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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The average mass of the ants in my coffee maker has to be very small indeed.
    What do they do to the coffee's flavor? Considering some of the coffee idiocy (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_luwak, anyone?), you might have a veritable gold mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The average mass of the ants in my coffee maker has to be very small indeed.
    I see no research to support this.
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    We have 10 cats and 13 litter boxes. I clean all the boxes every evening when I come home. I know more about used cat litter than any of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I know more about used cat litter than any of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    We have 10 cats and 13 litter boxes. I clean all the boxes every evening when I come home. I know more about used cat litter than any of you.
    According to a veterinarian I once heard on a call-in show, you're probably not doing it correctly. She was quite dogmatic. ALL commercial cat boxes are too small; you MUST use a pan intended for installing wallpaper, 3ft by 2ft by six inches deep. And there MUST be one for each cat, plus an extra, on each floor of the house. So unless you have the huge pans and just one floor.....
    Oh, and there was also a specific brand of litter that was the only kind you could use.

    Oh, nuts. I just heard one throwing up, gotta go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    What do they do to the coffee's flavor? Considering some of the coffee idiocy (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_luwak, anyone?), you might have a veritable gold mine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I see no research to support this.
    It's been around five years since the ants invaded the coffee maker, I'm kind of astounded that anyone remembered the incident. But it wasn't just a matter of flavor -- they invaded it so thoroughly it no longer worked.

    I think I meant "average mass per ant". The ants in question were the Little Black Ant, Monomorium minimum. They are really small, so can get in anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    It's been around five years since the ants invaded the coffee maker, I'm kind of astounded that anyone remembered the incident. But it wasn't just a matter of flavor -- they invaded it so thoroughly it no longer worked.

    I think I meant "average mass per ant". The ants in question were the Little Black Ant, Monomorium minimum. They are really small, so can get in anywhere.
    Should add tartness. The formic acid would lower the pH. But somebody else can do the taste test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    According to a veterinarian I once heard on a call-in show, you're probably not doing it correctly.
    We had problem where our cat decided she didn’t want to urinate in her box anymore. There vet recommended “as big a pan as you can fit”. He also said a plug-in pheromone thing often helps. We tried both, plus unscented litter, and so far so good. (About 3 months)

    The pheromone thing ran out and I’m holding off purchasing a refill unless it’s really needed.

    Meanwhile, despite repeated cleaning, the carpet in the finished basement still smells when the sun comes through the window just right.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    We had problem where our cat decided she didn’t want to urinate in her box anymore.
    I'm amazed more house cats don't take that approach. I would.

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    One of our house's smoke alarms just went off. No danger, just some cooking in the nearby kitchen. (As you know, these things require a design that you can't turn off.)

    I popped the battery hatch to disable the battery, but it went on with its ear-piercing blasts.

    "No good," advised my son. "It stores enough juice for a long time!"

    He got it to stop by fanning the smoky air away from it with a piece of cardboard, while I opened some windows. That worked, but the fanning had to be repeated, once so far.

    "Maybe we should keep a battery-powered fan handy on that shelf near by," I was thinking. "Or maybe install a small fan right there to blow on it."


    Would that be crazy tech or what?

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    We’ve learned to poke the button on our nearby smoke detector when cooking certain foods. It disables that alarm for about 10 minutes.



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    Lots of people in my office have joined a trend to drink some kind of stuff you make by mixing powder with water. Apparently, mixing requires shaking a lidded container with a ball inside.

    I’ve discovered that the sound really irritates me.




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    We have a cat that wakes me up when he gets hungry by biting my chin and clawing my lips off. This starts after 1 am and lasts till 6 am when I have to get up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Lots of people in my office have joined a trend to drink some kind of stuff you make by mixing powder with water. Apparently, mixing requires shaking a lidded container with a ball inside.

    I’ve discovered that the sound really irritates me.
    You're sure it isn't spray paint they're using behind your back? Check for a "KICK ME" message!

    Last job, I had a fellow in the next desk who explained that he was lactose-intolerant, and so consumed this oatmeal-based milk substitute. This presumably required constant noisy shaking, which is what he did, every 15 minutes or so throughout the day.

    A nice fellow, but he eventually got canned. l Don't know if that was a factor, but I can't blame anybody if it were.

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    Yesterday, I was playing a timed game. I missed getting the time by . . . about as long as my sneezing in the middle had delayed me.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

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    Some of you were talking in another thread about being annoyed that the world makes jokes about the serious work you put in fixing the Y2K bug. Rather than continue the disruption of that thread, I thought I'd drop my article about it from last year here? https://www.the-solute.com/y2k-of-the-month/
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    Loosened the lug nuts, chocked the tired, jacked the car up, and put the stands under it. Then the rain started. Nothing... nothing stinks more than being on cold concrete in the rain, changing brake pads. It's one of those tasks that really doesn't support standing, sitting, kneeling or laying down. You end up in all kinds of weird positions, soaked and frozen to the bone. My knees got the worst of it.
    Solfe

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    Boeing had something good for a change today, the first flight of the 777X. We watched the takeoff on the web then I went outside to watch for it to fly over our house. They didn't. In the past they've taken off to the north then turned left and flown out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains. But today they went east instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Loosened the lug nuts, chocked the tired, jacked the car up, and put the stands under it. Then the rain started. Nothing... nothing stinks more than being on cold concrete in the rain, changing brake pads. It's one of those tasks that really doesn't support standing, sitting, kneeling or laying down. You end up in all kinds of weird positions, soaked and frozen to the bone. My knees got the worst of it.
    Yeah, I felt incredibly sorry for the guy who was banging on my starter on New Year's Eve--it was pouring. At least he was dressed for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Loosened the lug nuts, chocked the tired, jacked the car up, and put the stands under it. Then the rain started. Nothing... nothing stinks more than being on cold concrete in the rain, changing brake pads. It's one of those tasks that really doesn't support standing, sitting, kneeling or laying down. You end up in all kinds of weird positions, soaked and frozen to the bone. My knees got the worst of it.
    As an alternative, I offer you the opportunity to sit on the ridge of a steep-sided slate roof in a thunderstorm, with rain coming down so hard the slates are impossibly slippy, and lightning striking along the horizon.

    Grant Hutchison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    As an alternative, I offer you the opportunity to sit on the ridge of a steep-sided slate roof in a thunderstorm, with rain coming down so hard the slates are impossibly slippy, and lightning striking along the horizon. Grant Hutchison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    As an alternative, I offer you the opportunity to sit on the ridge of a steep-sided slate roof in a thunderstorm, with rain coming down so hard the slates are impossibly slippy, and lightning striking along the horizon.

    Grant Hutchison.
    I've had some unsettling encounters with thunderstorms, including 1) sitting alone in the middle of a lake in a becalmed in a 12' sailboat with a 20' aluminum mast as lightning was striking along the far shore, and 2) riding my bicycle through a farmer's field in a thunderstorm and realizing that I was probably the highest point in a ~1 mile radius.
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    I wanted to try stormchasing until I almost drove into a tornado in 2011, after which I was happy with statistics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I've had some unsettling encounters with thunderstorms, including 1) sitting alone in the middle of a lake in a becalmed in a 12' sailboat with a 20' aluminum mast as lightning was striking along the far shore, and 2) riding my bicycle through a farmer's field in a thunderstorm and realizing that I was probably the highest point in a ~1 mile radius.
    My friend and I were once on the Cairngorm plateau in early winter, immersed in thick dark cloud, when we both started to hear an odd, high-pitched humming/whining noise. We eventually traced this to the ice-axes strapped to the back of our rucksacks. At which point be both realized that our hair was standing on end - 1970s-length hair, blossoming out from our heads like dandelions. And our compasses were rotating gently, without ever coming to rest. At which point (just to emphasize the problem) the clouds lit up like Armageddon, and the simultaneous thunder was so loud it throbbed in our chests.
    we scuttled for two miles in a jackknife position, dragging our axes along the ground by their slings, and backtracking our own footprints in the snow to get off the plateau. There were four or five more lightning strikes during that (literal and figurative) knee-trembling retreat. In retrospect, we might have been better to curl into a ball on the ground and wait it out - but that proves to be remarkably difficult to do in real life.

    Grant Hutchison

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    It's looking like it'll be a beautiful day today.
    That's unfortunate because I'm having Photodyamic Therapy in about an hour and must avoid the sunshine at all costs for the next couple of days.
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    Trebuchet, I wish you success with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torsten View Post
    Trebuchet, I wish you success with that.
    Thanks! They've just applied the medicine so now I marinate for an hour before they shine a light on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    It's looking like it'll be a beautiful day today.
    That's unfortunate because I'm having Photodyamic Therapy in about an hour and must avoid the sunshine at all costs for the next couple of days.
    You have my sympathy. I once developed a phototoxic reaction during a course of doxycycline. Rather than stop the antibiotic, I elected to limit my sun exposure--during one of the sunniest summers Scotland had ever enjoyed. I walked to work wearing thick sunscreen and a hat - a friend described me as "dodging from shadow to shadow, looking like a transvestite geisha vampire".

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
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