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SpinDizzy To Celebrate Five Years

Discussion of Spindizzy History Degenerates Into Session of Mozdoc-bashing

Austin breaking ground.It will be five years ago next weekend that SpinDizzy muck was opened to the public. To celebrate this amazing feat, and the fun and fellowship, SpinDizzy will have a party this weekend.

When asked about building the muck, and who was involved in its design and contsruction, Austin, local coati and Head Wiz, told @Action News, "Well, really, all the wizards did a great deal of work. Skyler, Peppermint, Ping -- and old-timers like Shadow and B.J. played big parts. Tarka organized many of the earliest community-building events, and we had steady help from Nicole and Jaffa and other MUF experts." Austin added, "I can't understate that almost all of what Spindizzy is comes from one or two people deciding they wanted to share something, and finding other people were interested in it. I just had to let people be themselves. Bob did a lot of infrastructure work too. We shouldn't forget him. And there were early social leaders like Tuesday and Mina and Steve. We also owe great thanks to Joshua, our original host bunny, who's left us for happier places."

As noted on the bulletin board, a wealth of history is available to those who want to pursue learning about how SpinDizzy came to be, and what and who preceeded it. Chanspot has a bookstore where an abbreviated history of Toons Fur and Fluff, the muck which preceeded SpinDizzy, and SpinDizzy itself can be found. Just go north one square from the Rose Garden, then east five and go into the bookstore.

As you would expect, the Rose Garden, money and other items will reflect the evolution of the muck over the years. It is expected that many will take on the names and descriptions they had when they first arrived on SpinDizzy, and newer folks will be either excited or bored stiff as the "old timers" reminice about the "good old days", and discuss the future of the world's best muck!

Solemn Ceremony Disrupted

Caged raccoon being looked at.KevMan, local BiBreed, and Adara, local feline, were married this week in what started out as a beautiful ceremony. Held in the chapel off Centaur Square, a large group of friends gathered to witness and celebrate the joining of KevMan and Adara's lives. Alicia, local 9 tailed kitsune, officiated over a very moving and sacred exchange of vows.

But, as you might expect, nothing goes quite as planned in SpinDizzy. Just as KevMan and Adara prepared to exchange rings and say, "I do." the doors to the chapel's sanctuary burst open and the real Adara stormed into the room. The audience was quite confused, but the mystery as to who was exchanging vows with KevMan was solved as the groom pulled the veil from "the bride's" face to reveal... Morticon, local wallaby and alleged leader of the Society of Evil Doers (SED)!

The crowd acted quickly and with little coordination to restrain Morticon, but Mouser, local fursnake and SED henchfur quickly wrapped himself around Adara's neck and began to squeeze. Morticon demanded that he and Mouser be allowed to leave or else. KevMan, naturally concerned for his bride, asked the crowd, who were ready to barbeque Morticon by this time, to allow Morticon and Mouser to leave so the wedding could be completed. The fursnake and wallaby made good their escape, and the marriage of KevMan and Adara was completed.

Even with the SED representatives absent, the rest of the wedding was anything but serene as Vesper, local dragon mage, arrived and caused a huge disturbance, greatly disrupting the service and making a most uncharacteristic jackass of herself, making rude comments and even ruining the vanilla and marshmellow flavored wedding cake baked by BarterGarter (Marshmellows provided by Patch O'Black). She was finally chased up into the open rafters of the chapel and the wedding was completed.

After the wedding, Vesper, who suddenly seemed quite confused as to the crowd's reaction to her actions, which she claimed to have no memory of, was "caught" in a small box or cage, and eventually given over to Gilead to monitor. As of press time, no solid reason for Morticon disguising himself as Adara and hoping to "wed" himself to KevMan has been offered. One theory that has been discussed is that Morticon hoped to actually marry KevMan. Then, after the wedding when his identity was revealed, Morticon expected to get half of KevMan's property in the divorce settlement. This theory matches the sort of goofy plot Morticon would try, but as yet has not been confirmed.

KevMan, the embarrased groom commented, "Well Morticon should know he doesn't have to impersonate a bride to wear a dress."

Attempts to contact Morticon for comments have gone unanswered as of press time.

Sunshine, the Video!

Sunshine, The Video (No larger image available).Tabloids everywhere rejoiced at the apparent discovery of a video starring Sunshine Porcupine! While this reporter has failed to aquire or view said video, its synopsis claims that before she was championing the cause of thwarting evil wallabies, Sunshine was championing the cause of Christian holidays, and the environment!

“A musical Easter tale. Eggwood, the Easter egg capital of the world, scrambles to get all the eggs ready after the evil Uglyunks waste all their electricity. Sunshine the Porcupine invents a plan that gets production going again.”

Another source revealed Sunshine’s plan to be, of course, using solar power.

So, has our local buck-toothed swashbuckler really tried a thespian foray? Sunshine’s player was quick to respond:

“All lies! Even in the worst stick figure periods of my artistic carrer I could draw a cuter porcupine than this Lovecraftian monstrosity! This director, Al Brodax, is obviously a character-assassinating robot sent from the future to the year 1985 to stop the only porcupine who could prevent evil computers from taking over the galaxy. And how? Why, by making a crappy HBO special, thus aquiring a trademark and copyright over all future porcupines named Sunshine, of course! The fact that this guy also wrote and produced “Yellow Submarine” is probably the strongest evidence I can present for this. Mainly because it’s the only thing I found regarding this guy, and also, from what I’ve heard, “Yellow Submarine” is so weird, anybody can find evidence for just about anything in it if they’re willing to look hard enough.”

And Sunshine herself? She merely cooed in wonder at the box, said she welcomed any and all attempts at making a good porcupine cartoon, and claimed that she would totally support the production of environment-friendly easter eggs. “Also, ,I would have given those rascally Uglyunks one of my trademarked anti-evil shots or two, by the way.”

Leslie Says Something Cute, Makes Everyone Else Feel Old

Leslie.Leslie, local indeterminatli'l faux-bunny fairy, shocked the Rose Garden crowd this week by making an cute remark. Saying something that was just an off the cuff comment, those who heard it were reminded of Leslie's innocence and youth.

This brought to mind how old and jaded many in the group had become. Leslie's remark made folks feel as though they were missing the fun and discovery of being young, and some found themselves wishing for the good old days when they too could find wonder and pleasure in common things. Although no suicides were attempted over this reality check, a number of folks recalled the days of their youth, and paid closer attention to, and admired and sort of envied Leslie's innocence.

After a few minutes thought, the crowd went back to discussing whether the proper spelling of the muck's name was Spindizzy or SpinDizzy, and the matter was soon forgotten.

Bearing Up

Ba'ar.Welcome to latest edition of Bearing up, the advice column where Ba'ar (That's me!) has answers to your most challenging questions.

Dear Bearing Up,
As a centaur, I sometimes have itches in places I can't quite reach. As long as the itch isn't in a personal area, is it considered rude to ask for a scritch?
Signed, Argon

Dear Argon:
No it isn't rude to ask for a skritch. As a centaur, you can't reach everywhere so it's appropriate to ask for help when you need it.

Dear Bearing Up,
I live in California and want to vote in the election this week. How should I vote?
Signed, Chad

Dear Chad.
If there is an option to vote 'None of the Above' , then I'd say take it. California's latest election isn't an election, it's a circus!

Dear Bearing Up,
What is up with these goofy centaurs? Everytime I turn around one of them is asking me to give them a scritch. Haven't they ever heard of backscratchers?
Signed, Worn down paw claws

Dear Worn down paw claws:
You must realize that centaurs, while among the most noble of creatures (I have several as my friends) they aren't the most nimble. So please, do help them out when they need it.

Dear Bearing Up,
Next week, Spindizzy is going to have its fifth birthday. What would be a good way to show everyone how much I like this muck and like them running it? Will the wizards accept Paypal?
Signed, Appreciative

Dear Appreciative:
I agree that Spindizzy is a fine place. The best way I can see to show your appreciation is to have a picnic and invite all your friends and do include the wizcorps in it. Good luck!.

Remember possums (to steal a term from Dame Edna ;-D), if you have any questions, please page mail me (Ba'ar) online or send mail to big_bear@operamail.com. Thanks.

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week, Argon asked, "If your character were in a space ship, what planet (real or otherwise,) would you want to go to?"

  • Brenda ponders the survey "Probably my home planet of Traorin. Either that, or Naboo or Alderaan (before it was blown up, of course =*^.^*=)...Traorin because it'd be nice to see my home planet again. Naboo and/or Alderaan because they're such pretty planets."
  • Cye ahems. "I would go to Jurai, a world from a anime called Tenchi Myou. Lots of trees there, some sentient and from what I've seen of it in the anime I think it be a nice place to visit..
  • Frisky yips, "Corneria.^u^"
  • Leowulf says, "Hmmm, Midworld. from Foster's 'Commonwealth' universe might be interesting. Sounded like a fascinating place, sorta deadly I spose tho....Killer plants at every step, but real pretty."
  • Spikey would want to go to Barsoom, aka Mars, but the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs' writings. Mostly because it is a world of simpler times, more clear cut heros, not a lot of shades of gray. While the pegadonkey has some gray and appreciates gray, he also has color. Barsoom is a world of color and mystery, the red planet, with canals and airships, four armed green warriors and exotic princesses. It is a place of action, perhaps a bit melodramatic, but not angsty. It's a clean cut slice of heroics from the beginning of the last century, and reflects some of the values of truth, honor, and justice that seems to have gotten muddled in the modern world.
  • Butterfluff -- Tellus Tertius -- home base of Lazarus Long, with five star medical facilities, sentient computers, intelligent and interesting humans, and a flying car that can visit any fiction as if that were its home reality.
  • Lylas says, "Torril, the world from the Forgotten Realms Universe. Mostly because i'm a D&D geek and I'd love to learn Magic :)"
  • Suri says, "I think Titan would be worth seeing, even though it's a moon."
  • Leslie pips, "I think the planet where that cat who wanted to get away from people went to would be fun, Mr Argon."
  • Alicia says, "...Second star to the right. And straight on till morning. I heard that the station there has a discount on waffles."
  • Terra myrrs, "I wanna go to Minktopia, where everything mink!"
  • Gina_Doberman says, "Mars. To be the first one there and set up the first gas station!"
  • Mouser @bloomcountys, "Onward! To the lovely Space Amazons of Planet Playtex!"
  • Zorro says, "Couriscant! Buy up all the real estate!"
  • Sasha says, "I think Mercury, as it's always warm. Russia gets cold. :)"
  • Arcturax whispers, "Mine's the planet Kitrax, because I made it up and it's the planet where the world I am writing about exists :)"
  • PatchO'Black mews, "I would like to land on SpinDizzy."

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 Monday. 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