The Guardian reports a striking technological breakthrough:
In what appears to be a dramatic escalation of the proliferation of cat photos on the internet, three Australian developers have created an application allowing users to replace pictures of prime minister Tony Abbott with images of cute kittens.
An add on to the internet browser Google Chrome called Stop Tony Meow, built by Dan Nolan, Ben Taylor and Matt Kelsh, allows users who have grown tired of seeing stock footage of the prime minister to replace the photos with cats. It is the first recorded incident of an animal being used to replace a country leader, according to Internet searches.
In case that doesn’t give you a clue, Abbott is not beloved among Australian liberals for, among other things, his opposition to the Carbon Tax and to same-sex marriage.
As the link indicates, you can download it directly (for the link-impaired, the site is here). Here are some examples of the app in operation:
There’s a brief interview with Dan Nolan, one of the three developers of the app; here’s an excerpt:
Stop Tony Meow is an extension that replaces pictures of Tony Abbott with cats. Can you explain what made you decide to build it?
A few months ago Matt (@mattro) tweeted that he was “sick of looking at pictures of Tony’s face” and wanted to replace them with kittens. Ben Taylor (@taybenlor) put together a concept, and Matt asked me to build it into a browser extension. It was honestly just a little bit of fun that seems to have really resonated with people.
How does it work?
It’s a script that looks for the name “abbott” and then drops in a cute kitten photo from placekitten.com. It’s super, super simple and the simplicity seems to be why people are liking it so much.
. . . Is there an endgame to Stop Tony Meow?
The demolition of the entire political artifice and replacing it with a kinder, gentler, cuddlier polity. Also way, way more pictures of cats. It’ll also make a lovely addition to our ASIO files.
Some reader please enlighten us about what ASIO files are.
h/t: Bernard ~