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41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1555976)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
The California valley quail or valley quail (Callipepla californica) often gathers in small flocks known as "coveys", and is still around in Canada.




You will be hard pressed to find a quail now where we live, or in the Oakland hills where I grew up. Quail were commonly sighted birds when I was a child. Sadly they have largely disappeared from many SF Bay Area urban and suburban areas due to loss of habitat combined with the stress of predation by feral cats, outdoor pet cats, foxes, coyotes, the very occasional cougar and my beloved raccoons.


And Angela, it has to be said that far too many people get spurious PhD's in esoteric subjects which are not really worthy of the accolade. Medical and Scientific ones are mainline, but there are other off the wall ones.

I certainly hope you did not just "dis" the liberal arts!!! If you are trampled by hordes and masses of English majors, art majors, music majors, history majors, sociologists and psychologists, you have only yourself to blame, my friend. Of course there is a difference between a degree earned at an accredited institution and some mail-ordered certificate hardly worth the paper on which it is printed, but most of the subjects one can study in a mainstream university would not fall under your heading of "esoteric subjects".


I have posted before about my brothers kids. The oldest girl is just finishing her PhD in medical research science, the boy twin is half way through his PhD in Computing science, the twin girl has finished her MSc in Veterinary science and is having a gap year. She may do a PhD we don't know yet. Not bad for three kids!

That is excellent. You have every reason to be a proud uncle!!!


The SCBI is accredited as a serious institution I just think that my initial comments were correct, about the report that I read. We all know that cats are natural predators and kill smaller animals and especially birds. But then again the French are quite good at that as well.

Chris!!! We have discussed this before. It is impolite to bash the residents of an ENTIRE COUNTRY based on the behavior of a few of its citizens... and it is the second time you have done this in a week!!!
42) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1555859)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Did I win?

You won first post after the outrage. Inside information?

Ping!


Nope. Pure dumb luck.
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1555856)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1555842)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Yes, indeed, you WERE winning...
45) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Robin Williams dead at 63. (Message 1555840)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Depression is a life threatening illness. Poor man.
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Robin Williams dead at 63. (Message 1555793)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Well I believe "asphyxia" means he hung himself

We may use that term differently on this side of the pond. To me it implies breathing in carbon monoxide until gone.
47) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1555791)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Did I win?
48) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1555664)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I disagree with this report, we know that cats kill some birds, they always have done.

Feral and outdoor pet cats have eliminated the California State Bird, the quail, is our area and in many others in the state. Outdoor cats are a serious threat to song birds in many states. Ground nesting birds, in general, are particularly vulnerable to cats.


Truth be told, I do feel guilty about keeping Spawnie outside, but in his former life as a stray he managed to contract some medical conditions that could put our indoor cats at risk... so outside he stays. Fortunately, Spawnie is a lover not a fighter. He did manage to catch a lizard this summer. I think he must have yawned and the poor lizard accidentally ran into his mouth. No harm ultimately came to the lizard, as far as I know. Spawnie came trotting over to me, lizard dangling from his mouth, and when he meowed to announce to me that dinner had arrived the lizard fell out of his mouth and promptly ran away.



Sounds to me like another PhD graduate with nothing better to do. Why do we bother to educate these people?

Come on Chris! This is an outrageous statement, even for you my dearest of curmudgeon friends. Just because something doesn't feel correct to you does not mean it isn't necessarily so. It is not unusual for members of the media to quote scientists and portray their research in ways they think will get a reaction from their readership. If you wish to disagree with a scientific finding, that is fine... but do it in the correct way. Go back to the original research, review the methodology and suggest ways in which the findings of the study could be incorrect due to methodological concerns.


And Chris "we" do not "bother to educate people". In my experience people with Ph.D.'s tend to have a passion for a subject that drives them to sacrifice much in pursuit of knowledge. Personally I wish more people would pursue advance degrees. I keep looking at my thirteen nieces and nephews wondering if any of them will grow up to change our world by contributing original research to the store of human knowledge. I sure do hope one or two of them will. Nothing would fill me with more pride.
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1555439)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Yes, but I can understand how she felt. But she should have waited until she wasn't upset.

Yes. Discipline is a dish best served cold.
50) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Raccoon Lovers Want You (Message 1555432)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Raccoon Pool Party!!!

Help yourself to a mojito and jump in the pool.

Come on!!! You KNOW you want to be a Raccoon Lover.
51) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Can you can you can-can??? (Message 1555424)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I suspected as much. I think she was referring to what we might call "Italian Prune Plums" here in California.
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Robin Williams dead at 63. (Message 1555423)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Absolutely tragic. R.I.P.
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1555160)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Angela, Sunday is the 24th; Monday is the 25th. I have tickets to Monday's special Season Premiere of Doctor Who in Dublin on Monday the 25th at 7 PM.

Ok. My next weigh in will be Monday 8/25. Have fun at the show!!!
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1555138)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
[quote]Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #1
168.2 pounds (AKA 76 kg; 294.23g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #2
167.6 pounds (AKA 76 kg; 22.08 g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #3
166.4 pounds (AKA 75 kg; 477.8 g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #4
165.2 pounds (AKA 74 kg; 933.45 g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #5
167.0 pounds (AKA 75 kg; 749.92 g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #6
166.0 pounds (AKA 75 kg; 296.33g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #7
165.4 pounds (AKA 75 kg; 24.17 g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #8
165.6 (AKA 75 kg; 114.89 g)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In #9
166.8 pounds (AKA 75 kg; 659.20 g)

My scale and I will be parted next Monday.

My next weigh-in will be Monday August 24th.
55) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #217: Waiting on Two UPS Packages Today (Message 1554890)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Goodnight friends!
56) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1554889)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
This Mother Hen doesn't fret over just three days. Now a month and no contact to Seti, then I will start checking.
Then after that, I will get serious.
Julie feel free to pipe in.

And believe me, you do NOT want Mother Hen Ulibelle to get serious!!!
57) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Do people who buy Cadillacs, BMWs, Mercedes etc. watch TV? (Message 1554888)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
It had nothing to do with government or politics.

Darn. It was MUCH more scandalous in my imagination!!!
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1554882)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Yay Monday!!!

Go Monday Go!!!
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : My big fat moustach. (Message 1554655)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Aw!!! Look at those little sausage legs!!!
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Do people who buy Cadillacs, BMWs, Mercedes etc. watch TV? (Message 1554654)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I have never owned a Mercedes. I have given them away as gifts.

My birthday is May 24th, but why wait? Christmas is just around the corner!


Good try. There were good financial reasons for the gifts. Let's just say there was a good return on investment.


Merciful heavens!!! Such things can land your posterior in jail, my friend.


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