My name is Ben Clark. I'm Wayfair's Chief Architect. The views presented are not the views of my employer. This blog is a combination of announcements, medium-to-long-form tech things, and personal/family items. The Dalton is my other half, Abbe Dalton Clark. Death before divorce is not just a catch phrase for a healthy marriage, it's a DNS configuration. And then there's the resume-ish stuff, because Linkedin really can't be the thing that takes that over once and for all, can it?
Techie links--public speaking, press, code, writing, etc.:
I spoke at Data@Scale Boston 2018. The talk is called Scaling Data Plumbing at Wayfair. Scroll down a bit on the ‘recap and videos’ page, to find it: https://code.fb.com/core-data/data-scale-boston/
An interview with Mary Pratt of TechTarget/SearchCIO, from January 2018: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/feature/Wayfairs-chief-architect-talks-AI-driven-innovation-impactful-IT
A 20-minute talk at Facebook's Data@Scale Boston conference, November, 2014, called "Scaling Redis and Memcached at Wayfair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLjryfUZPXU
The opening talk, "Scaling performance monitoring at Wayfair", on a double bill with Baron Schwartz, who's talk is called "Sampling is Hard": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWqc1BpgCac&list=PLjicVljLpMZXu4MxCK-0fnT2r7qBIIKOE. All this is at the Boston Web Performance meetup, June 10th, 2015
Tech blogging at Wayfair's tech blog, where I've been writing since 2012, and editing since 2014.
An interview with Jeff Bertolucci of Information Week, on a data science project we did at Wayfair in 2012: http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/big-data-analytics/online-retailer-uses-dna-research-to-connect-with-customers/d/d-id/1106475?
A chapter of Cesar Brea’s Marketing and Sales Analytics, Pearson, Financial Times Press, 2014, http://amzn.to/1MyTxV2, is an interview with me.
A Boston "Analytics Week" panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXg3T-4RXs4 (from 35:50)
I organize the Boston Web Performance Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Web-Performance-Boston/
I spoke at a 'Stackdive' event on 4/23/2015, and published this blog post as a preview: http://www.stackdive.com/posts/the-evolution-of-wayfair-stack.
I spoke at this meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Data-Engineering-Meetup/events/221216264/ on 3/31/2015.
Older tech blogging, from when I was at a startup called StyleFeeder, at http://seventhfloor.whirlycott.com/category/cloud-computing/.
I can be reached at ben at daltonclark dot com.
This is also my family blog, where I talk up the various activities of my wife, Abbe Dalton Clark. She does software and IT project management and data processing with Microsoft tools, and she blogs occasionally here.
I have some other interests. I speak French and know some Persian and Arabic. A few years ago I translated 5 articles in Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt: http://amzn.to/1wc1Xcb. I also translated Louis Massignon's Essay on the Origins of the Technical Language of Islamic Mysticism from the French. It's out of print now, but a used copy becomes available on Amazon from time to time. I have a couple of author's copies, so you can write me if you're interested.