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Announcing Procatindex

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If you're even a little bit like me, you think Procatinator is one of the Internet's greatest achievements. (If you don't know Procatinator, pop on over there for a minute or two and you'll know whether the rest of this post is for you or not.)

If, like me, you have favorite cat GIF/music mashups but can't recall their exact URLs when you're trying to wow your friends, then my latest silly website project is for you.

Behold: the Procatindex!!

Procatindex.com keeps a list of all the Procatinator cats, with titles pulled from the music videos used. The list is automatically refreshed when there's a new cat, and you can subscribe to the RSS feed to make sure you never miss the latest additions.

The site and the script that refreshes it were built in a couple of hours with Requests and Flask, which made short work of the task. (If you aren't familiar with these, you should check them out. Though I have mixed feelings about Flask, it's a wonderful go-to for quick web apps like this. And Requests has become something I can no longer live without.)

Hopefully this improves the effectiveness of your procatination. Enjoy!

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348/365: Showdown

348/365: Showdown

A neighborhood cat has been coming by the past couple of days to look in our back windows and tease our cats. Valentine largely ignores Allie's visits, but Julia goes absolutely bananas, puffing up, flattening her ears, yowling and hissing. Here we find them locked in a bitter standoff.

17 days to go...

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281/365: Occupied

281/365: Occupied

Sometimes the cats give me a break when I'm headed to bed, but usually one of them will run ahead of me and sit right in the middle of my side, and they're reluctant to leave until you've either satisfied their need for feline affection or they've decided that they're done toying with you.

This was one of those typical nights. Thanks, Valentine.

84 days to go...

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162/365: Say Hello to Bing Bong

162/365: Say Hello to Bing Bong

I finally got to meet the neighbors' new Siamese kitten, Bing Bong, who is ridiculously, painfully cute. It was really hard to pick a single shot for the 365 and ended up leaving the choice to my wife. (Here are some of the other contenders.)

Claire, of course, is head-over-heels in love with Bing Bong and is already asking for her own kitten; we've told her that when she starts cleaning the litter boxes of the existing cats, then we can talk.

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100/365: Skeptic

100/365: Antennae

It seems somewhat fitting that on this, the hundredth day of my 365 project, I add more cats to the Internet. I honestly didn't expect to persevere this far.

Chris's cat, Julie, doesn't seem to think I'll last much longer.

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94/365: The Lookout

94/365: The Lookout

As the sun shone strong and bright through our bathroom window, I caught Valentine hiding behind a bag, enjoying the sunbeam while also hiding from our daughter. Here, her attention has suddenly shifted from "fear-of-child" to "what-is-the-other-cat-doing".

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17/365: Surely You Jest!

17/365: Surely You Jest!

The only thing I managed to shoot during the day was pretty half-hearted and uninspired (and ultimately poorly framed), so in a fit of photographic despair, I started stalking the cats to see if they would do anything remotely cute that I might use.

This late-yawn catch was nearly titled "AYFKM?" (you do the acronym expansion), but cooler heads appear to have prevailed. I'm not entirely satisfied with the DoF (which I feel is a little too shallow) but it's about all I have energy for today.

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