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#10Readings – April 3, 2016

In Africa, Art, Books, Chicago, Education, History, literature, news on April 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Things I have Written

1. Not A Diarist – March 31, 2016. #marooned

Books I have read recently

2.  March: Book 2 by  John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Things Read on the internet

3. Can $86 Million Save a Neighborhood? | On the Comer Foundation, Pocket-Town, and Chicago

4. Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention |  On outsourcing a national education system

5. The changing rules of segregation in Chicago: or, a Chinatown grows in Bronzeville | On the mechanics of segregation, population shift, and change in Chicago

6.  College endowments under scrutiny | What requirements should there be for tax-exempt institutions with significant (>$1B) endowments?

7. The Journalist and the Troll: This Man Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online  | What a horror-show the Internet can be.

8.  Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco | Rebecca Solnit

9.  The Republican Party Must Answer for What It Did to Kansas and Louisiana  | When do experiments get termed failures?

10.   McSweeney’s List: The Basic Types of Literary Conflict.  | Pants vs. Everything.





10Readings – Jan 11- Feb 7 #recommended

In Art, Books, Education, History, literature, news, photography, Social Media, sociology, Technology on February 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm


Humans of New York

When My Brother was an Aztec

Bad Feminist

Lobster is the Best Medicine


One-Touch to Inbox Zero — Forte Labs — Medium

The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage

Read This Before Co-Opting MLK Jr.

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement

What School Segregation Looks Like

Twitter’s Brainstorming Notes for Potential New Features.


#10Readings – Jan 10

In Books, Chicago, Education, History, literature, news on January 11, 2016 at 2:00 am

#10READINGS – JAN 1-10

Books/Graphic Novels

Salman Khan “One World Schoolhouse – Such an optimistic tome.  Many (many) questions/comments/concerns, but worth reading for the optimism and the possibilities.

Joe Kelly “I Kill Giants – In my opinion, an emotionally beautiful graphic novel.

Claudia Rankine “Citizen: An American Lyric –  Powerful.  Timely. Deserving of all the accolades and more.

Jonathan Hickman “The Nightly News –  Complex. Disturbing.  Visually stunning.

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“Early voting”

In Chicago, Events, photography on February 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

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“Schools Closed”

In Chicago, Education, Events, Film, news, photography, University of Chicago on January 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm

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“Chuy Garcia @ UChicago IOP”

In Chicago, Events, photography, University of Chicago on January 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm

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“Gubernatorial” – Oct2014

In Chicago, Events, photography on October 18, 2014 at 6:51 am
Here are a few pictures from the Urban League & Business Leadership Council’s Gubernatorial debate at the DuSable Museum which I was the lucky recipient of a last-minute ticket to on Tuesday.
A few things:
  1. “Gubernatorial” is a word that is satisfying to say.
  2. Related:  why are there so few “Putting the Guber in Gubernatorial” jokes?
  3. Pat Quinn is an accomplished politician and is a natural in these kind of situations, whereas Rauner is not.
  4. Whether it’s inexperience or a lack of substance, Rauner doesn’t stray from his talking points at all.
  5. Since this debate was in part focused on issues of interest to African-Americans led to a few minutes of “who are your black friends/advisors” questions.
  6. Reverend Meeks is Rauner’s go-to guy on issues of connection to the African-American community.

from the Urban League Debate at DuSable Museum – Oct 2014
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Not Everyone Loves Rahm? #Chicago

In Chicago on March 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I saw this flier attached to a mailbox downtown in Printer’s Row yesterday. I won’t comment on the substance of the piece, but l do believe that one can draw a better caricature of the Mayor!


Review – The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t

In Books, University of Chicago on January 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm


The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Politics are perhaps the least discussed set of examples in Silver’s “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions fail – but some don’t ” which is wholly a paen to the art of prediction and forecasting, perhaps even a love-letter to Bayes’ Law.

Silver’s examples run the gamut from the things that he has expertise in (baseball, gambling, political polling) to those that he doesn’t (climate, weather, seismology, stock markets, chess, public health, terrorism, etcetera).

In all, Silver is able to find the crux of the central issues that challenge successful predictions and illuminate it either through his own exposition or through an interview with an expert.

Because of it’s variety, and because of the way that Silver keeps brining the readers back to the core concepts, it’s an engrossing read. What works best is the interplay between the topics that Silver has first-hand knowledge of and that those that he is approaching more abstractly, more objectively, as they interweave in a way that keeps the reader from drifting away.

Well worth-reading, but if you’re approaching this as a political junkie only, you’ll be disappointed by the limited amount of pages that politics per se gets.

Review — Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

In Books, History on November 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jarringly Powerful. Discomforting.

Hedges and Sacco’s collaboration tells both a small intimate story of individuals caught up in a cycle of poverty fueled by oppression and disdain from the ruling classes, and the very big story of that oppression and exploitation.

Agree with conclusions/politics or not, the act of looking at these particular “sacrifice zones” alone forces one to think through how much injustice comes to pass, and to what degree we are to tolerate/promote the continuation of such practices/outcomes.

I’ll say that Hedges conclusions are a little further afield than I’d probably take them, and that I do not share his enthusiasm for the Occupy movement as such the profound turning point in this kind of debate as he asserts (I’d say that it’s feasible that this model may change how people across racial/economic divides organize themselves versus the powers that be but that we have to see what persists), but the kind of mixed media approach that Sacco and Hedges take makes one take a fresh look and reassess one’s own opinions and fact base.

Definitely Worth-Reading.