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Surreal, I haz it

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

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Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

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Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

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Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

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Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 12:37am

Yes, I'm the catsitter when my neighbour is on holiday. They are very special and intelligent cats. Two years ago Cicero ate a piece of a toy that caused stomach ache and I became convinced that he needed treatment. He agreed with that or he would never have stepped into his travel basket. He is a very strong cat and cannot be forced. The vet said that there was nothing wrong. We went to the vet and back again FOUR times and then to another vet. There he got the treatment he needed badly and was healthy when my neighbour came home. Now I get the special treatment: he always stops to talk to me and he's always happy to see me. This is my hero:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2014 at 12:09am

Chris, you have actually known this breed! What a challenge. Do you cat sit them? 

Comment by Plinius on January 11, 2014 at 11:54pm

Such a wonderful video, Sk8eycat! I think we all want to be that kitten.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2014 at 11:50pm

sk8eycat, according to Wikipedia, "The Bengal is a hybrid breed of domestic cat. Bengals result from crossing a domestic feline with an Asian leopard cat (ALC), Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis.

"The Bengal cat has a desirable "wild" appearance with large spots, rosettes, and a light/white belly, and a body structure reminiscent of the ALC.[1] The Bengal possesses a gentle domestic cat temperament, if separated by at least four generations from the original crossing between a domestic feline and an ALC.

"The name "Bengal cat" was derived from the taxonomic name of the Asian leopard cat (P. b. bengalensis), and not from the more distantly related Bengal tiger."

Your video of the kitten with a nightmare and motherly attention delights me. 

Bengal (cat)

7 things you should know before buying a bengal cat.  

Comment by Plinius on January 11, 2014 at 11:49pm

Bengal cats - my neighbour has two of them, I think they're 4th generation from wild. Very active, and with a strong will of their own - great friends, even to a catsitter. But not at all the cuddly type that stays with you all night. That is a job for my black mongrel Dido, who snuggles into my arms and doesn't move until I leave.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 11, 2014 at 8:50pm

I'm glad to hear that you're getting more sleep, Patricia.

That advancing ice shove is freaky. It reminds me of the leading edge of flooding in an arroyo, and of the Indonesia tsunami. Thanks for sharing, Joan.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2014 at 5:26pm

Joan, I've forgotten what kind of cross Bengals really are,some kind of small Asian wild cat and domestic shorthair. We had one or two that were boarded at the Cat Hotel when I worked there.  They are beautiful, but almost always hyper, difficult to train, and one was abandoned at the Hotel.  The owners just dropped him off, pre-paid his bill for two weeks, and vanished.  The credit card was cancelled, phone disconnected, "Moved - No Forwarding Address," etc.  He was a sweet fellow, but there was a lot of wild cat in his genes, and he had a bad habit of spraying....

I'd like a me-sized version of this cat to hold me at night, but I can't afford to feed such a biggie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfNnfpRj7No 

Some friends of mine used to have Boston Bulls...little black & white dogs with pushed-in faces.  They snored, very softly, and that sound almost always relaxes me to the point where I nod off.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2014 at 12:40pm

sk8eycat, I laughed when I read your desire for "a warm, floofy cylindrical pillow that vibrates softly...and makes low-level purring sounds."

That is what I hoped to have when I visited Laura's family in the north woods, "a warm, floofy cylindrical pillow that vibrates softly...and makes low-level purring sounds."

We brought my granddaughter's cat to keep me company, (and catch mice) and she slept  (more like attacked) with Laura and Larry one night and so I took her one night. She attacked my sleeping eyebrows, nose, ears, hair, crawled between the covers and took bites out of my hide whenever she had an urge. We sent her home the next day; we still had the mouse. I am sure she had Bengal tiger in her heritage. 

Here is a photo of a domestic cat x Bengal tiger mix. Now a breed of domestic cat.

I wonder if this breed has been calmed?

marble bengal domestic cat

Comment by sk8eycat on January 11, 2014 at 10:40am

Hmmmm.... I wish someone would develop a warm, floofy cylindrical pillow that vibrates softly...and makes low-level purring sounds.  I can doze off when Pumpkin lies next to me (under the covers) and purrs, but he's more restless than I am; rolls over, stands up, sits down, hops off the bed and then gets back on...or wants the door opened so he can check out the other rooms.  At 15 he's still as active as a cat half his age, or younger.

In the past I've had kittehs who would let me hold them all night, or until they sensed I was soundly asleep, and then quietly move down to the foot of the bed, and stay there till morning.

I've had insomnia most of my adult life, and it's become worse as I age...aches and pains, and mental/emotional stress. 

I read light fiction at night; books I've read before so I'm not glued to the story to find out what happens next. I also find Robert Ingersoll collections comforting...they confirm my own opinions about many things.

I'm just glad that I don't have to get up at the screech of dawn and put on "office clothes" (pantyhose!  Ick!) And hit the freeways with hundreds (thousands) of other frantic people anymore.  I don't know how I did that for almost 50 years...

It's a wonder that more people don't flip out and rebel or break down.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 10, 2014 at 7:43pm

Patricia, this is kind of ironic, but when I was discovering sleep music on YouTube I came upon Gregorian Chants.  This one in particular (Collage of old Gregorian music in Latin) is very relaxing and soothes me to sleep.  Basically, it's sacred Medieval Catholic music sung in Latin. 

Learning about this type of music was part of my music history studies in college, so I have an appreciation for its beautiful musicality.  I didn't grow up Catholic but perhaps, if I did, this music would prompt bad memories and scary dreams.  Luckily that's not the case for me.  It does the job.   

 

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