Not Dead

But this morning has medical stuff on the slate, so…. there might or might not be a post.

It’s a Schrodinger post.


And if I’ve never said that before, why did Schrodinger pick on cats? Even dogs would be better, but why not pick on opossums or raccoons or something?
Stupid ailurophobes. Somewhere, in the after life, Heinlein is putting Schrodinger in boxes over and over again.  And Heinlein’s cats are helping.

141 thoughts on “Not Dead

  1. I declare this a post, and one rightfully posted. The posting for this day is hereby closed and all further posts must await the morrow.

    Thus sayeth RES, Speaker for Wallabies and Collector of Carp!

    1. He declared it a post, one rightfully posted.
      He declared further, more posting was clost-ed!
      For one post a day was all need be hosted.
      Those demanding otherwise?
      Why they must be more than ‘alf toasted!

      1. They are lovely, which is why, in my imagination, I have installed a koi pond in the Japanese garden outside the library in the Hun’s hidden lair.

    2. The posting for this day is hereby closed and all further posts must await the morrow

      What, so no post-post posts?

  2. “Victim’s name?”
    “Erwin Schrodinger.”
    “And where did you find him?”
    “In this unopened box.”
    “That’s right.”
    “Any clues?”
    “Well, the victim was covered in cat hairs.”

      1. Clearly it’s because . . . the quantum superposition state of . . . LOOK! A unicorn!

      2. If Schrodinger is in the box, isn’t the proper question whether he is alive or dead? And that the potentiality is both until we actually look in the box?

        1. Given the nature of the experiment, the probability of dead increases with time. And the whole experiment overlooks that he would be his own observer.

        2. Outside of other anomalies, if you simply kept the box sealed for a calculated length of time (based upon space possible for food and water) you could expect that even if the contents entered said box alive it would be dead.

          1. Doesn’t quantum theory cover that? By saying that, given an adequate amount of time, the state/position/gender/whatever of any particle has been at least one of everything/where?

            1. That sounds almost like the one electron theory- travelling forward and backward through time appearing as multiple electrons to those not in the know .

      3. I suspect the state of Schrodinger can be inferred from the smell.

        Whether or not dead men tell tales is open to debate, but they will tend to smell up a place.

  3. As for the Why of Cats, it is because cats, of all animals, claim boxes as their own.

    Always, Box is prey of Cat!

    1. Yep, he tried to put a dog in the box but the cat had gotten into the box first. 😈

            1. I think the Daughtorial Unit’s favoritest gift ever was an antique high chair from her great-grandfather. She played in it’s shipping box for years.

        1. $RELATIVE used to raise Italian Greyhounds (avg weight 13 lbs). Come bedtime, six would cuddle in a box. #7 would try to sleep on top of the others. Didn’t work.

    2. This. I expect Shrodigner thought of cats because his cat was always getting into boxes.

      I read somewhere recently (or maybe it was on Q. I.) that cats like being confined. Behaviorists think it reminds them of being in the kitten pile when they were young. But if there’s no more confined place to be, a cat will settle inside a rectangle of masking tape on the floor.

      1. I suppose most cats do, though I used to have a cat that was claustrophobic.

        I mean, she, would go into confined spaces – like under the bedcovers – but it would only take a few minutes before she was frantically pushing her way out of them. And carriers freaked her out enough that she’d chew on the bars to try to get out.

        1. Most of our families cats disliked carriers. The one that really despised it inspired my mom to discover putting that putting her in a pillowcase for vet trips did the trick. She didn’t actually mind the vet, it turned out. Just the $%#! carrier, and yes, she was also a cardboard box addict.

        2. Most of our family’s cats disliked carriers. The one that really despised it inspired my mom to discover putting that putting her in a pillowcase for vet trips did the trick. She didn’t actually mind the vet, it turned out. Just the $%#! carrier, and yes, she was also a cardboard box addict.

          (Also, WordPress really, really, really hates Brave!)

        3. smaller cats
          Large cats seem less happy with getting inside the box.
          They seem to prefer playing with it or crushing it then getting on the remnants.
          Although this has a tiger get caught in a cat trap and almost goes full Maru:

          But still seems happier when it is smooshed

      2. I have a dog type who “dens”. It is not good when she insists on getting under the foot rest on my recliner when I’m in it, with my feet up.

      3. Temple Grandin wrote a very illuminating autobiography about being autistic. One of the things that she found “comforting” was having her body and head confined in a contraption she built that kept some “deep pressure” on her physically.
        She had invented it from observing cows who were being kept calm for immunizations. So, maybe cats are somewhere on the feline autism spectrum? Make of it what you will.
        (I read this because I have an autistic grandson.)

  4. We need to set Sarah up with a new body. Luckily, I know a doctor from Visaria who does brain transplants and body rebuilds cheap.

            1. I understand that the process works pretty well – but you have to get used to being over a foot taller afterwards, so your wardrobe budget really takes a hit.

              1. I tell you. You transplant one brain into the wrong body and they never let you live it down . . .

          1. There’s a lot of urban legends, but it’s a lot harder to pull of than it looks. For one thing, organ recipients need medical treatment their entire lives, to prevent rejection — and AIDS was first identified as a group of diseases common in organ recipients that was anomalously appearing among other patients.

            1. the veins bit was about the easiest, the Nerves/spine is the issue, and they claim they acted like they’d knit.
              But is it a case of “Only in a dead tissue situation” or is it something that if living does a number like all the embryonic stem cell “successes” where it cures something in rats, but kills them with side effects in less time than the condition would have.
              Anyhow, not what I’d consider anything ground breaking. But I might be a cynic.

                1. You would think applying nerve growth factor to both ends of the severed cord before sewing them together would promote reconnection; especially if coupled with stimulation.

        1. “what made them declare it a success?”

          Both heads were facing the right direction? (Don’t you just hate it when they install a part backwards?)

          Perhaps the fact that neither patient died as a result of the procedure, so they were no worse off?

      1. Is this because you once occurred to you that it might be a good thing, until you began to look at the ramifications?

        The idea of an eternal Josef Stalin or Hugo Chávez is right frightening, no?

        Then there is the poor body donor — but in such cases could donor the right term — wouldn’t it be more like voluntold?

        Yup, it seems to me that you have thought it through.

  5. New bookshelves… check

    find cat size box…. check

    cat size box on bottom bookshelf for cats to nap in…. check.

  6. Looking at the picture, I think the kitty was placed to close to the radioactive isotope. There is no pity due for Schrodinger at all. 🙂

  7. Albert: I think the cat lives or dies when you open the box.
    Death, rather offended: You mean I will kill the cat by looking at him? It’s not as if I make faces.
    The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett.

          1. From The Capitol Steps…

            There’s a rumor around
            Lab technician have found
            They don’t want to torture a rat.
            Instead, in their labs,
            For their jabs and their stabs,
            They’ll use more despicable subjects than that.

            — Atsa Lawyer

        1. Nah, Laika got rescued by some of the aliens observing Earth.

          How do I know?

          Julian May said so in Intervention. 😉

      1. “Lost” Allie when she managed to get into a box and was unable to get back out. Normally a noisy thing, she stayed silent the whole time I was searching the house for her. I wondered the property looking too and thought I was back down to two cats. Finally she poked a paw out trying to finagle a way out of her self imposed trap, and I saw it out the corner of my eye.
        Worse, I moved that box twice.
        She’s almost a derp-cat.

  8. It’s because cats are quantum animals. I mean, how do you think they appear and disappear like that?

  9. We know cats walk through walls, so obviously the box walls cannot hold the cat without the cat willing it so.

    So, what was in the experiment for the cat?

  10. Post is good post. I have today, oh rarest of the rare, a day *off.* First time in… in… well, crap, has it been *that* long?

    I guess I will use it to scribble down an idea or two.

    Y’all have fun, cool cats. *grin*

  11. Apropos of only that this tidbit, which I had not previously encountered, was in The Hill today:

    Franken, a popular Democratic fundraiser, had been seen as a dark horse candidate for president in 2020.


    Perhaps this was a clever ploy to make HRC look good in retrospect? Could Turnips also be involved?

    I guess now we’ll never know.

      1. Franken? ha! I don’t think enough votes in boxes could show up to get him thru the primaries…

    1. I said @ a week ago that this may be a pre-emptive strike.

      He must have made the wrong joke at the wrong time in the wrong audience about throwing his head into the ring for pres. in 2020. Can’t have that; gotta clear the decks for HRC early on, and with no, or at least fewer, discernable ties to her machine.

      1. I only had one great-uncle who was in the Army in the First World War; I had one great-uncle and several uncles in the Second. The only stories I heard was how badly my great-aunt took it when her husband was called up.

  12. Yeah! 40,000 words hit on the WIP! At last the plot is starting to move beyond “girl meets dragon, dragon carries off girl, girl has culture shock.”

    And we just might finish off the last of the turkey tonight. Please oh please oh please.

    1. Turkey is easy to deal with.

      “Oh no! I accidentally dropped the last of the turkey in the garburator. Alas!”

        1. Turkey Taco works surprisingly well– which lets you make the turkey soup taste like something besides turkey.

          Turkey curry, OTOH, not so good.

          1. Turkey curry, OTOH, not so good.
            How much of that is the turkey, and how much of it is however you season the turkey, I wonder? Do the seasonings in Thanksgiving/Christmas turkey simply conflict with curry? (And, of course, which curry? 🙂 )

        2. I made turkey soup this year. For broth, I used the liquid I had poured out of the roasting pan when I cooked it. When I took that out of the refrigerator and dumped it into the pot, it was like a jello mold. So I added water to slightly more than double the volume (I had about a quart of turkey jello there), added some herbs and spices, and it was some pretty darn good broth. I cheated and used frozen soup vegetables from the store, but overall, it turned out pretty darn good.

            1. For certain applications frozen veggies are definitely superior, particularly for off-season veggies. Many processors make an effort to move their veggies from field to frozen in far less time than it would take to ship them in from warmer climes. (And, in many cases, American agricultural practices are, um, cleaner.)

              I use canned tomatoes for most cooking when fresh ones out of a known garden are not available for much the same reason. That and most tomatoes in the market are what The Spouse and I call ‘red mealy fruit’.

        3. Once again my turkey soup/broth plans were defeated when the carcass disappeared before I could get the stock-pot out. *SIIIIIGH*

      1. Eh, Asian dragon, so when they lose their tempers, fog appears. Still not necessarily nice, harmless dragons, but not as much flame. Except for the dragon in question’s older brother, who’s not quite all there up there anymore. Having fire as your primary affinity doesn’t always bode well for your sanity.

  13. I had a cat whose fave game was Cat in a Sack. He’d climb into a Walmart bag and I’d whirl him around until I got bored, then hang him on a doorknob, bag and all (and if I wanted to make him really happy, I’d keep the bag swinging for a while after that).

    He could also be kept busy for a Long Time with a sheet of newspaper. I’d drop it over him, and four hours later there’d be nothing left but confetti.

    1. Our cat is much the same with posterboard. She skids and chews and skulks and pounces and and and.

  14. As Mrs. Schrödinger supposedly asked her husband upon his coming home from work one day:

    “Erwin! What did you do to the cat? The poor thing looks half dead!”


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