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Exploratory Effort To Find Control Room Started

Questions by Butterfluff, local Fluff as to the mechanics of the 'operation' of SpinDizzy opened a series of discussions in the Rose Garden this week. Long thought to be related to the Cities in Flight series of books by James Blish, except for the name of character #1, on our SpinDizzy, and the main character in the books, no actual connection between the books and SpinDizzy has been found.

In order to prove or disprove this, Butterfluff wondered if there is a 'crew' who kept the spindizzy anti-gravity generators operating, and where they, and / or a control room for the 'floating island' that is SpinDizzy might be. Discussion as to where any control room might be led to the underside of SpinDizzy which has been largely unexplored. Methods of reaching the underside included several ideas. One, the idea of asking Austin to hold something heavy and stretch over the edge and look down, was defeated due to the lack of air outside the spindizzy field which keeps the atmosphere contained. It was then suggested that there might be a passage to the underside from heck, which was already pretty far down. The consensus was to go to heck and see if such a passage could be found.

Gathering together a group of explorers, Butterfluff, local Fluff led the way in search of the 'heart' of SpinDizzy. Included in the group were , Argon, local Centaur, Austin, local elastic Coati, Flutterz, local DREAD Fae, Kinsor, local Bat, and Patch O'Black, local Jellicle Cat. MaxSkunk stayed behind in the Rose Garden which was the 'base camp'to call for help in case of trouble. MaxSkunk kept in touch with the explorers via a huge radio, with which he communicated with the group via another huge radio which was strapped to Argon's Equine back. Along with ropes, shovels, flashlights and snacks, the group headed downwards to the hot, dry environs of heck.

A complete search of heck showed a 'housing complex', a place called the Dead Rose Garden, that was a creepy facsimilie of the real Rose Garden, a strange 'Dojo' house / gymnasium, and a 'control room'. The control room only effected heck, and had no connection to the operation of SpinDizzy. No way was found from heck to SpinDizzy's underside, and the group returned to the Rose Garden to compare notes and prepare for the next stage of the search.

Further exploratory missions are planned. As stated in the next article.

Search for the engines -- and the crew!

Citizens of Spindizzy!

Those of you who have been to the edge of our fair land know that we are surrounded by a Spindizzy field -- a barrier that keeps our air and gravity at reasonable levels. But no one seems to know how these fields are maintained -- or if there is anyone tending them at all!

I have heard that Morticon has extensive mining operations. It is not impossible that his automated digging could break in on the very machinery that allows life on Spindizzy! Break in on their locations, and possibly even damage them. Or Morticon could hold all of Spindizzy hostage by threatening to destroy the motors!

I call on all citizens of Spindizzy to join me in a quest to find the engines, and accertain their condition. And fuel supply! Good grief, we could be running out of gas!

I have already taken a party down from the Rose Garden, and we thoroughly explored Heck and beyond. The engines are not accessible from there. Please, explore, and let me know if you find the engines!

Art Is On The Windshield Of The Beholder

Have you ever wondered what Bird might have left that 'art' on your windshield, window, or sidewalk? Have you ever even thought of it as 'art'? Apparently, Peter Hansard and Burton Silver have, and have written a book about it. 'What Bird Did That?'is a collection of pictures of Bird 'art' and probably more information about what such 'art' consists of, and what conditions cause it to appear in differing 'styles'.

This reporter decided to ask SpinDizzy's own expert on such art, Boki, local Gull, his opinion of such works of 'art'. Boki, after seeing the book, remarked, "Oh ho! You can collect the whole set because Boki will not!"

For readers who are curious, a website displaying a selection of 'art' is on line.

Make $50,000 a Year, Working at Home, In Your Spare Time.

Gilead has figured that it really is possible to Make $50,000 a Year, Working at Home, In Your Spare Time.

It involves breeding lots of children, and homeschooling them with lessons such as, "If Billy stuffs 1000 envelopes, and Jane stuffs 998, how many more spankings will Jane get than Billy?", "Where on the globe are today's envelopes that we're stuffing going to wind up?" and, "If a Milwaukee's Best is $0.70 a can, and Mommy gets $0.05 an envelope, how many envelopes does Mommy need to stuff to break even with the two cases of beer she needs to get through the day?"

Then, with 12-16 hours a day of homeschooling and spare time, and maybe 6 or 7 kids, you too can make $50,000 a year.

Bat Slobber Cures Strokes

Victims of a stroke may be more interested in a visit from Dracula than a Doctor if recent findings prove true.

It has been found that saliva from 'Vampire' Bats contains a substance that prevents blood from clotting. For the Bat, this allows a free flow of blood as they feed, but for victims of a stroke, which is caused by blood clots in the brain, it may offer an safer alternative to current 'clot busting' drugs.

Carlos, local Fruit Bat says that he will be happy to French Kiss anyone who feels a stroke coming on. Carlos, of course, is not a Vampire Bat, but in an emergency, who's going to check?

Actually, these findings aren't new!' says Kinsor, local doctor of Fruitbatology. 'It all stems from the short fuzz bats have between our ears. After I go for a haircut, its almost like a stroke magnet!"

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.Argon told folks, "I'm doing a survey to be published in @Action News. The question this week is, 'What's your favorite kind of soup?"

  • Butterfluff -- My favorite /kind/ of soup is beef with vegetables, but my actual favorite soup is New England clam chowder. I do a lot with beef with vegetables, changing it around, but I usually leave clam chowder alone. Mmmmm. Clams.
  • Ba'ar -- My favorite soup is New England Clam Chowder.
  • Mavra says, "I made a most delicious, home-made tomato soup. It was the best for I made it and it suited my tastes very well."
  • Wind-Dancer -- Bean and Bacon!
  • From: Cybalt -- CHIKIN!!!!!!!
  • From: Flutterz -- S'pansy and dandelion soup. Yumz!
  • Angel_Bear -- New England Clam Chowder. It's so creamy, and has some crazy mollusk meat in it.
  • Alicia says, "I want something rather exotic. Miso Soup, Argon."
  • Gilead chirps, "Matzoh balls!"
  • BarterGarter hisses, "Cream of chicken, I guess."
  • Darwin chirps, "Clam Chowder!"
  • Vixie says, "I'd have to say vegetable soup, especially homemade."
  • Carlos says, "Yummy tomato soup. Down with clam chowder!"
  • PatchO'Black turns to Argon, "Creamy potato soup."
  • Adara purrs, "My favorite soup is Split Pea"
  • Kamida lilts, "soup that has all the ingrediens it sepposed to have Argon, you would be suprised how many people serve chickensoup without even a grain of chicken in it. :)"

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 newspaper@spindizzy.org or qmail or page Argon about it.
@Action News is published weekly on or after 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Sunday. 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.

Thanks! Argon, Editor @Action News