Ted Benson

Machine Learning @ Instabase. Founder @ Cloudstitch. Addicted to hot sauce.


The Case of the Murderous AI

Cloudstitch acquired by Instabase

A text alignment algorithm inspired by ..soap operas?

How to outperform perfectionism with ensembles and a "Good Enough" mindset

How to approach structured data extraction from images


I turned my Baby Dash Button Hack into a Pager for Toddlers

Fill your Sketch Designs with Data from Spreadsheets

Letter To An Immigrant Child

Use Spreadsheet data in your Framer Projects

America without Immigration isn’t America

The Math of How Protests Snowball


Auto-incrementing ID Columns in Google Sheets

Hacking hierarchical joins into Spreadsheets, Rails Style

On Disposable Software

Eating Startup Dogfood in Public

How to Upload Files from the web to a Google Spreadsheet


Launching is an Accountability Hack

D3 in a Box is Docker for Visualizations

Four Months On Lambda: The Good, the Bad, and the Intriguing

How I Hacked Amazon’s $5 WiFi Button to track Baby Data

Four Reasons Startup Founders Should Go to Hackathons (It’s Not What I Originally Thought.)

Managing State across an Ant Swarm of AWS Lambda Tasks

Adam Marcus on Remote Labor


PhD Defense: Creating Rich Designs and Read-Write-Compute Pages with a Relational Layer for Web Content

Magical Source Code Highlighting


Data quickie: Wordpress themes are getting more complicated over time

Flexible data formats are used more flexibly

Eval in Template Languages Considered Harmful

Celebrity as Parable


Virtualization Makes Things Weird

Cross Origin Resource Sharing Gotcha: Don't forget about OPTIONS requests

A Useful Little Pattern for Web Scraping

Democracy has a Built in Pressure Release Valve

Who Occupies Wall Street?

NICAR, from a Programmer's Eyes


Roasted Cocoa Ice Cream

A new generation of nuclear power opponents?

Join us for a Crowdsourcing Community Service Hackathon this weekend


Scala can be Scary

Only at the Media Lab

The Semantic Web needs a MySQL

The Toothpaste Problem and Choosing the Right Data to Publish

If James Bond were a Linguist

Bit by Flexibility: Implicit Conversions to Java with Scala 2.8

The Right to Advertise Adult Services


It Takes 6 Clicks to Protect your Geo-privacy on Facebook

Solving Problems versus Selling Products

Should the President have an Internet Kill Switch?

Browser Plugins Considered Dangerous

AT&T' Clever Trick

Facebook's Product is You

Ten Rules for Radicals

Time Travel on the World Wide Web

The Scale of Things, from Yahoo!'s Perspective

Inflection Point of the Social Web

Newspapers are Dead. Long Live News!

Close your Laptop and pull out a notepad

The Irony of Wikileaks

Data Driven Computer Science


Uccello's Chalice

How Safari and Firefox handle HTML 5 Manifest files

Will the Namespace Traffic Jam Kill RDFa in HTML5?

A More Subtle Wordpress Security Hole

More Six Degrees: An Experimental Study of Search in Global Social Networks

Controller Specific TTNavigation URLs with Three20

A Formal Model for Travers & Milgram's Letter Experiments

HTML's Three Competing Data Formats

Nasty Bug in Rack 1.0

Palm Pre secretly tracks you by GPS, sends info to Palm

Using UISearchDisplayController with Three20

What is Machine Learning

Marvin Minsky on the AI Winter


Alone in Tokyo

Don't Become a Buddhist

As You Dream It

Book to Print!

Introduction to The Art of Rails

Book Edits are Killing Me

Programming Book Sales and Contracts

The Internet is a Strange Place

Running rSpec from TextMate

PeepCode Love


Code in Text

Chapter 8

EJS Moving to Google Code

Code can be Funny

What's new is what's old

iPhone Native Apps Prediction

Democracy: New words needed; Apply within

Chapter 7

Chapter 5

This Binary Universe

iWork and SVN don't play well together

Chapter 4

Chapter 3

I will not write about coding. I will not write about coding.

Chapter 2

Chapter 1

April Fools: Constitution just a Suggestion

Broken R Key

The Thing about Chapters One through Three

Cap City

My Office is on Fire


3/5 the time is 5/3 the fun

Abusing Javascript for Multiline Strings

Abstraction is Everything

Waltham, MA

Melodic Impact