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Lead Story Missing

Although the SpinDizzy Action News' editors normally keep their information well-guarded, it appears the security measures are not enough. The headline for this week has gone missing, and is presumed abducted.

There was little evidence to point to possible suspects, other than a footprint that appeared to resemble that of a wallaby. There is a 50,000 Shiny reward up for whoever is able to retrieve the headline, and return it safely to @Action News. The headline resembles a string of letters, most likely bold and in capitals. For further information, contact Argon.

Art Ambush

It's been a while, but, if you like to sketch, doodle, see others doodle, see your friends doodle, or otherwise be in a social atmosphere, SpinDizzy's hosting an Art Ambush on the 30th of June.

Ambushes in the past have been wonderfully successful, community events, and are usually a great chance for being social and seeing all the fun works your friends produce and showing off your own ideas in return. Even if you don't plan on participating, please drop on by, and if you change your mind, please jump in!

Time and place: Wednesday the 30th of June (about a week and a half from today), at 21:00 MUCK time (Midnight Eastern time, 9 pm Pacific) at the Fen Inn (luge s1 e6',or go s1 e6 from the Rose Garden and enter, 'en').

Hosts: Elissa and Chanspot (who wrote this, so blame me for any typos :) ) Note: Although Ambushes in the past have been a regular, weekly, event, and I'd love to host'em, scheduling isn't going to permit it, so I'm hoping to host them just now and then. Also, please keep file sizes under 100k so everyone can view them!

A Year Ago Today

A year ago, as reported in @Action News 6/16/2003, SpinDizzy celebrated the "Retro Weekend", Morticon used a Mega-Vacuum cleaner to suck almost everything and everyone out of the Rose Garden, and Alicia dstroyed SED headquarters.

Finding Nemo was in movie theaters, and the survey question, suggested by Carlos was, "What would you have your character do if it were featured in a SpinDizzy screensaver?"

Ba'ar's weekly "Bearing Up" Column hadn't started yet, but Argon drew a passable Doze Garden Cartoon.

Click the link and recall old times!

SpinDizzy Role Play Report

NeverNever is looking for anyone that can code muf and/or MPI to make a stat holding system for muck use. The program would work something like editplayer, where a person could tell what stats they have, and then fill them in the appropriate dice rolls and numbers. Also, the program could use templates, allowing people to choose from pre exisiting dice systems.

She would also like to see this program able to retrieve certian stats based off of commands, for example, retrieve Str Nev would give you NeverNever's Strength attribute.

NeverNever is also curious if any of these "Stat storing" Programs are currently available, to tide over and possibly use, if they exist.

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,
Why do they always say 'cats land on their feet'? I fell off a ladder last week and landed on my side! - Rum Tum Tugger

Dear Rum Tum Tugger,
Are you sure you're a cat? Every cat I know lands on his own feet.

Dear Bearing Up,
I like regular M&Ms but my friend like the ones with peanuts. He says I'm nutty, but he's the one eating the peanuts. Isn't the the one who's nutty?
- Mr. Peanut

Dear Mr. Peanut:
You're both nuts. Reese's Pieces are better.

Dear Bearing Up,
My favorite TV show has been cancelled. The station is playing a show about installing insulation now. This is terrible!
- Ed Sullivan

Dear Ed Sullivan:
Tape the show and send it in to the station. When they found out how boring their show is, they will change things.

Dear Bearing Up,
I'm nocturnal (active during the night) but my mate is diurnal (active during the day). What can we do?
- R. Serling

Dear R. Sterling:
Take Vivarin so you can be with him.

Dear Bearing Up:
A strong thunderstorm blew a tree down which hit my house. Now a family of squirrels has lost their home. Would it be proper to add the loss of their home to my insurance claim, or should I hope their insurance covers it?
- Argon

Dear Argon:
Actually you should sue the squirrels. It was their house that ruined yours.

Dear Bearing Up,
Which is better, Blue Bay salmon or Crater Lake salmon?
- Gordon

Dear Gordon:
Neither! Chocolate!

Remeber 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 is, 'What was your favorite live action (not animated) TV show?"

  • TikTak squeaks, "Either Dave Attel's Insomniac, or Myth Busters."
  • Ray only ever makes time to watch 'XPlay' on Tech TV, though he would watch 'Conquest,' if it were still running.
  • Felina mews, "Buffy!... Or Angel... Or.. There's alot of shows out there I like. ^.^"
  • Elissa doesn't watch TV.
  • Cithara purrs softly, "Firefly, maybe.. though was on too short."
  • Spikey ponders "Oh.. Hmm... " he gets out his anti-lisp filter to answer since the show has a lot of 's's in it. "Stargate SG-1! Coz they always make mistakes and have problems and don't worry about any prime directive, just bumbling humans trying to do the right thing...way cool!"
  • Lupinetiger wurfs, "I guess I would say...those, or Monster House"
  • Timesheart -- If we're talking the 1970s, then it's 'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters' by Sid & Marty Kroft. But if you're talking 20 years later, then it's 'Mighty Morphing Power Rangers' by Saban.
  • Airborn -- I don't know if that counts as animated, but the german FUBK-test-screen always looked great to me.
  • Darius -- Live action TV show? Hmmm. "I'd have to say either Star Trek Next Generation, or X-Files. It's hard to pick just one."
  • Brenda -- Brenda hmmmss..."Favorite live action show...I'd say 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' That or MST3K
  • Gino -- My favorite live action movie was Greg The Bunny.
  • Kinsor -- Hmm... I'd have to say the Twilight Zone. :}
  • PatchO'Black mews, "Hmmm...it's would be a split between Monster House and Good Eats."
  • Minx both say, "Guyver and Guyver II The Dark Hero."
  • Gryphe chitters, "BatmViolet says, "Oh.. in that case I'd have to say the original Star Trek. I was glued to the tube after school everyday when they were in syndication."an."
  • Kamida lilts, "Blake's Seven."
  • Pete says, "Ohh, I kinda like "Gute Leute - Schlechte Leute", but that's a cheaply made puppet show."
  • Cye says, "24."
  • Pa'hti jes' watches Stargate SG1 an' Doctor Who.

Carlos remembers Butterfluff.

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