A Familiar Sight

It’s been a busy day today back at work after Study Week. Before this week’s telecon,  I thought I’d take a few minutes to share a picture of the local celebrity feline, who was on his perch this morning as I walked across campus. This splendid cat seems to have no name other than Maynooth Library Cat – see the dish on the wall behind – and he roams freely around Maynooth University. I don’t know where he sleeps, but he’s well nourished, in good health is a familiar sight, especially in the area in front of the library.

He’s also quite friendly, and likes to be petted, although he turned his head away when I took this picture (presumably because I didn’t bring any food with me…).

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13 Responses to “A Familiar Sight”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    What on earth is he sitting on?

    • telescoper Says:

      A mystery object! Can’t you guess?

    • telescoper Says:

      I just walked past the same spot on the way home, and he was there again! I doubt he has been on guard all day though…

      The post is actually the control for double gates that can be closed to seal off the south campus. The red thing behind the grille is a warning alarm for when the machinery operating the gates is in operation.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Yes, the red thing looked like a siren to me but the context required more prior information. Isn’t it obvious that the machinery is in operation from the fact that the gates are moving?

      • telescoper Says:

        To be honest I’ve never seen them move at all – they’re always open!

      • telescoper Says:

        Perhaps the alarm is only for use in emergencies, e.g. if someone or something gets stuck?

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Perhaps the siren is backup warning for car drivers who aren’t paying attention and whose vehicles might get hit by the gates (if the gates rotate on hinges rather than sliding in their own plane). Or for the visually impaired.

      • telescoper Says:

        It’s mainly a pedestrian area, just a few vehicles use the path for deliveries. The double gates rotate and meet in the middle of what is a rather wide mainly pedestrian thoroughfare. There are quite often people milling about so the alarm might just be to let them know what’s going on.

  2. Adding to the discussion on the bicycle shed agenda item…. audible alarms are usually fitted where the control is remote – posssibly without a visual overview – so the alarm sounds and then the gate shuts. Alternatively, it could be that a H&S officer asked “shouldn’t this gate have an alarm?” and it was cheaper to fit one than to investigate whether it was needed…

    • telescoper Says:

      Come to think of it, it’s probably not possible to see the barriers from the security lodge so that might be the reason.

  3. My cat avoids looking when I take a photo, I think the camera emits a IR beam as range finder! However, she also associates any balck thing I hold with a laser pointer and looks at her feet to see the laser spot to chase.

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