Charlie's Animal Research Project -- status update
charlie_wilkes at easynews.com
Thu Aug 14 22:32:17 EST 2003
On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 09:34:30 +1000, Richard Vickery
<Richard.Vickery at unsw.edu.au> wrote:
>Charlie Wilkes wrote:
>> On Wed, 13 Aug 2003 14:42:01 GMT, "The Puppy Wizard"
>> <ThePuppyWizard at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>>Those are good suggestions, but will be impossible
>>>to implement in the same, and perhaps even adjacent
>>>buildings because DDR permeates the environment
>>>for at least five hundred feet arHOWEND.
>>>The Puppy Wizard. <} ; ~ ) >
>> Good point. Will successive blind testing work, i.e., I monitor and
>> analyze results without knowing which are control?
>Yes - it just means you can only study new arrivals, not other cats
>that might have been exposed (you won't know if the box was on).
>This is not a big problem if new cats arrive regularly. If you have
>to wait a month between tests it would really slow down the project.
I've got plenty of time, although my torpor is periodically
interrupted by consulting assignments for my client. Such is my fate
for the next two weeks, so I will have to postpone my experiment at
least that long.
BUT -- your response is good news, because the caged, short-term
residents are the ones I want to study anyway. I went to the shelter
this afternoon and the manager put me to work pulling weeds in the hot
sun amongst the "ferals," a population of perhaps 40 long-term
residents deemed unsuitable for adoption. They have a big, fenced
yard with netting over the top, and their stress levels are about like
those of sun-bathers on a beach. They just aren't the right subjects.
It will probably be a month or more before I really get this project
under way, because I want to get to know the people at the shelter and
earn some credibility before I pursue my own agenda on their turf.
Meanwhile I will plan my approach, and your guidance has been very
helpful indeed. I imagine I should do a series of blind tests with
random controls to minimize the "noise" of different cat
Whatever I do, I'll put detailed results on the Internet for all to
see. Jerry Howe is selling this machine. He has a controversial
personality that warps most discussion about him and his product. I
want to get past that bullshit.
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