Author / Scott DeToffol

Randall Munroe, the author of the fantastic XKCD web comic, created this graphic charting Earth’s average temperature from 20,000 BCE. This visual representation is very helpful in putting our planet’s relative temperature fluctuations in the context of time, planetary events and human expansion. It is not a coincidence that the startling change in the last […]

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I wrote an email to my congressional representative, Erik Paulsen, asking him to not support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I think congress should make improvements — and should have been doing so for years — instead of wasting time on repealing it. Below is the email I received in response (which I […]

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Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. As Jobs predicted the iPhone changed the world. Before the iPhone, only the technologically adept were interested in carrying around a pocket computer. Now, most American adults (64% and growing) have a broadband internet enabled multi-touch computer on their person at all times. […]

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There can be only one top album for me this year: Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording). Even though it came out in September 2015, I discovered it in February of this year. This album has been on constant play in our house, car and headphones. More great music: The Drive-by Truckers, American Band Wilco, Schmilco […]

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My next personal computer is probably going to be a Chromebook 

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/ October 13, 2016 / Comments Off on For the record

For the record

Trump is an absurd candidate and has proven to be an epic disaster as the Republican nominee. I never thought he had a chance of winning the presidential election, but I was wrong about that. He has a chance. With less than a month to go, it looks like his self destruction will prevent the […]

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A great look at one my favorite bands, playing on Minneapolis public TV station KTCA, around the time of their classic album “Hollywood Town Hall”. Set list: Wichita Two Angels Settled Down Like Rain Waiting For The Sun Crowded In The Wing The current lineup of The Jayhawks, sans Mark Olsen, have a great new […]

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Carnarys

The following statements are true, but there are forces at work trying to convince us they are false. Human rights trump religious and national rights. The Earth’s climate is getting warmer, the change is outside of typical patterns we’ve measured in the past, and human activity is a significant contributing factor. Evolution is an accurate explanation […]

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As a kid I hated using telephones. I don’t really know why and I’m sure there are some social anxiety issues at the root. Even today, I’d much rather email or text than call someone. My ideal phone conversation goes something like “I’ll be there in a few minutes and we can talk then.” That […]

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