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Murphy's Chaos: Its name and logo

posted Aug 5, 2015, 1:49 PM by Joel Murphy   [ updated May 9, 2018, 7:27 AM ]

This site is a creative outlet and I really don't expect many hits. Whenever I've had people comment on anything I've written, I'm always shocked that someone took the time to read it.

The name "Murphy's Chaos" starts many years ago, when I played tabletop role-playing games. One of these games was Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D), 1st edition, which has a simple system of alignments describing the general philosophical bent of a character. A single "alignment" is a combination of two values. The first is the character's view toward authority and organization, which can be lawful, neutral, or chaotic, while the other value is the character's view toward influence on others, including good, neutral, and evil. Alignment is not a predictor of an action but is an indicator of where the sum total of a person's actions will lean.

As a fan of Murphy's Law and the short quips occupying that general field, my first instinct was to use Murphy's Law as the name of my website. My radar of "everybody's doing it," though, noticed that'd probably be pretty common. Because of AD&D, I had a ready opposite for law: chaos. Thus, from the detritus, rose the name Murphy's Chaos. I've often wished I could do more with the name than websites of inane jibber-jabber but have never really applied myself to the problem. Early on, I would type it out as Murphy's Chaos™ because I think adding ™ to things that don't need them is funny.

When the name came into existence, it didn't take long for me to find the Symbol of Chaos reputedly created in connection with a work of fiction. For a few years, that eight-pointed star was my logo. One day I was playing around with Photoshop, seeing if I could make a seven-sided object. My logo seemed an obvious choice for target practice. I was also playing around with layer effects on Photoshop paths.