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

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 have… Continue reading On this Election Day

The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series

The last time the Cubs won the World Series the year was 1908. The last time the Cubs won the World Series they played at West Side Park "bounded by Taylor, Wood, Polk and Lincoln (now Wolcott) Streets". The original rooftop seating was on Taylor Street! My alma mater, UIC, now stands here. You could see Pilsen's St. Procopius church all… Continue reading The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series

The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Wikipedia defines the digital divide as: ... an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of information and communication technologies. This post is about how that digital divide plays out in tech employment.  The term "underrepresented minorities" is most often used when talking about the disproportionate lack of Latinos… Continue reading The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

I get into the extended discussions about politics on Facebook.  Sorry, not sorry.  Recently, I got into an in-depth analysis of Bernie's chances going forward.  Given his big wins in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, I pointed to this great project on fivethirtyeight.com to see how much he caught up. Who's on Track for the Nomination? describes… Continue reading Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

Statisticians come in from the cold

Two weeks ago my paper, Descriptive Statistics of the Genome, was accepted to the Journal of Computational Biology.  I think it was the best part of my thesis, so I'm excited to see it finally being published. Lectures Last week I gave my first talk/lecture at the monthly luncheon of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association.  That… Continue reading Statisticians come in from the cold

I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Updates below My PhD is in machine learning. Politics is my hobby. Civis Analytics is a politically-connected machine learning tech-startup.  I was very excited to work there. After an awkward conversation with a friend and colleague, I came to find out I was being paid 20% less than the PhD physicist that I had to train… Continue reading I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Single-celled Trump Says…

A team at the University of Oregon has found a single mutation that may explain the evolution from single-celled to multi-cellular life.  From the reddit ELI5 (Explain Like I'm 5) comment: In order to grow your lungs and other important organs in your body, cells have little rods that they point at other cells which then fit together in… Continue reading Single-celled Trump Says…

Optimizing Fanduel in R

I want to give a little background on my experience with fantasy football first.  If you're just looking for the algorithm just skip down to the section titled The Algorithm. Fantasy Football I like Chicago Bears football.  Even during rough seasons like this one.  I don't really care that much about other football teams.  So when my friends first invited me… Continue reading Optimizing Fanduel in R