Description: Editor/Translator
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
About: Benjamin L. Russell majored in computer science at Yale University in 1994.  He works as an editor/translator of computer science-related documents.  He currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.  He occasionally writes haiku in the style of Matsuo Bashō and studies Scheme, Haskell, and Ruby in his spare time.  He is also a Japanese digital entertainment geek/otaku.
Description: A kind of private eye of learning
"A sudden illumination: I had a trade after all. I would set up a cultural investigation agency, be a kind of private eye of learning. Instead of sticking my nose into all-night dives and cathouses, I would skulk around bookshops, libraries, corridors of university departments. Then I'd sit in my office, my feet propped on the desk, drinking, from a dixie cup, the whiskey I'd brought up from the corner store in a bag. The phone rings and a man says: Listen I'm translating this book and came across something or someone called Motakallimun. What the Hell is it? Give me two days I tell him. Then I go to the library.... ...I had a strict rule, which I think secret services follow, too: No piece of information is superior to any other. Power lies in having them all on file and then finding the connections. There are always connections; you have only to want to find them."
  -- Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum