Saturday, April 5, 2014

The winter of our discontent

No more of this.

Normally I would say that cold, rainy days are far worse than snowy days, but after this winter, I'll take any reprieve from the winter. With that being said (and with the spate of rainy, gray days we've had this week), I think it's finally safe to say that this horrible winter is finally behind us.

No more being snowed in.
No more polar vortexes.
No more spinning out on the road.
No more almost spinning out on the road while trying to avoid hitting a deer.
No more clearing off snow off of my car.
No more getting stuck in our parking lot.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Night Cleaning

Best friday night: doing laundry, rearranged bookshelf and desk, watching basketball, running experiments.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Welcome to the Future

Shampoo with Caffeine in it. No need for coffee in the morning anymore, I'm just going to rub caffeine into my scalp.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LJ's Watch

Oh I forgot, LJ got a watch.

LJ the Jetsetter

Wait, what? LJ is a Jetson?

LJ went to NYC again this weekend so I got to watch Yoshi.

And since I haven't been able to get anyone to watch the Linsanity movie with me, I made Yoshi watch it with me.

Also I got to use all of the fancy toys in LJ's apartment, like his K-cup machine and drink his expensive whiskey.

I also made him a standing desk.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Reader email: Meeko watches Yankees spring training

Full link

This was actually sent in from two separate readers (thanks Rob and een).

Also, here's a link to a previous Meeko post.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


I get bored with my desk a lot. If I had the means to, I would replace my desk every month. Instead, I decide every so often to rearrange everything on my desk. I've sketched out the latest design/organization for my desk.

I haven't gotten awesome bookends yet, but I want to get something like this awesome bookend/Z-shelf.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


"The Lego Movie" looks really, really good (trailer below).

As usual, no one wants to see it with me. I also own many Lego video games that I have yet to play.

"About half of what everyone says can be construed as racist"

"Mom was talking to me yesterday about Arthur Chu on Jeopardy and she said she thought people were being 'sexual harassment' when she meant 'racist'"

Early one morning as I'm getting dressed I hear a knock on the door. I have one sock on so I debate putting on my other sock or getting the door with only one sock on. I decide that I want to open the door with two socks on, so I put on my other sock and go get the door.

Korean: something in Korean
Me: Um, hello?
Korean: Are you Korean?
Me: No.
Korean: Oh. We thought this was a Korean household. leaves

I guess I shouldn't be surprised as this isn't the first time that this has happened to me.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"You could be great."

A couple of weeks ago my advisor gave me the "hero" speech. Actually, I don't think he intended it to be a "hero" speech*. I sort of transformed it into a "hero" speech in my mind. After all, in my own mind, I am the hero of this story (it would be oddly depressing if I weren't the hero in my own mind. Also, I guess I'm using hero interchangeably with protagonist. I could have also used superhero).

* Actually it was a pretty critical speech, not like a you should smile more speech, but more like a you should really take control of my life speech.

(left to right) My advisor and me

A paraphrasing/made-up conversation with my advisor:
BJ: Sit down. I get the sense that you are coasting right now.
Me: I guess I sort of am.
BJ: You're good enough to coast through grad school. But you're not that good. You could be great.
Me: I'm required to hack so I hack. That is enough.
BJ: Good enough to a programmer. But you don't want to be just a programmer. You must take the next step and become great. You have it within yourself to be great. I was once a grad student.
Me: You were once a grad student?
BJ: Yes I was.
Me: And you won your freedom?
BJ: A long time ago. I was given my freedom by Marcus Aurelius.
Me: Wait, what? ... do you know about my blog?
BJ: What blog? I've been quoting Gladiator.
Me: Oh.
BJ: Someone like you is only here by choice. You have been exploring the CS fraternity but whatever your original intentions, you have become truly lost.
Me: Lost? And what path can you offer?
BJ: A path to greatness.
Me: A hacker?
BJ: No no no, a hacker is just man lost in a scramble for his own gratification. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely.
Me: Which is?
BJ: Legend.

Receptionist: Name?
Receptionist: Nothing here for LJ.
LJ: Try my Korean name, Robin.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Next on the schedule

Just like how I've started making micro TODO lists, I'm going to try to do weekly update posts listing out blog post ideas that I need to write.

  • "The Winter of our Discontent" or why this winter will make me reconsider everything I knew about winter
  • "You could be great" or the speech that every hero needs to hear (I'm still in the middle of writing this)
  • Tour of the apartment -- After I've done some cleaning and take some pictures

Coffee coffee coffee

Now that I'm a coffee drinker, I've assembled some coffee making gear.

Left to Right:
- $2 Pour over funnel from ShopRite
- Awesome Contigo Coffee Tumbler
- "Jacob's Wonderbar" Philz Coffee brought to me by Jessabel
- Electric Kettle inherited from Dave's frantic move
- Coffee Grinder from Amazon

Pour over in action. Not really action, but I couldn't take a picture and pour water over it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

State of the Blog

"Your blog is boring" --Kevin

Let me start with a brief history of my blog.

It started out as a poor attempt at political satire. Then it sort of devolved into posting YouTube videos I liked watching and photos of things like Gatorade. In fact, if Tumblr were around when I first started my blog, I probably would have made a Tumblr instead.

I don't really remember where the name of the blog came from. I wanted to have a pseudo-anomalous blog so I needed to come up with a pseudonym. This goes back to the story of me telling people that Mark's full name was Marcus. I think that's the story. I just started calling Mark Marcus and went around telling people that. (There was also the story about how Mark made a girl* cry in his and Marco's volleyball class by yelling at her "Come on! You were right there!" after she missed a ball.)

* The girl's name was Nala and she was named after the lion in The Lion King

So, naturally I settled on the pseudonym 'Marcus Aurelius' because Marcus Aurelius is one of the only Marcuses that I know. There's Marcus Aurelius and there's the Marcus from the cartoon Foxtrot:

(Marcus was the black kid in Foxtrot)

Disclaimer: there may have been a little of revisionist history/amnesia going on as I somewhat remember my blog being called "Harry S Truman" for some period of time

Finally, the "fiddling" comes from the fact that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. I think this came from some discussion we had in grade 9 history about who our favorite Roman emperor was.

I don't really know what to write about these days. I feel like in high school I always had something to say in my LiveJournal (haha, Coggin chided me for passing up the opportunity to meet the creator of LiveJournal). These days I'm just drinking coffee and sitting in the office. But, when I do go on adventures, I will treat my blog as my field journal of adventures and thoughts.

If my adventures were made into a cartoon form they'd look something like this:

Wie immer ist Panama

Though, I guess I can still occasionally post my favorite YouTube videos.

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Dream Kitchen

I'm making a list of features/items/kitchen appliances that will go in my dream kitchen*. I'm not sure why I put so much emphasis on the kitchen (I mostly blame my mom). I don't cook well. I actually don't enjoy food that much either. I just like the way kitchen appliances look I guess.

* The discussion about having a dream world is left for a later existential discussion. We might also touch on time travel too.

Here's a list of things my dream kitchen would have:
  • KitchenAid Standmixer (obviously in red, my favorite color)

  • Glasses (for drinking, not eyeglasses) a whole wall of them, inspired by Abbott's Cellar
  • Vitamix - A blender with infinite speeds! AND it generates enough friction to make soup!
  • Large stovetop oven with burners for grilling and 6 stovetops (with a powerful ventilation system because I hate it when cooking stinks up the whole house/apartment

  • TM in an apartment in SF with a really big kitchen with a 6 stove top oven
  • Toaster oven - upright toasters are the worst: you can't melt butter on your toast in them! Does no one else realize this? (Brett and Hannah do as Brett delightfully pointed out that they are both toaster oven people).
  • Water bottles for serving water - They are cool
  • Ramekins
  • Fancy coffee machine and milk frother with coffee grinder - I probably want 3 separate appliances for each, not an all-in-one
  • Hanging pots and pans - inspired by that one apartment we saw in SF
  • Tea box

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

I wasn't going to have New Year's resolutions this year because I mostly think that it's a cliche and the beginning of the year is such an arbitrary date to set to start doing new things.

However, Leslie and the Kindle book club has already set a predetermined goal of trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. So I guess one of my goals this year is to read more. I only read 5 books this past year, 10 books short of my Goodreads goal (there were no Hunger Games books left to read to inflate my book count). I'm trying to jump start my year by getting back into reading non-fiction. I finished Malcolm Gladwell's new book and now am reading "What the Dog saw."

This year I'm trying to come up with more specific resolutions, rather than the general ones like exercise more or go on more adventures (even though I want to do both of those). I figure if I come up with more specific goals than it'll be easier to take some tangible action towards them.

(None of these goals include my own professional goals because no one wants to hear about those).

  • Read 26 books all year (I'm definitely not going to read 52)
  • Run a sub 6 minute mile. Follow up goal: run 3 miles in less than 20 minutes.
  • Bench 135 lbs, 10 times
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Write down all of the dishes that I've cooked all year. Corollary: learn to make new dishes. Use the slow cooker more often than twice a year.
  • Read 2 books about non-American History
  • Eat at least one fruit a day
  • Utilize a TODO list better (i.e. micro TODO lists) with easily accomplishable tasks to make myself feel better (e.g. clean dishes, take out trash)

Maybe I'll check back some time later in the year and see how well I'm doing with this.

(Meh, random Facebook sticker)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


You can't really see it but that's the Chicago Sun-Times building in the background.

I hung out in Chicago this weekend. I wanted to take that photo because of my favorite childhood TV show Early Edition. It took place in Chicago and is about a guy who receives tomorrow's newspaper today and he goes around saving people based on tomorrow's news. The newspaper he gets is the Chicago Sun-Times (that's the building pictured above).

The character in the show, Gary Hobson, was one of my (fictional) heroes*. Then, the show got canceled, and he disappeared for a while. That is until he came back as Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights.

* One day I should write an entire entry on some of my fictional and non-fictional heroes in popular culture: Andy Pettitte, Clark Kent (Smallville version), Cartoon Batman (from the Justice League series). I'd have to think more deeply about this to think of more.

Anyways, Chicago was fun. I got to go to the Art Institute, walked through Millennium Park and saw the bean, went to the Violet Hour, and hung out in Wicker Park.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Not so regularly scheduled programming

I've had a bunch of ideas for blog entries in my head for a while. I just haven't had the chance to sit down and write them yet. So hopefully here's a list of entries to come.

  • State of the Blog
  • New Year's Resolutions
  • Snowpocalypse (I really hate this term)
  • "You could be great" or the Hero greatness trope
  • My Dream Kitchen
  • Quad Paper notebooks are the best

All to come soon, but first I need to sleep because I need to get up early to go to Chicago.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Slash Dunhow

Me: Do you dress like Sherlock?
DH: Yes.
Me: What is your favorite slash?
DH: Hmmmmm..I read a lot of slash.
Me: I know.
DH: Probably Spock/Kirk from the newest movies. OH WAIT. I lied. It's Peeta/Finnick from Catching Fire.

I didn't watch the Frozen trailer until a few days ago (the trailer seems to imply that we are supposed to ship the princess and the snowman, which is weird, I think). It appears that the snowman's name is Olaf. It's funny because it reminds me of DH and St. Olaf (Edviking, Norsed anyone?). Olaf looks like he's the best/funniest part of the movie. Sounds just like Dunhow.