My name is Ben. Wearing my engineer’s hat, I did electronic hardware design for many years, video-game machines and other microprocessor-based designs, plus some RF and analog design here and there… and then switched to software. I have been writing image and signal processing software primarily, though I’ve done other things when the circumstances appealed. I’ve been doing this long enough that I have some ability to pick and choose, which is nice.

I began my musical career by picking up guitar in the early 1960′s. Since then I’ve basically focused on blues, rock and roll, and metal, with the occasional excursions into folk and classical. I’ve also been involved with martial arts since the 1960′s — I’ve owned and run my own schools and taught hundreds of students over the years. Some of my current passions include software defined radio, photography, working on our home, which was a church before we started building an interior into it, and last, but first, my sweetheart Deb and our family of cats.

deb_mjwedding.trmWe — Deb and I — enjoy a wide cross-section of common interests. We live in northeast Montana, we’ve both been here since the 1980′s, and we’ve been a couple since 1997. We have a great deal in common, philosophically speaking. We’re both freethinkers, both atheist, and both charitable givers. We also share many day to day interests, from video games to cats to the kinds of recreational reading materials we prefer.

Last Update

March 1st, 2018

As I mentioned above, we live in an old church, basically a big, empty cube, which we moved into in July of 2006. We’ve been working on it continuously ever since. We’ve built a somewhat eclectic interior into the building over the years. We’ve been doing almost all the work ourselves; consequently the project as a whole has been both relatively inexpensive and at the same time, very long-term. Overall, the rewards have been worth it, but I don’t think either of us would undertake a job this large again. Even though we love the results, so far as we’ve gotten. It’s just… a big job.

bwI edit science fiction professionally. This came about at least partially because my family has been very much writing-centric; my father was a science fiction author, my mother a literary agent specializing in F&SF, and one of my sisters a translator. Eventually, I came into the position of running the literary agency, which adds another level of complexity to my daily life. Although I do write quite a bit, my own output has been primarily technical documents such as manuals. There are exceptions such as a book on martial arts, one on reading and writing Korean, and several essays on AI/ML intended for the general public.

2973487529_2f5e0c0e09On my work LAN live two Linux machines, a windows box, and a 12/24-core Mac pro incorporating a broad range of VMWARE virtual machines. The latter machine is my daily driver. The Linux boxes are servers presenting various web sites to the net. The Windows machine is there for testing Windows ports of my own software on actual hardware. For a portable, I drag around a Macbook pro, which also runs Parallels and VMWARE under which I have again, Linux and Windows available to me. This lets me get out of town and still have a full toolbox in the event that I need to work on our IT systems from a remote location.

Visitors here may notice that some posts are my writings that have been moved or copied from other locations on the net; my intent is to put all my various postings into one stream where people — including myself — can look through them as a single body of work. Everything here is content I wrote or otherwise created (images, recordings, etc.) At times, where a post was originally a response of mine to someone else’s remarks, I’ll rewrite it to integrate the questions or issues being addressed. I may also update the content to some degree if I think that is called for.

So that covers some of the basics; thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the site.

The black hole that is my desk