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Murphy’s Law – What we learned from last night’s Oscars

The 85th annual Academy Awards were handed out last night in a ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane. It was a bloated affair heavy on musical numbers and terrible banter among presenters. If you skipped the proceedings in favor of watching The Walking Dead, don't worry, Joel Murphy

Murphy’s Law – Netflix gives viewers too much of a good thing

Netflix's highly-anticipated original series House of Cards had its season premiere last Friday. It also had its season finale. That's because Netflix decided to release all 13 episodes of the drama, which is produced by David Fincher and stars Kevin Spacey, simultaneously. Joel Murphy shares his thoughts

Murphy’s Law – How I (almost) met your mother

It was announced yesterday that CBS and 20th Century Fox Television have finalized a deal to bring back How I Met Your Mother back for a ninth and final season. Joel Murphy is nonplussed about the news, since he admits to only sticking with the show this

Murphy’s Law – Catfishin’

According to Urban Dictionary: "A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances." Thanks to the documentary and TV show by Nev Schulman and the bizarre Manti T'eo saga,

Murphy’s Law – My castle on a cloud

Listening to Isabelle Allen sing “Castle on a Cloud” during the Les Misérables screening this week, Joel Murphy was instantly transported back to the first time he heard the song. In middle school during an assembly, one of Murphy's classmates got up in front of everyone and

Murphy’s Law – An Orwellian future, brought to you by Verizon

George Orwell's 1984 speaks of a dystopian future where Big Brother monitors its citizens every move, quickly stamping out any dissent. While most readers found this story to be a chilling precautionary tale about government overreaching, employees at Verizon have apparently found inspiration in the book's surveillance

Murphy’s Law – Santa’s sidekicks

Last year, Joel Murphy wrote about Krampus and Zwarte Piet, two of Santa Claus' international sidekicks who help keep wicked children in line. This year, Murphy's back with three more of Santa's sidekicks - Le Père Fouettard, Belsnickel and Knecht Ruprecht - who do everything from scaring

Murphy’s Law – A world without Twinkies

With Hostess' bankruptcy and employee strikes, things look bleak for Twinkies and their other delicious snack cakes. Joel Murphy looks at the cultural impact of Twinkies and shares his thoughts on the company's possible demise in this week's column.

Murphy’s Law – Why can’t we be friends?

Our long national nightmare is over. After a barrage of attack ads and posturing on both sides of the aisle, the Presidential election is finally behind us. Today, Joel Murphy calls for us all to come together as a nation and ... add each other back on