Ben’s one of those guys who’s almost too smart for his own good. He’s the kind of person that understands things with half an effort, while the rest of us strain and contort ourselves into comprehension; the kind of intellect that studies math, physics and biochemistry at university with no intention of actually entering the scientific or scholastic fields; a raw talent who picks up a trumpet at age nine and is playing Charlie Parker AND Paganini by eleven.
When I first met Ben in 2005, he was randomly making interactive animations to illustrate complex equations. To this day, I’m not sure why. Just because he could? I was like, “Cool. Can you make this logo move across the screen?” His stoic expression was a little intimidating, but he acquiesced. The animations we went on to create over the following years were among the very best being produced in New Mexico.
Ben never left Meridiansix, but kept a long elliptical orbit. Coming in for small projects and disappearing again for months at a time. When my front end programmer retired in 2013, we offered him the position. I was surprised and excited when he agreed. Over the last ten years, he’s become our primary programming asset. Now it’s MY job is to make sure HIS job stays interesting. It is kind of hard to compete with regular offers to play jazz in Berlin.