What happened was,
the new cat went in for that
little operation to ensure that he will be the Last of the Marlowes, and the
vet offered us the option of either the ear-tattoo or implanted-microchip for
permanent identification, recommending the microchip as more reliable (tattoos
fade). This Microchip is I gather some sort of RFID technology, and as of
now, Marlowe has a permanent unique identifier.
I feel a new URI scheme coming on: just call little Marlowe
pet:cat:982009102637565. My head is buzzing: Resource
Description of Felines... POAF... cat semantics!
The future awaits.
[Update: It’s not that easy; I should have known, as I’ve often quoted
Phil Karlton’s wise saying “There
are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming
pets. (Thanks to Joe Pallas for the link.)]