Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Art of Conversation

Now, if only video cameras had existed back when Laura used to talk on that toy phone, she too could be a YouTube sensation!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

xkcd Radiation Dose Chart

(Click to view full)

Click here to read the accompanying blog post for some background info.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Any Murphies

or Murphy friends or relations or hangers-on who have not seen the movie Moonstruck should do so, without delay.

Also, look out the window at the moon. Last night was the biggest full moon since 1993, and it did look amazing, hanging there like a lantern in the tree branches close enough to touch. Tonight, it ought to be almost as . . . well, striking.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Teachers Unions Explained

Go, United States Navy!

Here's a concise description of the role of the Navy -- and of the USS Ronald Reagan, the aircraft carrier where Luke worked a couple of summers ago -- in providing earthquake relief in Japan.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Before and after

Here is a staggering set of images of communities along the Japanese coast before and after the tsunami.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I want baseball.

26 days until the Red Sox opener! Who's excited!? Who's coming to Pittsburgh to see them in June?

The Red Sox will be total "bi-winners" this year.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

What horsepower really means

Dad needs this team! Check out the rodent fleeing for its life from under the hooves of the horse on the far right (and alarming the horse second from the left) at about 20 seconds in.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Hey, Luke!

Didja move yet?

Dad will like this

and Laura should print out a copy and send it to those folks in Philly who gave her a ticket for improperly recycling her garbage.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Easy Crock Pot Recipes for Carnivores


1.5 cups H2O
Packet of Italian Dressing mix
Packet of Ranch Dressing mis
Packet of Brown Gravy mix

mix them up in the crock pot. Throw in a pot roast. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Delicious.


Can of cranberry sauce
Packet of Lipton Onion Soup and recipe mix

mix them up in the crock pot. Throw in a pork roast. A cheap one like a shoulder or picnic roast. not a tenderloin. I think the roasts with the bone in are the most flavorful. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Yum.

Either recipe will give you a couple good meals. Then you can make sandwiches. Then you can use the last of it with all the liquid for a stew or soup. Cheap, easy food.