|This is the homepage of Ben Wheeler (the guy, not the town in Texas).
I am a high-frequency trading programmer and erstwhile
from Cambridge, Massachusetts,
recreational teenage runaway capital of the world and
Arthur Ganson's kinetic sculptures
My wife and I have a consultancy called "Ben and Kate Consulting". I do a bit of informal consulting with tech startups on the side, and I always want to do more. We have been brought in by Presidents (well, a President) and small businesses and we have inserted ourselves elswehere to friends with unsolicited advice (tech gadget brands should reduce the number of product variations they offer; a screenplay researcher for the Ang Lee Hulk film should ditch the serious phychology and Oedipal angle and instead emulate compelling comic-book storylines). Unsolicited advice is a great way to keep friends!
I recently lived in
Republic of Georgia, working for the presidential administration of Mikheil Saakashvili. People who love travel off the beaten path should visit Georgia.
I have lived in New York City for most of the last 15 years, and currently live in
wonderful Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. I try not to make "Do or Die" jokes because hey, people really died.
But sometimes they slip through.
In my offline writing,
I have written about national and international politics, technology
policy, and gadgets. I am a member of the Pigou Club, I think State
Department Policy Planning Study 23 should be required
reading, teachers should be paid like doctors, and that it should not be illegal to
dvds, or to
make a list of the websites your library is blocking
others keep their communications secret.
I am interested in collaborative filtering, how-to
publishing, user interface design, and folksonomies.