November 7, 2004
Volume V - Issue 224
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Patch O'Black hosts Halloween party
This year, there was not one, but two Halloween Parties, both held in the Midnight Meadows of Jellicle Fields, hosted by local Jellicle cat, Patch O'Black and his mate, Nikon, local Raccoon.
Several folks attended one or both, including several super-heros, an ITter (a spooky clown-otter), a Mosi-taur, as well as the hosts portraying the two lead characters from Inu-Yasah. Patch O'Black assumed a wolf form, to better look the part of the dog-demon, and Nikon made a lovely Kagome.
Treats freshly grown were served, including pumpkin pie and pumpkin soda. A tub for bobbing for apples was set out, and the party was visited by a creature known as Vegi-stein, as sort of living collection of vegetables who handed out tasty vegetable treats.
Patch O'Black hopes everyone enjoyed themselves, and invites feedback in order to make next year's party or parties even better!
Morticon for President?
Spindizzy residents who came to the polls for Tuesday's election were in a rather rude shock, as there was someone extra on the ballot..
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Election officials couldn't explain how Mr. Wallaby got on the ballot since his party had never registered. A SED press release was quoted as saying. "We think that our candidate is the best. Sure he's inept and corrupt, but for one thing he's no more inept or corrupt than other politicians. For another, you know he's inept and corrupt up front..no need to wait until he's elected to find out."
Morticon, the SED's offering for presidental candidate, could not be reached for comment.
As shown in the accompanying photo, the contest for Ohio was finally settled by the candidates shooting lazer eye beams at each other.
Interview with Kern and Ing
Kern flys in, bringing Ing with Kern.
The birds went on about their business, and the conversation then turned to mechanical terns.
Politics and root canals
The following discussion was over heard this week in the Rose Garden.
Gilead wants no more taxes. We'll just use our military to take what we need, like the imperial powers of yore. Start naming all our new weapons after famous vikings and such.
Argon says, "Ah well, I don't want to talk about Bush. Lets talk about happier things. Let me tell you about the root canal I got."
Royce oooohs, "Story!" He sits to listen.
Argon says, "Well, my tooth hurt, so I went to the dentist, and he said, 'Breath this gas,'And the next thing I knew, I was riding a My Little Pony over rainbows to gardens made with candy...."And all the clouds were singing Popeye the Sailor Man..."And a cow and a spoon were dancing on a breeze...And all of a sudden, I was falling through the cloud...!"
Royce hm. "Hurry up and get to the part with the raccoons."
Argon continued, "And I fell and fell, and when I was about to hit the ground...The firemen came out and caught me in a net. And All the firemen were wearing masks...Because they...Were raccoons!"
Argon says, "And then I woke up and had to pay the dentisy $560."
The conversation then turned to setting bones in the field, paper cuts, and other topics more pleasant than politics.
Argon says, "Write about giant robot vampire alien grave robbing werewolves... That are superheroes."
Adara says, "Amazons!"
Argon nodded, "Amazon giant robot vampire alien grave robbing werewolves."
Casandro then arrived saying, "Servus"
Terry chirped, "Never! Live free or die!"
Gilead chirped, "Live free.... or DIEEEEE!!!!!"
The conversation then turned to root canals.
New 'Coonlective member
(from the SpinDizzy Live Journal Community) Well, time to welcome a new Coonlective member. This time it's that hyperactive, winged firefox, Wind-Dancer.
It all started at Patchy's Halloween party (the second one, the one actually held on Halloween). Brenda, being her latexy self, prodded around until she convinced Wind-Dancer to go to Patchy's party wearing her as a costume. The effect was Brenda looking like a winged red panda with a cougar coloration.
After an interesting experience of being worn (Both Brenda and Wind-Dancer could control each other's actions, but Wind-Dancer loved to pounce others and tickle and huggle them, whether Brenda wanted to or not), Brenda was prodded by Nikon to see if she can...'introduce' new members into the Coonlective.
So thanks to a Thermos filled with rubberizing Fountain water and a bit of concentration, Brenda succeeded in merging Wind-Dancer fully into her. However, Brenda remained a (latexy) firefox-framed winged cougar. No matter. She managed to encompass Wind-Dancer's soul and connect it to the Coonlective's soul.
Afterwards, Brenda managed to separate Wind-Dancer from her again by creating a liquid latex pool from her foot and create another form, a la T-1000. However, due to the cougirl's inexperience at this, Wind-Dancer became a physical, albeit flesh 'n fur, clone of Brenda (eg, another voluptuous winged firefox with a cougar coloration). Brenda currently suspects that this might be the 'Coonlective' form for Wind-Dancer, like how she's a balloonie coon for the Coonlective. Or how Laura seems to be a robot-ish-like coon, or Miss a leopard-spotted coon, or Argon a raccoontaur, etc...
Regardless, welcome Wind-Dancer into the Coonlective with open arms and shinies all over!
Beltrami attempts communication with screensaver
Thursday morning Beltrami, balloon half-dragon, attempted to communicate with the screensaver running on a personal data assistant handed her by Tristan, omega wulfen. The magical werewolf-like creature handed the device to her as part of the ongoing effort to find a way for her to speak. Tristan insisted it was a matter of simply writing out the words she wanted spoken, and letting the program speak them aloud. "Beltrami hoisted it with herself to the shoulder of Jessie-Tiger, grey tiger program, where she held up the index cards the mute balloon typically uses to introduce herself to strangers. She waved to it, and smiled, and found it unresponsive. Austin, elastic coati-bunny, said, "That's nothing like your prototype home, is it, Jessie?"
Jessie-Tiger shook her head. "Not directly, I don't think..."
Tristan grew frustrated at Beltrami not using the device to talk; Jessie believed she could explain. "I gather that within that device is someone like myself, whose function is to translate anything you write on the screen into a voice, perhaps like mine. So, as you would with the cards, write what you would wish to say there... and then the programm within will be happy to speak it out loud." To Beltrami's question "Who" Jessie-Tiger admitted it was no one she knew personally.
Tristan scribbled something on the screen, prompting the device to say ``You don't have to worry about feeding me. I have food in here.'' Beltrami's efforts to talk with the PDA program moved slowly until Tristan swapped out a memory card and began a screensaver. This she studied intently in the attempt to understand whatever the message might be. (Beltrami's operator pack would typicaly present a complex pattern of flashing lights which she read.)
Beltrami finally held her 'PLEASE TALK' card up for the PDA; Tristan explained that she had to write what the machine was to say. On her three-dimensional blackboard Beltrami explained "It was writing- I couldn't read," and that "[ I ] want to know program."
Finally Tristan understood, and slapped his face into his palm at the futility of his attempts to explain what Beltrami was doing wrong.
Glaring at Jessie-Tiger, he said, "You got her thinkin' there's a furson in this thing!"
Jessie-Tiger said, "Well, there's a program, certainly..." and Beltrami agreed.
Tristan explained, "The program is not a living being," and was "...nothing more than instructions for the processor, which isn't a living thing either!"
Jessie-Tiger admitted Tristan might see it that way. As Beltrami looked on disappointed that the PDA was "Big, opaque, and not [ a ] person" Tristan returned to the programming board, with the intent of making a speaking program someone could talk with.
News from Duma Mountain, or, Spotty Journalism
Spindizzy's weekly Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gather) met Friday, November 5, at 7:00pm Spindizzy time, in a Quiet Garden, moderated by Ray. In attendance at varying times were: Elizabeth, Stormsong, Findra, Chanspot, Ba'ar, Roofus_roo, Scandal, K'purra, Elericia, and Tarka.
Ray began the readings with an original poem, titled, "Walking Alone In the Midnight Dark," which began a Theme of submerged perceptions. Elizabeth followed with a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, titled, "What if you slept?" about dreams and reality. Chanspot continued that Theme with a spontaneous, original poem (untitled) about the unreality of late night musings and perceptions. Stormsong followed with an original poem (untitled) about the reality which sometimes belies dreams, which, much to his chagrin, Ray unintentionally interrupted with a Haiku titled, "Night Owl's Morning."
Elizabeth then read a poem by Robert Browning, titled, "Perfection." Ray continued with another original poem, titled, "Beauty Begets Beauty." Ba'ar read the classic by Frost, "Road Not Taken." Ray read another original poem, titled, "Memory." Chanspot and Scandal played with another spontaneous poem, which began "ISP, ISP, words escape me at your..."
Scandal then read an untitled original poem which began "You have the soul of an umbrella." Elizabeth followed with another poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, titled, "A Psalm of Life." Elizabeth ran into trouble reciting it, and K'purra offered to complete the reading. Scandal read another untitled original poem which began "She moves like water." Ray then read a Haiku about the nature of creation and matter. He also read another original poem, titled, "Feast of Words." Scandal read a Haiku about Magnificent Life. Elizabeth then read another original poem by Ray, "Why Does the Cheetah Weep? (For Norok)," about the endangered state of the Cheetah.
Scandal read another original poem, titled, "Life and a Ball of Twine," likening playful gods manipulating the world to cats toying with a ball of twine. This lead to a brief discussion of topical mythology. Findra handed out Bonfire Toffee in honor of "Guy Fawkes Day," which also came under discussion.
Scandal read another original poem, titled, "The Lovers." Ray followed that with an original poem titled, "LoveHeat." Scandal read another love poem, titled, "Hazel Eyes." K'purra read a poem by John Donne, titled, "Valediction--Forbidding Mourning."
Ray changed the mood again, reading an original poem, titled, "Masquerade." At that point, the hour once again grew late, and the Moderator excused himself.
The next session will be Friday, November 12, 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.
Notes from the SpinDizzy Live Journal Community
How about some ideas for a better name for this column? More-like-prerecorded-than-livejournal notes? Off Muck Musings? In and Out of Character Chatter? Yes, I know these aren't the best, but I'm sure someone can come up with a better name. Jusy page #mail Argon if you have any idea!
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.
Welcome to the latest edition of Bearing up, the advice column where Ba'ar (That's me!) has answers to your most challenging questions.
Dear Bearing Up,
Dear R. Nader:
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Dear A. Pathetic: If you voted, it did indeed count.
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Dear Argon: Hire the lawyers to sue the car dealers for wasting your time.
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Dear W. Allaby: No but I think President Bush will.
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Dear C. Onspiracy:
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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 email@example.com . Thanks.
This week, Argon asked, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week is, "Who's answer to this survey will be lost this week?"
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