Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Odysseus shot



Taken with my new DSLR camera that I bought for myself for my birthday

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Seattle



(this post is a bit late)

Every time that I visit a new city, I fall in love with it. I just finished a week in Seattle (at the beginning of this month)*.

* I was looking for blog posts from 5 years ago from when I spent a summer in Seattle but I didn't really write much about the city or my experiences. It was really just a bunch of posts on Gatorade and Pop tart flavors and the World Cup in South Africa.

This time around I really appreciated and was struck by the amount of water that truly surrounds Seattle. I stayed with Ben in Redmond when I was there and I took the bus from Redmond to downtown Seattle every day. It was so refreshing to see blue seas every day on the way to work.

One of my days there I got a major sense of deja vu one day when I looked out the window from the bus and saw the REI off of I5. I guess that's what part of deja vu is, remembering a small detail of something that used to be part of every day life.

I also remember going to my first Whole Foods in Seattle* and seeing a yuppie couple spend $200 on two bags of groceries. I also had my first Kroger yogurts in Seattle, which started the great yogurt debates in my head.

* The first week I was in Ann Arbor I went to the Whole Foods because Mark's parents liked to eat there.

I didn't have time this trip since I was too busy exploring Redmond and the Microsoft basketball courts with Ben, but I would have liked to gone back to the South Lake Union area and see what it's like now. Maybe next time.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Earthquake basics

An earthquake imminent, apparently. That's what the Internet told me at least. I started wondering if I could even feel earthquakes living in the basement of a bar because we had one last week and I didn't. The earthquake did wake up a mouse and get it caught in one of the traps we had set out.

Not having been trained in earthquake training, I had no idea what to do in the event of an earthquake. Luckily, Neil was trained on how to live on the west coast and told me how to survive:

1) Don't go outside. Debris might be falling off of buildings and you don't want to get hit by any.

2) Hide under a desk. Again, this is to prevent you from getting hit from falling debris.

3) If you can't hide under a desk then door frames are the next best place. Door frames are structurally strong points in a building and less likely to collapse.

4) If your house/building collapses, then you're screwed anyways.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Add another explored ballpark

I went to see an A's game with a bunch of friends last night.



I was late though, since I went to game from work and there was a lot of traffic. Then I had to take the BART and follow the mass of people from the BART station to the game. On the positive side, it's really easy to get to the game from the BART.

The Oakland Coliseum adds to the list of ballparks that I've been to. For those of you keeping score at home, that list includes Fenway, old Yankee Stadium, Olympic Stadium (home of the Expos), Safeco, and Comerica. Still on my "to visit" list is AT&T park, because I somehow managed to go all the way across the bay and watch an A's game before watching a Giants's game.

John Oliver recently did a monologue about public funding for stadiums across the States. (I'm not sure, who exactly got me watching John Oliver, but now I follow his channel on YouTube and watch his videos. I don't watch him because I don't subscribe to HBO Go) And, I do agree with him; there shouldn't be public funding for stadiums. Sidenote: I was a Kyle Chandler fan before FNL; I followed him during his Early Edition years.

With that side bit out of the way, the Oakland Coliseum is not a modern stadium. It's a lot of concrete. There was a nice little section of restaurants and bars, though. The restaurant and bar area was nice enough where I wouldn't mind just sitting down, drinking some beer, and watching the game. But Tim quickly pointed out to me that we actually paid money to go watch the game and if we wanted to do that, we could have just gone to a bar and watched the game.

I say all of this, because craft beer stations have been showing up at ballparks. In fact, there is a craft beer station at the Coliseum.



Granted, it doesn't look as nice as the park's craft beer stations, but it does the job. Also, we had a $6 voucher that came with our Value Deck tickets!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A new really good Gatorade flavor

An update on the best Gatorade flavor:



Glacier cherry is also really good and it has the benefit of not turning your mouth red.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cliffs

"I like cliffs" -een

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Re-ranking the Pixar movies

I saw Inside Out this weekend with Marco, Jedy, and Fan. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I ranked the Pixar movies a few years ago, but I thought it was time to re-rank them.

Presented without comments

1) Finding Nemo
2) Toy Story
3) Inside Out
4) Ratatouille
5) Toy Story 2
6) Wall-E
7) Cars
8) Monsters Inc
9) Up
10) The Incredibles
11) Toy Story 3
12) Brave
13) Monsters University
14) A Bug's Life
15) Cars 2

* Though it's really unfair of me to rank Brave or Monsters University because I haven't seen them.

Thoughts that aren't long enough for their own individual post


I told KR my technique for drinking coffee when I was back at school and he found that it "improves his coffee intake."
I used to make pourover in my Contigo coffee tumbler. When I would go into the office, I would pour it from my Contigo into a mug instead of drinking it directly from the tumbler. It made the coffee taste much better, probably because of the open container and smell, and it had the side benefit of forcing me to drink my coffee all at once instead of sipping on it all day.



Me: Since grad school I've gotten more geeky and more Asian; I've started watching Starcraft now.
Mark: Nasty

Also, now I'm a beer and coffee snob.

Mark: California has changed you, CM.



"There are so many fake Conlon's in the world"

That is a fact. Unbeknownst to me, there are fake me's out there too?!

Over the past few months, I've had multiple strangers ask me if we've met before because I seem familiar. I am now imagining some sort of Terminator sci-fi scenario where there are multiple clones of me and Conlon walking amongst us trying to take over the world. MC v MC



I found an awesome bookstore on Haight street. It has great book recommendations and it had a lot of books with book covers that I had never seen before, like these Hunger Games books:





I had cold brew coffee today. I didn't like it. I probably won't have it again.



Currently working on a reboot of my comic strip.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Welcome to New York

Here are some photos from my trip to NYC for Brent's and Maggie's wedding:


Caption: Gotham


Caption: The Met


Caption: Central Park


Caption: $10 hot dog. Me and een made up for it by buying cheap Gatorade from Duane Wade Reade


I had fun public transit adventures like taking the subway from JFK to een's apartment in Upper East side. Then taking the reverse trip from een's apartment to LGA. Also I took the 6 from the start in the Bronx all the way down to een's apartment. I also saw parts of the East Village and Chelsea and saw where the Avengers destroyed Hell's Kitchen.

Overall, it was a fun trip. I got to catch up with all of the boys from college and hang out with een and watch Shark Tank in her apartment.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My favorite excuse

MC: It's because I'm an introvert.
SU: I regret ever telling you that

Strangers in the night

"You're more productive if you're happy"

Back at school a normal morning for me would be to wake up and make some pourover coffee (with my sweet coffee setup). Then get in my car and drive 3 mins to the grad student parking lot. Then I would walk for 10 minutes while thinking about something irrationally un-profound, like why yesterday's weather was nothing like today's. I would finally arrive at the office still talking to myself before remembering I had to stop talking to myself because there were now people around.

Now, I get up in the morning and quickly scamper out the door. I have to make sure not to open the gate to my apartment too quickly, lest I smack an oblivious pedestrian. I walk a few blocks south and wait for the bus. Sometimes Rarely someone tries to talk to me but I don't feel like conversing in the morning. Usually my paranoia forces me to wonder if I missed the bus as I discreetly look around for my co-workers. When the bus arrives, I hop on and sit for an hour or so playing various games on my phone. When we disboard, I shield my eyes from the bright sun as I make my way inside and search for coffee.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sports seasons

Following sports requires a lot of time so I try to only follow one sport at a time:

June - October: Baseball (MLB)
October - January: Football (NFL)
January - March: College basketball
March - June: NBA

This probably wasn't worthy of a blog post.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Living in a hole

When I was younger1, I used to get mad at my parents for not remembering things. But now that I'm slightly older, I'm finding it hard to remember every single thing that I need to do or every single thing that has happened in my life. I don't think there's anything biologically different about my brain, there's just more going on in my life now. Like, did I remember to pay rent this month? Is all of my stuff frozen in my storage unit? What pair of shoes do I want to wear today? &c &c

As such, I like to write blog posts reminding my future self of things like bacon.

This time I'm telling my future self two things:

  • Never live below/above/near a bar
  • Never live at/below street level

The bar noise used to drive me nuts but I have sort of gotten used to it. The things that I can't stand are the people who get queued up waiting to get into the bar and stand by/outside my window. Then, there are the people who stand outside my window smoking and having inane conversations.

It gets worse though. Because I'm at street level I can hear people talking when they walk by. I can hear stupid drivers honking their horns. I can hear cars idling at the red light. I can hear obnoxious motorcycles rumble by. Traffic noise is the worst.

I need 26th floor apartment.

Someone should write a book on how to be an adult. But maybe these things only affect me because I'm an introvert2. The Internet has been trying to convince me that introverts function better with less fewer sleep.



1 Sarita started a story with these words..."When I was younger, I used to own a car.." It took me aback because when I think younger I think 5 or 12, not driving age.
2 That's a post for another day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Adventure stories



In the airport on the way to Mexico I perused some of the books they had on the shelves there. This book, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", caught my eye with its colorful cover. So when I got back I bought a copy of it and now I am thoroughly enjoying reading it during my morning/evening commute.

I'm now trying to come up with a reading list of (paired) adventure books. After this one, I'll (re)read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn."

After that I'm not sure what I'm going to read. I will have to do some digging on the Internet to find some more adventure books.

Mexico (addendum)

"Who stole the conch shell?"
"Piggy"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mexico

"You guys don't get it, it's a joke on buy 1 get 1 free"

"Don't worry guys I got this"

"Evil baby dinosaur"



Destination weddings are a lot of fun, especially at an all-inclusive resort. All-inclusive means you can start drinking margaritas at 9 in the morning with Marco. All-inclusive means you can order 3 entrees and all of the appetizers. All-inclusive means you can order as much room service as you want. All-inclusive means bottomless Tanqueray and tonics.

The wedding ceremony and reception were beautiful. It was a lot of fun catching up with old friends, meeting new people, and speaking lots of Spanish (I said a lot of "hola" and "gracias"). I learned a lot of new things. For instance, apparently a thing that Mexican bartenders do is chloroform people after they take a shot.

While we were obtaining a bottle of champagne from the bartender, Justin and I argued over whether or not a lady we met in the resort lobby had a Scottish or Dutch accent. I don't even remember how we started talking to her.

Here are a few notes to myself, in case I forget in the future:
  • Don't forget to pack sunglasses, sunscreen, or sandals. The resort gift store will try to price gauge you.
  • Don't lose the Mexican immigration form or else you will not be able to board the plane to leave the country. I unknowingly managed to keep mine.
  • Definitely take a red-eye to maximize the all-inclusiveness
  • Buy myself a pair of pink shorts
  • I got a mosquito bite on my ankle

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pittsburgh

MC: How come you don't buy a house in Pittsburgh?
MC: I could.
MC: I thought about it
MC: I was advised against it by my father
MC: You need to live in a location for at least 5 years roughly for the investment to pay off i think
MC: because what you pay the first few years is mostly interest on the mortgage
MC: Right.
MC: and you don’t build much equity
MC: and i don’t make enough money for the interest deductions to be substantial enough to really benefit me in taxes i don’t think
MC: the closing costs on buying property is probably prohibitive for me right now
MC: and i’m not interested in the work of a fixer-upper at this point
MC: plus the costs of furnishing
MC: and i think it tends to arbitrarily tether you to a city
MC: when being mobile is probably beneficial for me at this point in my life
MC: so
MC: I'm pretty hungover

Thursday, February 5, 2015

California, here we come (again)



I'm out in California, again, for a few months. I'm really grateful to have friends who let me sleep on their couch while I was out here looking for a place to stay. That being said, sleeping on a couch that is shorter than me can be quite painful after 3 weeks. My neck/back and knees started to hurt after being curled up and I wasn't getting very good sleep. I'm making a new adult rule for myself which says that I should not sleep on a couch for an extended period of time.

I did finally find an apartment in SF though. It turns out that traffic anywhere in the Bay Area is awful and that a commute in the South Bay can be unjustifiably long.

Do you know those sitcoms where they live above a bar? Boom, I live below a bar.
Do you know those sitcoms where they live next to a coffee shop? Boom, I live next to a few.

Unfortunately I haven't had time to explore the neighborhood yet but I look forward to exploring the new neighborhood and its gentrification.