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June 24, 2018

About the holidays ...

I picked a bad time in history to try and revive a lighthearted cat site.

I've decided not to redo holidays. Mother's day, Father's day ... nice for us, not so great for all people whose children we stole. Independence Day used to be my favorite celebration, but I can't wave a flag and cheer like I don't know we've turned into a monster. I can't cope with the ruthless hypocrisy of Thanksgiving either, all things considered, and I won't even say "Merry Christmas" now that people snarl it like it's a curse.

I don't know what I'm going to do in general from here on, but I definitely won't be redoing holidays unless things change, and figured I owed people an explanation.



Some new cards and options.


April 15, 2018

Cards added to Birthday.

I've added a few birthday cards and instead of having "quick" and "regular" pages I'm just putting them all on the same page but, with the stamps and backgrounds and whatnot pre-checked, so if you aren't picky you can just choose a card and head straight to the form.

Card Options: A lot has changed since the wild west days of the internet, but it always seemed to me like the changes were been circular. Graphics had to be tiny due to dial-up and lousy bandwidth. Then it was bigger laptops and better wifi requiring bigger graphics. Then phones were tiny again - smaller graphics! Phones were bigger - large again! Cell data cost a fortune - smaller! Animations were out and Flash was the new best thing ever! Until suddenly Flash was very bad and everyone hated it and it was replaced by GIFS, which are not the same thing as animated gifs - they're some horrible weird mutated child of Flash, youtube videos and .gif animations.

So what size should things be now - sized for laptops? Tablets? Phones? Do I take net neutrality into account? (Did we save it or is it still doomed? It's hard to keep up.) I don't know, so I'm giving you options. That's why there will be several versions of the same basic thing sometimes.

Harmony Hollow:I have no idea what's going on with the address book. I looked at their site and I could swear there was an upgrade option but then when I was ready to do it, it was gone, so I've left it off for now.



Reboot! Or re-imagining! One of those!


April 1, 2018

I started this site twenty years ago with the toilet-paper-unrolling cat, which was done with Paint Shop Pro v4. Four! I think they're up to 21 now. If this site was a person, it would almost be old enough to drink. I barely remember who I was twenty years ago, and what I do recall isn't all that flattering, but here's to fresh starts and trying to be better!

At some point in the mid-2000s I burned out on animations so I decided to take a short break. And then life got in the way in all its doom and glory, and years went by, plus a decade, and when I finally did have the time and ambition the internet had moved on - as it does. My goofy cat animations were now the online equivalent of cave drawings.

But awhile back, a GIF of my birthday card popped up in my Twitter timeline. That was pretty surreal. It was like being in a foreign country and all of a sudden an old friend from high school pops up out of nowhere. 

Then, in a weird synchronicity, a friend came across that same GIF a few days later, when she was looking for a card for her brother on a GIF site.

So I wondered, what if I re-imagined Action Cat? (Or is it "rebooted" now? I forget the sequence. One of those!) What if I started up again, is it too late?

Well I don't know but that's what I'm doing. I'm rebooting this site one card at a time, with better software and newer technology and a smidgen of zippitypow! (Somebody will get that reference.)

I'm also going to add some things that aren't specifically postcard-related or even cat-related, because I always wanted to do them - but more on that later, because the one thing I know is true is that nobody wants to read a 20-page essay.

One more note, though ...

Music

The new cards will not have the option of attaching music. I'm so sorry, I know this is disappointing, but I don't want to use someone else's copyrighted material. I could kind of justify it to myself back when it was MIDIs, because copying music in MIDI form was like someone copying a famous painting by using chalk on a sidewalk, but now it would just be stealing.