I'm Benjamin Lupton. I radically explore the known and the unknown.
I'm absorbed in the art of simple and nomadic living, with a vegan life-style and ahimsa values. The data cannot recommend this lifestyle more highly.
I also happen to be a life-long struggler of anxiety, which manifests itself in severity from spiraling thought patterns all the way to skin picking, hair pulling, and panic attacks. It's not pleasant, there's nothing wrong with me, it's just the occasional part of life for me, I accept it, and for the most part, I'm a functioning human being that cares a whole lot about everything. The only thing that bothers me about it, is the stigma around it. Hopefully my opening up about this here will reduce some stigma and provide some hope for other strugglers. Anomie has become a familiar experience. I dislike the term depression for me, too much empathy is never a bad thing.
I'm a privileged heterosexual white male born into a middle class society. I leverage this privilege to make the world a fairer place for everything/everyone within it.
I've recently come out as polyamorous. It turns out there are other successful dynamics of relationships besides the 1 on 1 exclusive union to my grateful surprise. I'm contented having now embraced that, despite the temporary signficant pain which it caused myself and others in the process.
My interest in philosophy has lead me to conclude that I haven't actually done anything useful or special in my life. I'm unsure if this is because I think less of myself and highly of others, or highly of my myself and less of others.
My jihad is with stepping back far enough from the happenings of the present to be able to see myself from afar enough to finally witness my place inside this crazy world. In short, to stop thinking and to feel connected with everything and to sense my being - aka to feel joy. The moon, walking, running, great food, nice conversation, nature, and romance, help me do that.
In 2013, I flew to Bali to setup the first full-time Startup Hostel. I didn't enjoy the setting up procedure much, however fortunately other people did. There are now more than 30 hostels for startup folk around the world.
In 2014, I burned out from 10 years of professional programming and of life in general, after a while I embraced moneyless living and became a volunteer at a donation-based vegan soup kitchen in Sydney. It was perhaps the most rewarding work I've ever done in my life. I actually got to smile, laugh, and interact with people, solving a real need - joyous food and great company - without discrimination (even financial).
In 2015, I hitchhiked 5500KM from Perth Western Australia to Brisbane Queensland via the Outback, an adventure of a life-time that consisted of 10 days and 16 rides.
In later 2015, I desire to commence foot on the Bibbulmum Track, a 1000KM walk from Perth to Albany in Western Australia. I plan on doing this alone to discover what doors it opens and closes for me.
I'm a big believer in ephemeral living, whatever that is. I've recently discovered that I'm my own person. Coming up with great questions and answering them - staying true to myself by discovering myself - enabling joy and reducing oppression through education - are all passages deeply rooted in my soul.
I'm not particularly interested in work offers, however if you are a company implementing a cause (Tesla, Animals Australia, Green School, Lentil as Anything, etc.) or would just like to touch base, I'm all ears.
I write, some of my favourites are:
I talk, some of my favourites are:
- Why the next big thing sucks @ Meta Refresh 2013
- A road to open-source @ Hacker Retreat 2014
- Open-Source will leave you behind @ National Institute of Design: Gyan Adda 2013
I teach, some of my favourites are:
- Organiser and Trainer @ Node School Berlin 2014
- DocPad & WebRTC Trainer @ Myplanet Digital 2013 & 2014
I code, some of my favourites are:
- DocPad: A static-site generator with dynamic abilities.
- History.js: Cross-browser stateful web applications.
I read, some of my favourites are:
The 3rd most active open-source developer in Australia via GitHub
The 107th most active open-source developer in the world via GitHub
Created 249 open-source projects via GitHub
Working with open-source every day, I'm serious about open-collaboration. I've made over 2,200 contributions to the open-source scene in the past year and had my work starred by over 17,350 fellow developers.
The 6th most watched developer in Australia via GitHub
By following someone on GitHub, you are indicating that you love their work enough to be notified of every single piece of code they publish, big or small. Having 741 followers is a fantastic testimonial of my professional taste and impact on the web development community.
The opportunity of speaking and training people around the world is one that I'm so humbled to have. I can think of nothing better than inspiring, empowering, and connecting with amazing individuals all across the globe.
DocPad rethought web development and created a new kind of content management system. Each day more and more websites built with DocPad are going live, and more and more developers are joining the DocPad community.
History.js became one of the most game changing and popular utilities for web developers. Enabling and empowering freelancers to thought leaders to create the leading stateful web applications easily and effortlessly.