Author, editor, homesteader, collector–our friend Ben is all that and (of course) much more. When asked by the moderator at one of those corporate seminars what I’d be if I could be anything at all, the answer popped into my mind like Athena bursting fullgrown from the forehead of Zeus: I’d like to be the head of my own think tank. That’s because I love to think, about all sorts of things, all the time. And I love to learn, and to problem-solve, and to create great ideas that will save the world (or at least small ideas that are fun and ingenious). You’ll probably see a few of those here, along with rantings and ravings, and even some good advice. Happy reading!