Print window

A study in black and white.

A study in black and white.

Got myself a new multifunction printer. Came with a cat and everything.

When shopping for electronica one must consider whether the device can bear the weight of a largish feline on cool days. Miss Mia Sopaipilla, for example, likes to toast her po-po on our DSL modem. And Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment), pretty much sits wherever he wants, because he can. Paws that look like tennis balls studded with X-Acto knives lend one a certain air of authority.

So while I was stalking the aisles of Best Buy I was thinking: “Will that feed tray snap off if the Turk uses it as a springboard? Is the top uncomfortable enough to send Mia elsewhere for a nap?” That sort of thing.

Thus I went with the Epson XP-810. It’s a cute little dickens, $129.99, accessible via wifi whether you’re using a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, and the only thing that makes me nervous cat-wise is the tray that catches completed print jobs, which sticks itself out like a big black tongue the first time you use it.*

Herself has already blasted plenty paperwork through it, and so far the cats have largely ignored it, though the Turk is slightly annoyed that it takes up some of his prime napping space. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations.

* Turns out you can push that rascal right back in, and it’ll pop out again — brazzzzzzz! — next time you print something.

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27 Responses to “Print window”

  1. sharon Says:

    Everything in our house is kitty tested and approved as well. It’s clear that little Finn thinks he runs the place.

  2. md anderson Says:

    One of our cats is mesmerized by the printer. As soon as it starts clattering to life she is up on top trying to figure out where that noise is coming from and sticking her paw in the works trying to catch that thing moving back and forth. She’s a light weight so unlikely to cause damage.

  3. Debby, south of Longtucky Says:

    I’m sure it will be fine. I have a Brother laser printer that has held up well to cat usage. It prints ok too.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I need to check that printer out. Duffy doesn’t bother our current printer. But then he doesn’t climb very well. He is a lizard hunter, however, and has been entertaining himself in the back yard chasing them around. He has only caught one so far. It zigged when it should have zagged. By the time we hollered “drop it” it was too late. Crunched it was. The Duffinator strikes again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      So far, so good, Paddy me boyo. Is the Duffinator an ace yet? And where do you stencil his kills?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Not an ace yet. Must have something to do with the poodle part of him overcoming the terrier part during the chase. But he has patience. If one runs under the shed he will sit and wait for 10-20 minutes for it to come out. We stencil the kills on his water bowl. One lizard and one mouse. Needs 3 more for ace status. I would take him to our friend’s barn for some easy pickins’, but the two big diamondbacks that popped up at the house concert there last Saturday night made me change my mind. Interesting evening of good music (Michael Grande), strong monsoon thunderstorm, and two snakes keeping folks from the bathroom without a guide.

      • md anderson Says:

        My little Rat Terrier, Jack, has dispatched 3 mice so far this summer. The cats apparently being too well fed for that sort of work. They did have one cornered but were electing to tease the bugger. Getting the dog involved stopped that nonsense right quick.

        Jack is also a lizard chaser, but he’s not quite quick enough. He knows where they hang out and stalks those places on a regular basis.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Buzzworms will force a fella to pay close attention. We had ’em all over the place in Weirdcliffe. The Sierra Club says they don’t live above 8,000 feet, but these buzzworms either weren’t members or couldn’t read, ’cause they liked 8,800 feet just fine.

  5. Larry T. Says:

    Did ya see your old employer Velosnooze is up for sale?
    I always thought the current owners passion was more about $$$ than cycling, so the idea it might return to some folks actually interested in BICYCLES is good.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      My line of work is a funny one. We used to think it was a given that people wanted to learn what was going on in the world, and would pay the folks in the know who clued them in.

      People still want to know what’s going on, but they want that knowledge to come without a price tag attached.

      I’m not sure how that business model works.

  6. Libby Says:

    Must have felt good to tick that item off your to do list. Rent a RV and install that office in it to make the drive with the critters to Alburqurque. Familiar objects and scents. It’s not just their comfort I’m thinking about – it’s about your sanity! How are you planning to move them?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I suggest drugs and restraints, except for the Boo man of course.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yup, we must’ve come pretty close to burning through that starter set of ink cartridges already. Herself was making that printer earn its keep from the minute I got it on line.

      As for the menagerie … sheesh, I don’t know. The Boo loves auto travel and will do just fine, but for the cats I’m hoping that Scotty shows up with a portable transwarp beamer.

  7. hurben Says:

  8. khal spencer Says:

    You see this one?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Wow. I didn’t know there was rail service between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

      • khal spencer Says:

        That’s Bill Richardson’s RailRunner. Either a great idea or an even greater tax boondoggle, depending on who you ask.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        That flooding was something! I went to the Rail Runner site and found this. If we visit Albuquerque in the future, I see a side trip to Santa Fe on the train.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Bicycles are welcome. Tandems are not, as we found out during a LAB rally a few years ago. Fortunately, there was a sag wagon to haul our twofer back to town while we enjoyed air conditioned comfort.

      • md anderson Says:

        The bike group I ride with in Santa Fe will take the train to Albuquerque or further south to Los Lunas and ride back to SF once or twice a summer. Boondoggle or not, the RailRunner has generally been a good thing.

        I’ve often thought a great multi-modal trip would be to bike from Santa Fe south on the Turquoise Trail and up the back side of the Sandia Mtns to the top of the tram. Then take the tram down the west side of the mtns, ride to a Rail Runner station and hop the train back to Santa Fe. Alas all the info I can find says that bikes are not allowed on the tram. And thus dies another brilliant idea.

  9. Jon Paulos Says:

    Patrick, you might want to have a squint at this article that appeared in the NYT today.

    And moving the herd? Oy. We moved from Seattle to Madison with one cat and it was an adventure. Now we have three. Best I can suggest is take your lumps from Mia and your wounds from the Turk like a man. And never give them a chance to get loose. They get loose at home and they don’t go far. They get loose on the road and its a biiiiiig problem.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Duke City is a neat place, but it definitely has its seedy underside. We were down there on thursday to drop off my sister in law and had lunch near UNM. Were passed by a woman who looked twice her age and skinny as a rail. Ranting at us. Probably a crack head or meth head.

      One of the writers of the Journal, Joline Krueger, wrote a compelling piece comparing the kids who beat those homeless guys to death to the sociopaths in Clockwork Orange. Scary shit.

  10. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Gee, we seem to have taken a slightly negative turn here. I am looking forward to our next Albuquerque visit.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Not to worry, señor. I’m getting these stories forwarded to me by the truckload.

      I strive to remind myself that our own gentle neighborhood here in Bibleburg has been the scene of two murders, one attempted car-bombing, one suicide, one disorderly house infested with crackheads, hookers, and strong-arm robbers, and a rash of burglaries. Yet we walk the earth unscathed.

      Well, so far, anyway. Tomorrow, as they say, is another day.

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