Going Green with the Internet of Things

tldr: My electric bill is high in the winter because I use electricity to heat parts of my house. I am using free and open-source software, Home Assistant, and ComEd’s hourly pricing to reduce my electric bill, hopefully by about half. If this system were to be implemented at a large enough scale it could… Continue reading Going Green with the Internet of Things

Chicago’s Invisible Primary

The invisible primary is described by Matt Taibbi as: … a pre-primary period in which party bosses “scrutinize and winnow the field before voters get involved, attempt to build coalitions behind a single preferred candidate, and sway voters to ratify their choice.” Chicago has runoff voting for its municipal elections. That means the February 26th… Continue reading Chicago’s Invisible Primary

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

Plata y Plomo in Pilsen

On Wednesday there will be a meeting with the US EPA hosted by the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) in the basement of the church at 1850 S Throop. For the past decade PERRO has been pushing the EPA to investigate the emissions coming from the H Kramer smelting facility. From Wikipedia: H.… Continue reading Plata y Plomo in Pilsen

No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

For more than a year there has been a fight over the idea of bringing a metal shredder to Pilsen.  Some groups say it's a great source of jobs and other groups have said it's a dangerous source of pollution.  Now that it's election season everyone is required to take a position on it.  Curiously,… Continue reading No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Last Friday at the 25th ward aldermanic forum at UIC I was verbally assaulted, but it wasn't by the predictably empty rhetoric from some of the candidates.  Immediately following the conclusion of the event I was speaking with a reporter from South Side Weekly when the executive director of Pilsen Alliance and the de facto Byron Sigcho campaign manager came over… Continue reading Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Why I’m running for City Council

Over the next month I will be collecting signatures to put my name on the ballot for Chicago's 25th ward aldermanic election on February 24th, 2015.  The first question people ask is, "Why?"  I'm running because I love this city and it could be so much better. The corruption of Chicago politics is an old joke, but it stopped being… Continue reading Why I’m running for City Council