That time I brought an idea to a gunfight
Many years ago, in a world that was much unlike the world we live inof today, I had a great Eureka moment: where we live and where we work largely impact our exposure to infectious disease.
Well-kept secrets: tension between science and tradition in the Wachau
What I learned about environmental, heritage, and risk management while visiting Austria’s foremost wine region.
On choosing one’s friends
About a year ago I set myself the goal of building a rich network of friends and acquaintances with which to meet my personal, social, and professional needs. After a few months of going all out with my social skills, I’d built a long list of people who wanted a piece of my time. I…
A brief history of bullshit (book review)
In my work as an oceanographer and climate scientist, I’ve come across numerous people who spread misinformation with seeming disregard for truth. Entrepreneurs seeking startup funds, internet personalities looking for relevance, and politicians putting out fires all have reasons to pretend they know more than is true. However, few people are truly equipped with the…
Chasing old juice: why can old wines be so expensive?
Earlier this month, on August 18 of 2022, I celebrated my 27th birthday. It was a very special occassion, as it also marked 5 years since I’ve been living in San Diego. To make the situation juistice, I ordered five bottles of wine from the 1995 vintage: wine that is as old as I am.…
Is Machiavelli an egalitarian?
Machiavelli’s writings explore historical situations and describe the means by which rulers gained, lost, or maintained power and political authority.
Beirut 2020: a diary of the collapse
Beirut 2020: a diary of the collapse is a personal, ground-level account of the political, financial, and social crises that pulverized the Lebanese state between October of 2019 and September of 2019.
¿Cuándo empiezan los desastres?
El poder ejecutivo es juez y parte en la previsión, explicación y manejo de desastres. Un organismo autónomo es necesario para garantizar los derechos ambientales de los Mexicanos.
Did Mexico truly have a revolution?
This is an essay I wrote for the course “Modern Mexico”, taught on Spring of 2021 by Prof. Matthew Vitz at UC San Diego. The Mexican Revolution, understood as the series of transformations spanning from 1910 to 1940, drastically reshaped the nation’s social, economic, and political affairs. Military conflicts between revolutionary factions started in 1910…