Here’s a gun and hot weather for you, kid.

And like lightning from the sky there was a great crackling noise, and suddenly,  standing before you was the Blogger. Do you run? Do you have time to hide? Or do you stand there slack jawed in amazement as  you panic in a wild attempt to do all three at once? For when he returns none shall be prepared.”   – The Book of the Blogger 5:17








Okay, so I was rudely awakened this morning by the sound of an alarm clock and gunfire.

Now before you say “Murphy! You need to pack your stuff and get out of there!” I ought to explain the normal summer routine of the neighborhood kids. You see, since the beginning of the summer they have all been into buying airsoft pellet guns. Anything from the smallest pop pistol to the loudest belt feed turret machine gun. So on this day, unbeknownst to me in advance, they had a “Battle at dawn”.  They were walking around, all padded up from head to their toes and wearing goggles for protection while it was eighty seven degrees out…

“Now thats all nice and funny, but what does this have to do with your return, Murphy?” you might wonder. Well I’ll tell you simply. After my initial waking up I realized it was hot. It was really, really hot. I tried to use the laptop fan to cool off…needless to say, that was a bad idea. After getting a ice pack for my face, I laid down and decided on telling people how wonderful my day has been going. 

How has yours been?

   – Murphy


Just Took a Short (but interesting) Quiz



1. First thing you wash in the shower? My hair

2. Are you more of a coffee or alcohol drinker? Can I mix them?

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Nope!

4. Do you plan outfits? “Would I wink at me if I was wearing this?”

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
Like a piece of toast that’s just been popped out of the toaster. 🙂

6. Whats the closest thing to you that’s red? Definitely my bow-tie

7. What would you do if you opened your door and saw a dead body? Check to see if somebody lost one of theirs.

8. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
Well lets just say it revolved on the idea that dinosaurs could attack zombie congressmen and Freddie Mercury could fly the Goodyear blimp.
9. Three of your current feelings? Happy, little bit frisky, and excited.

10. What are you craving right now? Some tea, Damiana to be exact.

11. Turn ons? Shorter girls, brown or red hair, freckles, smart but somewhat awkwardly nerd like, common past times, smiles that end in dimples, biting while kissing, glasses with a book on the bedside table, must spontaneous and adventurous.

12. Turn offs? Girls that make decisions based on appearance,  unwillingness to learn something new, non-readers, one that makes assumptions.

13. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Cabbage stew

14. When was the last time you cried? Last week, I really missed a friend.

15. If you could be a superhero, who would you want to be? Hancock, from the motion picture of the same name.

16. Did the one person who hurt you most in your life apologize? No, she never did.

17. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Depends on if it’s really my ice cream.

18. Favorite movie ever? Better Off Dead

19. Do you like like yourself? Whoa! I just like myself as a friend!

20. Have you ever met a celebrity? Yes, I shook John Depp’s hand. I’ve also met Shaun White, Mike Rowe, and quite a few bands.

21. Could you handle being in the military? Yes, Sir!

22. What are you listening to right now? Nova Baby by The Black Keys. 🙂

23. How many countries have you visited? Just one

24. Are your parents strict? That would’ve been a under statement.

25. Would you go sky diving? I’m free this evening!

26. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? If I had to.

27. Whats on your mind right now? My friend Annie’s winky face.

28. Is there anything you want to say to someone?
To my sister: “My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.”

29. Have you ever been in a castle? Nope.

30. Do you rent movies often? That’s personal…

31. Whats your zodiac sign? Virgo

32. When was the last time you had sex? Also personal…. Just kidding. lol

33. Name five facts about yourself.
I was born on the fifth. I ate a worm once. I fell off a railway bridge at sixteen. I like bacon. Ducks don’t scare me…often.

34. Ever had a near death experience? Mulipule times!

35. Do you believe in karma or predestiny? Krarma is far more likely.

36. Brown or white eggs? Are we baking or making a omlet?

37. Do you own something from Hot Topic? Yes, a belt.

38. Ever been on a train? South Shore Line into Chi-town.

39. Ever been in love? Yes! ;D

40. If you were paid 1 million dollars to spend the night in a supposed haunted house, would you do it?
Yeah, there’s no saying if the ghosts would even bother you at all.

41. If you could trade places with any person living or dead, who would you trade places with? Issac Asimov or possibly Bill Gates.

42. If you could shorten your life expectancy by 10 years to become more attractive, would you do it? Hell to the no!

43. Whom do you admire and why?

44. What was your favorite bedtime story as a child? Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.

45. You’re walking down the street, you come across a burning building. A woman says her baby is trapped inside, what would you do?  I’d ask her what room number is hers.

46. If you could choose the future profession of your son or daughter, would you?
No, it’s thier choice to make.

47. What was your best experience on drugs or alcohol? No comment 🙂

48. What was your worst experience on drugs or alcohol? No comment 😥

50. As your walking down the street you find a suitcase full of money sitting next to a parked car, would you take it? How do you know it’s full of money?!

52. In front of you are 10 pistols, 5 of which are loaded. If you survive you’d receive 100 million dollars. Would you be willing to place 1 to your head and pull the trigger?
Only if I could lift each one first to gauge the weight

53. How old were you when you lost your virginity? No comment 😉

54. Do you believe in ghosts, werewolves or vampires? Yes to all three.

55. If you could live forever, would you want to? Yes, It’ll be fun.

56. Which fictional character most resembles who you are? Sheldon Cooper mixed with Doctor Who.

57. If you could go back in time, which time period would you visit? The Triassic Period!

58. If they were to televise a live execution, would you watch it?
Yes, and then probably be upset later.

59. If you could be the president of the USA, would you be willing to do it?
Yeah! How bad could I be considering?!

60. If you could choose the sex of your unborn child, would you want to?
No, I would love to have child regardless of their sex.


– Murphy

One of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's ...

One of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s blimp fleet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This mornings comedic relief! Stay safe this week!



 – Murphy

#23 of Things I Can Learn to Love: Baby Sloths

Basically my girlfriend was taking about wanting a pet  and since she’s one of a kind she would definitely want a unusual animal. Naturally Kangaroos, Pandas, and Pygmy Hippos were out for obvious reasons. I mean, seriously who is going to keep a hippo in their house?

Billy” and Calvin

 Okay, other then Calvin Coolidge….

Anyway, she decided that owning a sloth would be a wonderful idea. Instantly my brain supplied me with the already acquired knowledge of the animal. It’s diet, slow habits, and lastly the smelly mess it makes…

And so the answer was a emphatic “No!”

But she didn’t give up.  So I went in search of more reasons why not, and instantaneously fell in love, again… well, with the baby sloths.

 You see, I’d never really seen one or looked at one for long enough to say  “Sloths are awesome! ” or “Sloths are *insert funny sounding adjective here* “.

And now I’m so glad she didn’t give up. I mean, have you SEEN how cute these things are?!

                                                                                                                                    – Murphy

Geek Project: Bad-ass Batarang


I don’t normally  advocate throwing sharp objects at people.

   It never really ends well. But, it’s a different story when a piece of pointy death is actually nerd craft that is made of safe mostly safe plexiglass. Last week i started on this after seeing a article on about making a Batarang similar to this one from the game Batman: Arkham Asylum.

This particular project of mine took about only ten to twelve hours total and was a complete success. It has the ability to snap into the open position with a flick of the wrist due to the placement of  strong earth magnets embeded within the plexiglass. 

I have tried to photo document my work on it as much as possible, enjoy…

Now all I need is years of intense martial arts training; a college level education in criminology, chemistry, physics, electronics and engineering, a british butler, a costume and I am all set to prowl the night.

                                                                       – Murphy




8-Bit Google Maps – Google’s Awesome April Fools Prank



If you were a fan of the Dragon Warrior series on the NES, then you’re going to absolutely love the April Fools prank from Google this year: 8-Bit Google Maps! You can click the Quest button on ANY google map search and convert your bit of the world into an 8-bit quest, with hidden monsters!


– Murphy


A Bus and a Red Bow-tie

Man’s best friend?  

Bow ties?! Yes, I say bow ties!

Recently I made my first atempt to pull of wearing a bowtie.  Having never even worn one before i was a little anxious not to be awkward about my latest addition to my attire.

I was on a trip to DC. Being from Indiana that means a VERY long drive. So early on in the trip I decided I would meet the people around me to make the trip less tiresome.

Feeling a more then a bit more then nervous, I started with the young lady sitting behind me.

“Hi!” I said.  “My name is Murphy.”

“Hello, Murphy, my name is Emily.  By the way, I really like your bow tie!”  She replied.

i instantly know i’d made the right choice.


I am now ,just a couple weeks later on, in some of the most interesting  friendships with the people on that bus.

Especially with Emily, who broke the ice and helped me appreciate the wonders of standing out.

Here are a couple reasons to wear a bow tie:
 1. Bow ties scream confidence and individuality. They attract attention! even if people don’t remember your name, they’ll remember your neckwear.
 2. You’ll join famous bow tie wearers like Winston Churchill, James Bond, Fred Astaire, Steve Jobs, and many others.


Should you decide the try this classic neckwear, pair it with simple shirts and pants—the bow tie will take care of the loudness, even with a simple pattern. Be ready for compliments…from both sexes.