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I've been super interested in going there ever since I found out you can get tickets there for really cheap. I'm no help but let me know how it goes!

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Maybe Just Don't Drink Coffee

Yeah, I don't know if I buy that really.

I'm 99% sure that if I showed this to the "remarkable local roaster who operates quasi-legally out of a sick loft and specializes in light—but not too light!—roasts" that I know, he'd get a kick out of it.

It seems all the coffee aficionados that eschew pompous coffee culture have their panties in a bunch about it, though.

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Oh man, I didn't think people would find this parody so alien. It's a hilarious summation of basically every artisan coffee place in southern CA. It's a caricature, sure, but I've witnessed some variant of every bit the author takes a potshot at.

But I guess if you're saying

    Even at a Starbucks

then this will probably be unrelatable.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Maybe Just Don't Drink Coffee

I go back and forth from Riverside twice a week on top of my regular commute in the opposite direction, so LA is no biggie.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Maybe Just Don't Drink Coffee

The closest one to me is in Claremont, but I am indeed within striking distance of basically all their stores.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Maybe Just Don't Drink Coffee

This article could be biographical of me though. I have indeed gone many times to a quasi-legal coffee roaster based in an industrial garage (until they got booted). They did indeed treat their beans the way the article describes. They even had a rare batch sourced from one of the few growers in China. I make a Chemex pot, like, every day. If I can’t find other people at work to give it out too I end up drinking a whole pot myself. Snark aside this article is the millennial coffee experience.

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Alright, apparently I need to check out Super King.

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 13, 2018

I could use some of that professional and financial optimism right now. Currently I'm having trouble not counting the reasons I have to be jaded with my career situation. I'm making about double what I was two years ago, and living nearly the same lifestyle, but after student loan payments, retirement, owning a car (which I never used to), and a bit more on rent, I'm basically not any better off than when I was living off a measly grad student stipend. I’m not ok with that.

In the grand scheme of things, I'm not that bad off, but meanwhile I have friends who never went to school and are making 2+ times what I am and own houses already. Theoretically I should be able to squeeze a lot more money out of my career compared to what I am now, but that possibility shows no signs of materializing at the moment. Right now I’m stuck in a position when I know that I’m underpaid but can’t escape just yet because I’d be burning bridges and that’s just how the academic/scientific world works.

I remember the sulfur wafting into Riverside county in 2012. I’ve also been by its shore once or twice recently. Mad Max-esque is exactly how I imagined describing it before I hit that exact descriptor in the article itself.

Also relevant:

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 6, 2018

Early pubski, nice. How’s everyone’s reading for #scificlub coming? Should I post the discussion thread today?

zebra2  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 30, 2018

I’ve got a poster presentation at a conference Monday. I’m not ready for it. I don’t have any of the data I wanted to have for it and I need to scrounge something up to fill a board.

It also didn’t register that the sci-fi club thread is going to come up in the middle of this conference, so I’m gonna have to set myself a reminder.

I also got glasses for the first time in my life a couple weeks back. They will be essential for reading anything during the PowerPoint presentations. Of course, I got them before I found out you can get cheap prescription glasses on the internet for like $20, so I spent $280 on mine.

I see these gig apps come up and I keep thinking I may want to get in on it.

You hear "time is money" a lot but my time is not money. I make a fixed salary whether I work 40 hours or 60, and I haven't yet found a way to actually convert my free time into any sort of profitable endeavor. God knows my music projects don't make net income.

Normally I'd be fine with that, but every so often there's a month like this one where a) I buy my first pair of prescription glasses b) I buy two new tires because one went flat on the freeway c) need to smog and pay registration on my car d) I'm supposed to be saving up for a Japan trip, where the ticket purchase should come next month.

So yeah, right now driving around collecting scooters sounds pretty freakin' nice.

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