10/29/2000 Edited By Kulan (This week's edition edited by Argon) - Layout By Frogar  
Lamar Where-abouts Of Local Wallabies Questioned
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     Vague reports of a Wallaby or Kangaroo terrorizing the Lewisham/Beckenham area in London have reached this paper.

     Skulking around the golf courses and gardens a creature described as a 'Large, very aggressive Kangaroo like thingy', which has attacked innocent pedestrians and golfers.


     Paw prints found have been confirmed to belong to a large Wallaby or Kangaroo like creature. The SED has made no comment.

( And the weird thing is, I'm *not* making this up - http://news6.thdo.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid%5F986000/986681.stm )

ColdFyre Interview With Boki
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        I had been meaning to do an interview with someone for a while, maybe someone who wasn't a park regular, so readers could have some information about someone they didn't know. I chose Boki, a new arrival.  Looks like I didn't finish this article fast enough because he's become a regular, and quite an entertaining one at that.  So, on with the interview! :)

Coldfyre: All right,  for those who don't know you, what exactly are you?
Boki: This is easy!  I am Boki!  A two year old seagull from the north!  Boki likes fish!  People should listen to Boki!
C: How long have you been on Spindizzy and how did you come here?
B: Boki has been here 5 times already!  He has just flown south for the winter!  It is because the snowstorms have frozen everything!
C: Where're you from, Boki?
B: Boki is from old-time Europe originally!  He has migrated though, and now Boki is here!
C: So, you're fairly new to SD. Have you heard of the SED, the Spindizzy Evil Denizens, or Drunks.. or whatever it stands for?
B: Boki has heard of the SED, but he has not seen any of them!  It is a mystery!
C: Halloween is coming up.  Do you believe in ghosts?
B: Boki does not believe in ghosts!  Boki has never seen a ghost!
C: What about raccoons?
B: Oh ho!  Boki has seen a raccoon!  They have many fish!
C: So you like raccoons?
B: Boki thinks that they should let Boki have the fish!  It is just like that!
C: I'm sure a few people have noticed by this point in the interview that you refer to yourself in the third person. Why is that?
B: This is because Boki is talking about himself!  It is obvious!
C: I.. see...  What does Boki mean, by the way?
B: Boki is named this because when I was littler than I am now, it is the sound that Boki made!  Boki does not do this any more!

C: Some citizens of Spindizzy claim that centaurs are actually horses; Apparently horses with very strange heads, but they remain firm in their belief of their horseyness nonetheless. What do you think of this important non-issue?

B: Hmm!  Boki does not know many horses!  Boki thinks that horses do not talk as

C: So, do you believe that centaurs are talking horses, or that horses are mute centaurs?

B: Oh ho!  They must be!  Boki thinks they are very alike!  Except for the talking!
C: Genetic engineering has recently produced a rabbit named Alba that glows in the dark because of phosphorescent jellyfish parts of her DNA. Do you think that genetic engineering is dangerous or beneficial? What do you think is in store for the future?
B: Boki did not hear of this!  Boki will be sure to find glowing rabbits more easier than not!  This is beneficial!
C: If you were a member of SED and were trying to take over Spindizzy, how would you do it?
B: Boki would take over by making a plan that encompasses everything!  This is very important!  Everything that is done would be in Boki's plan, so Boki would have planned everything!
C: Any idea what method you would use? Mind control? Blackmail? Bringing singing Christmas trees to life and scaring everyone away?
B: Boki would only trust the fish!  This is because Boki would eat the bad ones!  Fish are very tasty!
C: Do you eat anything besides fish?
B: Boki will eat many things besides fish!  It depends what is in season!
C: Only a couple questions left.  Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Why?
B: The egg came first!  This is because Boki was in it!
C: Any last words for the readers of this interview?
B: Boki says that if you are not suspicious first and you are not suspicious second, then maybe you are not suspicious!
Stalker Art
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Image by "Stalker, The Wild Celt" "scene from the

Wayne Keistler story "I'll be home with Bells".

Copyright 2000 The Thistle Group


"Centaur Warrior" 

Image by Stalker, The Wild Celt

Copyright 2000 The Thistle Group

Spindizzy NewsWire Last Vestige Of Dreamtime Muck Donated to Museum
Next Story   The fading memories of Dreamtime Muck, of which a dwindling number of folks recall with delusions of how wonderful it was, may not be lost for eternity after all.  The last db save made before Dreamtime's demise has been donated to the Spinsonian Institution's 'Early MU Environments' collection.

  This priceless artifact, a series of 6   5 and 1/2 inch floppy discs will be preserved until a machine can be found which will read the archaic code and allow it to be transferred to a present day machine.  This will then be copied and formatted to match today's technology so that museum visitors can experience this oft recalled on line experience. 

  The museum cautions, that things are never exactly as they are remembered, so the experience of visitors may fall short of expectations based upon the glowing reports and stories handed down by Dreamtime veterans.  The museum also warns that finding equipment that will read these discs may be be impossible.  None the less, the discs shall be preserved for the use of future generations and as a noted cultural icon.

Argon Austin Gets All Weird Over Base-Ball Thing
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  Austin, head wizard, surprised and confused his many friends this week with an outburst of unexpected and inexplicable interest in the championships of a professional sport named "base-ball."

The championships, a best-of-seven game match up between teams organized into rival "leagues," is called the World Series, and this year featured teams from both the "National League" and the "American League."  Austin responded with an odd display of interest in the progress of each game as well as discussing trivia related to earlier contests of this game.


"It's a really weird aspect of Austin's personality we only see about once a year," remarked Skyler, the leading lemonade-flavored rabbit of tomorrow.  "I can remember him being interested like this in earlier World Serieses, though he found more Java applets to let him follow the games this year, so he didn't have to stop watching Cartoon Network at all."

The strange mania peaked in the middle of the week, with the discovery of a page of old baseball team names and logos, including a picture of a Saint Louis Cardinal preparing to pitch a ball (one of the important moves the defensive team in base-ball performs), and his player's purchase of an old copy of The Baseball Encyclopedia.  Although he tried to share this wealth of information, including the Earned Run Averages of the 1921 New York Giants pitching rotation and the season and career batting averages of Alfred Chester Todd, a Troy, New York, native who played center field for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburg Birates, Brookyln Dodgers and Chicago Cubs over his eleven years, Austin's offers were rebuffed.

Skanee observed, "It's perfectly normal in mammals to see absurd displays of slightly obsessive or embarrassing behavior as the male tries to establish his guyish nature.  Usually you'll see them doing dangerous stunts or making things explode or set on fire, or upgrading their computers until they don't work anymore.  Austin doesn't do anything like that so I guess it's easy to overlook that he is in some ways just another guy.  But he is, and an obsession with baseball trivia is a pretty harmless way of showing that."
Following the American League's team winning this World Series, Austin's behavior returned mostly to normal, except for his new citing of obscure statistics derived from the Baseball Encyclopedia.  "For instance, did you know that in 1885 the rules of baseball were changed, so that a portion of the side of the bat may be flattened, instead of rounded?"  Austin noted
this permission was repealed in 1893, which Steve the squirrel attributed to the players suddenly remembering they weren't playing cricket.
"I don't care," this reporter finally had to say after Austin continued to discuss the team composition of the National Association, credited as the first professional league, which existed from 1871 to 1875.
"I know," Austin said, "but I'm sure Tanuki will be glad to hear I'm ready if he ever wonders who Cincinnati traded outfielder Estel Crayton Crabtree to Saint Louis for on December 17, 1932 -- first baseman Jim LeRoy Bottomley, in that case."
"Whatever," said this reporter.


(The page referenced in this article is http://www.public.iastate.edu/~bhemphil/Baseball/baseball.html and the
picture of the pitching Cardinal is
Newswire Sources Preparations For Annual Halloween Ball Underway
Next Story   Tired of the same old form and personality?  Envious of those who can change their name, species and personality with the drop of a hat?  Now is your chance to see what it's like!  It's that time of year when Sheep become Wolves, Foxes become Ghosts, and a few Sonic the Hedgehog costumes can still be found in the $1.00 bin.

As has become tradition here in SpinDizzy, a Halloween party is being planned.  This year, the Masquerade will be held on Monday, the 30th, beginning at 7 p.m. pst.  That's 10pm on the East Coast.  The frightening location of the party will be posted that day. The best costumes are going fast, so you better start creating yours soon. Hope to see you there, and not know who you are!

Info Guidelines and Procedure for Submitting Articles
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  • Try and do some proofreading before submission. That means spell check! However, if you're  no good at that sort of stuff, just send it as-is and the editors will try their best.  
  • No articles whose sole purpose is to flame someone. You can use SD BB for that ;)  
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  • The editors' decisions are final. This is not a wiz-ran paper so do not complain to them. We can be reached by paging 'newspaper'.  
  • Just about anything is published, so be creative! It can be IC views on RL topics, RPs that occurred around the MUCK, or most other things you can think of. You have creative license when it comes to documenting RPs, so feel free to expound on the action, etc. If you aren't sure if a story is acceptable, page 'newspaper' and find out! :)  
  • The AUP applies so keep language, etc acceptable.

    Procedure for submitting an article: 

  • The newspaper building is located at Role Play Central (rpc). When you enter the building you will see a bulletin board.  
  • Go ahead and 'write' your story. If you decide you don't want to write one, hit .abort and forget about it. Otherwise page 'newspaper' alerting us that you wrote one when you finish pasting it in.  
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