Personal

Hi, I’m [wɪl mɛɹəl]. I’m originally from NYC, but I moved to Seattle in September, 2019. You can contact me at willm[æt]allenai.org.

If I wasn’t doing NLP, I’d probably be studying medieval history and dead languages, particularly Latin, Old Norse, and Old English. I’ve also dabbled in Middle Egyptian, and am considering studying Nahuatl. See some translations from these languages on my blog.

I’m a big proponent of the urban walk. Seattle seems to prefer hiking, which I’m also down with, especially to locations of historical interest.

I play pick-up basketball and the classic video game Age of Empires II (~2.2k team ELO). I have also done some amateur game development, and used to have a YouTube channel when I was 15 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Other facts about me:

  • I am a definitively average cook, but (thanks to my grandma) I can make pierogi from scratch.
  • I used to compete in table tennis. I also used to play baseball in high school.

Here’s some random stuff that I’ve written over the years, in no particular order.

*There’s more writing on my blog.