4×6 prints of artistic photographs by Richard X. Thripp. Currently, over 8000 one dollar notes have been printed and are generally distributed by Richard X. Thripp himself to students and faculty at Daytona State College.

The Thripp Dollar is worth 1/5000 troy oz. silver. This means that as of Jan. 3, 2011, one U.S. Dollar is equal to about 160 Thripp Dollars.

For more information, please visit the website I have set up at gov.thripp.com. :smile:

2011 Resolutions

Most people abandon their new year’s resolutions before February, not because the resolutions are impossible, but because it’s easier to maintain the status quo. Resolutions are appealing in theory and execution, but usually require sacrifice in practice.

The key is to either be committed, or set extremely vague resolutions like “be more forgiving” or “exercise more.” Resolutions like “lose 30 pounds” or “stop smoking” are much harder to fulfill.

In 2011, I am going to finish my A.A. degree, travel to China and California for three months with my Mom, and start on my B.S. in the fall. I’m going to start a micronation called the Thripp Republic and print Thripp Dollars on the back of 4×6 photos (I have nearly 10,000 already). I am going to be a math tutor at Daytona State College and I am investing most of my money in precious metals, common metals, and material goods, because the U.S. dollar is going to suffer massive inflation (possibly 30%) next year. I plan to learn the guitar, viola, and saxophone, code and release Tweet This 1.9 and 2.0, and work on creating photos that are as well-received as my 2006-2008 portfolio by breaking the rules and using more Photoshop.

I also want to release a sequel to Inferno and sell off all my web domains except about 40 personal domains.

I plan to do a great deal of writing in 2011, but I don’t plan to find a girlfriend or start a photography business, since I will be doing a lot of traveling and don’t want to be tied down. However, I will be doing a lot of networking and meeting many new friends in Florida, California, and China. I plan to create a social network around the Thripp Dollar, so I need to learn the Facebook Application Platform and write my own application. I already have the MySQL and PHP backend done, but nothing on the frontend.

Before I leave in May, I want to start learning Mandarin Chinese. My Mom is Chinese so she can help me.

I am going to continue living with my parents (Dad and step-mom) and driving my Dad’s vehicle throughout 2011, because my income is still very low (under $1000 per month). I would like to make more, but it isn’t a priority.

Even though I am overweight (170 lb. at 5’9″), I’ve decided not to go on a special diet, but I will avoid gaining more weight. As with the past 17 months, I’m going to continue being a vegetarian except fish, and I’m considering a 30-day trial in veganism. Here’s a picture of me playing the violin from this week, but I got a haircut since then:

Dec. 2010 self-portrait

This is the flag I’ve designed for the Thripp Republic:

Flag of the Thripp Republic

This flag is really wonderful, because it can be printed on a monochrome laser printer or drawn with a Sharpie. It is also unique, because I could not find any other country using a black-white-black tricolor flag.

In 2011, my Dad will be turning 50 in January and I will be turning 20 in August. While I was very unproductive in the first half of 2010, I plan to work at a steady pace throughout 2011, without overburdening myself. I will work on selling the unsold copies of Along the Far Climb Down, my father’s book from 2006 (all new copies say 2011). If you live in the USA and want a copy, send me your mailing address and $5.00 by PayPal. For foreigners, email me and I’ll look up the shipping rate (the book is 6×9, 96 pg., 6 oz.).

Happy new year everyone!

Photo: Toad

Photo: Toad

A photogenic toad near our house… he did not hop away even after I took this picture. As you can see from the drops on the toad and blades of grass, it had just been raining.

Happy New Year everyone! 2011 is going to be a revolutionary year.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/30, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO100, 2006-02-03T15:12:58-05, 2006-02-03_15h12m58

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: Contrail Reflected

Photo: Contrail Reflected

An airplane producing a contrail reflected on the shiny side of a compact disc… I’m so creative. :grin:

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/323, F3.1, 7mm, ISO64, 2006-02-01T16:39:38-05, 2006-02-01_16h39m38

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: Sexy Flowers

Photo: Sexy Flowers

Pink flowers covered in drops of water… from rain or a medicine dropper?

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/30, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO100, 2006-02-03T10:59:13-05, 2006-02-03_10h59m13

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: Golden Sunset

Photo: Golden Sunset

A typical sunset in Ormond Beach! I made the colors bolder and added contrast.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/556, F6.7, 12.1mm, ISO64, 2006-01-27T17:44:59-05, 2006-01-27_17h44m59

Location: 1832 Nelson Ave., Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7228

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Photo: Claws of Death

Photo: Claws of Death

Sharpened pencils taped to my fingers to form deadly claws which would probably just fall off if I actually used them…

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/526, F4.7, 5.8mm, ISO64, 2006-01-26T17:25:59-05, 2006-01-26_17h25m59

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Photo: Shades of Blue

Photo: Shades of Blue

A dark blue sunset with some highlights. This was fun to edit.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/204, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO64, 2006-01-24T17:49:33-05, 2006-01-24_17h49m33

Location: 1832 Nelson Ave., Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7228

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Photo: Reflection 5

Photo: Reflection 5

Macro of a small cap reflecting the front of our house. This was a little smaller than the cap that covers the bolts on a toilet, and reflective instead of porcelain. I found it on the street somewhere in 2005 and kept it.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/30, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO72, 2006-01-24T17:47:29-05, 2006-01-24_17h47m29

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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More of the Reflection series.

Photo: Helicopter Seeds

Photo: Helicopter Seeds

Helicopter seeds on the ground. Normally, these age further and then fall off the tree one at a time, spinning like helicopters due to the construction of their wings. This allows the tree to spread its seeds far and wide if a good wind comes through.

Fujifilm FinePix A360, 1/10, F2.8, 5.8mm, ISO100, 2006-01-24T17:33:39-05, 2006-01-24_17h33m39

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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