January 30, 2005
Volume V - Issue 236
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SpinDizzy no longer inundated
Last week, the flood waters that had plagued SpinDizzy finally receeded. As reported in the January 16, 2005 edition of @Action News, and further reported in the January 23, 2005 edition, Zach, at the time, local water elemental, had flooded the area. The resulting flood caused inconvinience for some and joy for otters, er, others.
Last week, Darius, at the time, local Culvert Spirit, began asking for "offerings" claiming that these offerings would increase his power. He hoped to use this power to remove the water.
The hope of getting rid of the water sounded good to many, so offerings were made. Soon, Darius had the power he needed and he began eating away all the water. Leaving SpinDizzy in its normal state.
Zach too was effected, as Darius "ate" the water, Zach, who as a water elemental was made of water, dissapeared also, leaving behind... well, nothing.
Although the return of dry land was celebrated by most, as of press time, Zach's condition is still nebulous. How he shall return, and in what form, is unknown as of now.
Morticon hosts Role Playing class
Morticon, shedding for the evening his leadership of the Society of Evil Doers and in character "evil genius trying to take over the muck" persona, hosted a well attended workshop on Role Playing.
In a classroom setting, Morti offered hand outs on Powergaming, Rose Garden RPs, Private/closed RPs (briefly), MUCKwide RPs and Fights. Morti asked folks to read the hand outs, then detailed the points made in them. Questions and answers on each of the topics were discussed. Please follow the link to read the handouts.
Morti and the class discussed good and bad powergaming, how to best RP (Role Play) in the Rose Garden, Private RP's, which are usually more involved and "scripted", planning and implementing muck wide RP's such as the Planet RP and the flood RP that is reported on in the preceeding article.
Many points were made and ideas discussed, and some very good questions were asked. Although far too complex a subject to summarize, it would seem common sense, flexibility and fun for all concerned make a good RP.
Morti is hoping to hold more of these workshops if there is interest. Contact him if you would like more detailed discussions of aspects of RP, to suggest a topic, or if you'd like a repeat of the one last week.
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Jellicle quotient reported high at convention
Further Confusion, a nationally known furry con, was held January 13th-17th in San Jose California. A good time was had by all, especially since there were jellicle cats in residence singing and dancing to keep things happy and bright throughout. They could not be reached for comment, however, since every time they tried to be contacted they disappeared into thin air.
Pretty words today
Everybody started sharing pretty words in the Rose Garden Saturday night. This got started because Elizabeth the panther wanted to know why Leslie the fairy-faux-bunny keeps calling her Mrs and other grownups Mr but says Uncle O'Black. Tanuki asked Elizabeth if she "Ever met a family where all the children call folks ma'am and sir?" And then Tanuki said how "In Japanese culture it is typical for children to address older ladies with 'obasan' and such. And mixing up the titles with the wrong ages is an insult." Obasan's a nice word and Gilead said he liked the word 'ariguma' which he says means 'raccutie'. Darius said 'Anaguma' means 'badger'. Leslie calls grownups by Mrs and Mr because it's important to be respectful of one's elders. Patch O'Black's an Uncle because Nikon O'Black's an aunt like Terra is. Tanuki said that was kind of like if you "ever had an 'aunt' that was just your mother's best friend?" and Elizabeth did.
Oh gosh also Mrs Rose hurt her finger and had a paper cut under her claws. She put it on ice and everybody's trying to help. Mr Gilead once got a piece of radish under one of his nails and that really hurt.
Miss Celany's puns, courtesy of Gilead.
Q: What kind of insect doesn't want to associate with you?
Q: What do you call a bad-smelling primate?
Q: Why did Gilead put a muffin on his hindleg?
Q: Why did Gilead throw a muffin at Morticon?
Q: What do you call rolling marsupials?
Q: What's the foul smell that rises from the deepest part of the ocean?
Q: What do you call a really huge aquatic marsupial?
Q: What kind of marsupial is best at writing expert system databases?
Q: How does a bull get information?
Q: What monster leads the children of Spindizzy?
Q: How do you tell which rodent is best?
Q: Why did the rodent shave his chin?
Q: Why did the female tree rodent throw her mate out of their drey?
Q: What kind of rodent is Cye's natural prey?
Q: Why did the cat spraypaint his name on the wall?
Q: Why did the giant lizard's tail get sore?
Q: What happened when Santa's sleigh bogged down in a blizzard in the high Sierras?
Q: Where do you dig for weasels?
Thanks for coming, to those who made it, and to those who didn't, I very much look forward to, and hope, that you'll join us next week!
A special thanks to the folks who made the event: Ai, Leian, KevMan, Raeth, Adara, Alfie, Laura, Premchaia. Thank you all for coming and sharing your ideas.
The topic this week was the the recent moon landing by Hyugens. Participants applied their own interpretation to it, from poems, to programs, to rooms, to sketches. Laura contributed a poem about leftover space trash, Ai a virtual photograph, Alfie a cartoon, and Raeth several photo manips concerning...well, you may just have to ask him!
This ambush on SpinDizzy is and should be a change from Ambushes previously...please consider coming out next week and finding out just how! There's also a FAQ available, viewable simply by visiting B&P (n1 e8, b, look afaq). You can view the last week's topic by running over to B&P and typing 'l theme.' Normally, all entries are deleted after the Ambush, but some individuals may choose to retain them, or even publish them.
Ambushes are held each Sunday at 19:00 MUCK time, give or take a few minutes. You can get there by "luge n1 e8," and then "b," or just hopping on the fossa. They end at 20:30 MUCK time.
Editor's note: Be sure and see Chanspot's announcement in the Live Journal section of the paper below.
News from Duma Mountain, or, Spotty Journalism
SpinDizzy's weekly Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gather) met Friday, January 28, at 7:00pm SpinDizzy time, in a Mountain Shelter, moderated by Ray. In attendance at varying times were: Elizabeth, Findra, Alfie, Shoe, Premchaia (briefly), and Ba'ar.
Ray began the session with several original pieces on a Winter Theme: "Rosepetals Swirling On the Breeze," "Winter Thoughts," and a Haiku, titled, "Winter." He followed that with a poem on the requested Theme of freedom, titled, simplistically enough, "Freedom." Alfie then read a poem by Wallace Stevens, titled, "Gubbinal."
Ray continued with another original poem, titled, "Poetry's Voice." On request, he then sang a Doctor Who filk, titled, "The Song of Current Companion," (words copyright Graham Woodland, 2000; to the tune of "Modern Major General" by Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan). Ba'ar followed that, reading an original poem, titled, "Con Zombies." Ray continued in that general vein, singing a filk, titled, "Back in the Middle of Fen," (words by Cyohtee; to the tune of "Stuck in the Middle With You," by Stealers Wheel). This sparked a discussion of conventions in particular, and fandom in general.
Eventually, the hour again grew late, and the moderator withdrew.
The next session will be Friday, Febuary 4, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm SpinDizzy time (luge S7 E4, [B]asalt [P]illars, [E]nter [P]ortal). All are welcome, either to read or just to listen. Check the eventlist for more details.
Notice: If anyfur would like to see any of the poems, songs, or filks mentioned in this or any previous edition of Spotty Journalism printed in its entirety in this column, please pmail Ray to request it. Space permitting, I will make arrangements. -R.
Zach's Quoted Quote Question
Can you guess where the quote was said and who said it. See the bottom of the paper for the answer...
Obviously being "Ashes to ashes and dust to dust," Zach has no "Quotable Quote" this week,
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.
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.
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Dear Off Key:
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Dear Ranger Smith:
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. This week, Lupinetiger suggested I ask, do you like renaissance fairs?
Zach's Quoted Quote Answer
No quote this week due to evaporation.
The Doze Garden
Too much time and too many M&Ms.
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