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Influx Of New Residents

This last week has seen a number of new folks making their way to SpinDizzy. Dragons, Wolves, and others have found this a good place to make their homes and make some new friends.

Those of us who have been here a while have been doing our best to make the new folks feel welcome, and to help them out in any way we can. Helpstaff has been especially busy assisting new folks in setting up homes, learning the few quirks in our building code, and commands, and proudly showing off the work many have done to make SpinDizzy the wonderful place it is today.

Of course, there have been one or two instances of new folks accidentally going beyond the unspoken boundries of conduct and language we follow in public areas. This is to be expected, and in all cases, a suggestion to the folks who have gone beyond those boundries has resulted in them acknowledging the restrictions and no harm has been done.

This sort of thing is to be expected occaisionally with new folks. Remember, we were all 'Newbies' once, so give the new folks a friendly SpinDizzy welcome!

Lamar Eaten by Panther!

The other night, just as we were busy warning Lamar about the dangerous Wiltshire Panther his connection suddenly dropped. When he returned later, he was curiously idle` - almost like a large cat lying in wait for prey. It's difficult to escape the conclusion that Lamar was eaten by the Panther, and his character taken over to use as a decoy to lure the rest of us to our dooms!

The Evolution of the Centaur in Italian Society

     During my recent trip to Italy I was able to discover the remarkable progress that centaurs have made in society there over the years. In ancient times, Italian centaurs apparently were subject to rampant persecution, and often fell victim to any passing hero that just happened to be wandering along, as the following record of an ancient encounter between Man and Centaur shows:

The Centaur Nessus has a bad day, no thanks to that busybody Hercules

     By the time of the Rennaisance, the daily lot of your Italian centaur had apparently improved somewhat, but they were still considered second-class citizens and often faced discrimination and abuse, as can be testified to by the following:

Some days a centaur just can't get no respect...

     Today, however, I am happy to report that centaurs have made their way fully into Italian society, having found respectable occupations as caterers onboard the Italian rail service:

They may not get the trains to run on time, but you will be fed, and fed well, my friend!

Lilo & Stitch Review

Way back in the mid-80’s, around the same time I became a centaur, Disney tried an experiment called ‘The Black Cauldron’. It was notable because not only was it rated ‘PG’, but also because it didn’t have a whit to do with cute, little bunny-rabbits!

‘Lilo & Stitch’ is similar in vein for it also has nothing to do with cute, little bunny-rabbits. Forget everything that you remember Disney’s notorious for doing, yes, especially ‘Pocahontas’, and pastel-colored centaurs. Instead, it displays a cavalcade of imperfect characters, rife with flaws that makes the whole film very interesting. While there may be plenty of ‘cute and little’, that’s where the resemblance to any, and I do mean *any*, previous Disney film ends.

You get a rather nasty individual that is half of the title, and the other is highly disturbed, and that’s just for starters. The family in the show isn’t typical, the family members certainly aren’t, and even the supporting characters are surprisingly refreshing in their respective ways. Certainly there are cliché’s in the film, but who wouldn’t want their favorite meal served in just one particular way that they like it the best? Just put a new twist or seasoning on it and you get ‘Lilo & Stitch’.

I rate this film as a ‘must see’. Five Stars out of Five.

Weekly Survey

This week, Argon asked folks, "I'm doing a survey to be published in @Action News. 'When will Cye and Gilead get married?'"

  • Cye says, "no comment! (blush!)"
  • PatchO'Black mews, "They will get married when they are good and ready!"
  • 910 chirps, "That's creepy."
  • Ark says, ""When will Cye and Gilead get married?" "This survey sucks."
  • Mavra says, "Before we will, Argon."
  • Terra blinks? Cye and Gilead are getting married?
  • Myrla purrs, "I got married last saturday.. is it time for another wedding?"
  • Nimble chitters quietly, "Soon... hopefully ;>"
  • Shoe says, "When Gilead grows."
  • Mouser tries to avoid saying something that will get him hurt/maimed as well.

Macro Night At The Rose Garden.

The old saying, 'Good things come in small packages,' did not apply Friday night as cases of Marco-ism broke out at the Rose Garden. It started with Akeakami becoming Cye's, the local 50ft vixen, size. Then it continued with Lesile, the little bunny, quickly growing to Cye's size as well, then growing past her, and Sunni, a gummi bear, became a megagummi.

Gilead, local Otter, also had a case of macro-ism. There was hugging, petting, cuddling, and enjoying the good view. A good time was had by all, Even the little people who didn't get 'macroed n.n ! Cye, around whom the happenings seemed to be centered had no explanation of the sudden, and temporary growth spurt. "I wasn't complaining, it was nice to be able to hug people right, " she commented with a happy smile.

But the question remains could this happen again? And would any of our houses be standing if it did? Enquiring minds want to know.

The Doze Garden

The Doze Garden Comic Strip

Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Articles

Submitting a story or artwork for @Action News is easy! Just send it to argon@spindizzy.org or qmail or page Argon about it.

Most any type of story or article will be accepted. Generally, we'd prefer things that aren't out and out lies or flames about other folks, and have a basis in the reality of SpinDizzy. Things that occur in public areas are fair game. The things reported don't have to have actually happened, (any more than anything that happens here does) but make sure you don't overstep the social boundaries and rules of interaction that we have. These are pretty broad guidelines, but we expect good sense to apply.Ê