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Post #1 Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:49 pm 
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Does anyone else have a cat? And does that cat insist on sitting on the go board whenever you're studying? I've posted the picture of Ripley before, but now I have taken in one of my sister's superfluous cats, and sure enough, he saw me playing out games out of a book and his butt was magnetically attracted to my magnetic go board.

Admittedly, they are even more pesky in the face of jigsaw puzzles, but still...


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Post #2 Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:12 pm 
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Greetings,
oh yes.I see we use the same folding board. Could there be a connection´╝čOr maybe the stones help him reminisce on his deat departed gonads
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Post #3 Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 4:13 am 
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As I said at the time, immediately responding to a 3-4 with a 5-4 on an empty board conveys an aggressive attitude that you will not let your opponent follow his own plans, which is confirmed by sitting on the board.


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Post #4 Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:23 am 
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I'm convinced that my cat just scoffs at any moves she sees played in our house. It looks like she is batting at the stones but is actually trying to correct our moves and jumps on the board in disgust at poor play in the middle of the games. I've offered to play her but she either thinks I'm completely beneath her or is waiting for me to put 15 handicap stones on the board.


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Post #5 Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 9:44 am 
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haha, just in case that there is someone not familiar with the Empty Triangle comic, i'll link the relevant strip: #044 feline fuseki

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Post #6 Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 10:07 am 
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Since I do everything on the computer these days, the neighbour's cats just decided to take over my desk, instead.

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Post #7 Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:33 pm 
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I was discussing influence strategies with a friend, we had a stone on 5-4. His cat was watching, and swatted the stone from 5-4 to tengen. Pretty classy.

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Post #8 Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 4:11 pm 
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Greetings,
Surprised at you guys surprise. In the classic Chinese Go texts there are many references to 'moggie moyo.'
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Post #9 Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:34 pm 
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A new board falls victim to the furry peril.

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TMark wrote:
Since I do everything on the computer these days, the neighbour's cats just decided to take over my desk, instead.
Inkwolf wrote:
A new board falls victim to the furry peril.
Inkwolf, I'm curious -- you may not have the time to go into such trouble, but...
could you do a control experiment to determine whether the Go board was relevant at all? :)
In other words, keep everything else identical: time of day, the bowls, the stones, the Go book you're studying with,
any other distractions at home (visitors, neighbor's loud music, etc.), etc...
Keep everything else identical, but remove the Go board.
So you do exactly the same studying with your book, you even play your stones down
on your (now empty) desk exactly the same way. See if your kitties still sit in front of you between you and your stones.

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EdLee wrote:
TMark wrote:
Since I do everything on the computer these days, the neighbour's cats just decided to take over my desk, instead.
Inkwolf wrote:
A new board falls victim to the furry peril.
Inkwolf, I'm curious -- you may not have the time to go into such trouble, but...
could you do a control experiment to determine whether the Go board was relevant at all? :)
In other words, keep everything else identical: time of day, the bowls, the stones, the Go book you're studying with,
any other distractions at home (visitors, neighbor's loud music, etc.), etc...
Keep everything else identical, but remove the Go board.
So you do exactly the same studying with your book, you even play your stones down
on your (now empty) desk exactly the same way. See if your kitties still sit in front of you between you and your stones.


Anything for you, Ed! :D

Okay, I just played the first 50 moves of a Go Seigen/Kitani Minoru game (second game in Kamakura) on a bare tabletop with no feline interest. I checked, and at least one cat was relaxing on a windowsill in easy hearing distance.

Switching back to board.....

Honestly, at move 22, Ripley (the black cat) came meowing for attention. :D However, to be fair, she was content with a little head scratching and did not actually enter the game this time.

I think cats must have some sort of sincerity detectors, and the game wasn't worth interrupting until I was taking it seriously.

EDIT: Experiment continued. At move 100, Zelda* appeared and jumped on the go board. I put down my book to grab my camera, and he jumped off and lay down on the book instead.


* (Zelda is not named after Waya's screen name, if anyone's wondering. He was named by my video-game player nephew.)


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Inkwolf wrote:
I think cats must have some sort of sincerity detectors, and the game wasn't worth interrupting until I was taking it seriously.
Thanks! Even your sincerity must be identical for the experiment to work. :)


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Post #13 Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:00 pm 
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...And the moment I went back to the table after posting the last message....
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Today's study session, ended by cat.


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Post #14 Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:21 am 
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In my case it is definitely an attention thing.

"Whatcha doin'?" "Look at me!"

Esp. if it is an actual game: "You are both looking at that thing? I gotta get in on this!"

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Post #15 Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:59 am 
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Not go/go board related, but reminds me of a time my aunt and uncle's cat decided she wanted to disturb my Sunday comics reading (I was laying down on the floor). Sat down right in the middle of the comics.

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Turned and stared at some of the Sunday ads, waited for a little bit, cat got up and plopped down right on the ads. Back to comics reading!

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Post #16 Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:33 pm 
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This is also getting off-topic, but when I see these cats seated regally on the go board, I am reminded of this story:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/17/us/alaska ... index.html
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2 ... 91236.html

If there is a forum member living in or near Talkeetna, perhaps they could donate a board for His Mayorship to use.


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Post #17 Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:22 am 
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I think cats always want to take part in the activities you're interested in. If you're sitting in front of the computer a lot, they're going to come and sit on your keyboard or mousepad. If you're reading comic books, they are going to sit in the middle of the comic books. And if you happen to play with a go board a lot, they are going to sit on the go board. An exercise to the reader: Try to guess what happens when you sit on the couch with a new boy-/girlfriend :P.

Oh, and cats just like sitting on things, as a rule.
Or inside cardboard boxes. The smaller the better :D

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Post #18 Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:32 am 
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Try to guess what happens when you sit on the couch with a new boy-/girlfriend :P.
They pee on your clothes if you leave them on the floor. My (now) favorite cat, who I'd regularly been around for a year, still peed on my clothes the first time I left clothes at my girlfriend's (now wife's) apartment.

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