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@Action News Archives Have New Look

@Action News splash page.The @Action News Page, including the link to the current issue and back issues has been laboriously remodeled.

I took the information that had been stacking up on the old page, which had been updated weekly on Microsoft Front Page, which although a convenient WYSIWHG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language) editor, does so in what I have been told by certain ringed tailed Mac users, is horrific code. I used the CSS template from the paper itself, and carefully transfered all the links to back issues of the paper into an easy to use, and multi-browser compliant form.

I have seprated the back issues by Editor, and have included the few surviving back issues of 'The Ferret' from Toons Furs and Fluff, Maxl's editions of 'The Floating Log of Death', and Kuland's and my publications of @Action News. The Search engine on the SpinDizzy.org page still works in searching though the back and current issues.

Austin, local Coati, after being asked to look over the HTML code for the site, mentioned that it is now one of four sites on the Internet that is cross browser compliant. The site proudly displays the W3C Validation seal of approval!

If you have copies of back issues that are missing from the archive, particularly those of 'The Ferret', please contact me. Thanks!

SED Opposes Default Area Change

Butterfluff in Bi-planeMorticon, evil wallaby and head of the SED, is in the process of deciding whether to sue Austin Dern, head wizard of Spindizzy, for changing the default area type. "My robots and computers have been calibrated for 'base*height/2' for many years, and switching to the calculus version '\int{f(x) dx}' would require substantial reprogramming and even new equipment for my inventory!", Morticon explained during a recent press conference, "My equipment being non-calculus ready, I believe it's appropriate to sue Austin for the time lost in reprogramming them all."

Morticon then added that his complaining about the situation does not mean he and his minions don't know math above basic geometry and algebra. "Contrary to belief by horse-like beings, the SED only employs smart people, like me!", Morticon claimed.

Austin, when asked to comment, replied, "If Morticon can't be bothered to keep up with a proper Lebesgue measure that's his own reckless decision. The advantages in handling functions of at most finite variation or in those with an at most countably infinite number of discontinuities opens sufficiently many new abilities and simplifies so much additional work it's amazing the question was ever open."

"Well, who listens to Coatis, anyway?", was Morticon's response.

SpinDizzy Airshow

Flying characters In the tradition of Prehistoric Days and the Beach Party weekend, we're happy to hold the first Spindizzy Air Show, from February 28 to March 1.

The ground will be far below us, well out of sight, and everyone can take the chance to take to the skies -- as bird, or bat, or flying squirrel; as airplane, as zeppelin, as helicopter -- anything which can enjoy the friendly skies. A limited number of perches and birdcages will be available for those who can't quite bring themselves to soar, but all are encouraged to bring their wings anyway.

As usual, the weekend will not count for ongoing tinyplots or for any ordinary bits of character. They are officially recorded just as exhibition days and so will not for example interrupt one's streak in any given species, shape, texture, or other property. It is just for fun.

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week, Argon told folks, "I'm doing a survey to be published in @Action News. The question this week is, 'If there were a SpinDIzzy Board Game, what would happen when a player landed on your square?'

  • Cye says, "Get thrown 5 spaces ^_^"
  • Fenris growls, "Youve been held up. Remove one article of clothing."
  • Butterfluff ahs. "Lose one turn, then take two rolls in a row. I fed you.
  • Tanuki barks, "Roll again and move ahead, unless you rolled doubles, then you go that amount backward."
  • Flutterz -- S'Flutterz be stealin' all s'treasurez! ArrrR!
  • Boki -- "Hmm.. in the spindizzy board game, if you landed on Boki's square, you would go right back to where you started! This is the typical gull response!"
  • Rick says, "Given a free ride to the next square."
  • Gen says, "What do you /think/ would happen?"
  • Sunni says, "I would Hug the one who landed on my spot.."
  • Carlos says, "When a player landed on my square, they'd have to sit through my vacation slides."
  • "A Spindizzy board game..." Eris says, "That's easy! Spend a turn dead. For tax reasons."
  • Royce -- They'd lose all their shinies!
  • Kinsor -- "You'd lose a turn, because bats are known to hang around for quite a while!"
  • Ceralor squeaks, "They'd become a balloon!"
  • Mavra says, "If a player landed on my square, they'd become a centaur!"
  • BarterGarter hisses, "They would get excellent discounts on de-centaurizing cosmetic surgery. >;)"
  • Mouser hisses, "That one's obvious, Argon. If they landed on my square, they'd end up sliding back about 15 squares."
  • Ba'ar -- If there were a SD board game and a player would land on my square...he'd be bearhugged.;-D" to you.
  • Austin says, "A bonus of ten times the roll of two six-sided dice."
  • Convergence hmms, "I'd give them a pretzel."
  • Suri says, "You have to make cool noises."
  • Ark says, "They'd win, of course."
  • Adara purrs, "They would be sent to jail, like in Monopoly. I *am* the judge, after all!"
  • Serrith says, "Pay homage to Serpent, the Worldbiter, lose 1000 currency and one turn."

Shade's Cafe

Shade's cafe is now open and would love for you to stop in.
We have an extensive menu selection ranging from five star to french fries.
All food prepared by our Executive chef Shade Van Buren.
Furs who mention this add will recieve half off a second dinner purchase of equal or lesser value.

Remember have your dinner made by a chef, not a snake.
Contact Shade to make your reservations now!

SpinDizzy Puppeteers' Guild

Did you know that Spindizzy has its own Puppeteers' Guild? It's true.
Every Saturday night, Ba'ar hosts meetings at the Puppet Theatre (T #!0605) where puppeteers of all stripes and skill levels can relax and talk shop about their chosen craft.

Meetings usually begin at #2100 muck time and last until the last fur leaves. Come and join us!

The Doze Garden

By accidentally entering just a few minutes before the raccoons were ready, Carol and Pearl discover the long-lived conspiracy that made people believe in 'foxes'.

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