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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1589419)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Love those squirrel pictures!!! Thanks, Bernie.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1589321)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I really HATE the concept of Ig Nobels!!! Yes, the awards all sound silly on the surface, but there is more than enough science-bashing in our culture already and frankly I am sick of it. Basic research often sounds funny out of context, but basic research can lead to huge advances in a field of study.

Eric and one of his long-term research partners, Dr. Shauna Sallman, recently submitted an article to a reputable journal that, taken out of context, sounds silly and frivolous. I know exactly how silly it sounds because I had the pleasure of proof-reading one of the drafts. The article is currently being peer reviewed and Eric and Shauna are both fairly sure that it will eventually be published.

For nearly a year now, Eric and Shauna have been laughing about being likely candidates for an Ig Nobel Prize next year. Yes, they are teasing, but the potential for ridicule did make both of them think twice about exploring this idea and eventually submitting their article for publication. It would have been a SHAME not to share this good and interesting idea with other astronomers just out of a fear of ridicule. I am proud of Eric and Shauna for being bigger than that!

As for slipping on a banana peel, yes it sounds like measuring friction in this context is a silly idea, but in figuring out how to do so in a valid and reliable manner, perhaps the researchers advanced their field in some way? I am not a physicist, so I can't judge, and I don't think the rest of us unqualified folks should judge either!!!
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1589314)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Weigh to go, Monday!!!

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In: 168.6 lbs - going nowhere fast, but having a great time getting there. October is a big celebration month for me. We have some sort of party at our house every weekend and we accept lots of invitations to party with friends and family.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My bum's itchy. (Message 1589154)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
OMG!!! Nearly 40 posts discussing Monday's itchy posterior... If that is not a sign of the impending apocalypse I don't know what is.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1589152)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Leg traps are not uncommon in northern Wisconsin where, sadly, raccoon pelts are collected and sold and seem to have some value. We are an omnivorous species, and since I eat meat and own some shoes made of leather, I do not feel that I can pass judgement on somebody who eats raccoons and squirrels. I would actually be a bit worried about eating raccoons, just from a roundworm perspective. Cooking raccoon meat thoroughly probably kills the worms and their eggs, but I would guess that there is still a chance of contamination in the butchering process. Seems like a bad idea to me. In this country at least, there are easier ways to get protein than trapping and eating squirrels and raccoons.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1588954)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Howdy Miz Julie!
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite candy bars (Message 1588940)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
My father was a dentist and he always thought that Sugar Daddy pops were the worst candies out there in terms of dental hygiene. They last a long time in the mouth and bits and pieces can get stuck in your teeth. In addition, Sugar Daddy pops are both hard and sticky, so they have greater potential to extract loose fillings.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1588938)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Oh no!!! A quick search of Google Images has convinced me that raccoons DO have a great deal to do with credit cards:











Oh dear. I think my little woodland friends may have a bit of a P.R. problem on their adorably dextrous little hands...
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1588935)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Angela is pretty laid back about the content of this thread, but I would like to ask do credit cards have anything to do with raccoons?


Nothing is off-topic in the Critter Cafe. This is not and never has been a thread about raccoons. This is a place where critter people come together to talk about whatever is on their minds.

Of course, since raccoons are frequently on my mind, I am prone to posting things like this:


Happy fall!!!
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Being of (reasonably) sound mind and body, I do declare as follows. (Message 1588438)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Wisconsin is America's Dairy Land, so perhaps some might be familiar with the expression 'til the cows come home'?
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2014 MLB World Series (Message 1588139)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I'm pretty much just interested in the peanuts and Cracker Jacks...
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1588137)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Pie crust should be flaky and taste of butter, unless you are doing a shortbread style cookie crust. Then it should be crumbly and taste of butter. That fake cinnamon roll crust will be puffy and taste of chemical leaveners. Yuck! Disgusting!!!
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #223 My, it was the fashion (Message 1587918)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I have a number and it takes me back to the 1970's....Question, "Did you do this"

Merciful heavens, no!!! The only type of swinging I did was this...
14) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Raccoon Lovers Want You (Message 1587673)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Wishing all crunchers a Happy Halloween from Team Raccoon Lovers!!!
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1587381)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I am a serial dieter, but I do it rather atypically across long periods of time.

For example, when I was in my mid 20's I was a little pudgy and I put myself on a "gentle diet". It took me about 10 months to lose about 15 pounds. I did not keep the weight off forever. It crept back on slowly, at a rate of about 3 pounds per year, and I put on some weight on top of that until I decided to diet again..

So then, when I was about 40 years old, I found myself to be about as heavy as I am right now. I did the Weight Watchers on-line program for about 9 months, with a few modifications of my own to make it a more "gentle diet". I lost 30 pounds, but I eventually lapsed back into my old love of delicious high fat foods. The weight I had lost crept back on, again at a rate of about 3 pounds a year.

Clearly now that I am 51 years old, it is the time for me to get serious again, and eventually I suppose I will manage to lose some weight. Sigh.... Dieting is so "un-fun", even if you try to do it gently.

I have heard that yo-yo dieting is bad for you - 10 pounds off, 10 pounds on, back and forth year after year. I don't know if serial dieting every 10 to 15 years is quite as bad. The way I figure it, if I had never lost the 15 pounds in my 20's and the 30 pounds in my 40's, I would probably would still have gained about 3 pounds a year, and I would probably be nearing 200 pounds right now if I hadn't gone on those two diets.

To answer the Weight Watchers question, I found their on-line program to be a relatively sensible one. They want you to eat real food, just less of it and lower in fat content. I did Weight Watchers before they went to their current "points" program, so I don't know how it has changed. I found that if I stuck to the plan strictly, I was hungry to the point of grouchiness and headaches all the time, so I modified the plan for me. I found that I needed to eat a couple hundred more calories per day than the plan allowed me, but it was still under what I needed to maintain my weight. I lost weight, but slower than the plan predicted I would lose weight.

I would recommend Weight Watchers, but if you go on it and you find that you need more food to keep from getting headaches, then eat more food. There is no way I would have stuck to ANY diet long term that made me cranky and head-achy.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1587203)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
A friend I used to work with had surgery of this kind. She had tried everything to lose weight. Her weight had been in the morbidly obese range for years, because food intake had an obsessive/addictive hold over her. The surgery was performed without complications and her post-surgical recovery was quick. Initially she lost tremendous amounts of weight. She also went through counseling to help her develop a more healthy relationship with food. That piece is probably just as important as the surgery itself.

My friend looks like she has gained back a little weight since her lowest weight point, but she only looks slightly stocky now, as opposed to looking very, very, very unhealthy before the surgery. It has been several years since her surgery and the majority of the weight she initially lost has not come back. It seems like her weight is relatively stable.

My friend's health is tremendously improved and the surgery gave her son back his joyful, playful, energetic mother.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1586890)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
There is no need to shame us, Chris. We are just being honest about how incredibly hard it is to consistently change a lifetime of habits.

(The cartoon, however, was hilarious!!!)
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Thanks giving Day Canada! (Message 1586661)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Best wishes to our Canadian friends on their Thanksgiving Day.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1586306)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Just do it like my wife.
Every time she is mad at the scale she buys a new one.

LOL!!! I would end up with a bigger scale collection than Eric's vintage computer collection.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1586297)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In: 168.8

My scale must be broken. It seems to be moving in the wrong direction. I'm sure it is the scale and not the family party at our house Friday night, the junk food I ate at the Cal football game Saturday afternoon and the family party at my Cousin Anna's house on Sunday. Yep. It is definitely the scale.


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