My name is Benjamin Apollo Dionysus, although I was born Benjamin Robert Scott-Hopkins (perhaps you still know me by this name?). I'm a theatrical lighting designer, and I live in Chicago, IL. I work in the Cognitive Science Program of Northwestern University, one of the best day jobs I can imagine. The best way to reach me is probably via email: about@sixbynine.com.

This is me, with a scarf of my own design.

How are you helping to build Golgonooza?

I've been giving that a great deal of thought, lately. I do know that I'm an Artist, and I'd really like to do Art. My training is in Lighting Design, and my portfolio, resume, and professional information are here: www.sixbynine.com. Lately, though, I've started making masks under the excellent tutelage of Jeffrey Semmerling. I also have a background in Computer Science, which has devolved these days into PHP, MySQL, and occasional Arduino projects (but I have such plans!).

Good for you. Anything else?

Um, well, I can juggle. I can more or less play some violin. I'm trying to learn the guitar. I play a lot of video games, and once had a Death Knight named Wittgenstorm. And yes, I thought that was clever. And oh dear, I've just now realized that I'm making a "home page", just like we had in 1996. -sigh- Better than a generic facebook or mySpace page, I suppose. I used to update my 'blog frequently, but for better of worse I mostly use Google+ for that sort of thing now.

How'd you get such a great name?

They say that "the life which is unexamined is not worth living", which seems correct. This is bad news for you, because it makes me disinclined to answer your questions simply or briefly. For example, if you want to know why I changed my name in 2007, I really must insist that you read my whole long, pretentious essay about it: name.sixbynine.com. It also touches on some of my thoughts on Spiritual Atheism and such. In addition, it's mostly green, so that's nice.

What does Cicero have to say about the extremes of Good and Evil?

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum."
(Sorry for the filler text--I'll put the real quote in eventually).

Any other fascinating bits of Trivia I should know?

As many as you want, and more.

  • I have a couple helix piercings, here's my thoughts on that.
  • I don't really update my 'blog, but as I say I try post things on Google+.
  • Ummm... here's a cute video of a kitten?
  • This page was hand-coded from scratch, as was my 'blog. People used to do this sort of thing all the time, you know!