Yes, Cats Will Answer the Phone

I wonder how many phone conversations went like this: “Hello?” “Meow” “Mr. Dogbreth?” Meow.” “I’m calling to report a UFO!” “Murrrr…” Clunk! as the cat, having run out of patience, knocks the phone to the floor.

Does your cat answer your phone when it rings?

7 comments on “Yes, Cats Will Answer the Phone

  1. Since I just have smartphones now, Iggy can’t manage the swipe to answer them. But even with my old phones, all my cats have either ignored them or walked (or run) away from the noise.

  2. Obviously, they have observed how to make the phone stop ringing. It’s hard to believe, but I haven’t had a wired phone in almost 18 years. I actually ordered a phone and an ISDN line for this house, but apparently they couldn’t be bothered to actually install the lines, so I stuck with my mobile phone and went wireless for my Internet. In some places, they don’t even offer wired phone service anymore.

    1. My father lived with technology that he could understand, take it apart and put it back together, fix it when it went wrong. And if he couldn’t, he’d call his kid brother, who worked for RCA and had many patents to his name.

      The technology I live with is an impenetrable mystery to me.

    2. Even being in the business I am in, there’s a frightening amount of things that I couldn’t possibly have time to learn, in one lifetime. I happen to know how to make things talk to one another (which took some serious study) and I work in data communications, telephony, and network security. That is a small, but essential, slice of the pie.

      As I’ve learned, this is a different age, and a different way of doing things. Almost daily, I have to use Internet searches, to find out how to deal with some new task. To be honest, our Information Age relies heavily upon Internet searches, because there is far too much information, and far too many variables for even experts to comprehend, not to mention mortals, such as I.

      With any new thing, such as when I bought my first Smartphone, I had to do a bit of study. When I needed to block numbers on my smartphone, I used an Internet search to learn how to accomplish it.

      As part of my job, I manage some fairly sophisticated firewalls. I’m pretty fluent with them, but I still have to consult the Internet to accomplish new tasks, from time to time. The number of features on something like that is such that even though I know these devices quite well, there are always new things to learn, and in many cases, these are things I never so much as imagined would have even existed, just a few years ago … because they didn’t exist a few years ago.

      The Dummies series of books is a great asset for people dealing with technology from a consumer standpoint. They have books on Windows 10, for smartphones, and a lot of other things. My first computer book was DOS for Dummies, and it launched my career.

      Anyone buying a smartphone needs to read up on it, and even if most of the information seems incomprehensible, it will make sense, in time. The same is true for just about any technology. When I went from Windows to Mac, I spent the first week searching everything I wanted to do, but then it became second nature.

      When I read your books, I wonder how you can keep track of all the characters and all the situations, which is necessary in order to assure continuity of the plot. I have a mental model of Obann, but it is not as detailed your mental model, because you created this world.

      In order to comprehend this world, landmark places, and landmark events are necessary. In order to comprehend a technology, you need landmarks, as well. These landmarks are definitions of terms, and logic, such as the logic of a menu.

      If I were going to learn the topography of a place I had never before visited, I would start with establishing landmarks, such as a water tower, a radio antenna, or a prominent geological feature. When I moved to Denver, I learned that Lookout Mountain, which rose several thousand feet, west of the city, was the perfect landmark, because it was highly visible by day, and there were several television stations with antennae on top, which were lit at night. My second landmark was an electric power plant, with huge stacks. After a few months, as long as I could see at least one of those landmarks, I had a pretty good idea where I was.

      After years in the same neighborhood, I knew every crack in the sidewalk, recognized which cars parked in front of which houses, and had a very detailed top’ map of the area, all in my head. The basic orientation hadn’t changed, I still referred to Lookout Mountain, but the level of detail was much higher.

      Learning Tech is much the same. You have to learn enough to establish mental landmarks and then let the rest fill in, gradually. Your a smart fellow with a solid mind. You can do it.

    3. There are certain areas that are closed to me, just can’t manage it. High school chemistry. Driving a standard shift. And most computer stuff just wipes me out. I could no more manage a smart phone than you could write one of my books. The mind-sets are just light-years apart.

    4. It’s really not that hard. You don’t have to master everything it can do. In your case, I could think of three things:

      How to place and receive calls, which is very simple.

      Enter phone numbers into an address book.

      Select the setting to ignore calls, unless they come from numbers found in that address book.

      Conceptually, that is far less complex than keeping track of the characters in the first Bell Mountain book, but there’s an asset available to you that probably never occurred to you; YouTube.

      Everything you could possibly want to know, is covered in videos available on YouTube. I have a modest lawn tractor, that I bought for pocket change, and the drive belt for the mower blade broke. I couldn’t find a manual, but I searched for “replace belt” and the model number of the mower, and I found a video of a guy replacing that belt. It was enough to get me going, but there’s a HUGE bonus, which is that you can actually SEE what you are working on.

      So you can do an Internet search for a specific model of phone, and there will be innumerable YouTube videos on the subject. You can watch someone actually going through the steps. The quality of videos will range from excellent to laughable, but you can choose the videos that you find helpful.

      I’ve done this for devices that are much more complex than any smartphone, and it works. As I mentioned, a big part of my job involves managing firewalls, and these are complex devices. The beauty is, the manufacturer has learning videos, where I can actually watch a demonstration of these firewalls being programmed by someone that was involved in the creation of the software. It is a powerful learning tool, and much easier to remember than simply reading a manual, because these are real world examples.

      I will confess, that at heart, I am a technophobe. I would be perfectly happy if I never had to work on modern, high-tech, things. But modern technology isn’t going away, and it does have some amazing advantages. When I was a kid, televisions had complex controls, such as a “Vertical Hold” adjustment. Even a simple old black and white TV was complex, and a color television could be daunting. My current television does all of these things automatically, and there are very few adjustments. Mine is used only for DVDs and YouTube, and it does this seamlessly. The task of operating my 50” flat screen TV is not nearly as complex as operating the junkyard refugee black and white set my parents had when I was a kid.

      The difference is one of orientation. While I readily agree that technology has been abused, the technology itself is not our enemy.

    5. I will never live long enough to get good at computer stuff. If you could ask my old trigonometry teacher, he’d tell you so. If you asked my old chemistry teacher, he’d assault you for reminding him that he ever knew such a blockhead.

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