Tom Reitz

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Tom Reitz is a lead developer and architect specializing in political data. He writes about technology, culture, and life.

On Gerrymandering

According to the U.S. Constitution, congressional districts are supposed to provide proportional representation. Practically speaking, that means that districts should be contiguous, contain roughly the same number of inhabitants, and (based on the Voting Rights Act of 1965) roughly the same racial makeup. State legislative districts are also drawn to similar standards. State Legislatures redraw district boundaries every 10 years (after the census) to relect population changes. But due to the partisan…

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Rest in Peace, Bishop Morlino

Today I had the honor of attending the funeral of Bishop Robert Morlino, the fourth bishop of Madison. Bishop Morlino died on November 24th, 2018, following a cardiac event during planned medical testing. He was 71 years old. Bishop Morlino became bishop of Madison in 2003, when I was just 16 years old. I first got to know him when I traveled the diocese recording his homilies for radio. Later, when…

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Book Review: The 4-Hour Work-Week by Tim Ferris

Several people I know have mentioned Tim Ferris' book The 4-Hour Work-Week, so I thought I'd check it out. Fortunately my library had a copy. In this book, Ferris basically tries to sell the idea that you can, and should, re-engineer your lifestyle to involve While some of these ideas are interesting and worth pondering, I have a few complaints about the book. I've never met Tim Ferris, but the…

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Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Recently I picked up a copy of The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg from my local library. I thought it would be an interesting read because our lives are often ruled by habits - morning coffee, morning commute, afternoon exercise, late-night stress-eating. Understanding how habits are formed and broken, and taking time to reflect on the positive and negative habits in my life, might help me to build better habits and improve my…

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