Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Why I drink my coffee black

1) It tastes better.

2) I don't have to have sugar or cream in my apartment. I barely even have salt and pepper, how can I be expected to have sugar and cream?

3) When the barista asks you if you need room for cream, you can say no and get more coffee.

4) You don't have to awkwardly pour some coffee out when the barista fills your cup too full and you want to put cream in it.

5) It makes cleaning out your coffee tumbler much easier.

6) You don't have to decide between putting in regular sugar, brown sugar, half and half, or cinnamon (or all of the above). And then you don't have to worry about finding a mixing stick.

7) You can sound stuck up and describe all of the different aromas you can taste when in actuality all you can taste is burnt coffee.

8) It's gangster, like wearing your backpack with only one strap over your shoulder.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Open containers

Instead of drinking from the can, I'm drinking from a glass and it tastes better. I do the same thing with coffee now too. I think just being able to smell makes it taste better.

But what do I know, I'm a sub-taster and also sub-smeller (probably correlated).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I don't like camping but I like tents

I also like water purifiers. So I might like camping gear more than I like actual camping. Actually, that's completely true because I don't like camping.

The most fun thing would be to set up a giant tent in my living room. It would be like having my own cave inside of my apartment. Though it seems like one of those things that would be fun if I had roommates. Though, the more I think about it, it seems like this would be something they would on that dumb Big Bang Theory show. And that automatically takes away some of the appeal of doing it.

Apparently I found out that there's a new phenomenon called "glamping," which seems expensive and involves camping. The worst of both worlds.

I will, however, plan out a camping trip (because I heard planning is a good form of therapy and time wasting).

Step 1: Buy a Subaru. All of the commercials for camping make this a prerequisite. Unfortunately, after my brief perusal of Criagslist ads for Subarus, they are quite pricey.

Step 2: Buy a tent that fits in your Subaru. I'm a fan of really large tents. A seasoned camper or boy scout would probably give me a practical reason for why large tents are bad, like snow or bears could get in, but I don't really care. Also, as a side benefit, it would be a good addition to my living room.

Step 3: Figure out which water purifier you like best. I'm not sure if straws or tablets are better. I like straws though. I also like the idea of sticking a straw into a river/lake and drinking directly from it.

Step 4: I really didn't think I would make it to step 4. Also, I think that's really the end of the camping gear that I like. Maybe, flashlights too. So, read a how-to camping guide. I'll also bug my Boy Eagle scout friends on additional camping tips and bear traps.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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


(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


"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.