Tyler Neylon

Coder in Lua, C, Obj-C, js, Python; math for fun.


A game when games were new


You’re in a virtual world hunting the ultimate easter egg. You’re standing in the back of an empty 80s pizza joint, staring at an old arcade machine with an…


What it means to be human


Here’s a set of ideas that changed my thinking about my own identity — about what determines who I am.

The ideas start with a thought experiment.

Feral humans

Imagine a catastrophic event which wipes out everyone over one year old. Many infants survive, and somehow are able to grow to become adults. The…


Accept, understand, appreciate, and learn


Here’s a perspective I use to make tricky conversations more constructive.

People disagree all the time. Some disagreements are easy to work with. This post is about when they’re not.

When we talk, every message is dragged through a swamp of personal interpretation before it’s received. Usually, we don’t grasp…


The Reverse-Timing Trick


This is about a trick I recently started using to improve my focus.

I only have a few hours a day I can work work — as opposed to house work or being-a-dad work or cooking work or what I call sleep work because it sounds more productive than just sleep. Sleep work is awesome.


Big-Oh For Algorithms

Explained Intuitively and Precisely


I learned almost everything I know about programming outside the classroom. Anything about coding is online…


A game when games were new


You’re in a virtual world hunting the ultimate easter egg. You’re standing in the back of an empty 80s pizza joint, staring at an old arcade machine with an…


Writer’s tools: word counts and personal site integration


Three ideas:

1. Being able to see a word count as I write would be nice. This is a widely used metric that has top-level visibility even in carefully crafted editing tools like Apple’s Pages or the minimalistic iA Writer.

2. Many good writers will care about their web presence as a cohesive…


Adventures Among Ants


I can imagine Mark Moffett’s love letter to myrmecology - the study of ants - being used as a textbook. It’s full of citations and details enough to recreate an…


Tuesday, nyc


I moved from Ohio to New York about one week earlier for grad school at NYU. I did not know a single person living there before I moved. As an instructor for a math course, my first office hours were scheduled for that Tuesday, and I was a little nervous.

As usual, I stayed up ridiculously late Monday night and slept in. I woke up around noon and heard my…