September 26, 2004
Volume V - Issue 216
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Toons Furrs and Fluff remembered
Wednesday night, Morticon "celebrated" the anniversary of the crash of SpinDizzy's predecesor, Toons Furrs and Fluff.
He remarked, "Folks... while most of you don't realize it, right now marks the day of when the old MUCK was wiped clean, and thus started a new chapter for us - in the form of Spindizzy, 5 days later."
"It may have taken the Bible 7, but Austin just had math on his side. Or something like that. I know many of you don't remember that day, because you didn't exist yet. But still, it greatly influenced how things were done here. We owe a lot to the old muck that was TF&F, though it only exists in our memories and old log files."
"If (you are) curious about our history, type 'charter' to get whisked away. Or, you can try the train North of here. They're trying to recreate the toony feeling TF&F had back then." Morticon said, "In short, It's an important day for the MUCK, especially to those that remember it well. One minute everything worked, the next.... commands like say, page stopped working altogether, giving all sorts of errors... then room descriptions disappeared, and all that was left was the pose command." Morticon said, "I remember the last few minutes... when all we had was the pose command. I hear that austin said something like 'Don't worry, it'll be alright'... and then the server finally crashed altogether, it's hard drive wiped clean."
Morticon said, "And in a way, it was. We got this. Which let us fix our mistakes, and improve upon the old. Many places on the map here are shadows of their TF&F self. Eerie shadows, true, but still... I encourage you all to explore."
Morticon said, "Anyway, I'm off my soapbox. Old timers like Argon can also recall those last few minutes. "(So), In rememberance, the Rose Garden is to be stripped bare for one day. As if what it looked like the minute before everything went down.
Morti then removed all tho objects, the Ancient Oak, the fountain, the busges, the paths. The "park" was completely blank.
Some of us suggested that Morti make only the "pose" global work, as happened in those last few minutes on TF&F, but he wisely noted that some folks might be confused by that. A lot of visitors that day got it, some didn't and "Old Timers" were happy to tell them the story.
On Thursday, Morti returned saying, "And now.. it's time to restore the garden. It was in rememberance of when the previous MUCK, TF&F was tragically erased as we were using it. Which happened.. 6 years ago from yesterday I think."
Morti then restored the Rose Garden back to normal.
Following are some memories of TF&F and now over six years of SpinDizzy
SpinDizzy celebrates sixth anniversary
Having been made aware that this issue of the @Action News also marks something of an anniversary for Spindizzy, I would like to add some comments on my own experiences.
I’ve only been on Spindizzy since around June 23, the occasion of Butterfluff’s memorial, so I haven’t a lot of history to to report. Still, in the last three months, I have grown to care a great deal for my new virtual “home.” I can’t really pin down a set of particular “top” moments; rather, I have accumulated agrowing collection of impressions which have built to form a comfortable sense of place and purpose.
As I discovered on my very first night on Spindizzy, this odd, little world, set apart in the depths of the electronic universe, has a wonderful sense of community. I have been made to feel, even at that earliest time, welcome, my presence valued, and, in time, my contributions worthy and appreciated. Absent but not lamented were the usual tensions and even open rancor to which I had been witness for almost five years else MU; here, furs chat and play and create things together. It is that sort of sharing which drew me here, and keeps me here. I will always regret not having come here sooner, but I reflect that the time I missed prepared me to better appreciate Spindizzy once I got here. Bravo, Spindizzy, and those who make it what it is. Thank you for sharing with me, and allowing me to share what I may, as well.
Interview with Amalfi
"Amalfi, I want to thank you for takin' the time for this interview.I've heard you can't speak, is this true? Please just say yes or no." I phrased the question as politely as I could, and waited for a response from it. Amalfi's a small, plush rabbit, sort of like the Velvetine of legend. Most of its stuffing's gone, the fur's in colorful patches, and the eyes are sewn-on buttons, but the overall effect is a much-loved creature, or child's toy.
Amalfi shrugged, and began hopping about in small circles. Some of its stuffing shed, falling on the grass, too, like small snowflakes.
"I'm guessing we'll have do this by er, mime...can y' do that?" A thought struck, "Are you liscensed? I only ask because y'were supposed to have some sort of official white-gloves for it, but the mime we asked about it just didn't say it was necessiary, and Morticon's a bit cheap--'ee didn't provide me with the budget without them speakin' up...So..." I winced.
The plush hopped, and looked as though it'd like to say something, but, well, we're back to that no talking part. What secrets of the world could Amalfi reveal if it could talk? Or, Beltrami for that matter? We skipped that and moved to the next question. Amalfi continued to hop about and act rabbit-like, with adorable, twitching whiskers.
"So how do y' manage to rule SpinDizzy if you don't speak...and is Austin really jus' a puppet? There've been quita few rumors there, an' no little money attached to it...have you put yourself into the bettin' pool as well?" I tapped the pad, "...what's th' pool at now, anyways?"
Amalfi hopped about in a circle, and handed me more stuffing.
"I guess we should get to the matter at hand--s'der really a control center...I can't believe I'm sayin' this...but a control center in Squirrel City? D'place is supposed to be all ruins and ghosts b'now."
Amalfi nodded jerkily, hopping up and down all of once. That's a 'yes!' I felt as though we were finally getting somewhere, but...it was getting close to time to close the interview. Amalfi didn't seemed to mind though. Well, they didn't say much about it.
"So how d' you operate it?"
Amalfi hopped exactly once, and then patted its cottony chest. Again, I found myself wishing the plush could talk, but all we could do is move onto the next question.
"...so, what's life like as a plush?, and what d'you do with all th' extra stuffing? I hear it cures toe fungus when mixed w' shreds from Skyler's slippers..."
Amalfi waved. They had to go.
I tried some of the stuffing. It tasted like cotton candy, and melted in the mouth, not in the paw.
News from Duma Mountain, or, Spotty Journalism
Spindizzy's new weekly Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gathering) met Friday, September 17, at 7:00pm Spindizzy time, moderated by Ray. In attendance at varying times were Elizabeth, Stormsong, Elericia, Logan, Findra, Slug, Whiffert, KevMan and Leian, Roofus_roo, and Guest1.
Ray first read a "Poetry's Voice," then "Art Appreciation," (a poem about the varied landscape of the MUCK), followed by "Memory: A Limerick."
Ray then presented a brief definition of filk, from http://www.massfilc.org/filkdefined.html (Well, maybe not so brief...). Afterward, he read a filk titled, "Boot It," (Music: "Beat It," author unknown).
Stormsong then read an untitled poem which began, "In the beginning of time..." which, Stormsong explained was "Just writ, so rough, but... *shrugs.*" Nevertheless, it met with much approbation.
The subject then turned to Haiku, a Japanese poetic form, in which a complete concept must be expressed in three lines of exactly five/seven/ and five syllables. Ray read a Haiku about Chado (the Japanese Tea Ceremony). Stormsong took that opportunity to serve up tea, a nice tikaunyin, with a bit of sencha added in, and some clove, orange peel, and ginger. Whiffert then recited a quick Haiku about the dangers of cooking pancakes with no shirt on. Logan followed with another Haiku on sorrow and hope, and Findra shared a Haiku about dolphins, followed by one about text-based social interaction. Logan followed immediately with a quatrain on essays.
Whiffert then read a poem by William McGonnagall, often lauded as the worst poet in the English language, titled "Tay Bridge Disaster" Ray followed with a sonnet titled "Seven Stars," about the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Changing the tone, a bit, Ray then read another sonnet, titled "The Fur Beneath the Skin," about discovering furrydom.
Whiffert continued in a furry vein by reading Marriot Edgar's comic monologue, "Albert and the Lion," to the amusement of those gathered.
Afterward, Ray dropped a quick Haiku, "Absent Touch," similar in subject to Findra's second Haiku about keyboard-conversation. Ray followed up with a limerick, "Windows Weary," reflecting on Microsoft's operating system.
Once again, the hour grew late, and the session ended.
The Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gathering) met again Friday, September 24, at 7:00pm Spindizzy time, moderated by Ray. In attendance was Chanspot (awake, this time!). Ray started off with "A Bald-Headed Limerick." Chanspot followed with the second chorus of Jack Kerouac's "Mexico City Blues." Ray then read a Haiku on the nature of Desire. Chanspot read the 3rd chorus of his earlier offering, as well as an untitled poem of his own about promises.
Ray changed the tone by reading a filk titled, "You're Going to Give Me an A, Ha-ha!" (Music: "They're Coming to Take Me Away?" Words: various SWILers). Chanspot followed with another untitled poem, about money. Ray read another poem (about coffee), titled, "Java Joe," followed by a mock-rap titled, "SUV Jam." Ray then read a sonnet titled, "In Faintest Praise."
After some further discussion, Ray read another poem, titled, "Lonesome Road," followed by a reprise of "Art Appreciation." The session ended shortly thereafter.
The next session will be Friday, October 1, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Spindizzy time (luge N5 W4, [B]asalt [P]illars, [E]nter [P]ortal). All are welcome, either to read or just to listen. Check the eventlist for more details.
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Who ever said you can't get enough of a good thing? This year, Florida (and other states) watched three blockbusters in a row. It was as if they were planned and shot all at once, such as the Lord of the Rings was. Each hurricane in the Trilogy is equally important, so I shall review them separately, in my usual dry and probably unfunny style...
Editor's note: Perhaps an update on Jeanne will follow.
New Search Engine for @Action News
The SpinDizzy paper, @Action News has a new search engine.
Editor, Argon was disapointed in the "free" search service he had for the site. You'd enter a term, and it would give you a page full of headlines, and you'd have to shuffle through them to find the word(s) you wanted.
Argon asked Ping, local toon mouse, about building a search engine for the site, but the mouse pointed out that Google offered a service called, Site Search that does a Google search limited to just one site.
This is really a great improvement, and I owe Ping a big thank you. She pointed me to something that has really enhanced the site. So give it a try, and thanks Ping!
Alex Vulpnine becomes first Spindizzian and Neo Republician to visit the unknown planet
The planet SpinDizzy seems to be aproaching planet is dtill a mystery to us and whatever fate it may have upon our small is still unknown.
Alex Vulpnine recently regained his memory and had a devistating event that he dealt with recently. In response he stole his grandmother's, Alicia Vulpnine's, prototype all-purpose fighter. His intent was to leave Spindizzy to investigate the planet further since no conventional probes could penetrate the athmosphere. So far the Neo Republic, the only spaceworthy force in the area, has had no success investigating the unknown planet.
By a decision by Alicia herself, Alex took the Core Spendor and set off for the unknown planet, however it was only a few minutes later that a fireball could be seen within the planet's atmosphere and all communications with the tiny fighter were lost. We fear the worst has happened to the young Prince.
NeverNever changed me into something more dragon-like 2 weeks ago.
The change was voluntary. Usually I only change into vehicles, so I wanted to try something else for a change.
So I asked local bodysculptor NeverNever for a change. And she changed me into this. This new form feels great, the scales, the wings, the tounge, those dragon-like parts are really amazing.
Well I'm going to keep this shape in my portfolio, althought I'm intending to be a skunk again. This form is great, but it's not too cuddly and all.
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Newspaper Circulation Report
@Action News, SpinDizzy's weekly paper, apparently has a fairly healthy circulation, swe 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.
This week, Argon asked, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week is, 'You may have seen or heard of Amalfi, the little plush that shows up once in a while. Just who or what (IC) is Amalfi?' "
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