I grew up in Geneseo, New York, went off to Alfred University for a B.A. in math and physics, and then headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign for an M.S. in physics. After that I moved back to the Rochester area, where I worked as a software developer at Bristol Instruments and Ellucian. I’m currently a software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My main hobby is photography—you can see some of my photos on my microblog or on Instagram. My projects page lists some of the software I’ve written in my spare time. My other interests include cooking, math, classical music, particle physics, typography, urban planning, online privacy, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Epcot. I also write here every once in a while.
My name is pronounced /ˈbɛndʒəmɪn ˈɛʃəm/ (hover over the letters or see Wikipedia’s IPA guide). My pronouns are “he” and “him.”
If you want to get in touch there’s an email link at the bottom of this page.
I use Twitter, but I’m trying to wean myself off of it; I post tweet-like posts to my microblog instead. You can follow my “notes” feed in a feed reader or you can follow me on Micro.blog, where I syndicate most of my microblog posts. I’m also trying out Mastodon, where I post the same kind of stuff. (Look, I’m confused too.) You can also find me on Flickr, Letterboxd, the Stack Exchange sites (including Stack Overflow), Wikipedia, and Yelp.