Posts by Angela

21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1899769)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Baby hedgehogs - sooooooo cute!

Tribble macaroons, yum!!!
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Photographs by Setizens - Originals only - any subject (Message 1899658)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Wow. I'm just lurking away. All our seti photographers are so talented!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1899654)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Lovely photo! Where were you traveling that you saw a myna bird in the wild?
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1899478)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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There is wiggle room in the words "off topic".

Say I began a thread about widgets. In the original post I state, this is a thread about widgets. If you want to talk about widgets, please do so here. Post unrelated to widgets will be removed.

As the OP, I have the right to red-flag posts about what-it's because they are off topic in my thread about widgets.

Perhaps I will be magnanimous, take the high road and ignore all your what-it's posts in my widget thread. This does not take away my right to red flag your off topic post in my widget thread. It just means that I have chosen not to bother with your what-it post today.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Issues with donations to SETI - who has the same experiences? (Message 1899030)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Trouble-shooting 101 - on your account page there is this question:

Are all your donations anonymous?

If you answer "yes" you will not see a green star. If you answer "no" you will see a green star if you have donated in the past 12 months.

This probably doesn't cover the original question about donations through the GPUUG, but it may answer questions for people who make donations directly through the forum link and still don't see their green stars.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1898738)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Oh they were my dear Sir they were!! I meant nuts as in crackpots, and nutcases, lets face it we have enough in Seti :-))

My good sir, surely you realize that when you point a finger at somebody else, three of your fingers point right back at you.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1898561)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I've never tried brazil nuts. Were the squirrels able to eat them?
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898478)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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20 urchins. A tie with last year.

All 20 said "thank you".
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898375)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I always knew that boy had good tastes.

In women, indubitably.
In candy, not so much.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part V (Message 1898373)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Author Mark Haddon read his new contemporary ghost story, 'The Bunker'. Set ...

... in the York Cold War Bunker.


What an interesting evening! Thank you for sharing your observations with us.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898323)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Eric likes those bottle candies too.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898221)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Maybe there should be a distinction made between carnivores and obligate carnivores? Or maybe the coyotes of the Sonoran desert, over the past few generations, have been feeling the evolutionary pressure of hunger, and adapting (or dying) accordingly?

(Now THIS is what I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about a Cafe in the forum of a science project. The place is jam-packed with excellent minds and skeptical thinkers who can take a thread from Almond Joys to coyotes in the blink of an eye!)
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898201)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Or perhaps we are descended from some other beast that ate a cacao ancestor. Or perhaps the adaptation was the other way for dogs, who may have lost this ability.


This is probably right, and silly, silly me for forgetting that it is easier to lose evolutionary traits than to gain them!!!

Some sort of placental mammal probably developed the ability to tolerate cacao, or tolerate some plant that shared an ancestor and some traits with cacao. Then when carnivores (like cats and dogs) split off from primates (like us), there was no evolutionary pressure for cats and dogs to continue to need to eat something cacao-related. On the other hand, there may have been great evolutionary pressure for primates to consume fruits that were related to cacao.

Thank you, Gary, for reminding me that evolution is not a forward-process, but a zig-zaggy mess, depending on what evolutionary pressures come and go over time!
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898175)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Alternatively, our ancestors could have developed an enzyme that helped them digest the fruit of a plant that wasn't cacao, but that maybe shared a distant plant ancestor with cacao. Then, when our ancestors encountered cacao by migrating to the Americas, they were more than half way there, "evolutionarily speaking", in terms of tolerating and eventually benefiting from cacao-calories in their diets.

Wikipedia is a fine tool, and I'll admit to using it both early and often, but it is only that - a tool.

When it comes to hypothesizing, theorizing and offering possible explanations for things that are not yet scientifically "known", I vastly prefer to stand on the shoulders of the great thinkers of our species. So in this case, thanks Charles Darwin!!!
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898169)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Slight problem there with the cacao beans Angela, they're native to the Americas only.


Not a problem at all, Vic. Assume that my hypothetical group of ancestors originated in South or in Central America. Adaptations can happen in any point in history. In fact, they're happening right now, even as we speak!!!
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW CCLXVII (Message 1898159)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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It's the MOST wonderful time..... of the year!!!
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898157)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Why do humans have this enzyme and other animals don't? I don't know.

I don't know either, but if you understand natural selection, you can hazard a pretty decent guess.

A small population of our ancestors probably got really, really, really hungry and tried to eat cacao beans. The ones who died from cacao ingestion did not have any more babies. The ones who merely got sick from it lived to have babies.

This went on for many generations... as did hunger as a driving evolutionary force.

Over time, this small group of our ancestors evolved into a population who did not die from eating cacao, but maybe still got sick from it. We all metabolize things a little differently, so presumably some of our ancestors got really, really, really sick when they ate cacao and some of our ancestors got mildly ill, but were still able to benefit from the calories they ingested. Those with the benefit of greater caloric intake had more babies. Those with worse caloric intake had fewer babies.

This went on for many generations...as did hunger as a driving evolutionary force... as did human migration.

So, over time (...lots and lots and lots of time...) this favorable adaptation for digesting cacao was passed on into larger and larger human populations.

Fast forward to today:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
38) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Raccoon Lovers Want You (Message 1898140)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Oh - Hello there!

Raccoons, you know.... well, we're everywhere. We're in your storm drains, and under your back porch, and right up there in the team rankings.

(Seti@home team rankings, in case you were curious...)

And we're cute too, so hey, you know... you would fit right in!

We would love to have you join us.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898130)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Are your masked bandits preferential to any particular candy?

My best guess would be a Payday bar.

That would be a very good guess, since they like peanuts and since Payday bars are without chocolate.
I've never fed Halloween candy to raccoons.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1898036)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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My sister-in-law doesn't let her kids eat much candy. She lets them trick-or-treat, but they only get to eat one tiny piece of candy out of their treat bags every few days, and then ONLY if the kids have been well behaved, eaten all their vegetables, tidied up their toys etc. My sister-in-law ends up throwing away lots of the candy her kids get, because the candy gets stale before the kids can eat it all. This breaks my candy-loving heart.

So, with this in mind, I told my nephew Nico and my niece Claire that I would buy all the Almond Joys they wanted to sell me out of their trick-or-treat bags at 50 cents per fun-sized bar. I told them that I would not buy any Almond Joys that had not come from honest trick-or-treating. No fair getting mommy to buy a giant bag of 100 Almond Joys, and then re-selling them individually to Auntie Angela at a nice little profit! I am trusting the kids to only sell me what I like to refer to as "locally sourced, sustainably harvested ACTUAL trick-or-treat candy".

After school yesterday, Nico's class was invited to pre-trick-or-treat at some businesses near their elementary school.

Today I paid the little seven year old tycoon a whopping $3.50 for 7 squished and partially melted Almond Joys.

(They were delicious. I regret nothing.)


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