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Who's Who Updated

Who's Who.The SpinDizzy Who's Who an invaluble reference for seeing who and what the folks on SpinDizzy are like, has been updated due to the hard work of Adara, local Cat.

Although Argon, local Centaur and manager of the site, had hoped to rebuild the page in WC3 compatable HTML, he finally gave in and just slapped it together in Front Page. Although it looks ok on most browsers, it may not do as well on others. Anyone who'd like to volunteer to clean up the code is more than welcome to take the project on.

This is the first full rejuvination of this page in quite some time, and a number of new faces have been added. Regretfully, a few old members of the SpinDizzy community have been removed from the list. Although there is no real 'limit' to how long one must have been a member of the community to be included, or how long it has been since one has been around to be be removed from the list, Adara and Argon agreed that three months since the last connection, or having your character recycled was good enough reson to have that character removed from the list.

One note added by Argon was that B.J., the building Wiz, was on hiatus. Although B.J. is still listed as Building Wiz, he not having connected for 27 weeks as of press time, seemed good reason for that notation.

In addition, several folks have missed sending pictures in to accompany their information. If there is a blank spot next to yours, please send a picture to Argon. Or, if you'd wish to be included, and haven't been, send your information and picture to Argon. Thanks!

SpinDizzy Oscar Image

Mosi, local Meercat, drew a picture of the SpinDizzy Oscars held last week. As it is the only image of the event offered to @Action News, we ran it. If other images show up, well, too late now. Draw one for next year.

Mosi Picture

Mind Your Step!
How Do You Centaurs Keep From Making Unusually-Shaped Pancakes Out of Nearby Friends?

Mavra's hoof misses some smaller folks.With the recent increase in folks who are somewhat larger than others visiting the Rose Garden, a few comments have been heard, some in jest, others not, concerning large feet or paws and smaller individuals. Warnings to "Watch where you step," and assurances that the larger folks aren't going to squish the smaller ones, promted Mavra to write the following.

It has often been asked of myself and others to ‘watch our step’ when around those smaller than ourselves, such as Flutterz and Morticon. While we take more care in the former than of the latter, there are still those who are nervous being around centaurs, thinking that myself and Argon, for example, may accidentally step on them. This is clearly not the case and I shall elucidate why this is so in this brief article.

We centaurs, simply put, have a high degree of what could be called ‘body-sense’, or ‘kinesthetics’. We are very well in tune with ourselves and know just where ‘all of us’ are. This is especially important when you’re talking to a being with six manipulative limbs, seven if you care to include the tail.

While this helps us out greatly, it’s still only half of the picture, for while we know where *we* are, how can we tell where the position of others in relation to us are? Well, let me tell you that Argon’s fuzzy little feathering around his hooves aren’t all for show, anope. While being attractive and decorative to the extreme, those fuzzy little hairs can catch the slightest breeze brought up by either the wind or the dancing of your local Magical Jellicle Cat.

How can we centaurs tell the difference? Easy, just as first radio astronomers and later optical astronomers discover new astrophysical phenomena; interferometry. If the wind isn’t blowing, then the motion of air around a particular hoof is a good indicator of a little fuzzy being nearby and unconsciously, we take care not to step in the direction of the disturbance. Likewise the same goes for the tail and all of its hairs.

Ok, some of you may still be unconvinced, especially when confronted by me, in all of my non-feathered glory, but that’s also why centaurs have these things called ‘ears’. Unless we consciously don’t pay attention, subconsciously, we do and take note of all of the small rustlings that go on nearby and again take care not to place a hoof in the direction from where the noise is coming from.

So all-in-all, while our sense can be fooled by the machinations of others, centaurs are still quite sensitive and in tune with our environments. Rest assured, Morti, if we sit on you, no need to yell or scream... We know.

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week, Argon told folks, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week, suggested by Fenris is, "If you had to describe your character in one word, what would it be?"

  • Butterfluff says, "Fluffy."
  • KevMan is Interesting.
  • Brenda"Indecisive...no, wait..."
  • Terra dances around madly. "Cute!"
  • Kinsor skriters, "...uncanny. :}
  • Carlos says, "Playful, I guess."
  • Cye says, "Bigcutevixen. That's one word right? :)"
  • Sakura says, "Evily-cute is my answer, Argon."
  • Boki -- "Boki's one word is Boki!"
  • Suri -- Cretumbrous!
  • Angel_Bear -- Flying.
  • Findra -- FLUFFY!
  • "Beats the usual introduction," barks Tanuki, "My answer is 'moody'."
  • Pandamonia thinks about it for a minute. "Cuddly."
  • Rick says, "Upbeat!"
  • Mavra says, "Tense."
  • Terry -- harmless
  • Ba'ar -- goofy
  • Kanganstein -- I am..'unique'.
  • BarterGarter -- ambitious.
  • Basil muses, "Small."
  • Kai says, "#11218PBJ"
  • Royce -- Raccoony!
  • Fenris growls, "Confusing."
  • Felina says, "Meow."

The Doze Garden

"Yes, I remember back when Centaurs were considered huge too."

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