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476: Tom Murphy, part 3: The Science Book of the Decade

This Sustainable Life

When I read Tom's book on sustainability, Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet, I couldn't believe the book didn't exist already. I consider it the science book of the decade so invited him back. He shares about his motivation and goals in writing it. You might read my review of the book first, but you can jump into this conversation too.Here is an excerpt from my review:He taught a course to non-science undergraduates on the subject, called Energy and the Environment. He used the course to compile his posts, polish them, and make a self-contained comprehensive book. As far as I know, the only one like it, possibly because mathematics is the language of nature, so equations abound, but he explains them, so people who haven’t taken science or math classes since high school can follow.Showing the math means we don’t have to take his word for it. We can do the math too and think, judge, and act for ourselves. No matter our politics, age, industry, etc, we can access this book equally. The environment involves many branches of science, including physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, systems, and more, as well as fields including engineering, history, politics, philosophy, and more. Murphy brings them together like no other resource I’ve found. Many will shy away from devoting the time that the gravity of our environmental situation demands, but for enabling and empowering every reader to understand, think, judge, and act for themselves, I consider Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet the science book of the decade. I’ve read and watched a lot of books, videos, and articles. For reference, I consider Sustainability Without the Hot Air by Caltech-trained Cambridge physicist David MacKay the science book of the previous decade, and Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, the science book of the decade before that, by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, and Jørgen Randers. (A video of David MacKay after his book led me to avoid flying, not as a burden but to increase my enjoyment of nature and connection to humans.) Read these three books, and you understand our environment.But wait, there’s more. Murphy has acted on his findings in his personal life. He didn’t just use an electric car or unplug appliances before doing so was cool, he measured his results and shared how doing so affected his relationships with his wife, peers, and students. He shares his life and profession. This book doesn’t teach raw information, it shares a lifestyle.I’m not saying the book is easy, only that I find it the most valuable book or resource on the most important area humans have faced as a species, and I’ve read and watched many.Murphy’s book is glorious. He writes about the wonder of nature, our genius in harnessing it, its limitations, and our folly at not measuring the sofa before trying to jam it into the elevator, or believing the self-serving interests suggesting a “new normal” without justification.The math is accessible to a non-science undergraduate. To someone with a PhD in physics like me, it is a symphony—pure joy when you understand it, even more when your study it. Beethoven didn’t write his Ninth for one hearing. Yo-Yo Ma has to study pieces and even with my PhD, I have to take time to understand its equations and application. I learn each time I read Murphy. You will too. The payoff is worth it for aesthetic pleasure alone. There are practical benefits to understanding the patterns: unlike Beethoven, the fates of civilization and millions of species, including our own, depend on our understanding and behavior.Tom's book: Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite PlanetMy review of it: The Science Book of the Decade: Energy and Human Ambitions on a Finite Planet See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

23 Jun 2021

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Softy and Dick H1 - Tom Murphy on walk-off winner over A's / Julio Jones trade possible for Seahawks?

Dave 'Softy' Mahler and Dick Fain

Tom Murphy’s face yesterday, Julio Jones rumor about a discussed trade to the Seahawks. Mariners catcher Tom Murphy joins Softy and Dick to chat about his face after the walk-off on Monday afternoon, finding a name for that face, what’s going on with the team with five straight wins after losing a bunch, getting injured players back on the team of late, mentoring the young players on the team, Marco Gonzales back tonight. Would the Hawks really trade for Julio Jones or is this just to make Russell Wilson happy.


2 Jun 2021

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Hour 1-M's extend win streak to 5 with the help of Tom Murphy's 'crazy face'

Danny and Gallant

We finally have a face for this M's team and it's Tom Murphy's crazy face. The M's seem like they are having fun and feeling confident during this five game win streak. Marco is returning to the lineup and Gilbert is getting better every start. Have they weathered the injury storm? Plus, should the Seahawk go all in on on Julio Jones or worry about bolstering the defense?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


1 Jun 2021

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Hour 1 - Tom Murphy

Wyman and Bob

Dave and Bob are live from T-Mobile Park! Mariners catcher Tom Murphy joins the guys to talk about his strong showing at the plate and Chris Flexen's big night in the 5-0 win. Plus, can Ahkello Witherspoon bring a much-needed confidence to the Seahawks cornerbacks?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


29 May 2021

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S2 E16 Tom Murphy joins me on The Top Step

The Top Step with Ryan Rowland-Smith

Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy dive into all sorts of topics, the new rule changes in the Minor leagues that we possibly could see in the MLB very soon. Including shift limitations and robo umps and how they will change the art of catching as we know it!  Tom as had an amazing journey to be an everyday catcher and I'm so excited to have this epic conversation!  Before you press play please subscribe, click the share button and hit me up on social media. @hyphen18. I will reply!  Enjoy this episode as Tom Murphy joins me on The Top Step. 


25 Mar 2021

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Tom Murphy from 'Life According to Murf'

Who Needs Instructions

Tom's an Ozzie, a Business Owner, Mentor and a Mindset Coach. This was actually a Facebook Live session, which we recorded at the end of January 2021 (in Lockdown), but it was so good, I wanted to give you guys the opportunity to listen too.Tom and I are pretty good mates, so I know his journey and it is well worth a listen. Tom coaches people by learning from his own mistakes, as he's made them all (according to him). He's a self-confessed Risk Taker but in 2015, his life turned upside down. By 2018, he'd pretty much hit Rock Bottom.But, I'm pleased to say, he's recovered from that and is here to tell us the tale and for us to learn from the mistakes he made. Go and give him a follow on Instagram, he pumps out great content on a very consistent basis.Tom's website: https://www.lifeaccordingtomurf.com/Tom's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifeaccordingtomurf/


22 Feb 2021

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Florida Gators Need to Avoid Hangover Game Against Arkansas, guest Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Dooley Noted Podcast

Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley talks about the Florida match up with Arkansas. Guest Tom Murphy, the sports writer  from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previews the Razorbacks with Dooley. Pat highlights the Gators offense, the Covid issue, quarterback edge, hangovers, The Spreads and of course Three Things.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


12 Nov 2020

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Tom Murphy, From Pro MMA to offering HOPE to our youth.

Joe Dalton

From Pro MMA to offering HOPE.Social and emotional wellness, bringing the power of HOPE and ACTION into schools and communitiesTom has crisscrossed North America delivering HOPE and teaching empathy activation to students and educators. His dynamic energy is contagious and engaging. Tom’s impact is lasting and exactly the kind of critical social and emotional learning message our young people need to hear.Joe Daltonhttps://joedalton.ie/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 4mins

27 Oct 2020

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Soul Searching with Irish playwright Tom Murphy, Pulled by RTE, described by The Irish Times as 'a fine tribute to a brilliant mind.'

The Joe Jackson Interviews

Tom Murphy, as I say in the new intro for this podcast, which itself was pulled from broadcasting at the last moment by one particular power-that-be in RTE, is my favourite Irish playwright and one of my favourite interviewees. And this is one of my favourite interviews, which will appeal in particular to artists in any field. It is an astounding exploration of creativity. I made the show a few days after the man died, in 2018, it was meant to be my personal tribute but it was never broadcast and is now, happily a podcast Enjoy


8 Oct 2020

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EP.193 - Tom Murphy

Perpetual Chess Podcast

USCF expert Tom Murphy is undoubtedly one of the most renowned “park speed chess” players to live in the U.S. in the last few decades. He is a local legend in the cities in which he has lived:  Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Chicago, and has often been featured in the local media in those cities. It’s hard to miss Tom in popular chess hotspots due to his strong play and his entertaining banter. In our conversation we cover topics ranging from blitz and trash-talking tips, to Tom’s unique improvement advice, to the most money he has made in a day while gambling on chess. Tom shares many great stories and has an evident love of chess, but his life has not always been easy. As we also discuss, Tom has battled addiction at times, and even had a short stint in jail as a result of these issues. As you can tell, Tom has quite a story to tell! More details can be found below, along with time stamps and relevant links. 0:00- Perpetual Chess Happy Hour info here:https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/happyhour2:45- Tom tells the origin story of how he discovered chess as a teenager in Philadelphia and began to take it increasingly seriously over time. Mentioned: Central High School, NM Norman “Pete” Rogers, A Contemporary Approach to the Middle Game by GM Alexei Suetin, NM Wilbert Paige8:30- Tom tells the formative story of a moment when a top player underestimated him, and how this served to motivate him to work to improve.Mentioned: IM Anthony Saidy, GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Robert Byrne 11:30- Does Tom consider himself a chess hustler? Mentioned: Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum’s coverage of Tom Murphy: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2018/10/24/tom-murphy-wins-chicagos-3rd-tate-memorial/Tim Ferris video in which GM Maurice Ashley plays a park player - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5vnpOp0U_g14:45- Tom Murphy answers a question from the Patreon mailbag about the art of trash- talking. Sideline: The History of Chess from a Black Point of View preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVEWz_mzT8Q 16:45- What is the story behind the birth of the Chicago based National Blitz League? Mentioned: Nathan Kelly,  https://www.nblchess.com/, Daniel X Jones, George Li19:45- Tom reveals his “3 Ps” for chess improvement- Patience, Perseverance and a Peaceful Mind Mentioned: IM Greg Shahade, WGM Jennifer Shahade 23:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com. Check out all of their latest offerings here. https://www.chessable.com/courses/24:00- Who is Tom’s best “customer” of all time in terms of playing him in blitz for money? Mentioned: FM Sunil Weerumantry 27:15- Who is the strongest player Tom ever faced? What were the reasons for his moving from Philly to DC, and then later to Chicago?GM Roman Dzindzichashvilli, GM Ben Finegold, GM Nikola Mitkov 30:30- Does Tom think that park chess is dying? The National Blitz League Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/NationalBlitzLeagueHenry Getz, Steve Jennings 32:00- Tom has battled addiction in the past, has been homeless for periods and even spent six months in jail due to addiction issues, so he reflects on that experience and offers advice to others battling addiction. 37:30- Is Tom stronger online or over the board? 38:00- What are Tom’s favorite chess publications to read? Mentioned: New in Chess Magazine,  Endgame Strategy, The Art of The Middle Game in Chess,My System, 500 Master Games of Chess 44:00- How does Tom use computers to work on his chess game? Mentioned: The Perpetual Chess Facebook Group46:00- What is Tom’s blitz chess advice? Mentioned: GM Pablo Riccardi48:30- IM Greg Shahade writes in to ask about the state of Tom Murphy’s Ms. Pac Man skills, then Tom discusses his enthusiasm for poker and backgammon. Mentioned: Paul Baraz 55:00- Thanks so much to Tom for sharing his great stories! If you would like to contact him about online lessons, you can text him at 202-279-1442If you would like to help support Perpetual Chess, you can do so here:https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 1min

15 Sep 2020