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Beltrami joins fairy community

Beltrami, local balloon dragon/human, became the newest inductee to the fairy community this week with the acquisition of a pair of insect-like antennae that grow from her forehead. The antenna-feelers are about a foot long, are extremely flexible, and seem made of the same vinyl the rest of her body is except that the bulbs on the end can flash lights of several colors.

While she has had some magical powers, notably flight and ice 'breath', from her dragon-ness, and has a wider array of magic powers by the use of Roofus_roo, the fairy balloon kangaroo 'operator' she keeps with her, it is unclear whether this touch of fae folk have increased her magic powers. It has been noted one common use of fairy antennae is an aid to telepathy, and many would like to read Beltrami's thoughts.

She has not made clear how the antennae were acquired, except to indicate that Roofus_roo was essential to the process.

Kern, Ing make announcement; everything clockwork

Clockwork birds Kern and Ing visited the Rose Garden Saturday morning with another odd and mind-expanding visit. Kern and Ing announced their desire was to find a key to wind up one of their machines, which they described as ``not a bird, no, but she's one of those kinds that act like them.'' This was not a griffon, however. The pair quickly focused on PatchO'Black the jellicle cat, who had offered them the keys of A Sharp and C.

Told they hoped to have enough keys to wind up absolutely everyone, Patchy insisted many people needed to relax and to unwind. ``"Unless you are talking about converting folks into clockwork beings like yourself.''

Kern said, ``No no no, only some people can be birds at all,'' and Ing was reported to explain that Conversion that be a curious process, but everything already mechanical.'' Patchy then found himself arguing with Kern and Ing that he was not clockwork -- though, he admitted, ``NeverNever once briefly life-weaved me with a butterfly-shaped key.'' Kern announced that was the key they needed.

As Patchy had to leave he gave the key to Austin, elastic coati-bunny. Kern and Ing proceeded to hop around him, and distract Austin so Kern could swipe the key. They left to test it out, saying that "Even if this doesn't work on our machine I bet it'll do something good for the big whirler." They added, "Don't worry, the big whirler's going to be all better in days!" What the big whirler is was not explained.

Further exploration of spindizzy planet planned

An exploration party is being formed to explore what has been dubbed, "The Storage Area" on one of the adjoining spindizzies on Sunday, March 6, 2004 at 7:45 PM SpinDizzy time. The expedition is being organized by Kulan, local wallaby, and will meet ath N0 E1.

Since SpinDizzy's joining with the "Spindizzy Planet", which seems to consist of many other spindizzy ecosystems like our own, several of the ones that border ours have been explored. Each one is different, and all have been facinating looks into different versions of our own little world.

Kulan was unavailable for comment, but entering, "eventlist #show 4" will provide more information.

Zach returns from underworld

Zach, last seen over a month ago as the water-elemental otter who flooded the world, and whose floodwaters were drank by Darius, culvert-dragon spirit, has finally returned, sporting a new element and a new species. The ten-year-old is now an earth-elemental rabbit, with an instinctive mastery over dirt, rocks, gems, and minerals.

While he had been presumed killed by Darius's flood-averting action, in fact Zach had merely been trapped deep underground for his spirit to regenerate around the new material. He had achieved mental contact with a variety of individuals, both personal friends and members of the Coonlective, but they seem to have not recognized the dreams and odd feelings Zach could generate as specific clues or attempts to make contact.

Zach, who was a human boy when he first arrived, has been a fire-elemental fox, a wind-elemental squirrel, and a water-elemental otter previously. The next transformation one may expect will bring the quintessence of Zach.

Zach-Nocte Alliance dissolves; cooties cited

The Zach-Nocte Alliance, a cornerstone of muckwide ten-year-old diplomacy, dissolved this week after Zach's discovery that in his absence Nocte had become female and had even become pregnant. Zach maintained that as the cornerstone of the Zach-Nocte Alliance was the avoidance of cooties, and Nocte was clearly infested.

Zach held open the possibility of resurrecting the alliance, if Nocte returned to being male as soon as possible. Nocte, made female by freelance demon NeverNever, insisted this was him, or her, now, and it was beyond his power to change that at least before she gave birth. Zach said that was no good, and she had to change now; with that, both accepted the alliance was dissolved.

Nocte began to insist that Zach was therefore an ``obstruction'' and had to be removed; she then fired some sort of magical energy bolt at Zach, blasting a hole in his chest. Zach was mildly stunned, and needed a few minutes to gather dirt and stones from the vicinity to repair himself. Austin, elastic coati-bunny and adopted grandfather of Nocte, then ordered her to stop the attack; Nocte complied. Zach and Nocte have not been noted to interact since then.

A Calembour Orange

Austin, local bunny coati and Argon local centaur had an exchange of dry with earlier this week. It all started as Austin commented, "Oh, a hop, skip, and a jump."
Argon replied, "Hopscotch."
Austin said, "Can centaurs play hopscotch?"
Argon said, "Sure. The squares are bigger though."
Austin asked, "Are they played on the steeplechase track?"
Argon answered, "No, Kern and Ing won't let us play up in the steeple. They're afraid we'll damage the works."
Austin replied, "Can't find all the people, eh?"
Argon answered, "They keep them well in hand."
Austin remarked, "They don't have hands."
Argon said, "I guess they have to wing it then."
Austin said, "They wind it, from what I've heard."
Argon remarked, "It gives a spring to their steps."
Austin noted, "Certainly we're polishing off this subject."
Argon could wax poetic on the subject for hours.
Austin said, "That takes a lot of brass."
Argon said, "I can't risk having my reputation tarnished."
Austin answered, "You don't have to be so fusee."
To which Argon said, "I'll try to compensate for the tension by winding this up."
Austin replied, "And just when we were on the verge of something."
Argon said, "A flare of realization could be of use here."
Austin said, "Folioted again!"
Argon asked, "So it's fall then?"
Austin said, "That's up to the quartz to decide."
Argon said, "Ah, it's chrystal clear!"
Austin noted, "The subject will resonate with us all."
Argon remarked, "We should sping into action at the quick vibrations meaure the time."
Austin replied, "Thus allowing us the chance to cesium the day."
Nocte then disconnected.
Austin acked, "We broke her!"
Nocte re-connected.
Austin, relived said, "Welcome back. You all right?"
Nocte nodded, "I'm fine."
Argon said, "Ah, about time."
Austin said, "Not in all zones."

And with some alarm, Argon relized he had to go and wind his grandfather clock.

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...

This week's quote: "Now, some people like to be doused in oil. Like otters. Otters love it. "

News from Duma Mountain, or, Spotty Journalism

Ray's filk.

Spindizzy's weekly Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gather) met Friday, March 4, at 7:00pm Spindizzy time, on Luau Beach, moderated by Sonya. Ray was unable to moderate or attend, due to illness. A report on this gather will appear in next week's edition, pending availability of a Log.

The next session will be Friday, March 11, 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.

This week in history

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

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."I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week is, 'Have you ever looked through a telescope into space and if so what planet or object did you see last?

  • Mouser last looked through a telescope when he was a little kid on a field trip to an observatory. Got to see the planet Saturn with its rings and all. Sadly, he lives in an urban area and doesn't get to enjoy astronomy much.
  • Darius growls, "I have looked through a telescope into space. I believe the last object I saw was the moon."
  • Austin says, "Through a telescope, most recently, a comet; I don't remember which. Last planet I really observed was Mars, but that was naked-eye observations. The moon I see most days, but don't particularly observe it other than marveling at seeing it upside-down some of the time."
  • Nocte owns a telescope, but I haven't had it out in ages.. I think the last object I saw was the moon myself.
  • Beltrami stands up...she holds her thumbs about one foot in front of the other, and aims them at a spot a few degrees away from the sun. She holds the nearer thumb to her left eye, and watches.
  • Terry - I looked through a telescope into space once. The last object I saw was one of the bright orange lights from the parking garage across the street, after looking at trees, clouds, and street lights.
  • Slug chirps, "Moon."
  • Gilead chirps, "I last looked at Mars."
  • Findra chirrrs softly, "Oooh. Last time I looked at something, I think it was Saturn."
  • Bink says, "I can't remember the last time I looked in a telescope."
  • Chanspot would use a telescope, but only to make the chocolates appear bigger!
  • Borris says, "DAh, looked at Mars ,then International Space Station flew through picture"
  • Zach gravelly comments, "I looked through a telexcope and saw a light,"

Zach's Quoted Quote Answer

Today product sponsor Oliver Otter Oil, perfect for slipping, sliding and cooking in with your favorite fish. If it isn't Oliver's Otter Oil it needs to be washed out.

As you know if you picked the typical location you're right. That of course is The Rose Garden, I forgot my badge so couldn't use some other great quotes, And this week'ss quoted speaker was centipede drone Terry.

Congratulation to all of you that guessed right!

Oh yeah and don't forget this little quote or it may come back to haunt you.

"And tell everyone that Zach is back, and this time its going to be earth changing!"

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