I’ve written a few blog posts about the individual works and movements in Bach’s 6 Sonatas and Partitas — and they all seem to get quite a bit of views each week — so I wanted to provide an overview of the entire collection for anyone who is getting started on these! I’ll give a bit of historical context, a description of each of the works, and some suggestions for recordings.

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The Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are a collection of 6 long-form works (each ranging 15–30min long) written in about 1720 by J. S. Bach. Today, these are…

This is a collection of observations from my first time ever reading through the entire Bible (Old and New Testament). It is not organized with any specific thesis, just some thoughts and notes focused mainly on historical content and not as much on religious commentary. I do hope I can encourage more first timers who are curious for whatever reason to try reading it! …

This document continues the annual tradition of publishing a yearly overview of progress, mission, and roadmap for the app Poesie. Our main progress over the past year included setting up partnerships with contemporary poets around the world and beginning to earn revenue via a subscription model. Our work ahead includes building more community-focused features and continuing to explore opportunities for growth. You can view last year’s document here: Poesie Roadmap (2019).

Are you a poet, app developer, or just want to connect? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at poesie.app@gmail.com. …

In this post I will share an introduction and description of the Standard Model of Modern Physics. This post will be geared towards people with a basic understanding of physics… you should know that there is such a thing as an “atom”, but you may not need to know that there is such a thing as a “quark.” This would bring you roughly to the end of the 1800s in terms of humanity’s understanding of the universe :)

What is the purpose of this post? My short studies around Quantum Mechanics and the Standard Model left a major impression on…

In August 2019 I incorporated a business to manage the payments for my poetry app, Poesie. This blog post outlines the steps I took during incorporation. Even if you have someone doing this for you, it may still be helpful to get a basic overview.

A major disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. PLEASE don’t take this as the single source of truth for your incorporation process! At best, please consider it a reference or list of some sources I used while creating my business. …

There are three sections in this blog post: (1) The science of pitch, and how a musical vocabulary is created. (2) The technical basics of classical music, how pitches are combined to create and release tension. (3) A retrospective of classical music in terms of this approach to tension and release. If you just want a listening guide, skip to Section 3! If you want to learn the theory, read Sections 1 and 2 as well.

Table of contents:

I. Introduction

Section 1: Building a musical vocabulary
II. The science of pitch
III. Creating pitches
IV. Scales

Section 2: Melody…


This is a quick blog post detailing the changes in app usage patterns after an app redesign and the subsequent introduction of in-app badging. If there is one main takeaway from the blog post it should be this:

Learning how to use a multi-tabbed app is hard, but great content and badging can help. If usage of multiple tabs is critical to your app experience, you probably want to find ways to help users get comfortable navigating your app.

Fresh content and badging

Here is how we approached the problem for Poesie:

1. Why did we introduce a multi-tabbed design?

Poesie is a poetry…

This document lays out the upcoming year’s roadmap for Poesie, an app dedicated to the arts that was launched last year. Our main goal is to build a broader vision of our current app and validate product market fit and engagement. If you are interested in collaborating as we build and evolve the product, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at poesie.app@gmail.com.

Poesie is available for download on the iTunes app store: https://apps.apple.com/app/id1332841582.


Poesie is a company dedicated to delivering interactive and social online arts experiences.

In 2018, Poesie launched as a simple poem-a-day app, curating…

I have spent the last year building and growing Poesie, an iPhone app that delivers curated arts content in a social and interactive context. In this post, I’ll describe how I use user analytics and surveys to help inform my vision and product roadmap.


A good analytics and research infrastructure is critical to any start-up both for high-level strategy and for on-the-ground product development. When used correctly, the input from this setup will help you plan and dream long-term while prioritizing effectively in the short-term.

The three tools at the core of my workflow are:

(1) App analytics: I use…

Hi, I’m Ben. I’m building an app called Poesie to share my love of the arts around the world. I hope that sharing some of my experiences will help and inspire other entrepreneurs. And if this project sounds interesting to you… well I’m looking for a cofounder!! You can get in touch by email: bregman90@gmail.com.


Last week, Poesie experienced its first memory-size-related app crash. Since introducing lots more content into the app, including gorgeous visual art, we’ve needed to be much more careful about data management. After a few occasions in which Poesie creeped its way near the Top…

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I love music and literature. This is my app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1332841582.

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