On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

Four years ago I ran for alderman.  My signatures were challenged.  The process of getting on the ballot was so ridiculous that it joined gerrymandering and campaign finance reform as part of my proposed reforms to Chicago politics.  Due to some bad advice about petition formatting I had to withdraw.  But it was a good… Continue reading On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

On Alderman Solis’s Retirement

On Saturday November 24th 2018 the alderman of the 25th ward of the City of Chicago, Danny Solis, announced that he would not be seeking reelection. While I have been critical of many of the alderman's decisions, I must commend him on the manner in which he is retiring. The practice of appointing an alderman… Continue reading On Alderman Solis’s Retirement

Gentrification in Pilsen

When people ask why I live in Pilsen, I’ll occasionally respond, “I’m half-Mexican and half-hipster, so it’s perfect for me.” It’s Andy Kaufman-esque in that it's simultaneously funny and slightly uncomfortable. The real answer is that I moved to the area 16 years ago to be close to the (then) cheapest state school, UIC. Had… Continue reading Gentrification in Pilsen

Laquan, CPD, and Data

The last week in Chicago politics and law enforcement has been a lot. The Van Dyke trial was a difficult moment for the city. Conversations about the impact of the decision on young Black men, cops, families, the courts, the police department, activists, and politicians were running hot. While I’ve had brief conversations with police… Continue reading Laquan, CPD, and Data

Optimizing Magic: The Gathering in R

Magic: The Gathering Two years ago I was in the midst of starting a gut rehab on my home, starting a new job, and ramping up PERRO’s lead in the water campaign. Someone suggested that it might be good to do something that wasn’t productive to relax. In this midst of this presidency, a lot… Continue reading Optimizing Magic: The Gathering in R

NASA Frontier Development Lab

As usual, my long absence from writing has run concurrently with life being busy. Since my last post, PERRO has had three lead water filter distributions and is preparing for a fourth. I've been promoted to Executive Architect at IBM. The gut rehab of my new home has provided a constant source of excitement, entertainment,… Continue reading NASA Frontier Development Lab

Lead in Chicago’s Water

Back in 2014 I was giving a talk at the local library on a local environmental issue.  Afterwards a man came up and started telling me about the danger of lead in Chicago's water.  If you're like me, when someone starts talking about the danger to the water supply, your expectation is that tinfoil hat… Continue reading Lead in Chicago’s Water

On this Election Day

On this election day, when you decide between an insane trust-fund baby and a candidate that has proven themselves most adept at trading their public service for personal wealth, let us remember St. George:   The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You… Continue reading On this Election Day