Friday Night Open Thread

For the last couple years, Tunch has had to jump about 3-4 feet onto a table to access his food, because I figured it was the only exercise he got and because if I leave his bowl on the ground Rosie would weigh as much as me. At any rate, he has been meowing a bunch lately to psych himself up for the jump, and I realized the big guy will be 11 this spring, so I decided to splurge and get this:


He’ll still have to climb to get to the vittles, but no big jumps and the Rosie can’t reach, so mission accomplished.

And yes, it is 72″ or so, so he will fit. And yes, I may still bring up some free weights from the basement to put on the base of the tree just in case.

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    Linda says:

    He’s up there. You might want to ask the vet to check for arthritis the next time he has an appointment.

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    Redshirt says:

    Wow! That looks like fun. I wish we had people versions of this.

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    aangus says:

    From below

    Best Guitar, ever…

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Aw my Gaw, that is so sweet! Jump, Tunch, jump!

    Fer yr vittles.

    (JC, you is a good human servant).

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    LT says:

    Better anchor that sucker with a couple of those steel guy-wires they use for power poles. Otherwise Fatboy’s gonna take that sucker down in a hot second.

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    LT says:

    @LT: Because I love, John, because I love…

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    Gopher2b says:

    Right now Tunch is telling the dogs that he would knock that thing over if you didn’t bring the weights up from downstairs because its the only exercise you get.

    Don’t look at me, he said it.

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    dance around in your bones says:


    I’d have to add that Bobby Key’s sax work on that song was pretty stellar, too.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    My cats have that, too. It holds 4 of them easily, so I’m sure Tunch will be fine.

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    Ash Can says:

    If by “free weights” you mean “sinking a poll about three feet into the floor and reinforcing it with Sakrete,” yeah, that ought to do the trick.

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    realbtl says:

    Rosie won’t get it? Ha, I’ve seen JRTs climb trees.

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    aangus says:

    Bobby Keyes!

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    The Dangerman says:

    …he has been meowing a bunch lately to psych himself up…

    I don’t think that was “psyching himself up”; that was editorial comment (rough translation: “how long until the fucking biped gets me a cat ladder”).

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    OMG, this is like so cute! and so quaint! The 1996 Dole – Kemp Presidential Campaign web site!

    The page where you can click to read up on the issues.

    Actual support of environmental laws, helped fund the violence against women act, and other wimmin friendly positions.

    Served as a key architect of the 1996 Farm Bill which contains one of the most significant conservation provisions ever enacted. This provision, introduced by Dole, maintains the Conservation Reserve Program, curbs water pollution through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and provides the restoration of wetlands by increasing the Wetlands Reserve Program. At Senator Dole’s insistence, the bill also provides $300 million for the restoration of the Florida Everglades.

    It’s the Political Wayback Machine

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    CaseyL says:

    The taller the kitty-tree, the less stable it is: you will have to brace it, and not because Tunch is… generously proportioned.

    If he doesn’t freak out immediately, he will love it. King of all he surveys, able to swat at you as you walk by, and all that.

    You will post photos of Tunch exploring his new world, right??

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    LT says:

    @realbtl: Weird fact: Western Grey Foxes regularly climb trees. One climbed tree next to our house in Oregon some years ago and pranced across the roof. This is not a thing I knew growing up with mostly reds in rural NYS.

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    General Stuck says:

    Rand Paul to give tea-party group’s response to State of the Union after Rubio delivers GOP’s

    War of the Dandelions

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    kmeyerthelurker says:

    The best bet is to bolt it to the floor, if possible. Those things look fun, but one slightly overwieght cat on the top tier and its all over the living room. Find a place you can bolt it. Seriously.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    My cat’s 15 and aside from some trouble with stairs (not that it stops him or anything), he seems healthy as ever. He can still jump on beds and stuff, but there’s someone there he’ll wait to be picked up, because, you know, he’s a cat.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @aangus: Maybe this would be interesting to you>?

    I actually had a co-worker/friend who was married to Bobby Keys back in the day. She had a very interesting scrapbook full of backstage Stones photos.

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    General Stuck says:

    The front page is now loading properly. knocks on wood.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @General Stuck:

    And then the real Tea Party true believer will come on and say Paul’s a squish. It’s assholes all the way down.

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    eemom says:

    @General Stuck:

    The front page is now loading properly.

    NOT FER ME IT AIN’T. I still gotta go through LAST night’s open thread.

    AND the piece of shit Leave a Reply box is STILL erasing my name.


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    donnah says:

    Tunch will love it. We have two cats, and last year I got a 40″ tall carpeted stand with two platforms and a cardboard scratching box frame mounted on an angle at the bottom. The cardboard comes out easily when it’s shredded and a new one can be popped right in.

    I bought a shorter stand with a single platform that is only 24″ tall and it sits within a foot or so of the big one, so the cats can cross over and climb to whatever level they prefer.

    It’s cozy and sturdy and it keeps them off the sofa. Sometimes.

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    Ash Can says:

    @General Stuck: So lemme get this straight — Obama gives the State of the Union speech, Rubio follows up and gives the GOP reply in Spanish, then Paul comes on and insists that those other guys and their cohorts are all schmucks and that the only True Americans are him, Ayn Rand, and the pirates in Somalia? Sounds good to me.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Susan K of the tech support:

    Hey wait, I don’t see nuthin about terrists on that “web site.” Or dronze.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    My grandnephew has a new little sister, complete with new baby smell. He won’t let her out of his sight and hasn’t stopped grinning in four days. Mrs. Cisco and I get to go up tomorrow to meet her. CAN’T WAIT!

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    scav says:

    Maybe there’ll be a flash youtube crowd-sourced tumblr tweet mash-up response to The State of the Union.

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    khead says:

    Local purchase? Amazon?

    I showed my wife this pic and she is already having visions of our three cats on it. Even though I know the cats will ignore it I have to ask….

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    Ash Can says:

    @eemom: The reply autofill is still comatose for me, but clearing my cache and cookies this morning really did fix everything else. I don’t know enough to explain how to do it, but if you do an internet search for how to clear your cache and cookies you should find the necessary information.

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    Hey wait, I don’t see nuthin about terrists on that “web site.” Or dronze.

    Like I said, quaint. Nothing about Thou Shalt Not Torture, either.

    The technology stuff was interesting, too. I remember the Clipper Chip discussion back in the mid-90s. But it’s so much water under the bridge. Makes me wonder about the origins of the CFAA — Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Hm, passed 10 years before Dole & Kemp ran. Too soon to be ridiculously outdated like it is now.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @efgoldman: Getting those occasional flickers here too. If I lose power I’ve got nothing. I suppose I could light the stove with a match, but the furnace ain’t going on, and the well ain’t pumping. Somewhere around a foot and a half of snow by now.

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    aangus says:

    Excuse me, but on a bit of a roll tonight…

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    General Stuck says:


    Comment loading and refreshing comments is still kind of fucked, but at least now I can get the current front page by clicking the big balloon. I been only visiting threads via a reader, that works fairly well, maybe that would help your access.

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    A.J. says:

    But…but…that means YOU won’t use of those free weights!

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    gnomedad says:

    I may still bring up some free weights from the basement to put on the base of the tree just in case.

    Well, that would certainly do him some good, but can you get him to use them?

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    amk says:

    So we are now into eleventeenth version of cole’s vista moment?

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    dance around in your bones says:


    That last clip with Bobby and Marty2x was excellent. Can’t wait to see what you got next!

    ETA: Have always loved Derek and the Dominos, or should I just say Eric (is GOD!) Clapton?

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    mai naem says:

    Those cat trees are not that hard to make if you have some minimal carpentry ability and I do mean minimal. Pretty much the whole thing can be made from scraps. Scrap wood and scrap carpet. You glue and/or staple the carpet onto the wood.

    Rand Paul is a dick. There are so many Repub senators who I cannot stand. Rand Paul makes it into the top five, in a tough competition.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Ash Can: And PS, if you do that and it works, all accolades go to Comrade Mary; she was the one who posted that info this morning.

    ETA: That was supposed to be @eemom, not me. Time for me to go to bed.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @CaseyL: Not pictures — videos or a live cam. Tunch should have a lot of fun with that. Yes, he’ll swat at John as John passes.

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    Mike E says:

    So, Miss E and her mom are going to move into an apartment after their townhouse is sold, sometime in April. Since the complex will allow just two pets, I’ve been asked (suggested, moar like) if I will take Fluffy the 12 year old cat, and they would move the young cat, Scratchy, and the hound, Itchy to their new place.

    She’s a sweet cat, but I fear it will be a bridge too far for her at her age; the young cat was also offered, but he’s bonded to the dog, a beagle/springer who’s, honestly, an asshole to both cats and may not take to apartment living so well, also too.

    Taking either cat would be easy, but my gut is telling me to ask for the dog instead–she would get walked a lot more with my crazy multi-part-time work schedule, though my apartment is tiny. The cats would get peace and could, in theory, acclimate to their new home without Itchy being all cooped up & bored to the point of hounding them just for something to do.

    But young Scratchy might get bored as well, leaving the older, declining Fluffy vulnerable to his top cat status and typical devilry. Conundrum! What to do?

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    Joey Maloney says:

    I have one very similar. It’s designed to be braced against the ceiling, while yours appears to be freestanding. Unfortunately my apartment has high ceilings so the base of the cat tree sits on my desk. This occasionally results in 7 kilos of psychoginger tabby landing THUMP! right between my elbows as I type.

    Rand Paul to give tea-party group’s response to State of the Union after Rubio delivers GOP’s

    Kill me now.

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    Yutsano says:

    @PurpleGirl: Wifey would squee with much delight at this development. And we’d never hear from her again.

    (I had a gruesome ending to that sentence, but I deleted it. I’ve had enough of that cwap with shootings lately.)

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    JCT says:

    @PurpleGirl: Swat? I’m holding out for a full scale “COWABUNGA” sneak attack from on high.

    Lucky Tunch!

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Redshirt: my local mall has one of those for people. Kind of. Although because its for people, there are safety harnesses.

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    JustAnotherBob says:


    Weird fact #2: Western Grey Foxes regularly climb fences.

    Western Grey Foxes regularly climb apple and quince trees.

    Western Grey Foxes carry off your apples and quinces before they are fully ripe.

    Western Grey Foxes eat your grapes right off the vine.

    Western Grey Foxes also eat tomatoes. But there’s always extra tomatoes.

    New fences are under construction. Think high security prison fences….

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    burnspbesq says:


    I’ll see your Keith Richards and Mick Taylor, and raise you a Tony Rice and a Jerry Douglas.

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    jl says:


    ” Rosie won’t get it? Ha, I’ve seen JRTs climb trees. ”

    I was already alternatively chuckling and shaking with fear over the coming disaster cat tree story(ies). Now, I don’t even want to think about it. I think the pets will come out OK, but I worry for Cole.

    Unless Cole is an advanced muscle weight lifter dude, I don’t think a few free weights will be enough either.

    The handy dandy internet cat age calculator I found says Tunch is only 61 or so. Maybe try a stool for Tunch to jump from up to the counter first, and save the cat tree as a last resort. Or, just break it out to see what Rosie can do with it.

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    R. Schmidt Orren says:

    No kitteh elevator? Surely there must be a kitteh elevator somewhere in that edifice.

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    jl says:

    I think a better, and much more convenient and practical plan is to get a giant rabbit to protect Tunch’s food.

    I’ve read that big rabbit breeds are pretty smart and can be trained.

    That’s what I would do.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @burnspbesq: That is some mighty fine fiddlin’ and pickin’ there.

    I love it when they make it look so effortless.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Just finished a fresh OS install (Win7 Ultimate 64 bit) on my new 256GB solid state hard drive. Whee! Made a huge difference in boot up and application loading. Now to shovel in a few more DVDs so I can play Morrowind.

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    Schlemizel says:

    My old girl is 17 this year & had that couple week period of seizures. About a 3 years ago we put a chair near the bed as she was no longer able to get up there & she loved sleeping with us. A few months ago that was not enough for her. It was odd because I picked her up & put her on the bed with us & she got pissed at me & jumped down (who knows? maybe that hurts too).

    Now she has to make a special effort to get up on the sofa. It is hell getting old.

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    Suzanne says:

    That is a cat palace. Tunch is a lucky fatass.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    You just scared the hell out of me. I first read your comment as “My girl is 17 this year & had that couple week period of seizures.” That woke me right up.

    My condolences for your kitty’s poor health. A few years ago I adopted a dog. He was the first pet I’d owned in fifty years. I’m glad I did it even though my heart is now a hostage.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    Got more if you want some.

    Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Bryan Sutton, and Jerry Douglas.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Someone linked to this poem by Rudyard Kipling the other day…kinda brutal but true.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Anybody seen this story about a court ordered euthanasia?

    Be sure to read the update – no idea what the true story is but thought I’d pass it along

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    danah gaz says:

    I wouldn’t take any chances with that cat tree.

    I suggest 1/4 inch lag bolts…

    Through the foundation.

    And some rebar to reinforce the tree itself.

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    gbear says:

    There’s a place in St. Paul called Purrrniture that makes great cat perches and towers. I got the sleeper model at the bottom of the page and had them add an extra ‘step’ platform so that my 12 year old cat doesn’t have to make the big leap. I’m glad I’m only a couple miles away from the shop so I didn’t have to pay for shipping. They’re pricey but very well made and very stable.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @burnspbesq: Oh, that’s mighty fine! Thank you!

    ETA: I love dobro and slide guitar and fine fiddling.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    My sentiments exactly – except that it’s too late now. I wouldn’t trade that little (18lbs soaking wet) mongrel for all of Mitt Romney’s money.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    There was another fatality on the train tracks near where I live again tonight. There are two level crossings nearby, and they’ve become a magnet for people who want to commit suicide. I can hear the stopped train from inside the house.

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    Calouste says:


    A couple of years back I got one like that from eBay for the price of a cup of coffee. Ok, it was $80 shipping, but it was still cheap. I wonder if those suckers have worked out that you can set the starting bid higher than $2.50 or not.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Oh gawd, I know. I’ve given my heart to a few, and had it torn apart – but still, it was worth it. And they were deeply loved while they were here. That’s gotta be worth something.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Yeah, its nasty how those sneaky little buggers weasel their way into our lives.

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    dance around in your bones says:


    You probably have already heard this? (you seem to be a music aficionado) – again, some fine guitar picking.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @efgoldman: With the gas stove you can still cook and have food.

    I had a house guest once during one of the blackouts — my church was hosting a youth group from the midwest and I was housing one of the girls — and I surprised her and another of the teenagers by cooking them breakfast. They were used to electric stoves and didn’t realize NYC had gas service too and that I’d still have the gas stove to use.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Oh gawd…oh Gawd…OH GAWD!!!!

    Well, now I’ll just have a cigarette.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    It blew me away. I was a Navy brat and then I served as well. Pets didn’t fit in so well for 1950s Navy dependents and they’re dead out on an aircraft carrier so I just never became accustomed to a pet. That all changed when I saw the scruffy, smelly, hysterical little dog that our Animal Control had up for rescue. He sleeps on my bed, doesn’t come when he’s called. and generally runs things to suit himself. I love the little bugger.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Schlemizel: yup, we’ve been there recently too. Our cat made it to 17, but that 17th year was very difficult: respiratory problems, mobility problems, thyroid problems, near deafness… And in the end it was the heart that couldn’t keep up anymore. We just hit a month without her. The other day FlipYrWife finally tossed the last of the dry food that was still in dishes all over the house.

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    PurpleGirl says:


    Bandit is so cute. I was waiting for a human to come along and place him on the treadmill. He really seemed to want to walk with the bigger dog.

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    NotMax says:

    Old timers here still remember back to a protracted longshoreman strike during which, on the outer islands, one could not get toilet paper for love or money.

    To this day, each time there is a rush of manic buying in advance of a big storm or such, that is still the first item to totally disappear from the shelves.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @FlipYrWhig: That’s the hardest part, isn’t it? Getting rid of all their stuff.

    So final.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @dance around in your bones: Yeah, it sucks. The first day without her I lost it seeing the spoon we used for mixing pills into her food.

    Actually, apropos of the actual thread, our two cats never liked their very similar (and not cheap) cat tree. At least not as much as they should have. But keeping an oldster jumping is I think a pretty good idea. Our late girl was kind of psychologically not quite all there once she concluded she couldn’t climb or jump anymore.

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    Jay C says:

    @Joey Maloney:

    Unfortunately my apartment has high ceilings so the base of the cat tree sits on my desk. This occasionally results in 7 kilos of psychoginger tabby landing THUMP! right between my elbows as I type.

    I guess I won;t be complaining then when Jeremy, my adored Furry Guy leaps up on the desk as I’m wasting my time at Balloon Juice typing important stuff: 1) he’s nowhere near 7 kg, and 2) he usually sits on the floor and look imploringly at me until I draw the desk tray out for him. THEN he jumps up and walks on the keyboard. So cute…

    Oh, and John: I second the reccs from everyone re bracing the cat tree: especially if there’s a likelihood the canines will be wanting to play on it, too: that base does not look particularly wide.

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    Foregone Conclusion says:

    Tunch’s Barad-dûr.

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    Not Sure says:

    Our plus-sized kitteh turns 12 this year. She’s a cranky old bird, and I think she gets to the kitchen table via one of the chairs. She also neglects her personal hygiene, so I have to give her a bath once in awhile. She really enjoys that. Right.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @aangus: Ok aangus, that was a blast from the past.

    T.Rex was brilliant and Marc Bolan’s voice was sex-o-matic. Well, to me when I was 14, anyway.

    Ok, still!

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    mattH says:

    We’ve had pretty much that exact model for a few years, sitting in front of a window so they have a bit of a reason to climb it, but the thing that got my chair otter to lose some weight was getting a house with stairs. In less than 6 months he’s dropped probably a third of his mass. Cleans himself so much better too.

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    NotMax says:

    Stupendous ad from Belgium.

    (Don’t be put off by the way it seems to be heading – the payoff is entirely worth it.)

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    karen marie says:

    @FlipYrWhig: Location location location. If it doesn’t have a view to the outside it will get little use. Next to a window, your cat will never leave it. At least that’s my experience. Gracie loves lounging in the short-walled upper deck but when the sun is too warm, she moves down to the carpeted second or first floor.

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    danah gaz says:

    @NotMax: Lovely. =)

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    NotMax says:

    @danah gaz

    If I had kiddies, I would insist they spend 2½ minutes watching it.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @aangus: Ok, that song always makes me sad..

    So here. Laugh, you fuckers!

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Which SSD did you get?

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Steeplejack (tablet): I’ve got a Samsung 830 in my MBP. It’s unbelievably good.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Steeplejack (tablet):
    I bought a Crucial m4 (256GB, SATA 6)from Amazon. It’s on sale there for $189. Installation was painless on my ASUS Crosshair IV mainboard, I just unplugged the old HD, plugged the SSD into the same port and installed the OS.

    Be advised that the SSD doesn’t come with a SATA cable. Also, too, if you’re not doing a fresh OS install then make sure that you use a disk cloning software to back up an image to an external drive. You may have to manually enable AHCI, that depends on your system BIOS. Finally, if you’re running Windows, run Windows Experience after you get everything up and running. That automatically enables TRIM, which is necessary to get the best from your SSD.

    Was it worth it? Yep. Raised my Windows Experience index to 7.4. The max is 7.9 so I feel pretty smug.

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    aangus says:

    I lie so often it’s not even funny anymore.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Testing. Testing one, two, three.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Amir Khalid: Malaysia is go. I repeat, Malaysia is go! :)

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    scav says:

    @Amir Khalid: I’ve been having troubles with 4 myself.

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    scav says:

    @efgoldman: bother, I threw that paper thing away. now you tell me.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Internet crapped out for a little while, but power has been stable. pulled my 2AM blizzard alerts with what looks like four inches outside. Eighteen inches plus was predicted for my area. Stop stressin’ me out, man.

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    Origuy says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: I know where you’re talking about. I just hope it’s not another teenager committing suicide. There was a whole string of that back in 2009.

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    Darkrose says:

    Our cat tree is better than cable for sheer entertainment value. Currently, the smaller, slightly less stupid cat has decided that it’s fun to scramble around the tree and chase his tail. Please note that he’s 5 or 6 years old, so not a kitten. It’s especially hilarious when he pauses and stares up like he’s saying “What’s that, Ceiling Cat? Kill them all?”

    Although the best cat tree moment was the time he was up there when the pet sitter was over. She’s got good reflexes, which was a good think when he started making the “I’m going to barf any second”. It would have landed right on her head.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @efgoldman: I be right here in Kuala Lumpur. I’ve been somewhat under the weather this week — flu, nasty-ass cough, aching all over. All that is finally starting to let up, just in time for the 4-day Lunar New Year weekend.

    We haven’t had snow here since the last Ice Age, I think. But December through March, the department stores in KL still carry heavy sweaters and winter coats and snow boots. Which they must start remaindering in mid-January. I simply don’t understand that.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Amir Khalid: NYD had the flu so bad he was hospitalised. He’s still in sickbay but he gets released Monday. I don’t wish the misery he had on anyone. Of course he’s a big whiner when he’s sick too, it’s funny.

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    Heywood J. says:

    Buenos nachos, amigos. The art of Jorge Arbusto.

    Love the kitty playground, btw. I have two 18-year-olds and a kitten that showed up in the yard last fall (but is now bigger than the others). One of the oldsters and the kitten would love that thing, I may have to get one for “their” room.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    @Heywood J.: The reflection in the shower mirror is so off that the painting could be named Don’t Drop the Soap.

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    Suffern ace says:

    @Amir Khalid: sadly, it is raining today in your country’s one lonely ski resort. Those boots must just be for walking.

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    Sly says:

    @Susan K of the tech support:
    Dole was never an environmentalist; he only participated in environmental legislation, like the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act, to weaken them. The rest were just distortions and lies, like taking credit for supporting Superfund reform when he killed the 1994 deal (agreed to by the Sierra Club and the Chemical Manufacturers’ Association, no less) that would have improved the program’s solvency.

    You have to go by the ratings given by relevant watchdogs, and his average score from the League of Conservation Voters was 20% his entire career, and 5% in his final Senate term.

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    WereBear says:

    Yay for cat trees! That was how we handled the long and lively Sir Tristan.

    We did bolts through the cat tree bottom, into the subfloor. We have carpet over plywood, it doesn’t damage anything, and is essential.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Suffern ace:
    Um, that’s Indonesia. I’m in Malaysia, a country with absolutely no ski resorts whatsoever.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Mike E:

    You could try out both scenarios and see which one works better.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Word of warning about that cat tree. If it’s constructed like ours, those tall posts with the platforms on top are made of chipboard with plastic end inserts for the single bolt connection. The inserts are rather fragile, and that’s quite a moment arm. Cole will be hearing a cry of “Timmmmberrrrrr!” within two months if Tunch makes it up to them; it took three young very active, and much smaller, cats less time than that to have them leaning dramatically.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @👽 Martin, @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Thanks for the input. Both are on my short list of candidates.

    Higgs, what cloning software do you use/recommend? I used Norton Ghost way back when, but reviews of the newer versions (on Amazon) are pretty bad. Can’t tell if it’s the program or users who don’t know what they’re doing.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:


    I’m old fashioned; I prefer to back up files and just go through the PITA of a fresh install for everything else. Windows just can’t help accreting a lot of debris and my old install was three years on. In this case, all of my files were also on the old HD as well as in my backup so restoring them was a piece of cake.

    People do seem to be getting good results with Norton Ghost.

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    NotMax says:

    Take a look at Acronis.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Thanks for checking back on this thread.


    And thanks for this recommendation.

    Seems like I recently saw an advertisement (Newegg?) for an SSD that came bundled with backup/cloning software. Of course I can’t find it now.

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    kindness says:

    Pics. Pics of him on the tree or it didn’t happen.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Steeplejack: I’ve had good results with Clonezilla.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    Thanks. I will check that out as well.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Steeplejack: Do you have Windows7? It has an inbuilt utility that will do the job.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    The computer in question has Windows 7. I’ll check out the utility.

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    mainmati says:

    @aangus: Yeah, I practically memorized this album, which came out while I was in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. I did not realize, until viewing this YouTube video that Eric played all of the guitars on this song.

    A clunky cassette recorder with a few treasured tapes, a SW radio (listening to VOA’s jazz program) but otherwise just tuning in the BBC. Back in the day…

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    mainmati says:

    @JustAnotherBob: We have a family of red foxes that like to roam around our back yard (and those of others). Beautiful animals and good jumpers but damn nothing like your Western greys,

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    mainmati says:

    @JustAnotherBob: We have a family of red foxes that like to roam around our back yard (and those of others). Beautiful animals and good jumpers but damn nothing like your Western greys,

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