Bullet Train to Merlin's Grave2019-11-08🎵MUSIC

If this is the future, why are you the same? My cousin Megeen got married two weeks ago. Instead of the traditional night-before-the-wedding welcome party, she and her now-husband David Pope hosted POPESTOCK - a musical celebration featuring a…

Summer Wind2019-09-10🎨DESIGN

Newport, Rhode Island A film photo I took with my friend Kristen's old camera. Alternative title: Kite Armada.


I opened up Logic on a whim tonight and found the beginnings of this song, just sitting there, from a previous flight or some other bored evening. I think I probably ruined anything good about this song with the new middle section, but I swear it…

An Afternoon with Arduino2019-03-28🖥️CODING

For the last eight years or so, I've been carrying around an Arduino (not literally on my person, but, you know, amongst my treasures), waiting for just the right time to start tinkering with it. That time, it turns out, was yesterday afternoon. This…

Novels with Giant Possibly Magical Libraries2019-01-23📖WRITING

I'm currently reading a fantastic novel where the protaganist - who is in her teens and lives in a sort-of convent for sightseers in the middle of a glacier - is asked by the elders to choose a role for part-time work. Our hero considers two options…

Borrowing Library Books for Your Kindle2019-01-13💡LEARNING

Basically, do it. It's super easy. I'll show you how in this post. How to borrow library books for your Kindle Obtain a Kindle from Amazon. I'm using the Kindle Paperwhite with Special Offers, which I recommend. The special offers are just ads for…

The Walkingman Collection2019-01-10🖥️CODING

I've pulled all my Instagram #walkingman photos into a handy little page. Check it out. So long as the Instagram API continues to play nice (no guarantee of that), then this page will stay up-to-date as my travels continue. I'd love to learn more…

Humans of Machine Learning2018-07-30🖥️CODING

I've started an interview series on the FloydHub blog called "Humans of Machine Learning." I'm hoping to talk with lots of real human beings who are doing fun, creative, interesting, and / or surprising things with machine learning and AI. Those…


Here's a new Terminal Man track from my most recent flight to Newark. I've been watching a lot of Stranger Things, if you can't already tell. This is the first Terminal Man song I've hosted on YouTube instead of SoundCloud. Slightly annoying to have…

Using NLP to Write Graduation Speeches2018-07-23🖥️CODING

I've always been a little bit obsessed with graduation speeches. Put simply, I like being reminded of the great possibility and great responsibility of living. But as it's going to be a while until May rolls around again, I decided to try my hand at…

LendUp Hackathon Project Lives On2018-06-17🖥️CODING

I recently logged into my Arrow Card iOS app to check my balance and was pumped to discover that my team's Spring 2017 Hackathon project branch was finally merged and released. Here it is, in all its cartoon-y glory: the LendUp Education mobile…

The Long Hour2018-04-28🎵MUSIC

More arppegiator magick using the Apple on-screen keyboard in Logic. I still would like to learn how to program my own drumbeats. In the mean time, thank goodness for Apple loops. Learning Ableton would be another fun benefit of this endeavor.

Zion Traverse2018-04-19🕶️OUTDOORS

We ran ~38 miles of the Zion Traverse this past Saturday, including the I-can't-believe-this-is-actually-allowed Angels Landing climb. Here's video proof: Very little prep work or research or even training was done on my part. I'm lucky to have found…

Teaching My Robot With TensorFlow2018-01-06🖥️CODING

My childhood dream of becoming friends with a real-life robot like Johnny 5 came true two weeks ago. This is not to be confused with my other primary childhood dream - which I wished on every dandelion blow and floating will-o-wisp - of being sucked…


This is the first Terminal Man track in which the only Apple loop used is the percussion track - everything else I created using Logic's on-screen keyboard. Arpeggiators are the best.

Written in Water2017-06-29🎵MUSIC
Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim2017-05-07🕶️OUTDOORS

We ran the Grand Canyon, and I only got lost once. Pro tip from Galen for future R2R2Rers: bring a McDonald's cheeseburger to eat halfway. I heartily concur - I'm still thinking about that deliciousness.

Meet Von Chomp2017-03-08🖥️CODING

Von Chomp is a monster who loves to count - workout reps, patrons at hipster BBQs, even 🍪s. vc Meet von Chomp now on the Apple App Store: https://appsto.re/us/VN7lib.i Don't take my word for it

Upside Down2017-02-11🎵MUSIC

My unsolicited submission for the Season 2 soundtrack to Stranger Things.

LendUp Critters2016-12-28🎨DESIGN

Every good app needs a mascot. Meet some of the critters behind LendUp's internal tools (co-designed with Lise Statelman and Chau Nguyen). Hadron Badron Levi Adele Tool time You can read more about our work on the Home Improvement team at LendUp…

Alcatraz Challenge 2016 - Review2016-12-16🕶️OUTDOORS

This was a much smaller race than I expected. Only 116 souls according to the official results. I felt lucky to have snagged a race number when I did — the website warned it would be capped at 500 swimmers. That was enough for me. I frantically…

One Day Lord Shardik Will Return2016-12-06🎵MUSIC

Not quite Watership Down, but still pretty weird in a good way. Here's my musical book review of Shardik.

Too Much2016-02-10🎵MUSIC
Glass-Steagall Act Farewell Show2016-01-22🎵MUSIC

Six years ago Mark Mager convinced me it was a good idea to play an acoustic Beatles medley in front of our entire Morgan Stanley division to celebrate my departure and his return. Now you too can witness the final (only) show of The Glass-Steagall…

Space Time Travel with Wormie2016-01-02🖥️CODING

Wormie is an iOS app to connect you with people in the places you want to see. Live Maybe you want to see if there's a line at your favorite restaurant right now. Or maybe you want to see tonight's sunset, but from Australia. Live Just open up Wormie…

Pseudoclassical Star Wars2015-10-26🖥️CODING

Subclassing in JavaScript is quite useful. I used JavaScript subclasses to create this Star Wars inspired game. game You can play it right now, or check out the code on Github. The rest of this insanely long post will demonstrate how to use…

Golden Olden2015-08-04🎵MUSIC
NOAH Conference in Berlin2015-06-09🤐TALKS

I spoke in Berlin, and took a really bad still image, apparently.

Introducing Knerds2015-05-02🖥️CODING

Knerds is a simple and fun iOS game that helps you learn the names of your co-workers through brute force, cuddly mascots, and spaced repetition. Diving into Objective-C Like many tech companies, Knewton organizes a hack day every few months. Beyond…

Terminal Man - Live in Concert2015-04-07🎵MUSIC

Last week, streaming live from London, TERMINAL MAN performed its first show ever, appearing live in New York City at the Knewton Talent Show. This may have been the first musical performance for a Double Robotics robot ever, but I certainly hope it…

Merlin's Advice2015-03-05💡LEARNING

The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see…

Trickle of Water2015-03-01💡LEARNING

My favorite Calvin and Hobbes strip

edCrunch in Moscow2014-10-18🤐TALKS
Over Water, Under You2014-08-04🎵MUSIC
ELTJam Sesh in London2014-04-28🤐TALKS

My five minute pitch to the masters of the ELT universe.

SEPM Conference in Copenhagen2013-11-21🤐TALKS

"It's so awesome that we are in a planetarium, first of all." - Charlie Harrington

Cape Seafood Logo2013-01-21🎨DESIGN

My friend Luke asked me to design a new logo for his new company. You may know his other company: Luke's Lobster. Here's what my other friend Katie Kosma and I came up with: Check out Cape Seafood for more seafood-y goodness.

Four Track2003-12-18🎵MUSIC

This is the first song I wrote and recorded on my Fostex four-track.