Aby-a-Day – February 25: “People who want to understand democracy should spend less time in the library and more time in the subway” (Hipstamatic Monday)

I just love riding the T with Jacoby.

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He’s such a seasoned subway rider.

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Nothing fazes him. Not even long delays!

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He knows the routes and lines like the back of his paw.

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I guess since he’s been riding the T since he was 3 ½ months old, the subway is no big deal.

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Maybe he should be the MBTA’s mascot?

Abyssinian QR Codes

This is really cool: the CFA just released QR Codes for all recognised breeds.

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The article in the CFA newsletter, submitted by Kris Willison, said, “QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional bar code) first designed for the automotive industry in Japan. Recently, the QR Code system has become popular outside the automotive industry due to its fast readability and greater storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes.” ~Wikipedia

Last December a friend brought a QR Breed Tag from another registry to a local show with the suggestion that they might make a nice exhibitor handout at the upcoming Houston Cat Club Diamond Jubilee. A QR Code can be read by any smart phone to deliver additional information, such as the URL for that breed’s profile or standard. The tag was shown to the HCC club president and I volunteered for the project.

The next day I used the QR Code Generator to create and download the codes for each of CFA’s 42 recognized breeds.

The next step was shopping to determine the most economical way to complete the project. I found the best price for business cards at Sam’s Club. The other supplies I purchased online at Amazon.com

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Inkjet or Laser Printer Business Cards, 2″ x 3.5″
5 Mil Luggage Tag Slotted Laminator Pockets 2.5″ x 4.25″
Metal Badge Clips with Clear Vinyl Straps

Using the BREED SUMMARY for counts, business cards were printed front and back then laminated and badge clips added. I used an exhibitor listing that included breed of cat(s) entered to generate address labels to sort and bag the tags for pickup at check-in.

Exhibitors were thrilled and there have been emails from all over. With a little help from CFA Publications I have since created a MS Office 2010 Publisher file that can be made available to the clubs for printing the breed tags. Here are QR Codes for each breed.”

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TICA has their own set of QR codes, too! Click here to download the PDF file with all the breed QR codes.

Pretty nifty, eh? What will they come up with next?