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Pretty cat. smily_headphones1.gif Is it from an animal shelter?

No, this is private. The shelters here are few are far between. We've been looking at them for a while and the few cats that catch our interest visually are either gone when we decide to contact them, or too old (we don't want an old cat, nor do we want a cat that is too stressed out about kids). But really, we're talking about like 20 cats in all of Stockholm, and kittens and young adults go instantenously.

 

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Dope lookin cat. Like seriously.

As for me, I've been trying to get in touch with the people at the shelter to no avail. We're all snowed in at the moment so my next attempt will be on the coming Monday. Got my eye on a lovely Maine Coon/Norwegian Forest mix:

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19017498/

Gonna be my first cat so I'm really hoping it all goes smoothly

That was a beautiful cat. With all the features I love about those two breeds, and a nice color. Wow, what a find. I hope you get lucky and can reach them soon enough. I've had a cat before, and she was lovely. Not especially attention seeking, and she slept on my stomach every night, purring of course, and she even played with my dog cub when he was small -- they were chasing eachother around the appartment and became friends. She eventually found someone else taking care of her, because she was an "outdoor cat" and got fatter and fatter every time she came to visit (she was sterilized), and her visits became less frequent every time. I moved out of town and she was nowhere to be found, so I've kept telling myself ever since that she found some nice senior citizen that fed her good fish every day with cream to drink. Judging from her figure, that was probably the case. This new one is going to be an indoor cat, I wouldn't want it to run away like she did. 

 

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Heartbreaker b*tch.
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Yeah, I hope so too. They're a voluntary outfit so all of my calls thus far have been met with an answering machine, but with the weather the way it is, and the pets bein fostered, perhaps they're just not in at the moment. But yeah, I've always been interested in the Maine Coons and Wegies cause they've been described as more "dog-like", and I really like that they're big, robust animals too. That's a big part of the appeal for me. I've been monitoring all the Maine Coons in my area and that was the best one that came up, as the others aren't really easily identifiable as Maine Coons in appearance. Aside from that, I think I'm rather swayed by the fact that she hasn't been adopted in years really :l

Didn't know that there's seemingly a shortage of cats in Stockholme
I hope things go well for you too, and that your second cat decides to stick around.
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I like cats and dogs but am more of a cat person. Was raised with more cats than dogs. Cats tend to take more time to gain their trust and respect vs a dog. Overall I think they are more intelligent animals but can be real sh*ts at times :). I'm also not into always having to take the dog out to do its business.

 

Not that this has anything to do with anything (lol) but the best way to get a cat to cooperate when giving them a bash is really to condition them to this when they are young. My cat is very easy to bath because I gave him several baths as a kitten. It was sad though because the ******* neighbors vacated the bottom house we moved into and left is infested with fleas. It took a great deal of effort to get them all out and out of the yard even. They had dirty dogs and didn't clean them. Basically gave their problem to all the surrounding neighbors. Can't stand people like that.


Edited by lee730 - 2/6/14 at 2:48am
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Hmm Google keeps spamming high blood pressure miracle cure grifts at me (those really flipping stupid ones about as stupid as facebook ads).  Either google knows something I don't or am I really that old that Google is concerned about my cardiac health?!?

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Yeah, I hope so too. They're a voluntary outfit so all of my calls thus far have been met with an answering machine, but with the weather the way it is, and the pets bein fostered, perhaps they're just not in at the moment. But yeah, I've always been interested in the Maine Coons and Wegies cause they've been described as more "dog-like", and I really like that they're big, robust animals too. That's a big part of the appeal for me. I've been monitoring all the Maine Coons in my area and that was the best one that came up, as the others aren't really easily identifiable as Maine Coons in appearance. Aside from that, I think I'm rather swayed by the fact that she hasn't been adopted in years really :l

Didn't know that there's seemingly a shortage of cats in Stockholme
I hope things go well for you too, and that your second cat decides to stick around.

There's not really a shortage of cats in Stockholm, but more so in the shelters. 20 may be a bit of an underestimation, but yeah, they aren't many. The biggest shelter has 16 cats available, the rest are booked, and the smaller shelters, well, they are small and few (I only know of two other shelters, but there may be more, even smaller). We're definitely not talking about three digit numbers when it comes to shelter cats. You're much more likely to get a cat from a private ad instead. Kind of like a Swedish "Craigs list". They are many.

 

I've called them now and left a voice mail and an email as well, as I didn't know if they could hear my phone number. I told them to call me any time, so all I can do now is to cross my fingers.

 

I thought about that Maine Coon Weegie mix of yours, do you think it's a cat with a "problematic" past? In my experience, cats who have had a bad past can take a while to settle down, and violent and frightened cats are tough to deal with.  

 

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I like cats and dogs but am more of a cat person. Was raised with more cats than dogs. Cats tend to take more time to gain their trust and respect vs a dog. Overall I think they are more intelligent animals but can be real sh*ts at times :). I'm also not into always having to take the dog out to do its business.

 

Not that this has anything to do with anything (lol) but the best way to get a cat to cooperate when giving them a bash is really to condition them to this when they are young. My cat is very easy to bath because I gave him several baths as a kitten. It was sad though because the ******* neighbors vacated the bottom house we moved into and left is infested with fleas. It took a great deal of effort to get them all out and out of the yard even. They had dirty dogs and didn't clean them. Basically gave their problem to all the surrounding neighbors. Can't stand people like that.

I usually prefer dogs over cats, but a dog just isn't possible with work and no one to take it for a walk over lunch. It's abuse imo to leave a dog for a workday lengthy period. They need to do their things, and need lunch, and company and so on. It's just not possible for us anymore. Cats are better in that way, they have somewhere to take a leak, you can often leave a cup of food and they will eat when hungry, and they aren't as reliant on you as dogs are. That's the reasoning we've used for getting a cat.

 

 

Thanks for the bathing tip. I never could bath my cat, but I didn't do it when it was a kitten either. I'll try with this one, if I get it.

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Hmm Google keeps spamming high blood pressure miracle cure grifts at me (those really flipping stupid ones about as stupid as facebook ads).  Either google knows something I don't or am I really that old that Google is concerned about my cardiac health?!?

Google knows.

 

Trust google.

 

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http://gigaom.com/2014/02/06/bye-bye-vaio-sony-sells-pc-business-with-buyer-to-focus-on-japan/

Wow. Felt like I've been hit by a rubber foam pillow. (I wanted to say a brick, but to be honest, that would be much more painful that what I felt reading this news). I've always liked the look of high end Vaios, but of course it's out of my reach, budget wise. Here's hoping that this would net them enough money to keep on with its personal entertainment side. Apparently they still in the red... :/
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There's not really a shortage of cats in Stockholm, but more so in the shelters. 20 may be a bit of an underestimation, but yeah, they aren't many. The biggest shelter has 16 cats available, the rest are booked, and the smaller shelters, well, they are small and few (I only know of two other shelters, but there may be more, even smaller). We're definitely not talking about three digit numbers when it comes to shelter cats. You're much more likely to get a cat from a private ad instead. Kind of like a Swedish "Craigs list". They are many.

I've called them now and left a voice mail and an email as well, as I didn't know if they could hear my phone number. I told them to call me any time, so all I can do now is to cross my fingers.

I thought about that Maine Coon Weegie mix of yours, do you think it's a cat with a "problematic" past? In my experience, cats who have had a bad past can take a while to settle down, and violent and frightened cats are tough to deal with.  

I usually prefer dogs over cats, but a dog just isn't possible with work and no one to take it for a walk over lunch. It's abuse imo to leave a dog for a workday lengthy period. They need to do their things, and need lunch, and company and so on. It's just not possible for us anymore. Cats are better in that way, they have somewhere to take a leak, you can often leave a cup of food and they will eat when hungry, and they aren't as reliant on you as dogs are. That's the reasoning we've used for getting a cat.


Thanks for the bathing tip. I never could bath my cat, but I didn't do it when it was a kitten either. I'll try with this one, if I get it.

Now that'd be a real heartbreaker. Unfortunately, I can only take the shelter's word for it. The ad states that she's a real sweet cat, and has been around children and dogs from a previous owner. I'd like to think that they were bein forthcoming with that tidbit, rather than devious. I won't really know til I see the cat for myself I guess.

And the latter half of your post is also why I'm gettin a cat. I just don't have the time nor the energy for a dog. That the Maine Coon makes a good companion and is self reliant really makes it the best of both worlds
Edited by Idsynchrono_24 - 2/6/14 at 8:55am
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http://gigaom.com/2014/02/06/bye-bye-vaio-sony-sells-pc-business-with-buyer-to-focus-on-japan/

Wow. Felt like I've been hit by a rubber foam pillow. (I wanted to say a brick, but to be honest, that would be much more painful that what I felt reading this news). I've always liked the look of high end Vaios, but of course it's out of my reach, budget wise. Here's hoping that this would net them enough money to keep on with its personal entertainment side. Apparently they still in the red... :/

I jumped for joy when I read this story! My company's executives LOVE their Sony Vaios - but the entire IT team hates them with a red hot passion. We have had tons of troubles with them - they look pretty, but they simply aren't made for daily corporate use. They overheat, the hard drives fail, the ports fail, the power management causes problems and many of the drivers are just different enough to be an issue. They are great to walk around with while looking cool, but that's about it.
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A bit of an update on my hifi rack thing - I ended up buying a second hand TAOC ASR ii with 4 shelves.  Gotta say I was pretty excited about picking it up - it's been a piece of equipment I have been researching and waiting to set up for a long time.  It even required me to build some new IC's and a couple of power cables so that everything fits.  Here's a picture:

 

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TAOC are a Japanese company - apparently a subsidiary of Toyota, and the rack uses a lot of cast Iron and Aluminium parts - the shelves use a constrained layer of iron powder which is meant to help absorb vibrations.  Aesthetically it strongly resembles Finite Elemente's racks (which is what the guy who sold me this one has bought) - maybe not as elegant or fine in finish but it is a fraction of the cost and keeps my equipment off the floor.  As far as practicality goes - it would be better to have the computer on the bottom, but the tower heatsink is too tall for that to work.  I've been running the setup for the past 4 days to burn in the new cables - and I have no idea how the sound compares to my old setup, but I see this purchase/step as necessary in the hifi journey - a step that due to practical reasons cannot be evaluated with any certainty, but which I would extrapolate from previous experience to be a positive step.

 

Following the above photo I removed the graphics card from my computer.  I haven't really been doing a lot of gaming recently.  For a long time I have been using my computer for both music and gaming, and on the surface this dual purposing may not seem like a problem but in audiophile reality it is.  At a certain point of optimisation a music server diverges from a workstation - I won't bore you with a technical justification.  I can say though that the sacrifice of a graphics card is necessary, and has flowed onto further decisions that have improved the setup.  Recently I don't find i am able to game as much as I used to, competitive gaming seems to drain a lot of my energy and cloud my thinking.  If a (single player) game comes out in the future which I absolutely must play -  will probably throw the graphics card back in temporarily.  You might find this entertaining, but I have also removed the mouse and disabled the USB port it was plugged into.  Only 2 of 16 USB ports are enabled in BIOS.

 

***BEGIN PHILOSOPHICAL TANGEN*** I have gone very tin hat on this build, but I feel this kind of insanity becomes crucial at a certain point in developing a hifi system - one needs to develop an appreciation of the ephemeral.  At a certain point benchmark measurements of performance change in significance - certain grey areas yield improvements in increments that require a degree of faith in increasingly subtle increments, as well as increasingly slippery qualities.  Goal posts shift, and quite often earlier policies and judgements need to be revised.  ***END PHILOSOPHICAL TANGENT***

 

Nice, are those 2 Audio GD units I see there :D 

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I'm a big fan of Kaufman's writing/screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind. But from clips and reviews it seemed to go overboard, but yeah, I'll see it, and no one will need to chain me to the couch.

I enjoyed Being John Malkovich, I need to watch Eternal Sunshine though... 

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Now that'd be a real heartbreaker. Unfortunately, I can only take the shelter's word for it. The ad states that she's a real sweet cat, and has been around children and dogs from a previous owner. I'd like to think that they were bein forthcoming with that tidbit, rather than devious. I won't really know til I see the cat for myself I guess.

And the latter half of your post is also why I'm gettin a cat. I just don't have the time nor the energy for a dog. That the Maine Coon makes a good companion and is self reliant really makes it the best of both worlds

Yeah, in my experience shelters are usually honest and forthcoming about those things (even more so than private sellers), since they usually want the "right" adopter to adopt the pet. Otherwise the risk of the pet being left out by its new masters or returned to the shelter are too big. So yeah, I'd trust them if I were you.

 

My parents in law have adopted some shelter cats and dogs, and some of them have had a bad past and the outcome has always become the pet being a part of the family once it got to know that their new family is nice. As said, it takes usually a while to settle, but eventually they all have settled.

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A mix: Maine Coon and Bengal. The parents are purebred.

Doesn't that sound like a lovely mix?




The price is basically one third of a pure breed, so it's tempting...


My Maine coon/Ragdoll, 7kgs of purring, furry, snuggles. She's completely mellow, nothing upsets her, except tickling her back feet. If she had her way, the only times she'd leave my lap is to eat and poop.


Edited by Magick Man - 2/6/14 at 11:25pm
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http://gigaom.com/2014/02/06/bye-bye-vaio-sony-sells-pc-business-with-buyer-to-focus-on-japan/

Wow. Felt like I've been hit by a rubber foam pillow. (I wanted to say a brick, but to be honest, that would be much more painful that what I felt reading this news). I've always liked the look of high end Vaios, but of course it's out of my reach, budget wise. Here's hoping that this would net them enough money to keep on with its personal entertainment side. Apparently they still in the red... :/

I jumped for joy when I read this story! My company's executives LOVE their Sony Vaios - but the entire IT team hates them with a red hot passion. We have had tons of troubles with them - they look pretty, but they simply aren't made for daily corporate use. They overheat, the hard drives fail, the ports fail, the power management causes problems and many of the drivers are just different enough to be an issue. They are great to walk around with while looking cool, but that's about it.

That seems to what happened to a few of my friends' lower end Vaios. My dad's pro 13 or something is still going strong though. *shrug*

Curious though, but have your company entertained the thought of, ummm supplying?... MS's Surface Pro (2)? Interestingly, I've been eyeing it for personal use, replacing my Nexus 7 2012, and somewhat supplementing my I-should've-waited-a-bit-longer 2 years old lower end gaming laptop. Mostly because I just want to use the exact same setup on my laptop to watch anime and stream anime from official sites that still uses flash (and too cheap to subscribe for the mobile app :P )
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We have a mini poodle at home and I love him to bits, but I've always been a cat person; I really want a Classic (Applehead) Lynx Point Siamese --- great combination of the tabby print and the pointed pattern:

 

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ohmygod that dreamy blue eyes
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