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Fireworks show a great success

The annual SpinFizzy fireworks show was held on the 4th of July this year in Soul_fox's Agora of the Ancients area. it's is a nice place to meet and is very suitable for thoughts therories and good fellowship. As Morti was unavailable to display the fireworks this year, Soul Fox stepped up and did a fin job of hosting the event.

Starting off before sunset with a cookout and snacks, everyone enjoyed a good meal. Some of the local kits attended and enjoyed hamburgers, ice cream and possibly tummy aches later! The adults enjoyed their meals too. Soul fox was prepared with large servings for the centaurs, and smaller servings for the micro folks.

Once the sun went down, Soul Fox prepared to display the fireworks. With adult supervison, the fox handed out sparklers to the youngsters and began setting off the displays. Some of the fireworks were "borrowed" from the Society of Evil Doers, but it seems no traps were set and no harm was done on the part of the SED.

After the "borrowed" fireworks were displayed, Soul Fox displayed some additonal work. Claiming to have borrowed these diplays also, his choices were quite appropriot and in one case, a display of the image of Butterfluff, it reminded us of what a good fried the fluff was.

The fireworks finalised and everyone finished their picnic and headed out. Soul Fox did a great job and was an excellant host. And no one was at all incovinienced by the SED. A reason in it self to celebrate.

@Action News photographers took ppictures of most of the diplays and can be veiwed by clicking the link. (Note, the displays are in ASCII text and not .jpg or other image files and should should load quickly.)

Centaur "Con"?

A group of centaurs were chatting in the Rose Garden last week and someone suggested it might be fun to have a "Centaur Con". A meet of all the centaurs and 'taurs on SpinDizzy. Just a chance to enjoy being a centaur and enjoy the company of others. Chat about "being" a centaur. Compare notes between those were were born as a centaur and those who have been transformed, or morphed. Any other topics of interest to the group. Of course interested folks of any species are welcome.

So I'm going to suggest Wednesday July 13th at 8:30 muck time (Pacific) in Centaur Square (Enter SC). This is just a suggestion so if you're interested in coming let me know what time and day is best for you. I'm sure we can reach a consensus.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know, I Learned From Watching Cartoons

1. Function always follows form. If a device is shaped such that it is recognizable as a gun, xylophone, plane, or Samurai, it will function as a gun, xylophone, plane, or Samurai. And the more stylistic the interpretation, the better the performance.

2. Evil can always be recognized by its appearance. Everything evil is ugly, and everything ugly is evil, except once per series, when the point is made that this rule can sometimes be wrong. Which it will be, exactly once per series.

3. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the rabbit finger is mightier than the shotgun.

4. If you dress in drag, you will not only be unrecognizable to your closest associates, but you will always be a hottie.

5. Mice, smurfs, and small birds are smarter, braver, faster, luckier, and in all ways better than cats. Under any difficult circumstances, they are physically stronger too. Thus it is a mystery how cats evolved to prey upon them so successfully.

6. When trying to hide, ducking behind the smallest available item of cover is best, because then you become smallest and hardest to see.

7. If Woody had gone straight to the police, this never would have happened.

8. There's nothing in the dark to be afraid of. It's only when you strike a match to get some light that you'll realize you're in the middle of a huge pile of unstable explosives, or a thousand feet above some jagged rocks with nothing holding you up.

9. If you are ever faced with angry undead, do not fear, for they will surely stop to growl menacingly at nothing, or wisecrack a pun so bad Gilead wouldn't say it, giving you plenty of time to escape.

10. Trifle not with wizards, witches, genies, or leprechauns, for they are mindbogglingly stupid, and will certainly screw up your wish.

11. True power comes from reciting a catchphrase while going through a series meticulously choreographed poses. Doing this perfectly under extreme duress requires no practice at all.

12. In space, nobody can hear you gasp for air, because there's plenty of it.

13. Pants are optional.

In step with: Leslie


Leslie has arrived.

Leslie pips, "Hi!"

Ba'ar hugs leslie "Hi there!"

Ba'ar smiles "Thanks for coming Leslie and thanks for consenting to my interview."

Ba'ar smooches Leslie's nose

Leslie giggles and feelerglows!

Ba'ar smiles "Relax Leslie..just answer the questions as honestly as you can. There are no right or wrong answers."

Ba'ar growls, "Okay let's start. Our readers know about you and some have even met you 'in the pelt' as it were. For one thing, how long have you been here in Spindizzy?"

Leslie pips, "Oh gosh well, ever since I was little I guess. At least two whole birthdays ago."

Leslie giggles, "Uh and today right now it's my 300th connection too, does that help?"

Ba'ar nods "It does.."

Ba'ar growls, "What brought you to Spindizzy? "

Leslie pips, "Well, uh, it's nice and easy to get up to the top in the Rose Garden from the bunny warrens hidden away, and mommy and daddy said it was okay to go out and play when I wasn't in school or anything, and everybody was always so nice even though I was little."

Ba'ar growls, "No no...In other words....What made you choose Spindizzy as a home *he smiles*"

Leslie pips, "Well I dunno exactly, it's just a lot of fun playing here and everybody's really nice and smart. And it's so much fun playing with Mr Roofus and Mrs Nimbleheart and Zach and everybody too."

Ba'ar smiles "Who's your best friend here?" Leslie pips, "Mr Roofus is, he's always so very nice and helpful and friendly."

Ba'ar smiles "Okay then...let's settle something once and for all......It's rumored that you're not a real rabbit at all...that you're simply a little girl in a rabbit suit. Would you care to comment on that?:"

Leslie uhs...blushing some and holds a hand over the zipper in the costume. "But I am a bunny, see?" --Leslie points up to the outfit bunny-ears.

Leslie tries to nose-wiggle too.

Ba'ar growls, "Okay..I'm convinced. Tell us now...what kind of bunny are you?"

Leslie giggles and relaxes, "Uh, well, I'm just a little bunny. And a magic fairy too."

Ba'ar growls, "I've heard you can do magic... What kind?"

Leslie pips, "Oh well I try to do good magic, stuff that helps people out. A lot of times that's making something somebody needs, or like giving Mr Mouser a different fur or turning somebody into a giant so they can play with Mrs Cye and Mrs Brenda or things like that."

Leslie pips, "I remember once Mr Annon really wanted a bowling ball to be made into gold and he liked that a lot when I did."

Ba'ar nods "How did you learn to do this magic?"

Leslie pips, "Mr Roofus and Mrs Nimbleheart really found it, I didn't know I was a fairy bunny before. But they said they thought I was and tried some magic and they found out I am...Mr Roofus even thinks maybe I'm fairy royalty but mommy and daddy think they'd have heard about that if I was. But they found I was supposed to have wings and antennas and magic and everything." Leslie points to the antenna-feelers that glow and the wings flutter just a little bit, so Leslie flutters up into the air a foot. Ba'ar smiles "Did you have magical powers before you came to Spindizzy?"

Leslie pips, "I don't know...Mr Roofus and Mrs Nimbleheart found I had magic but I didn't know how to use it before, except a couple times Mrs Natasha was teaching me how to do some tricks. But that was always with everyone here."

Ba'ar growls, "I see...so...What's a typical day like for you?"

Leslie pips, "Well I guess when I get up and go out to the Rose Garden or wherever everybody is I try to see everyone like Mr Roofus and Mr Gilead and Mr Mouser and all. I like to try asking what happened when I wasn't there, a lot of times I can write a newspaper article for that for Mr Argon. And sometimes there's people who want magic done, other times people just want to teach me about stuff I didn't know before. I think also sometimes people like Mr Gilead really want me there to hear when they say or do something funny, too.""

Leslie pips, "Sometimes too Mr Roofus wants to teach me how to do something we didn't know before, but we usually do that in private so it doesn't catch anybody else by accident. Also sometimes Auntie Nikon shrinks me and other people so we can fly around too."

Ba'ar growls, "What part of Spindizzy would you change if you could? "

Leslie goshes, uh...

Leslie pips, "Well there's a lot of people I miss who used to be here and aren't now and I really wish they came back. I dunno how to do that though. I guess also I'd like more people playing all around, sometimes it feels like everybody's just too sleepy."

Ba'ar nods "Who do you admire the most? "

Leslie pips, "Gosh, I guess Mr Gilead, he's so smart and happy and bouncy all the time. I really like Zach too 'cause he's about the smartest kid I ever saw."

Ba'ar nods "Do you have any plans for the future?"

Leslie pips, "I want to learn more about math and science and magic and everything, I really like that, and so I can help out people who do. Um, I'm also doing something for Zach that I hope comes out right, especially because it'll make him happy and if I can do it he'll try giving me one of this birthdays...I don't get a lot of them y'know."

Ba'ar nods "What are you doing for Zach...or is it a surprise?"

Leslie pips, "Some of it's a surprise I guess, but mostly I'm making some costumes for him...I'm good sewing stuff."

Ba'ar nods Ba'ar growls, "So then...What secret fact or desire about you would surprise our readers?"

Leslie pips, "Gosh, um..."

Leslie thinks some. "Well, I really like how Mr Gilead taught me how to be an otter and Mrs Roofus teaches me how to be a kangaroo and I like learning how to be animals. Other than bunnies I mean."

Leslie pips, "Is that okay? I dunno...uh, I also like it when people turn into toys like Mrs Larana or Zach did or Mrs Roofus likes doing."

Ba'ar growls, "It's just fine Leslie.."

Ba'ar smiles and nods..."One more question before we close Leslie....In closing, do you have any words of wisdom for our readers?"

Leslie thinks too..."Well, I guess that everybody's special and neat their own ways and you shouldn't ever be scared to say something about what you want to do or don't because everybody else wants to know too."

Ba'ar smiles "That concludes our interview. Thanks alot Leslie."

Ba'ar hugs the fairy rabbit. Leslie giggles, "Really?"

Leslie pips, "Oh uh can I mention it's really funny when Mr Borris calls me cake?"

Ba'ar growls, "Sure ."

Ba'ar smooches Leslie's nosie

Leslie laughs and feelerglows, "Thank you!"

Gilead's Cold-Blooded Attempt at Puns

Q: What do you call a reptile who knows where to go?
A: A navigator.

Q: What do you call a reptile who starts a fight?
A: An instigator.

Q: Where do snakes keep their old skins?
A: In the shed.

Q: Why did the cobra scream when someone entered her dressing room?
A: She was snaked.

Q: Why shouldn't you believe a fangy reptile when he says he won't bite?
A: It's a croc.

Q: What's the world's meanest reptile?
A: A ratel snake.

Q: What lizard is made of dead parts?
A: Frankenstein's Gila Monster.

Q: What lizard spends too much time on the computer?
A: A geeko.

Q: What primitive reptile hits its enemies in the knee?
A: A Tuatonya Harding.

Q: What reptile has her own line of cosmetics?
A: Elizardbeth Taylor.

Q: Why couldn't the snake straighten out his body?
A: Ereptile dysfunction.

Q: Why don't pythons like to eat Chinese?
A: Because a couple weeks later they'd be hungry again.

Q: What pretty but venomous reptile lives around horses?
A: A corral snake.

Q: What should you pack your sea snakes in for travel?
A: An airline approved krait.

Q: What serpent should you ask to get you coffee?
A: A gopher snake.

Q: Why were there burnt streaks on the residential street Sunday morning?
A: Punks illegally dragon racing on Saturday night.

Q: Who were the most famous divorced reptile couple?
A: Chuckwalla and Deinonychus.

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...

"No and that's the problem, the crop isn't nearly ready and it's far overdue."

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.

Just as a note, this makes a full year @Action News has been showing our circulation numbers. Yay!

Graphic of @Action News website hits.

Bearing Up

Bearing Up logo.

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,
I think that Citizen Kane is the best movie of all time. Do you agree?
- E. Wood.

Dear E. Wood.
Atually, Plan 9 From Outer Space is far better.

Dear Bearing Up,
What's better MSN or Earthlink?
- B. Gates

Dear B. Gates:
Actually, AOL is far better than either of them.

Dear Bearing Up:
What do you think about Rap Music
- Lil' Bow Wow

Dear Lil' Bow Wow:
Rap Music is an oxymoron.

Dear Bearing Up,
what do you think of Western Civilization?
- H. Beale

Dear H. Beale:
I think it would be a good idea!

Dear Bearing Up:
The war in Iraq keeps on going on and on. Do you know of a quick way to end it?
- S. Oldier

Dear S. Oldier:
Sure. Start blasting country and western music at the Iraqis. They'll be surrendering within a week.

Dear Bearing Up,
It's well known that smoking's unhealthy. Do you agree?
- P. Morris.

Dear P. Morris:
Actually, my friend still smokes and he's still alive and kicking at 70 - He's a dragon of course!

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 big_bear@operamail.com. Thanks.

Weekly Survey

Argon doing the survey.This week Argon asked, This week Argon is asking, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. The question this week is, "What is the name of your favorite plush?" Please page #mail your answer to Argon. - Thanks!

  • Findra - There can only be one favourite plush! It has to be Meeko.
  • Vixie - My favorite plush is named Vixie, of course.
  • Zach - Survey Says: The one I see the most often is Shadey the Skunk.

Zach's Quoted Quote Answer

Zach's Quoted Quote Answer

Silus B Problem Solver for all your fruits, vegetables, and plants of value. We will keep the bugs away so your crops will stay. We do the flying so you don't have to.

Today's location takes us to, yes finally back to the Rose Garden in the early morning hours for many of us. Our speaker although wired for other things is Kern, the Clockwork Tern.

Congratulation to all of you that guessed right!

The Doze Garden

Violet's appetite for books concerns Morticon.

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