The spouse speaks: Raccoons may be smarter than my husband.


log in

Advanced search

Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : The spouse speaks: Raccoons may be smarter than my husband.

Previous · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Next
Author Message
Profile Dr. C.E.T.I.
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 29 Feb 00
Posts: 15993
Credit: 690,597
RAC: 0
United States
Message 666338 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 14:04:50 UTC


Angela / Eric - You two have got to be the Funniest Couple ever @ Berkeley

Thanks for the great story's . . . one question though:

have you looked @ the date on the Jif Jar of Peanut Butter . . . You know - that Recall back a bit ago . . . OH - JEST KIDDING ;)))

keep up this fantastic tale . . . (should be Published matter of fact eh)


richard
____________
BOINC Wiki . . .

Science Status Page . . .

Richard HaselgroveProject donor
Volunteer tester
Send message
Joined: 4 Jul 99
Posts: 8633
Credit: 51,580,468
RAC: 48,767
United Kingdom
Message 666347 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 14:20:17 UTC

jason gee would like to know if the raccoons have developed a liking for spikes - 449,407,177 of them have gone missing from the SETI@home science database.

Profile Pawly
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 13 Jan 07
Posts: 2680
Credit: 677,402
RAC: 0
Canada
Message 666511 - Posted: 25 Oct 2007, 20:47:23 UTC

Eric: Beer me woman!

LMAO!! Hey, at least you got the sandwich.
____________
DONATE TO SETI

Profile Fuzzy Hollynoodles
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 3 Apr 99
Posts: 9659
Credit: 251,998
RAC: 0
Message 667276 - Posted: 27 Oct 2007, 0:44:16 UTC - in response to Message 666106.

...

Linguistic Response:

Eric: Creamy?
Angela: Uh-huh.
Eric: Skippy?
Angela: Jif.
Eric: I prefer a natural peanut butter.
Angela: You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.
Eric: Beer me woman!
Angela: In your dreams!!!

...



ROTFLMAO

Angela, I like you. :-D


____________
"I'm trying to maintain a shred of dignity in this world." - Me

Profile AngelaProject donor
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 16 Oct 07
Posts: 9107
Credit: 3,540,655
RAC: 6,667
United States
Message 667349 - Posted: 27 Oct 2007, 2:24:40 UTC - in response to Message 667276.

Angela, I like you. :-D

Why thank you!

Feeding will be on hold a few days until I can find some time to get to the store. I think I saw frozen White Castle hamburgers at a "specialty" grocers out here. I will look around. Spam and pudding (not chocolate) should be pretty easy to find.

Angela

Profile Es99Project donor
Volunteer moderator
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 23 Aug 05
Posts: 9023
Credit: 256,029
RAC: 127
Canada
Message 667706 - Posted: 27 Oct 2007, 17:53:56 UTC

Hi Angela..someone pointed out your thread to me as worth a read :D

Just out of interest, is your field of scientific research raccoons, daft husbands, jello or an obscure combination of the 3?
____________
Are you a feminist? Take the test

Profile AngelaProject donor
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 16 Oct 07
Posts: 9107
Credit: 3,540,655
RAC: 6,667
United States
Message 667724 - Posted: 27 Oct 2007, 18:32:04 UTC - in response to Message 667706.

Hi Angela..someone pointed out your thread to me as worth a read :D

Just out of interest, is your field of scientific research raccoons, daft husbands, jello or an obscure combination of the 3?




I am a pediatric speech and language pathologist, so I would have to say that "obscure combination of the 3" is a rather fitting description.

Pediatric speech therapists tend to look playful and creative when working with our charges. Underneath that mask, we are driving forces of order!!!

We are always teaching something in every task we do with our kids - comprehension, memory strategies, processing, vocabulary, grammar markers, syntax, discourse cohesion, fluency, articualtion, pragmatics... and yes even COMPLIANCE from time to time (which also comes in handy with husbands!!!) We take data early and often because it helps us more effectively serve our children. We are a research based field and we honor and value the scientists who contribute to our knowledge base. We are (become???) keen observers of behavior... not sure if we are this way naturally and self-select for our field, or if study in our field shapes us to be keen observers.

Anyway, it is a great field!!! I have been an SLP for 18 years and have been married to Eric for 13 years. So I guess I was pretty geeky before him. Are there any other "speechies" out there? Any speech path students? Anybody thinking of changing fields? We can start another thread in the Seti Cafe if there are enough of us...

Fondly,
Angela

Profile Es99Project donor
Volunteer moderator
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 23 Aug 05
Posts: 9023
Credit: 256,029
RAC: 127
Canada
Message 667735 - Posted: 27 Oct 2007, 18:55:53 UTC - in response to Message 667724.

I am a pediatric speech and language pathologist, so I would have to say that "obscure combination of the 3" is a rather fitting description.

Pediatric speech therapists tend to look playful and creative when working with our charges. Underneath that mask, we are driving forces of order!!!

We are always teaching something in every task we do with our kids - comprehension, memory strategies, processing, vocabulary, grammar markers, syntax, discourse cohesion, fluency, articualtion, pragmatics... and yes even COMPLIANCE from time to time (which also comes in handy with husbands!!!) We take data early and often because it helps us more effectively serve our children. We are a research based field and we honor and value the scientists who contribute to our knowledge base. We are (become???) keen observers of behavior... not sure if we are this way naturally and self-select for our field, or if study in our field shapes us to be keen observers.

Anyway, it is a great field!!! I have been an SLP for 18 years and have been married to Eric for 13 years. So I guess I was pretty geeky before him. Are there any other "speechies" out there? Any speech path students? Anybody thinking of changing fields? We can start another thread in the Seti Cafe if there are enough of us...

Fondly,
Angela

My guess was that you were in child behavioural psychology or something like that, based on your comments about infant development..so I wasn't too far off ;)

Sadly I am not in that field my self. I am a lowly physics teacher..but I am sure some of your work ends up as part of education theory and is part of good teaching practice.
____________
Are you a feminist? Take the test

Profile ML1
Volunteer tester
Send message
Joined: 25 Nov 01
Posts: 8499
Credit: 4,193,330
RAC: 1,713
United Kingdom
Message 667755 - Posted: 27 Oct 2007, 19:19:21 UTC - in response to Message 667735.
Last modified: 27 Oct 2007, 19:19:45 UTC

... a lowly physics teacher...

No one whom as any idea of physics can be considered 'lowly'!

It's more than what most people know what happens when they push a light switch to on, let alone as to how the light comes to shine or physically why...

Super-twist and inert atmosphere, or cold/hot cathodes and flourescence?...

High Regards,
Martin

____________
See new freedom: Mageia4
Linux Voice See & try out your OS Freedom!
The Future is what We make IT (GPLv3)

Profile AngelaProject donor
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 16 Oct 07
Posts: 9107
Credit: 3,540,655
RAC: 6,667
United States
Message 668037 - Posted: 28 Oct 2007, 5:38:17 UTC

I agree with Martin. There is nothing lowly about being a physics teacher. Not only do YOU know why the sky is blue, you have the skills to make somebody like ME understand why the sky is blue.

Fondly,
Angela

Profile Es99Project donor
Volunteer moderator
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 23 Aug 05
Posts: 9023
Credit: 256,029
RAC: 127
Canada
Message 668132 - Posted: 28 Oct 2007, 12:11:00 UTC - in response to Message 668037.

I agree with Martin. There is nothing lowly about being a physics teacher. Not only do YOU know why the sky is blue, you have the skills to make somebody like ME understand why the sky is blue.

Fondly,
Angela

Thanks for the kind words..and ML1 too. :) I know my six year old son my have regretted the time he asked mummy how rainbow's are made and got a very thorough answer that lasted about 40 mins..I guess my enthusiasm got away with me a little :D

...but back to the more important topic of this thread and something that has been bothering me. What exactly is fake Jello?
____________
Are you a feminist? Take the test

Profile ML1
Volunteer tester
Send message
Joined: 25 Nov 01
Posts: 8499
Credit: 4,193,330
RAC: 1,713
United Kingdom
Message 668152 - Posted: 28 Oct 2007, 12:53:19 UTC - in response to Message 668132.

... What exactly is fake Jello?

I dare not guess! ... Sounds very artifically American backed up by large dollops of Marketing...

Cheers,
Martin

____________
See new freedom: Mageia4
Linux Voice See & try out your OS Freedom!
The Future is what We make IT (GPLv3)

Profile AngelaProject donor
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 16 Oct 07
Posts: 9107
Credit: 3,540,655
RAC: 6,667
United States
Message 668259 - Posted: 28 Oct 2007, 16:43:21 UTC - in response to Message 668152.

[quote]... What exactly is fake Jello?



"Real" jello is mainly sugar and gelatin, which is an animal product. Unless it is in its dehydrated state, it should be kept under refrigeration. "Fake" jello is primarily sugar and carrageenan. It is sold in small ready-to-eat cups. It does not require refrigeration and is shelf stable for about a year.

Angela

Profile Dr. C.E.T.I.
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 29 Feb 00
Posts: 15993
Credit: 690,597
RAC: 0
United States
Message 668260 - Posted: 28 Oct 2007, 16:45:17 UTC


What a Most Wonderful Direction this Thread has gone to . . . Quite Enjoyable for these Forums . . . best said as such: 'A Breathe of Fresh Aire . . .'

Thank You

richard


____________
BOINC Wiki . . .

Science Status Page . . .

Profile ML1
Volunteer tester
Send message
Joined: 25 Nov 01
Posts: 8499
Credit: 4,193,330
RAC: 1,713
United Kingdom
Message 668311 - Posted: 28 Oct 2007, 19:47:41 UTC - in response to Message 668259.
Last modified: 28 Oct 2007, 19:49:04 UTC

... "Fake" jello is primarily sugar and carrageenan. It is sold in small ready-to-eat cups. It does not require refrigeration and is shelf stable for about a year.

The 'shelf stable for about a year' says quite a lot...

For the carrageenan stuff, see Carrageenan:

A family of linear sulphated polysaccharides extracted from red seaweeds. The name is derived from a type of seaweed that is abundant along the Irish coastline.

Uses

    * Desserts, ice cream, milk shakes, sauces — gel to increase viscosity
    * Beer — clarifier to remove haze-causing proteins
    * Pâtés and processed meat — Substitute fat to increase water retention and increase volume
    * Toothpaste — stabilizer to prevent constituents separating
    * Fire fighting foam — thickener to cause foam to become sticky
    * Shampoo and cosmetic creams — thickener
    * Air freshener gels
    * Marbling -- the ancient art of paper and fabric marbling uses a carrageenan mixuture to float paints or inks upon; the paper or fabric is then laid on it, absorbing the colors.
    * Shoe polish — gel to increase viscosity
    * Biotechnology — gel to immobilize cells/enzymes
    * Pharmaceuticals — used as an inactive excipient in pills/tablets
    * Carrageenan has also been used to thicken skim milk, in an attempt to emulate the consistency of whole milk. This usage did not become popular. It's used in some brands of soy milk
    * Diet sodas
    * Lambda carrageenan is used in animal models of inflammation used to test analgesics, because dilute carrageenan solution (1-2%) injected subcutaneously causes swelling and pain.
    * Sexual lubricant and microbicide: Laboratory studies suggest that carrageenans might function as topical microbicides, blocking sexually transmitted viruses such as HIV and herpes. A clinical trial by Population Council examining whether a carrageenan-based product known as Carraguard is effective as a topical microbicide for blocking HIV infection in women was completed in March 2007. Results are expected at the end of 2007.


... A recent publication indicates that carrageenan induces inflammation in human intestinal epithelial cells in tissue culture ... Consumption of carrageenan may have a role in intestinal inflammation and possibly inflammatory bowel disease, since Bcl10 resembles NOD2, mutations of which are associated with genetic proclivity to Crohn's Disease.



Perhaps those raccoons are more intelligent than hitherto assumed!

Cheers,
Martin


See also:

(first hits on Google)

What is carrageenan?

STOMACH ACHES CAUSED BY CARRAGEENAN

____________
See new freedom: Mageia4
Linux Voice See & try out your OS Freedom!
The Future is what We make IT (GPLv3)

Profile Pappa
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 9 Jan 00
Posts: 2562
Credit: 12,301,681
RAC: 0
United States
Message 669147 - Posted: 29 Oct 2007, 23:42:42 UTC

Angela

I would say the next test "food/quasi food" would be pudding cups. Two flavors Chocolate and Bannana...

In this case there might be a smell, associated with the flavor that would be more enticing to the various test subjects.

I wanted to say chocolate chip cookies but I already know the answer for the Racoons side...



____________
Please consider a Donation to the Seti Project.

Profile Frosted
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 11 Jul 99
Posts: 83
Credit: 3,898,641
RAC: 0
Canada
Message 669180 - Posted: 30 Oct 2007, 1:04:31 UTC - in response to Message 669147.

Angela

I would say the next test "food/quasi food" would be pudding cups. Two flavors Chocolate and Bannana...

In this case there might be a smell, associated with the flavor that would be more enticing to the various test subjects.

I wanted to say chocolate chip cookies but I already know the answer for the Racoons side...





Geez, don't encourage her. She's already considering feeding the poor guy Spam!!
____________

Profile RandyC
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 20 Oct 99
Posts: 714
Credit: 1,704,345
RAC: 0
United States
Message 669242 - Posted: 30 Oct 2007, 2:18:32 UTC - in response to Message 669180.

Angela

I would say the next test "food/quasi food" would be pudding cups. Two flavors Chocolate and Bannana...

In this case there might be a smell, associated with the flavor that would be more enticing to the various test subjects.

I wanted to say chocolate chip cookies but I already know the answer for the Racoons side...





Geez, don't encourage her. She's already considering feeding the poor guy Spam!!


Fried Spam is delicious!

Profile kazman
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 23 Jul 99
Posts: 58
Credit: 13,821,036
RAC: 4,581
United States
Message 669245 - Posted: 30 Oct 2007, 2:21:12 UTC

Geez, don't encourage her. She's already considering feeding the poor guy Spam!!


Which poor guy? The raccoons or Eric

Astro
Volunteer tester
Avatar
Send message
Joined: 16 Apr 02
Posts: 8026
Credit: 600,015
RAC: 0
Message 670232 - Posted: 1 Nov 2007, 0:07:04 UTC

Eric said to "beer me woman", so why not split one beer between the subjects and observe the response? Wonder if the human subject or the critters would scream louder for more?

Previous · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · Next

Message boards : SETI@home Staff Blog : The spouse speaks: Raccoons may be smarter than my husband.

Copyright © 2014 University of California