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Los Angeles 2020 Primary Election Recommendations

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This month is a big, BIG election in Los Angeles (and elsewhere). LA needs a new city council that is ready to attempt cutting-edge approaches to housing, policing, and transportation. Our city council has more influence on our lives than representatives in congress, and our city is desperate for solutions that aren't found in the stale playbook of thirty years ago.

Additionally, LA has big voting changes rolling out. Early voting has already started on new machines. The last day to vote is March 3rd.

Links:Democratic Socialists of America - Los Angeles endorsements - This is the best resource for this election.
Knock LA voter guide - I don't know this group, but their guide looks pretty good.
LA Times - I'm including it as a resource, but they blanket-endorsed reelecting the entire city council as if they city just can't get better. That's ridiculous.
City of Los AngelesCity Council District 10:Aura Vasquez
The city council reflects the attitudes of Angelinos like …

A Response to A Weak Article on Futurism

My mom shared an article on Medium on which I had thoughts. I attempted to post it, but since Medium restricts new accounts from commenting I decided to post it here so I could at least share it with my mom.
The article was "How Tech Will Transform The World in 10 Years", and in it Katie Couric interviewed two futurists whose predictions I found lacking.
"Diamandis’ and Kotler’s answers are using generalities to mask what is legitimately a worryingly dark reality. A fear of the future is not limited to the people who don’t understand it. Firstly, the current, accelerating climate crisis is going to loom over the 21st century with the same footprint that WWII cast over the 20th. So any speculation on how we’ll live in the future that isn’t built around the centrality of climate change seems suspect.
Secondly, the authors appear oblivious to either the existence or the consequence of the gap between our technological and social development. A healthy society experiments a…

Data is Beautiful: A Cool Heatmap that uses my location data

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Update:  Here's a heatmap of where I've been in Los Angeles over the last three years.  Credit to Luka1199 for the Github Repo: https://github.com/luka1199/geo-heatmap


A Map of My Travels in 2019

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Travel in 2019.

Here is a map of places Google Places tracked me in 2019.

By the way, I strongly encourage everyone to request a summary like this.  We're all tracked constantly.  Most of us are tracked by our phones which log our GPS location, by our cell carrier, which logs the location of cell towers we connect to, and by our devices' WiFi connections.  Phones, laptops, ereaders, smart watches, and others can know our location by the WiFi networks that appear.  Reducing your trackability is an option, but I think a more practical and moderate one is to simply request a copy of the logs that these tech companies have.  I appreciate that Google sends me a monthly update, which often reminds me of activities that I hadn't thought of since they happened, reinforcing my memories of good times.  Consider checking your Google Place settings and requesting a monthly summary like this.





An overdue update: I'm going to be a parent soon

I'm having a kid!
I'm having a child that is due in December.  As you might gather from a quick scroll, I haven't prioritized blogging much in the last few months, as I've been busy volunteering with the Citizens' Climate Lobby and for Hexlab Makerspace.  
But I thought I should get a post up in case anyone stumbles over here:
I am having a child in December and currently making preparations.  Tony is taking classes, and providing more updates on our lives over on his blog: www.ialbatross.com.

Bioprinter Demo Video

I prepared a video demonstration of the bioprinter I built at work!  It's posted on the Sareen Lab website.

It was filmed on my cell phone and captured using OBS screen recorder and edited in Blender.  You can see a timelapse of the construction in a previous post.


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Ulgh. As if leaving them behind wasn't hard enough. #ilovemydogssomuchithurts Link to Instagram

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Happy #Pride 🌈🐾 Link to Instagram