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Exploration Party finds area that is apparently dull and unmemorable

After repeated inquiries by this reporter for information concerning last week's exploration of the spindizzy to our south, no information has been aquired. No one asked apparently participated in the trip, or has any memory of it. No reports were recieved by @Action News. So we can only assume that nothing of interest was found there.

So, instead of an actual report, I just made the following up:

The exploration party met early in the evening and headed south. Once reaching the border, they stepped across and were immediately confronted by a firece looking alicentaur. A centaur with a hundred equine bodied connected by the following equine body's neck to the preceeding equine body's hindquarters.

"I am Mozdork," the strange creature bellowed, "Who dares trespass in my domain!?!"

The leader of the party, Coolin', local leaping lemur, replied, "We are explorers from the spindizzy to the north. We are just visiting and mean no harm."

The alicentaur reared up and shouted, "None shall pass!"

Brina, local Jedi coolgirl, said, "Let me handle this." Pulling out her light sabre, she sliced the first four equine sections from the backside of Mozdork, his front section, the one with the head, broke out crying, saying, "Oh boo hoo! Now I only have four legs and one..." at that point, the now plain centaur ran off, leaving a trail of tears.

The four now seperated equine aspects stood for a moment, and then a horse head popped out of each neck, and a tail popped out of each, now horse's backside, leaving each of the explorers with a horse to ride as they explored the spindizzy.

The party rode their horses further sorth. The horses were obviously relieved to not have their heads up the backside of the other horses. Soon, they came to a fork in the road. A sign indicated "Liberal Land" to the left, and "Moral Valuesville", to the right. The explorers decided to split up, two taking the left path and two the right, agreeing to meet back at the fork in the road.

An hour later, the two groups met back at the fork in the road. Brina and Ratter, local hairsnake, reported that Liberal Land was a strange place. Ratter reported, "Liberal Land was bizzare. Prostitution was legal, and condoms and sex education was taught in elementary schools. There were all sorts of places of worship, but any displays of these belief were prohibited outside of these places of worship. Drugs were legal and handed out in schools and on street corners. And after being attacked by the spindizzy to the east, the government there, which seemed to argue every point endlessly, decided, rather than retaliate against the attackers, to give them billions of dollars, and require all schools to teach the attackers' point of view in hopes of understanding why they did it. It was a very strange place."

Coolin' and Doilie, local blimp, reported on what was up the right path, "Morals Valuesville was very strange," reported Doilie, "This land was very strict. It seems they have morality police that went from house to house making sure each family had a gun and a bible in the house. All religions other than Christianity were outlawed, and there was no sex education at all. On Sundays, everyone marches to church, and the rules are made by a group of rich men who make laws based only on what they feel, with no input from the populace or consideration of alternate points of view. And get this, after being attacked by the spindizzy to the east, they attacked the spindizzies to the north and west."

Both groups decided this spindizzy was just too strange and decided to leave. When they reached the border, they released their grateful, now complete horses and returned triumphantly to SpinDizzy.

The Vixie Alphabet

After chatting about how cute Vixie, local fox, is, a standard subject whenever Vixie is present, The self proclaimed cute fox asked, "You know, we could do a Vixie alphabet." Which led to the following:

  • Argon says, "A for Astonishingly cute?"
  • Vixie says, "A is for Awesome."
  • Vixie says, "B is for beautiful."
  • Adara purrs, "We all know 'C' is for cute...how about 'D'?"
    Vixie says, "C is for cute."
  • Vixie says, "D is for darling."
  • Adara purrs, " 'E' could be for effortlessly cute...or some such synonym."
    Phoex says, "Exquisite"
    Vixie says, "E could be for enjoyable, what it's like to be around me."
    Mavra says, "E is for Exquisite again, only spelled correctly!"
  • Vixie says, "F is for fox, of course."
  • Vixie says, "G is for great."
  • Vixie says, "H is for humble."
  • Mavra says, "I is for her saying 'I!' for she talks about the cutest one around!" Mavra says, "I is for her saying 'I!' again."
  • Geddiz says, "Jolly good fun?"
    Vixie says, "J is for jovial."
  • Vixie says, "K is for Kyooote!"
  • Vixie says, "L is for lovable."
  • Argon says, "M is for Massively cute."
  • Vixie says, "N is for nice."
  • Argon says, "O is for Obviously cute."
    Mouser hisses, "O is for Oh You Kid!?"
    Mavra says, "Omigawdhowkaty00te!"
  • Vixie says, "P is for pretty."
  • Vixie says, "Q is for quite cute."
  • Vixie says, "R is for Ravishing."
  • Vixie says, "S is for stunning."
  • Vixie says, "T is for terrific."
  • Vixie says, "U is for unbeleivably cute."
  • Vixie says, "V is for vixen, or Vixie."
    Adara sings, o/~ "'V' is for Vixie, an' that's good enough for me!" o/~
    Mavra says, "V is for Vixie, for that's who she is!"
  • Vixie says, "W is for wonderful."
  • Vixie says, "X is for x-treme cuteness."
    Phoex says, "X for *gasp* ?"
    Geddiz says, "Xtra cute?"
    Mavra says, "X is for... X-quisite! For she's X-quisitely cute!"
  • Vixie says, "Y is for Yoy, she's cute!" Vixie says, "Yow, she's cute, I mean."
  • Vixie says, "Z is for Zoom, what her fans to when rushing to see her."

Vixie says, "And that's the Vixie alphabet."

Darius does his trick

Darius, local former ferret turned collie, performed his trick for Argon in the Rose Garden.

Darius wuffs. he barks at Argon.
Argon patpats Darius! Argon reaches in a pocket and finds a Milk-Bone.
Argon says, "Ok, Darius. Do your trick."
Darius perks his ears. He raises his paws, and lifts his muzzle,so that Argon can put the treat on his nose.
Argon does so balancing it carefully.
Argon says, "Ok, ready Darius?"
Argon says, "Wait for it..."
Darius looks at the treat. he stands very still.
Argon says, "Ok, eat the treat!"
Darius snaps his muzzle up in the air, and eats the treat!
Argon says, "Yay!"
Argon patpats Darius!
Argon says, "Good dog!"
Darius barks several times, and licks Argon. "Horseman give treat. nice."

Argon commented that if he was ever trapped in a well, he'd want Darius to go for help.

Santa Paws to visit SpinDizzy

Word has been received that Santa Paws, that jolly holiday elf himself, will be coming to Spindizzy to see what the good little boys and girls want for Christmas(this includes you too Morticon!).

The meeting will be held Next Saturday (11th of December) from 1800 to 2000 Muck time and will be held in the Rose Garden. Participants are encouraged to dress as children in the spirit of the event. See you there!

Overexposure to Dogs Takes Away Feline’s Anthropomorphic Powers

This past Wednesday Adara, local feline, entered the Rose Garden some time in the early afternoon. She was greeted with a bark from Darius (local ferret turned collie), and a growl from Borris (local polar bear). Laura, local raccoon, also began woofing, adding to the confusion.

The dog-like sounds, combined with Darius’s overwhelming canine-ness, caused Adara to revert to a full feline state, losing her ability to speak English or walk on two legs. When she began to meow, Darius noticed her and began chasing her. The feline finally ended up in a branch of the Ancient Oak, wondering why her abilities had suddenly vanished.

Borris supplied her with a translator box, and Adara was able to pose the question to the rest of the garden. Everyone came to the conclusion that if Darius were to stop chasing and harassing her, Adara would be able to return to her anthropomorphic self. The collie was dubious at first, claiming that “dog always chase kitty!”.

Between Adara’s pleadings and Borris’s threats, however, he was soon swayed. Adara jumped out of the tree and, upon finding that Darius would not chase her, regained her powers of speech and her ability to walk on two legs.

Zach's Art (in Progress) Review
Today's Subject: Rae(th)'s New Fur-Do

I happened to stumble upon this piece while at the Rose Garden. An associate of mine decided that he was too lazy to get a room. Meanwhile the skiltaire saw this as an opportunity to express himself. After making short work of Rae with a pounce, a brushing and a few tickles his canvas was ready. With a spritz from a can that can only be described as smelling like peppermint, vanilla and scorched sugar, this reviewer finds almost tasty the first layer was applied. In moments the Skiltaire meticulously trimmed his unsightliness to some short sculpted seriously smoothed out fennec. Rae showed no signs of disagreement or life; though he says he was quite awake at the time. Next a pair of cans were pulled out. Skiltek use them to apply a liberally a smooth layer of dark blue all over Rae. This left only the top of Rae's head his natural color the rest of him was colored a cobalt blue. Next Skiltek applied some clippies to the fur as a spray of orange was applied leaving clearly defined circles. Rae mumbled something incoherently still obviously asleep for whatever reason.

I worry what would happen if he got caught in a fire, the smells at this time were overwhelming and he seemed to content to sleep right through it. Next a clear layer of gloss material was applied to give a natural shine to the now complimentary colors that covered his fur. I asked if he would be okay and was answered. As I wandered off he started finishing up by erasing Rae's black tail and replacing it with an orange one that somehow eventually was blended to his cobalt blue body, quite challenging I am sure since orange and blue have nothing in common.

This was quite a beautiful feat and shows much promise for the up and coming skiltaire artist, he may have to open a salon sometime. Sadly the colors weren't as wash and wear as I hoped. When I saw Rae next I could still see the elements from the job but not quite the intricate detail that I had originally observed . In all, I had to agree that Rae looked especially cute “For a GIRL! “ which I commented to him. He simply stuck his tongue out me and we proceeded playing as we usually do.

News from Duma Mountain, or, Spotty Journalism

Ray's filk.

Spindizzy's weekly Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gather) met Friday, December 3, at 7:00pm Spindizzy time, in a Quiet Garden, moderated by Ray. In attendance at varying times were: Elizabeth, Chanspot, Logreth, Jac, Alfie, Ping, Slug, K'purra, PatchO'Black, Daystar, Roofus_roo, Stormsong, Kefan, Guest1, and Shoe.

Logreth started the session, reading"The Night Santa Went Crazy," by Weird Al Yankovich. Ping followed with Mark Twain's opinion about "How To Cure A Cold." Jac then performed a Sci-Fi filk by Joe Bethancourt, titled, "The Other Irish Rover." Ray contined that Theme, singing, "Jedi Drinking Song" ( words and music John Ryan of the Dust Rhinos ). Alfie changed the mood, recounting "Why Skunk's Tail is Black and White," an Okanogan legend as retold by Mourning Dove, which mystified the audience with its somewhat inconclusive conclusion. Jac added to the levity, sharing, "Let's send Barney to Jurassic Park!"

Stormsong deepened the mood, singing and untitled, original song about Love and Memory. She then read another, about Dreams of Love. Ray then lightened the mood, again, singing a filk, titled, "Do Virgins Taste Better?" ( words by Randy Farran, music traditional (parody of the Irish Washerwoman) ). Stormsong followed that by singing, "Dream Warrior," by Stephen R. Melvin. Kefan then performed a song off Tom Smith's latest offering, "And They Say I've Got Talent," "Rich Fantasy Lives."

Shoe had a "rantish" original and untitled piece to present, which began, "You are hiding stuff..." Ray then performed an original Limerick, "How'd Keff Miss This One?" K'purra followed that with an excerpt from "Ulysses," by Tennyson. Keff then performed a Limerick in reply to Ray's, confirming his status as a Master Limerick-smith.

At that point, the Moderator bowed out, leaving the remaining furs to proceed as they wished.

In related news...

Friday, December 10, in lieu of the usual Bardic Circle, Elizabeth and Ray will be hosting a Winter Holiday Dinner Party at Gepard Manor, in Keresztulerdo (Tel #12439, OG, MG, FP, FD, ED; for the scenic route, start at The Dark Forest (luge N6 W3), then EF, EA, EA, VG, SG, SO, SO, OG, MG, FP, FD, ED), from 7:00pm Spindizzy time, to end at approximately 10:00pm. Everyfur is welcome; this will be an open-house event. Though this won't be a Bardic Circle, caroling is a distinct possibility, if furs wish to share their favorite seasonal songs and poems.Hope to see you there!

This week in history

Back issues from a year and more ago. Remember when...?

Spindizzy WorldJournal: A livejournal experience

Notes from the SpinDizzy Live Journal Community

Remember, user names on the Live Journal forum may be different than those of characters here.

  • From Terry - Terry's Story - The story of Terry, his origion, and information about Squirrel City. (Note, this is a few paragraphs long, so instead of repeating it in the paper, you can read the story here. I'm not sure if this will open for you if you aren't an LJ subscriber. If that is the case, and there is enough interest from folks who don't want to subscribe (which is a painless and no spam process,) I'll copy and post the piece on the SpinDizzy News web site. - Argon, Editor, @Action News.)

  • From Chanspot - Your RP Setting - One of the things I learned most about when working with the planetary RP is how much time and effort over the years we've had towards folks constructing their own worlds, fantasies, and even entire settings. These get expressed through RP, through building, through interactions with characters...yet how do we find out about them so we can join in?

    Did you know the Fruitbat and Co. has secret levels to its labratories, that there's an entire history of how the Fruitbats moved to SpinDizzy? What about the SED? The rift, even, has a story. The cetans have their own religion? Books of it.

    I'd like to propse this: please write something about your setting, your rp, your world. Spindizzy is a fantasy we all share, and we can only make its tapestry richer. I'd like to see these added to the website at some point, perhaps a bit of history about the fruitbats, the Vulpine family, the rift...

    People are interested. We just don't know about them. So take the time time and tell us.

    Argon notes that the SpinDizzy web site has a FAQ section where information like this can be found. Additions to it, such as those Chanspot mentioned would be welcomed for this section of our web site - Argon, Editor, @Action News.

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

Adara doing the survey.This week Adara asked, "What is your favorite holiday song?"

  • Argon says, "I'd have to say 'Grandma got run over by a centaur'."
  • Darius -- "I'd have to say "The 12 redneck days of Christmas." Makes me grin everytime."
  • Nikon yerfs softly, "The night Santa went crazy."
  • Aleu -- "I like 'Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming'."
  • Slug hates Christmas music! It's the same songs played over and over... Drives you nuts.
  • Terry meeps, "I like the passover songs, but I don't know their names. Daiyenu! Daiyenu is a cool one, because it's all guilty and self-flagellating."
  • Borris likes the song "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer"
  • Gina_Doberman -- "So This Is Christmas, by George Harrison. (or is it Paul McCartney?)"
  • Warusa --There isn't anything that comes close....'Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.'
  • Ray -- My favorite Holday song? You can find it here.
  • Elizabeth: My favorites are "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"..and "Oh Holy Night".
  • Skiltek -- Ave Maria.
  • Gilead --My favorite is Wierd Al's "The Night Santa Went Crazy."
  • Tami says, "Christmas at Ground Zero!"
  • Brenda -- My favorite Holiday song? Hmmm, dunno...but I do get a kick out of "The 12 pains of Christmas". Oh! And "I'm dreaming of a White Trash Christmas".
  • Vixie says, "Vixie, the fox who saved Christmas."
  • DaemonNuit says, " I'd have to say the theme song from Nightmare Before Christmas."
  • Fala thinks. "Little St. Nick."
  • Peppermint oohs. "How about "Jingle Bells" with the "Grandma's got a Gun" alternate lyric!
  • Adara -- I like "Oh Holy Night" and "Let It Snow"

Notices and Corrections

Bristles and pixels.

Art Ambush

We'll be host to an Ambush this coming Sunday, December 5th, 19:00 MU time, give or take a little bit. Ambushes are whimsical events--folks gather and someone tosses out an idea...then everyone offers their interpretations. Poetry, prose, drawings, code, even recipes.

Yes, I said code. From hello world's to C:/SPOT/RUN it's an event that celebrates our creativity in whatever form we choose to express it in. I'll be giving extra time on this one, too--it's been too long since we've had an Ambush. If you're in the midst of studies, consider it a breather to kill some stress. We're here to have fun and to celebrate eachothers' diversity.

Please luge to N1 E8, B this Saturday, hop in and be prepared to share your ideas, even as a spectator. It'll be good to see you there. :)

Editorial by Ba'ar

Greetings everyone, Ba'ar here. As many of you know I'm a regular contributor to the Spindizzy newspaper through my Bearing Up columns and other various contributions. I'm sure you've enjoyed them, but surely I'm not the only one with an interesting idea or two to contribute to the newsletter. As I see it, friends, the newspaper belongs to all of us and thus its up to all of us to contribute to it and give it its unique flavor. So if you have an interesting idea please send it to Argon in care of this paper. Thanks!

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, Carl or SDN 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 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