Skip to main content

Benjamin Oakes

Photo of Ben Oakes

Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Filtering for the month April, 2002. Clear


by Ben

i just added a pic of my desktop. now you can see all the crap i’ve done to customize my computer. woohoo!



resolution: 1152 x 864
depth: 32 bit

shell: sharpE

plugins loaded:


operating system: windows 98

wallpaper: deconstructed
winamp skin: the new camry

browser: opera 6.01
file manager: dimension file manager 1.01
file search: file finder


by Ben

i just finished watching the movie momento. i’d definetly recommend it to anybody. in fact, thats how i heard about it. one of my friends told me about it and said i should watch it and, well, i saw it at the video store and we got it.

very interesting plot development. it’s about this man who has a short term memory problem, and he’s limited to only about 10 minutes of memory. after that, the man has no idea whats been happening. he remembers things by writing them down, or taking pictures. the story starts at the end and works to the begining, leaving you to wonder what is real and what isn’t. definitely have to watch it again tomorrow, maybe at the thing wyatt and i have been working on.

since i haven’t said anything about it before, i’ll mention something about the room wyatt and i are fixing up. his grandpa is letting us use a room in a building he owns to set up a place of some sort. the place we’re are working out is basically a hang out spot; we have a t.v., videogames, and so on. we are bringing a fridge that’s laying around down to the room… its gonna be sweet having it done. i’m planning to have people i’ve told about it to come see it possibly tomorrow. i hope it turns out to be received well! (but i don’t think i’m gonna go with murray‘s idea of charging people to get in)


by Ben

i rediscovered a old favorite of mine a few days ago: metroid. its been a very long time since i’ve played it for the nes or snes, and im enjoying every minute of it!  it brings back a lot of memories:) i also found a rom hacking utiliy for metroid (haven’t found one for super nintendo, any links?) that you can use to rearange parts of the game, basically making a entire new game. i’ve found an example of this, metroid x, but haven’t tried to get it to work yet. also, metroid comics were a feature in nintendo power a few years back. i found scans of them, and other nintendo related comics. what a wonderful thing the internet is!  :)

Laugh Olympics

by Ben

today the laugh olympics were held. it shorted classes, which was good for everyone, and people got to cover the principle’s and vice-principle’s faces with pies. some of it turned out to be pretty hilarious. it was set up so each grade was a team, but all the events were leaned in favor of the seniors. go figure… in any case, it’s good that school is getting out in only a few weeks!