Posts by Angela

41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1893753)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I use only positive reinforcement to shape behavior.

Eric shot some video footage the other night and has promised me that he will figure out how to YouTube it tomorrow.
42) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1893460)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Bernie, lovely pictures!
43) Message boards : Cafe SETI : R.I.P. Tom Petty (Message 1893320)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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R.I.P.
44) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1893319)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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P.S. My avatar is Bravesy, a raccoon kit from many litters ago. This is what raccoon kits look like when they stand on their hind legs.
45) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1893317)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I have been teaching the raccoon kits to stand on their hind legs on verbal and gestural command. Standing on their hind legs is a behavior raccoons do naturally when they are curious about something or when they are trying to see something that is out of their field of view.

Raccoons do not stand up on their hind legs frequently enough for me to reinforce the entire behavior, so I have had to shape and reinforce the behavior that I want in five steps:

1. nose up on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

2. nose and one paw up on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

3. nose and two paws a little up on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

4. full hind leg stand on verbal and gestural command, visually following a peanut

5. full hind leg stand on verbal and gestural command without seeing a peanut

Walnut Baily is on step 4 and he got there in two nights. He is a boy, by the way. It is pretty easy to tell the sex of a raccoon when a raccoon is standing on hind legs

Brazilnut Bjorn got to step 4 in three nights. He is also a boy.

Peanut, the mama, is barely at step 4, as of tonight.

Hazelnut Tanooki has been keeping her distance. She (I am assuming she is a "she") rarely comes out from under the deck when I am sitting on the back porch step. She is at step - - -1. I am simply reinforcing her for showing herself! Before I can train her to stand on her hind legs, she needs to be comfortable standing close to me on four paws. If she pokes her head out from under the deck, I toss her a peanut.

Macademia Bobo is super shy. So far he has trained me to feed him peanuts under the deck!
46) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW #266 (Message 1892907)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Is the pink cowl on your avatar for Breast Cancer Awareness month?
47) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW #266 (Message 1892901)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Winning at the start of the Halloween season.
48) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Tricky, tricky Amazon! (Message 1892569)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Maybe everybody already knows this, but I just figured this out.

I wanted to buy nine copies of a special book to give as gifts. I went to Amazon and found a bunch of copies, new and used, at outrageous prices, like $970.00. This was outrageous! Last May, I purchased two brand new copies of this same book for $67.50 apiece.

Fortunately, I searched on the author's name and the book title and found the book is still in print - publisher's price $67.50. So I went directly to the publisher and purchased the books.

It turns out that people who have Amazon on-line stores often jack up the price of something that Amazon does not carry directly, assuming that people will not search elsewhere.

Did everybody know this but me?
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1892452)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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4) If you falter, pick another quit date and try again. Any reduction is better than none, and don't be hard on yourself as it makes it worse. Take each day, hour and minute at a time and be proud of each as your accomplishment.

There was an administrative assistant I used to work with who tried our hospital-based smoking cessation program 3 times. The third time worked and she has been smoke-free for more than five years now.

Prior to quitting tobacco, this employee used all her sick leave and vacation days for illnesses. This poor woman never had any vacation time because illnesses kept eating into her ETO/PTO stash of vacation time.

Several months after quitting tobacco, she was so much more healthy that she was able to accumulate vacation pay. Eventually she took a REAL vacation to Hawaii with her daughter. Everybody on staff was so happy for her!!!!!!

There are so many good reasons for quitting. The support program she used seemed to help for her, even though she fell off-the-wagon a couple of times. Perhaps there is a support program covered under your work health plan?

Wishing you the very best of luck.
50) Message boards : Team Recruitment Center : Raccoon Lovers Want You (Message 1892451)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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LOL!!!
51) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday at the Playboy Mansion. He was 91. (Message 1892230)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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From the obituary:
By his own account, Hefner had sex with more than a thousand women, including many pictured in his magazine.

Oh please! If your lifetime total is in double digits, you probably are not as happy as you claim to be.

If your lifetime total is in triple digits, or (good grief!!!) quadruple digits, you have a problem.


Is it really fair for one to claim credit for rights, privileges and freedoms that were a result of the sexual revolution, if one's role in the sexual revolution was the objectification of women?


Honestly, I'm not sure whether to type "RIP" or "good riddance".
52) Message boards : Cafe SETI : NFL 2017 season................ (Message 1891717)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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It was an exciting finish. Eric's best friend from college is staying with us this weekend and there was a lot of exuberance in our living room this evening when the Packers won the game.
53) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The kittyman has been sober for five months.........and counting!!!! (Message 1891589)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Congratulations on a double win - 5 months of sobriety and no vacations from the forum!!!
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1891174)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Cute!
55) Message boards : Cafe SETI : College Football (Message 1891014)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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It was a guest fan experience unlike any other I've ever had. It made me want to move to Utah!
It was supposed to make you want to convert.

Well it nearly worked! I really love ice cream, but I like nice people even more.
56) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I'm back, kinda! (Message 1890853)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Welcome home!!!
57) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPHW #266 (Message 1890717)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCdNRPmCv9s
58) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Dr SETI needs help. Please send love and kind thoughts to Richard who is in his last days friends. (Message 1890711)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Wishing Richard and Joanne peace.
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : College Football (Message 1890710)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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We were actually in Provo Utah for the Badgers game. One of my relatives is doing a medical residency in Salt Lake City, so we used the game as an excuse to visit her (... or we used a visit to my relative as an excuse to travel to an away game...)

Anyway, I have to report that BYU fans are the nicest people ever!!! As a visiting fan in other areas of the country, I've been subject to some very impolite gestures and even more impolite words from fans of the home team. In Utah however, smiling BYU fans came up to our little group of Badger fans and said things like, "Welcome to Provo. Can I help you find your seats?" or "Tell your boys to go easy on us today!" or my personal favorite greeting from a BYU fan - "I love cheese curds!!!".

The BYU band graciously played "On Wisconsin", since the Wisconsin band didn't travel to this game.

In the third quarter, BYU staff members passed out free ice cream to all the visitors in Badgers shirts.

It was a guest fan experience unlike any other I've ever had. It made me want to move to Utah!

The Badgers game was not too exciting, but the Cal game was amazing!
60) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Journal (Message 1890709)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Hi Vic!

I like your new thread.


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