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Tarka Wins Landmark Case

Tarka, local otter, was taken to court by Argon, local centaur, for theft.

Tarka was seen by witnesses picking Argon's pocket in the Rose Garden and stealing Argon's SED stock certificates. Adara, local cat, came out of retirement to oversee the trial which was held Saturday night.

Argon opened arguments by showing the evidence, his shares of stock with his name on them. He also played a tape he claimed was a recording of Tarka bragging about the theft, but technical difficulties prevented this evidence from being introduced.

Tarka's argument was that as "the founder" of the SED, the stock was his, and he had only given Morticon half the shares, making Argon's shares only 10% of what Morticon claimed he was selling.

Tarka then claimed that Argon didn't buy stock from Morticon at all, as he claimed to have bought them from a possum. Argon's claim that Morticon was a possum when he sold the stock, but changed back to a wallaby were questioned.

Adara listened to the arguments, and then called a recess to consider the case. She returned to the courtroom and ruled that the shares did indeed belong to Tarka, and that Argon would have to sue Morticon to recover his money.


It is with a heavy heart that I reproduce Findra's announcement about the loss of our friend, Butterfluff.

It's with great sadness that I have to tell you that Butterfluff's player passed away this morning in her sleep. She'd been ill for quite some time, but never let that get in the way of enjoying the friendship that the Fluff found online, always being creative, active, and getting involved with the fun little RPs in our online community here. In many ways, Butterfluff epitomised the sense of fun that we try to foster on SpinDizzy, and I spent many happy hours role-playing, sharing my thoughts on the stories that the Fluff wrote, or just chatting about all and sundry things.

In the last few weeks, we've not seen very much of Butterfluff, since first her computer fried, and then she had to go into hospital due to her illness. Her friends were trying hard to find a way to let her get back online from hospital, knowing how much being able to talk to people here raises her spirits. Unfortunately, things took an unexpected turn for the worse last night, and she died before they were able to get a laptop and hook-up. I think she valued this community of ours as much as we valued her, even more so when it became increasingly difficult for her to get around.

Her friends and family know how much SpinDizzy means to the Fluff, and although I'm not yet sure what arrangements will be made for her funeral, I can pass on anything you'd like her friends and family to hear about how Butterfluff touched you. It's been a great privilege for me to know the Fluff, although it doesn't seem like it was for anywhere nearly long enough. I'll miss her greatly, as I know many on here will, too.

Butterfluff once told me this:

It isn't a matter of beating the odds. I have a favorite Kipling quote: "He never wasted a leaf or a tree -- do you think he would squander souls?'

We love you, Butterfluff. And we selfishly wish you were still here.


Butterfluff was a great friend to me, and did wonders to help this publication look more professional. The fluff's contributions of articles, and its proofreading skills, were instrumental in making @Action News what it is.

As will be stated by many, the fluff's contrubutions to SpinDizzy and to the fun and friendship we share cannot be measured.

Butterfluff will be missed.

Town Meeting

It's been a while since we've had a big town meeting, so I thought it'd be a good idea to have one. Spindizzy isn't in peril and nor are there going to be any shocking announcements, though there will be at least 2-3 wizzes in attendance.

The town meeting would just be an occasion to have us wizzes give some words of wisdom, hear comments and suggestions from you all about Spindizzy, and reflect on the community we have here and what more can be done. Somewhere in there, usually subconciously, we'll give a little pep talk.

Hope to see you all there! Remember to bring your minds and manners.

Editor's note: The meeting will be held 06/13/04 (Sunday) at 19:00 SpinDizzy time (10:00 pm Eastern, 7:00 pm Pacific). In Charter Park (Enter Charter from anywhere.)

Popularity Of Anime In Decline

Friday night, Anime fans found the popularity of Inuyasha, Dragonball Z, Pokemon, and a number of other examples of the genre sliding as the sub-culture become known to the world.

Conan O'Brian, popular late night talk show host has a running feature called, "Recliner of Rage," where a nerdy guy in a recliner rants about nerdy things. In the Frida episode, the rant concered the popular anime program Robotech. This is a fairly popular anime program involving giant piloted robots or gundams.

As a result, two subjects very popular with nerds and geeks were exposed to the mainstream world. The exclusivity of the fan base of both anime and gundams has been broken with their exposure to "regular people". Now, office mamgers, rap stars, and school teachers, will be saying, "My gundam can beat yours!" and "Do you want to fight!?!" in badly translated and horribly pronounced Japanese while grunting and sweating.

At this early date, it is hard to tell to what ex-anime fans will turn, but there are movements toward collecting vegitable can lables as an alternate form of entertainment.


For some reason, centaurs and puns good together tlike cereal and milk. You don't have to have them both, but if you find one, you'll usually find the other, as evidenced by the following:

Cye says, "He find the cold un-bear-able!"
Mavra says, "He looks for the 'bear neccessities'."
Brenda can bear-ly take this anymore...
Ba'ar growls, "Those are Grizzly jokes you guys."
Ba'ar growls, "Those jokes PANDA to the lowest denomination of humor you know."
Brenda says, "Still, can provide a KODIAK moment if used right."
Mavra says, "Ohdear... it sounds like the gauntlet has been thrown, Argon."
Ba'ar growls, "I think these puns are quite the SPECTACLE(D bear)"
Mavra says, "Are these a-BEAR-ant tendencies natural for you?"
Mavra says, "Or do I have to use psychology to deconstruct and take them a-PAW-t?"
Brenda says, "Into POLAR opposites, Mavra?"
Mavra says, "I don't wish to be BRUIN-t, but if I must..."
Darius says, "I can't bear these puns any longer."
Mavra says, "Don't make me put WHINNIE-the-POO-like 'Depends' on you..."
Brenda says, "Hey hey. I thought we need to keep this place nice and TEDDY."
Mavra says, "So... did Ba'ar go home to practice his YOGI?"
( That pun was a boo-boo. )
Brenda says, "If so, he needs to practice GENTLE BEN-ds first."
Cye says, "Is he going to a BROTHER to all this?"
( Ba'ar in the Big House of Blues. Don't ask where that came from. )
Mavra darns, she was going to use a 'Ben-Gay' pun.. "Curses, Brenda! Foiled! Again! This is no PICNIC!"
Cye says, "I guess we have to BUTTER Brenda up then."
Brenda giggles. "Guess I BALOO it for ya."
Marcus thinks this is a rather Gummi situation. Mavra says, "Yes, a HONEY of a situation."

At this point the heads of spectators exploded and the puns came to an end.

SpinDizzy Role Play Report

(Imagine you're watching TV...)

*Intro music plays, standard News show theme.*

Picture Caption

**"In other News"**

End Caption

The Camera zooms in on a news room. An otter is sitting at a desk, with a vixen. Dressed in news worthy apparel, they stop talking and swivel to face the camera, each of them tapping a sheet of papers onto the desk, causing them to even out.

The otter speaks, "I am Kurt Grisam, and this is my Co-host, Lisa Jilsten"

Lisa: “And you're watching, "In other news" A news show devoted to the RPs that occur around Spindizzy, outside the normal theme of the Garden. Our mission is to inform those inhabiting Spindizzy of the things that are happening around them. We explore and investigate the things that can not be summarized in one short article, and that are ongoing in the muck.”

Kurt: “We will be giving you weekly updates of the events going on. It is our hope that this will broaden the knowledge of such Rps, and perhaps help others to find people they too, can Rp with.”

The Camera switches to a second view, which shows them from the direct front. The two looks forward, shuffling their papers yet again.

Lisa puts a paw to her ear and nods. The camera zooms in on her.

Lisa: “We've just received news of a startling new development.”

The camera view shifts slightly to the left, offering a bit of room on the right.

Lisa:” We've been informed that the organization SED... (The extra space next to her displays Various pictures of SED operatives, Starting with Morticon, then others. Wind-Dancer, Lilahfae, and Darius.) ...will be commencing an operation somewhere in Spindizzy, involving the discovery of what appears to be a crashed Space craft. (The screen shows a silhouetted image of a stereotypical flying saucer, then two quick shots of what could appears to be a mineshaft.) A team of SED operatives, identity unknown, will be conducting this operation... (The picture wavers for a moment, and the sound cuts out, but the vixen continues to speak. A few seconds later, the show goes back to normal) ...and there seems to be a sort of tension involving this operation. We'll keep you updated as more information arrives.”

Kurt: “Please, stay tuned.”

Short musical piece follows, as the cameras zoom out, and the picture fades, for commercials.

Editor's note: Each week, Darius will be reporting on the role play events going on in SpinDizzy. If you're involved in an RP event, or want to start one, please let Darius know so he can report on it. Thanks - Argon

Interview With Airborn

Airborn appears to be an about 10-year-old skunk kit, wearing a black pilot's jacket and flight officer's hat. Below his clothes, he has a white stripe running down his back from his forehead to his large fluffy tail that parts his nearly uniform black fur.

However you notice something strange, he appears to be slightly transparent, a bit greenish with some noise and flickering. But, in truth, what you see before you is a holographic protection transmitted from afar by the true Airborn, a biplane, and thus enabling him to act like a normal skunk cub and experience life as one and so like everybody else.

Adara takes out her pen and pad of paper, "So, let's start with basics. Species, gender, approximate age, all the good stuff."

Airborn says, "Uhm, well let's see. Species is biplane. Gender is not really relevant, I don't know my age."

Airborn grins.

Airborn's plane grins.

Airborn says, "My true form is that plane. The skunk is just a projection."

Adara scribbles some things down, "Interesting. So you were born a plane? Or created, as it were? Excuse my ignorance.

Airborn says, "I guess I was created. I don't know much about my past. It seems like I only gradually became sentient."

Adara hmms again, "Does that mean you've always been on Spindizzy? Or did you arrive here at one point?"

Airborn says, "Ohh I've been at other places before I found a home here. I've mostly been strolling around."

Adara purrs, "What made you decide to come to Spindizzy?"

Airborn says, "Well I wanted to find a place I could call home."

Adara purrs, "I mean, what made you chose Spindizzy over the other places you've been?"

Airborn says, "There was enought space for an airport."

Airborn says, "As a plane you need lots of space."

Adara jots a few things down, and nods, "Do you ever take anyone places, like a commercial liner?"

Airborn says, "Well I'm single seated, but I'll let people fly me, if they ask nicely."

Adara purrs, "No charge?"

Airborn says, "Why? It's fun. I occasionally charge for cargo, but that's something different."

Adara nods, "That makes sense."

Airborn says, "Well cargo is generally more boring and a bit more stressfull."

Adara chuckles, then flips over one piece of paper on her pad. "I can only imagine."

Adara purrs, "Where is your favorite place in Spindizzy to go?"

Airborn says, "Ohh I'm mostly just at the Rose Garden."

Adara purrs, "How come?"

Airborn says, "It's where most people are. I like to talk to people. That's also why I have that projection."

Adara purrs, "Have you tried talking to people without [the projection]?"

Airborn says, "That would look a bit silly, I mean people rarely talk to planes. It'll probably seem odd to them."

Adara nods, "Makes sense. Finally, who do you look up to most on Spindizzy and why?"

Airborn says, "Hmm, that's a tough one."

Airborn says, "I cannot really say."

Airborn says, "Carlos is cool. He flies and things."

Adara smiles, "Awesome! Well, that's about all the time I have. Thank you for doing this interview with me, I appreciate it a lot.

Airborn says, "Thanks, I hope I wasn't too boring."

Adara purrs, "No, no, it was just fine. Thanks again!"

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,
Centaurs are given this horrible stereotype of being big, brutish beasts that have nothing on their minds but women and wine. Just as all bears don't steal picanic baskets and rummage through dumpsters, very few centaurs act in the way this web site describes. How can centaurs prevent this incorrect myth from being perpetuated?
- Argon

Dear Argon:
Simple. Show by example and do your best to educate the public via columns in the newspaper.

Dear Bearing Up,
My kit was out playing and came home with fleas! He says he got them while playing in the Jellicle Fields, but I know good and well Patch O'Black doesn't allow fleas there. What should I do?
- Concerned Mom

Dear Mom:
Spank your kit for being a liar.

Dear Bearing Up,
There is a skunk I know who never brushes his teeth. The breath from his front end is almost as bad as the smell from the back. How can I convince him to brush his teeth?
- P. Uhe

Dear P. Uhe:
Wear a clothespin around your nose when around him and encourage your friends to do likewise. He'll get the message soon enough.

Dear Bearing Up,
With summer here, everyone is asking me for 'horse back' rides. I don't mind riding folks around for a bit when I'm in the mood, but how can I say 'no' without offending my friends?
- Argon

Dear Argon:
Spread butter on your back. A few times slipping off your backside should give your friends second thoughts.

Dear Bearing Up,
Is it true that black bears are smarter than brown bears? And where do polar bears fit in the mix
- I. Q.

Dear I.Q:
No it's not true. Polar Bears are dumbest bears of all.

Dear Bearing Up,
My fiance has run off with the wedding planner. I am so sad! What to do?
-- Signed ex-bride

Dear Ex-bride:
Live alone. It's better not to have loved at all than to have loved and lost.

Dear Ba'ar:
Why is dating so complicated? Why can't I get a date?

Dear Wondering:
Dating is so complicated to make it fun and challenging for the participants. If you don't have a date, you must not have much intelligence.

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

Newspaper Circulation Report

@Action News, SpinDizzy's weekly paper, apparently has a fairly healthy circulation, so we figured we'd show just how healthy it is.

Each week, as long as there's room. I'll show the 'hit graph' for the @Action News website.

Graphic of @Action News website hits.

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week, Argon asked, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week, suggested by Austin is, 'Based on the commercials, can Leslie have Trix cereal?'

  • Roofus_roo -- "My answer to the survey is: Leslie -is- a kid, as well as a bunny. So, sure, let hir eat all the Trix sie wants. I think the prohibition only applies to the Trix Rabbit. As far as I know." to you.
  • Lilahfae twinkles it again. Right this time! "Leslie is a cute bunni-costumed child, therefore Leslie gets double the fought-after cereal! Yes!"
  • Logan gruffs, "Leslie is Leslie, and thus the rules for trix don't apply to hir."
  • Terra chimes, "Leslie can have Trix!"
  • Findra chirrrs softly, "Sure! He's a kid, after all. =:)"
  • Lady_Ravenwolfe says softly, "A valid point, Trix are for kids..."
  • Rown says, "Uh well, I'm certain Leslie can, but may she is another question entirely. Of course, since she is a kid she can indulge but the rabbit has been denied for decades and it seems that humans want to keep Trix for themselves so the only sure way to know for certain is to place this delemia into the hands of the courts where all such things are decided.
  • Ba'ar -- I think that Leslie should get Trix. She's not the rabbit in the commercial.
  • Brenda -- I say, if she wants Trix, she can have Trix. Nevermind the commercial, discriminatory BS!
  • NeverNever nods! "If sie is a kid, regardless of race, Trix are for Leslie!
  • Brenda -- Survey response I say, if she wants Trix, she can have Trix. Nevermind the commercial, discriminatory BS!
  • Cye oohs. "umm er... gah paradox!
  • Tottle chuckles. "I'd say yes.
  • Austin says, "Yes, I'd say so. Leslie's a kid, even as a bunny."
  • Darius says, "Yes. Leslie is immune to the rabbit-trix paradox. because she is not bound to the rules of the Trix rabbit reality."
  • Kinsor -- Nine out of ten fruitbats say yes!
  • Logan -- In that they are saying 'silly rabbit' simply because the trix bunny is, in fact, a rabbit, that isn't a part of the rule. Also note that the trix bunny seems to be an adult. So, all in all, Leslie is allowed to have trix.
  • Gryphe murrs, "I'd say yes, Leslie can have Trix cereal. Because one element is true, and that is that she's a kid."
  • Ping squeaks softly, "If Leslie would actually try to eat it, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to take it away from her to keep for themselves, so my answer is yes, she can eat it, if she really wants to.
  • Kairo rambles, "'Course not. But that's because of the Dreaded Commercial Nazis. .........Bwee!"
  • Kamida lilts, "Yes, and remind those kids its not nice to want everything for yourself."

Leslie says, "Mommy and Daddy said I could Mr Argon...I had a box once but it wasn't really that good and it took a long time to finish."

Notices and Corrections

Help Wanted

Hi all, Firewind here. I'm looking for someone to come and help out with the remodeling and building of a few rooms. Payment will be based mainly on how good of a job you do (And I'll be nice on that part since I'm not good at making stuff anyway). Materials and such will be provided, as will be refreshments.

Anyone whom is interested can either page-mail me, or send an e-mail to me (Supplied in my pinfo). Thanks all.

Jellicle Fields

Patch O'Black, local Jellicle Cat, is preparing to open yet another new section of his Jellicle Fields. This section's theme will be summer, and feature both an area for crops and another for activities. In order to better satisfy visitors, he is asking for suggestions of items to include in the newest area. "If you are unsure exactly what sort of crops or items would be appropriate, just visit Jellicle Fields and explore a bit. This should give you a good idea of the kind of things I grow." Just send any suggestion via page mail to PatchO'Black!

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 @Action or sdnews 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 dont 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