Pharyngula

Two-fisted drinking

That weird guy Dave Ng put out a call for bloggers to flaunt their drinking containers. That’s easy, at least.

1. Can you show us your coffee cup?

As if there were just one…

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2. Can you comment on it? Do you think it reflects on your personality?

From left to right:

None of those reflect anything about my personality.

3. Do you have any interesting anecdotes resulting from coffee cup commentary?

No. Drinking coffee is serious business.

3. Can you try to get others to comment on it?

I doubt it. Now everyone will refuse to comment, just to be contrary.

Comments

  1. #1 beepbeepitsme
    May 20, 2007

    My coffee cup reflects my taste in decor. This doesn’t mean that the coffee cup is tasteful, merely that it reflects my taste. Hence it is feminine – and covered with little painted flowers.

    Oh dear – a “girly atheist” – what next?

  2. #2 Dawn
    May 20, 2007

    I was considering being contrary while I sat here with my mug. I have several I use. My favorite has Eeyore on it (He’s my favorite Milne character). I have others, just depends on what I grab. I easily could imitate PZ with his fistfuls of mugs. Went through one cupboard about a week ago and got rid of about 15 mugs that were gifts, but that still left about 20…oh well.

    Beepbeepitsme..one of my mugs that I bought in Vermont sounds like your cup. I prefer mugs over cups though.

  3. #3 Michael
    May 20, 2007

    No comment.

  4. #4 Doodle Bean
    May 20, 2007

    I only use my purple or burgundy 20 ounce travel mugs with the sealing lids.

    What does that say about my personality? Size matters? I’m a klutz who doesn’t like spilling? Your call.

  5. #5 Christian Burnham
    May 20, 2007

    Who cares about what’s written on your coffee mugs?

    I’m willing to bet I’ve got the most interesting life-forms growing in the scum of my unwashed mugs.

  6. #6 Bronze Dog
    May 20, 2007

    I don’t drink coffee, so I’m very much short in the mug department. Suppose I could photograph my Dr. Pepper glass (used for drinking Dr. Pepper, not an endorsed Dr. Pepper product), but there’s not a whole lot of story behind it.

    Wish I could find my ice-but-not-ice mug with the clear liquid that freezes without expanding inside the walls of the mug.

    I can probably buy another, but I don’t really know where they’re sold locally, and ordering online doesn’t feel quite right… Unless there’s some place where I can get it customized with my avatar or something.

  7. #7 lea-p
    May 20, 2007

    Now everyone will refuse to comment, just to be contrary.

    You’re right.

  8. #8 cm
    May 20, 2007

    This is going to be interesting to very few, but as a former Axopatch 1-D jockey, I gotta know: what software did you write for Axon Instruments?

  9. #9 Bronze Dog
    May 20, 2007

    Well, skimmed Google for custom ice mugs, but I don’t feel like ordering 50 of them for single-color image or 500 for multi-colored.

  10. #10 Dustin
    May 20, 2007

    I’m the Johnny Tarr of coffee.

  11. #11 Chinchillazilla
    May 20, 2007

    I have loads of mugs(though I usually drink tea instead of coffee; I’m British at heart). The one I use most I got at Starbucks. It’s shallow, so tea cools off quicker, which is handy because I usually have like five minutes in the morning.

  12. #12 Maronan
    May 20, 2007

    You have too many coffee cups. Ever consider just getting enough sleep? I’ll hire an outside contractor to handle some of your workload so that you can fit in all of the appropriate hours. You remind me of my coffee-addicted mother.

    Personally, I have no coffee mug. I don’t drink coffee. It’s Finals Season (GACK!) and I’m still surviving without stimulants.

  13. #13 Travis
    May 20, 2007

    I’ve got a couple of cups here in the office. Sadly too many of them have a similar issue, the handle is broken. The result of some rather rough office sports. I still use them though.
    The one I use most often is a small and narrow mug with the New Brunswick provincial flag on it. One of my goals living in western Canada is to enlighten the locals about my wonderful east coast homeland of which they know so little.

  14. #14 Mike
    May 20, 2007

    I put away more than a litre a day of coffee (German style) a day, and use a stainless steel 12oz insulated stein from Lee Valley Tools (http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=2&p=32449&cat=2,40733,40734), which are ideal. I have one at work and one at home. No other mug is anywhere near as good for coffee. It has the benefit of being nigh on indestructible.

  15. #15 jufulu
    May 21, 2007

    No coffee drinker I, I drink Diet Coke by the liter. I’m using a mug from a local bank that my daughter brought home when they sang Christmas carols there about 8 years ago.

  16. #16 Abbie
    May 21, 2007

    I have a lone mug, an orange Saddle Creek Records logo’d one which I usually use for tea.

  17. #17 Kseniya
    May 21, 2007

    I’m a recovering Diet Cokehead. (Too many headaches, too many snack cravings. Ironic, eh?) My fave coffee mug is one of a kind, a green-glazed beauty made by a potter friend of mine. I don’t drink a lot of coffee, though.

    Eeyore rocks. You may think he’s entirely the creation of A.A. Milne, but many years ago he escaped the 100 Acre Wood to wander the Earth, in human form, under the name “Leonard Cohen.”

  18. #18 Scholar
    May 21, 2007

    I was sure you had more tentacles than that!

  19. #19 Zeno
    May 21, 2007

    I have a ton of coffee mugs, none of which has ever had coffee in it. They contain ink pens and pencils and coins and paper clips and Post-Its and rulers and rubber bands and a few others things that I don’t recognize (but which do not move of their own accord, so I guess that’s okay). The mugs are labeled with corporate logos like Corel, Paradox, Z-Soft, and RCA. Others have school logos, although I did not attend all the schools for which I have mugs. My “Boxer for Senate” mug is on my desk in my office at school, where its presence is a silent warning that Republican talking points will be eviscerated and refuted without mercy.

  20. #20 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    May 21, 2007

    I love clear glass, so as the rest of my dinnerware my coffee cup is designer glass.

    Perhaps that makes me a WYSIWYG person. (And if you believe that I have this bridge for sale…)

  21. #21 Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    May 21, 2007

    I love clear glass, so as the rest of my dinnerware my coffee cup is designer glass.

    Perhaps that makes me a WYSIWYG person. (And if you believe that I have this bridge for sale…)

  22. #22 Heather Kuhn
    May 21, 2007

    I’m a tea drinker myself, but I have a lot of mugs. Most of them are plain white (bought from William-Sonoma after a spate of mug breaking. Believe it or not, they were cheap.) My favorites though, are a couple of mugs from my EMS days that have the logo of the fire company I used to run with on them. I also have a mug from the Missouri Botanical Garden featuring my first name and a picture of the Climatron . I find it a little small for my liking though.

  23. #23 Heather Kuhn
    May 21, 2007

    I’m a tea drinker myself, but I have a lot of mugs. Most of them are plain white (bought from William-Sonoma after a spate of mug breaking. Believe it or not, they were cheap.) My favorites though, are a couple of mugs from my EMS days that have the logo of the fire company I used to run with on them. I also have a mug from the Missouri Botanical Garden featuring my first name and a picture of the Climatron. I find it a little small for my liking though.

  24. #24 blf
    May 21, 2007

    Unfortunately, my favourite coffee mug was apparently broken by the cleaners a few years ago… It was from The Astronomical Society of the Pacific and had a graph similar to this one, showing showing the density parameters relation to the ultimate fate of the universe.

    Since I tended to misplace the mug a lot, every other(?) day or so I’d be wondering around complaining “I’ve lost the universe again, has anybody seen it?”

  25. #25 bernarda
    May 21, 2007

    “Coffee Mug” is an oxymoron. Real coffee is drunk from a littler expresso-style cup in which you put coffee brewed with enough coffee and not too much water.

    Also it helps to buy real coffee, not the dregs from Brazil which make up the supermarket brands. Brazil sells to the U.S. what everyone else in the world refuses to buy.

    I buy matching sets, that is after I have broken a few. In America, the only way I find standard coffee drinkable is to ask my friends if they have some instant coffee and then I add a teaspoon or two to get some flavor.

    Otherwise, all you have is colored water.

  26. #26 arakasi
    May 21, 2007

    I was sure you had more tentacles than that!

    How do you think that he is holding the camera?

  27. #27 jackd
    May 21, 2007

    A 20-oz. insulated travel mug from Wawa, purchased on September 14, 2001, while I was working on a telecomm recovery effort in greater NYC.

  28. #28 Justin Moretti
    May 21, 2007

    and now I drink from Chuck’s head.

    (Imagines the dream of geo-centric young-earth creationists everywhere: to drink Richard Dawkins’ blood from the skull of Charles Darwin and toast the death of reason.)

    No, of course I’m not serious.

  29. #29 JRS
    May 21, 2007

    Mine has a famous quote from Davy Crockett – “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas”. I sometimes put a little Tennessee drinkin’ whiskey in that cup too.

  30. #30 Mike
    May 21, 2007

    “Mine has a famous quote from Davy Crockett – “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas”.”

    Phil Sheridan: “If I owned Hell and Texas, I’d live in Hell and rent out Texas.”

  31. #31 darius
    May 21, 2007

    3. Do you have any interesting anecdotes resulting from coffee cup commentary?

    3. Can you try to get others to comment on it?

    3. How many times can we use 3 as a question number before you notice?

  32. #32 Rachel Rev
    May 21, 2007

    Like you, I have a wide collection of mugs, but I did write about my favorite one here.

  33. #33 Ribozyme
    May 21, 2007

    I only drink espresso (I call it 10X coffee), so a mug is a no-no. You have to use a demitasse instead, because it is so concentrated that you have to drink a small amount at a time, and if you brew enough to fill a mug, it gets cold before you finish it… and then it tastes awful. My dose is 2 demitasses a day when I’ve had enough sleep, and from 3 to 6 demitasses (it depends on how much sleep I’m missing) when I haven’t.

    Those who despise or fear coffee don’t know what they’re missing. It’s the only legal non-prescription psychoactive drug that is unlikely to do any significant harm… And it tastes great!

  34. #34 Ray
    May 22, 2007

    Speaking of favorite Milne characters (comment #2); my current favorite is an orange Tigger mug… because, well Tiggers bounce!
    Cheers
    Ray

  35. #35 David Marjanovi?
    May 22, 2007

    I’m a recovering Diet Cokehead. (Too many headaches, too many snack cravings. Ironic, eh?)

    I don’t know about the headaches, but the snack cravings are not ironic at all. The sweeteners make you believe you get sugar (because you’re a vertebrate and not an insect), but you don’t, so you get hungry. Guess why artificial sweeteners are allowed in pig mast (even in the EU).

  36. #36 David Marjanovi?
    May 22, 2007

    I’m a recovering Diet Cokehead. (Too many headaches, too many snack cravings. Ironic, eh?)

    I don’t know about the headaches, but the snack cravings are not ironic at all. The sweeteners make you believe you get sugar (because you’re a vertebrate and not an insect), but you don’t, so you get hungry. Guess why artificial sweeteners are allowed in pig mast (even in the EU).

  37. #37 VancouverBrit
    May 23, 2007

    I need to downsize to a one mug system. I just reached for my hot coffee (in a tasteful multicoloured polka dot mug) and got a mouthful of cold tea from this morning (in a black Nature mug, free with my last paper – not).

    Or maybe I should just get my eyes tested and wash my mugs out after use.

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