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#509: Concessions, Part Two

September 10, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #508: Concessions, Part One

The Multiplex iPhone app has been approved and is now available in the App Store. It is FREE (which of course means it's iAd-supported), so if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, please give it a spin, and if you're so inclined, leave an honest review.

iPad users are better off sticking with the full website; it's a fairly straightforward app — a nice, clean, stripped-down interface to read Multiplex on a tiny screen, as opposed to navigating the full website and all the extra bells & whistles, and we think it does what it's supposed to do rather well. 

Thanks are due to my brother Lawrence for coding the whole thing (not to mention my website), and to all the beta testing volunteers!

(Since I've already been asked, I'll add that yes, we are planning an Android version — but don't start holding your breath or anything yet. My brother is a busy busy guy.)

I'm running a T-shirt idea past the forumgoers, so if you'd like to check it out and let me know what you think, please do.

Lastly, the Multiplex Pre-Order/Sales Drive thingy is still going on! We're still just shy of half-way to the goal, but I think we can still make it. Pre-order a book now and get FREE STUFF. Who doesn't like free stuff? Even if you've already pre-ordered (or want to wait 'til you can flip through one with your own, greasy mitts), please consider buying a print or T-shirt to help support Multiplex.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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