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Fursnake 'Ore The Sea

Mouser, local Fursnake and self-proclaimed SED henchfur, has been sighted in London, England. Claiming to be doing research on the SED's plans to make all of SpinDizzy drive on the left side of the road once Morticon takes over, he has reported that he has has little time to enjoy the sights.

Mouser has reported however, that he has found Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station, which indicates more of an interest in Harry Potter than I would have credited him with.

Mouser has, at press-time, returned home, and will hopefully have a full report in time for next week's @Action News.

Argon Inert

Argon, the noble gas, is known as an inert gas and is so defined by The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.

inert gas or noble gas, any of the elements in group 0 of the periodic table. In order of increasing atomic number they are: helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon. They are colorless, odorless, tasteless gases and were once believed to be entirely inert, i.e., forming no chemical compounds; however, some compounds of these elements have been produced, i.e., fluorides of krypton, xenon, and radon. The low chemical activity of the inert gases is due to the fact that their outermost, or valence, electron shell is complete, containing two electrons in the case of helium and eight in the remaining cases. The inert gases are sometimes called the rare gases, although argon is not rare (it makes up about 1% of the atmosphere) and helium is commercially extracted from natural gas and the atmosphere. 1
See G. A. Cook, Argon, Helium and the Rare Gases (2 vol., 1961); I. Asimov, The Noble Gases (1966).

After all that, the point is that Argon, local Centaur, who shares the name of this inert gas has been somewhat inert himself; From the Merriam-Webster's On-Line Collegiate Dictionary.

1 : lacking the power to move.
2 : very slow to move or act : SLUGGISH
3 : deficient in active properties; especially : lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action.

Due to being somewhat busy RL, having little to no submissions for @Action News, and lacking the imagination to make much news up this week, (Er, not that any of the news in @Action News isn't real) This is going to be an abbreviated edition of the paper this week.

Hopefully, next week will make up for it.

Keeping An Eye On Your Place

Have you ever wondered who might be using areas you've built or own? Are you curious about who might be using that "Secret" hiding place you made out in the middle of no where, but seems to be filled with Good and Plenty boxes that you know YOU didn't leave there? Well, here's a trick I found out about that might help.

As you know, if you add the phrase {look-notify} in your description, it tells you when someone looks at you. It turns out that you can add this to the description of a room, and you will be notified when someone 'looks' at that room. Everytime you enter a room, it's description is displayed . You automatically 'look' at a room each time you enter it. Thing about doing {look-notify} in a room's description is, is tells you that the room 'looked' at itself. I think this is because the room shows it's description to whoever enters it.

Fear not! If you proceed the room's description with this line,

@desc here={null:{tell:>> {name:me} just looked at {name:this}.,{owner:this}}}
You will be told who it is that looked at the room. An example follows;
@desc here={null:{tell:>> {name:me} just looked at {name:this}.,{owner:this}}}The paths open upon Centaur Square, a grassy area with shady trees and deep sod. In the center you see a golden statue of the ancient Greek Centaur, Chireon, (look Statue) which gives the Square it's name, newly restored to it's base. There are benches, tables and trees around the statue. Surrounding the square, the woods deepen, and you can see a few houses hidden back in them. Taking a path to the South East [SE] leads you to Meadow Manors. This is a path surrounding the Square off which are the residences of folks who call this area home.

This little trick works well to see who's awake in your area, (It reports instantly rather than with the delay that watch for has.) and is a pretty cool 'burgler alarm', if you feel you need one.

So keep track of traffic in your areas, invoke @desc here={null:{tell:>> {name:me} just looked at {name:this}.,{owner:this}}} today!

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.Sorry, I was too 'inert' to even do a survey this week.

The Doze Garden

The Doze Garden Comic Strip

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@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