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Ba'ar to edit paper as Argon goes to hospital

Argon, local centaur and editor of @Action News is taking a short absence from the paper as he has some surgery done on his left hind leg. The centaur was heard to say, "I tore a tendon in it and need to get it fixrd. Although it resulted in a pronounced limp, no one has shot me yet."

He grinned and continued, "I expect to be in the hospital for three or four days and then it's off to do physical therapy for a few weeks. I'll be coming home every day, lucklily I won't have to stay there."

When asked how he hurt himself, the centaur blushed and said, "Oh, I was going down a flight of stairs in the library where I work and some idiot had left two books on one of the steps. I didn't see them and I slipped on them. It caused me to fall down the stairs and I ended up overextending the knee of my leg and injuring the tendon."

Argon stopped and noted that that was probably more information than anyone needed. He then announced that in his abscence, Ba'ar, Associate Editor of @Action News, will be taking over publication and editing duties starting with the May 7. 2006 edition.

"I've asked Ba'ar to prepare to do so for at least two weeks and possibly three as I don't know what sort of medications I'll be on or what my schedule will be."

"As usual, you can page #mail articles to Ba'ar or e-mail articles and cartoons to Ba'ar at baar.bear@gmail.com."

"I'm sure Ba'arf will have the same great support given me in publishing the paper. And he'll do a fine job. Please give him all the help you can. Thanks!"

300th issue of @Action News coming in 5 weeks

Hard as it may be to believe, but the 300th issue of @Action News, including it's predecesors, The The Ferret, which as nearly as can be determined started publication in March or April of 1998 and the brief life of The Floating Log of Death. Holy cow! Over seven years of nearly continuous coverage of the fun and events of Toons Furrs and Fluff and SpinDizzy.

I'd like to see the 300th issue be a very special one, and I need your help in making it so. Please write, or draw or record your thoughts, feelings or impressions of the paper. Not just the @Action News part, or my tenure as editor, but the entire history of the publication. Rocko, Maxl, Tarka, Morticon and even Associate Editor Ba'ar have all published the paper and they have all left impressions on it.

So please help us celebrate this landmark in the publication's history. Feel free to page #mail Ba'ar or me, or e-mail us at argon@spindizzy.org or baar.bear@gmail.com and give us your thoughts about the long life of @Action News.

Local Centaurter Candy







Gilead's Bunny Punnies

Q: How do rabbits start out Easter mornings?
A: At the crack of dawn, they hop out of bed.

In Step With: Wallaroo


This week we chat with Wallaroo, local clone kangaroo.

Interview with Sunshine 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? What brought you to Spindizzy? What's a typical day like for you? Who do you admire the most? Who do you admire the least? Do you have any plans for the future? What secret fact or desire about you would surprise our readers? In closing, do you have any words of wisdom for our readers? __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com Auditorium, Editor, Out, and Press room +++ Argon just looked at your newspaper. Contents: Enter Auditorium for meeting.(#15417) You head into the Editor's office. Editor's Office(#8519RJ) You are in Argon's office. It's a fairly large room with a lot of open space, as you might expect of an office used by a centaur. There is a large desk piled high with articles, many with notes in red ink, several dictionaries, a large thesaurus, and a glowing computer monitor. Instead of a chair behind the desk the floor has several large cushions where the centaur lays his equine body down while working. There are book shelves against the walls, where a number of certificates and prizes the paper has been awarded are displayed, and several maps with stick pins noting news hot spots at the moment. You occaisionally hear the squawk of a police scanner and a subspace radio used to monitor activities in space. Obvious Exits: Out MEETME: Request sent. Ba'ar has arrived. You say, "Hi there." Ba'ar growls, "Hi there Argon. Thanks for helping me out with the interview." You say, "Well, thanks for letting me interview you. " Ba'ar smiles. You say, "So, tell me, were you born here on SpinDizzy or find you way here later?" Ba'ar growls "A friend of mine at the time, Gino, told me about this place." You say, "Where did you come here from then?" Ba'ar growls, "Was living at home with my folks and was looking for a place to call my own." You say, "You picked a good place. So how do you spend you days here?" Ba'ar smiles "I uaually wake up and get Jason my son and me some breakfast. I then send him off to play with some friends while I go to the Rose Garden to chat with friends." You say, "How old is Jason now?" Say version 3.11a (c)1993 by Warwick on FurryMUCK (#2061) Type 'sayhelp' for help on say. Local notify-routines now supported. Sayhelp 5 Room: Editor's Office -Stat-Name----------------Sex---------Species--------------------------------- teddyBa'ar[2m idle] male bear EyeofArgon Male Centaur ---[ Found 2 characters. ( 2 Awake ) ]---------------------------------------- Ba'ar growls, "He's about 3" Ba'ar smiles "Cute cub. A pawful but very sweet. You say, "He's a cute cub, no doubt. Bear cubs are always cute though." Ba'ar chuckles, "They are indeed." You say, "So what do you think of the paper business now that you're in it." Ba'ar smiles. "Alot of fun. It allows me to 'give back' to the community that has treated me so well." Ba'ar growls, "Plus I have the advantage of meeting alot of interesting SD residents." You say, "You do a good job. Your surveys are always interesting." Ba'ar smiles, "Thanks. I try." You say, "Which one of all your surveys is your favorite?" Ba'ar growls, "Oh dear...That's a good question. I don't have one, really." You say, "Was any particularly tough to do?" Ba'ar growls, "I think the one I did recently where I asked "What would it take to reform Morticon". Not many takers on that one." You say, "How do you think up the questions?" Ba'ar growls, "I've got a loopy way of looking at things. I think up surveys that are both loopy and in the Spindizzy spirit." Ba'ar growls, "Not easy at times." You say, "How about Bearing Up? You're answers are pretty funny sometimes. Do they just come to you or do you have to work on the answers?" Ba'ar nods "Bearing Up gives me the most problems. It's hard to come up with a witty response." Ba'ar growls, "People seem to enjoy it though." Argon nods, "Yes, they do." Ba'ar nods. You say, "You always ask folks in your interview who they admire. Anyone you care to name?" Ba'ar grins, "That's an easy one. It's you. You do so much for Spindizzy and the paper itself. Also running a short second are the wizcorps (especially Findra) who work hard keeping things up and running smoothly." Argon blushes and smiles, "Well, thanks. The paper gets a lot of help, you, Gilead, Leslie, and lots of others." You say, "Ok, I'll ask the other one then, who do you admire the least?" Ba'ar considers a minute. "I don't really have anyone." Argon nods. Ba'ar smiles, "Even Morticon, evil guy that he is, is a hoot because he's so incompetent." You say, "Once I die and you take over the paper, have you any other plans for the future?" Argon grins. Ba'ar shakes his head. "No not really. I just try to live from day to day, enjoying all I can." You say, "So what's the deal about Yogi Bear? Everyone seems to like him, but you don't. How come?" Ba'ar's a black bruin of average size (5 foot 10) dressed in well worn blue jeans with a hole in the rump to let his floofy stub of a tail to poke through. Typical of the ursine set, he sports a huge potbelly that laps over his belt buckle and shakes when he walks. Feeling no need to wear shoes, he prefers to go barefoot and feel the grass and gravel underneath his pawpads. He notices your gaze and grins impishly. Carrying: @Action News Press Card, and Button: This is ONE Ba'ar that Davy Crockett Didn't Kill! Ba'ar growls, "Because Yogi's a bad example for us bears. He depicts us as lazy, picnic basket filching types. We're not all like that. Ba'ar growls, "Most bears I know regard Yogi in very low regard." You say, "Is Boo Boo a better example then?" Ba'ar nods, "Boo Boo seems to be the voice of reason. Too bad Yogi often won't listen to him." Argon chuckles, "Well, as actors they're funny.: You say, "So got any secrets that would suprise folks? Other than you like honey?" Ba'ar grins, "It's going to sound blasphemous...but here goes...I'm a bear but have little care for salmon. I prefer pepperoni pizza instead." Argon laughs, "Heh, I never would have thought that." You say, "So anything you'd like to tell the readers while you have the floor?" Ba'ar smiles, "Just take things easy and enjoy life. Don't let the small things get you down." You say, "Well, it's an honor to have you as Associate Editor, and to be here for the 300th edition. Thanks for the interview, and all your work with the paper, Ba'ar." Ba'ar growls, "Thank you sir for helping me out with this unusual arrangement." Argon grins. You say, "My pleasure." Ba'ar whispers, "Thanks for helping me out. I'll take care of the rest. I've got it logged and will do the editing and coding tomorrow." to you. You say, "--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" You say, "Ok then." Ba'ar growls, "By the way Argon, shall I tell them about your hosptialization? I 'd like to say nothing more than 'to keep ARgon in your thoughts'"" You say, "Eh, nothing special. I'll be here in time for the 300th. It's just next weekend and the next. I'll be here for 299 and 300." Ba'ar nods Ba'ar growls, "So nothing?" You say, "Tell them I hurt my knee, but keep it IC of course." Ba'ar nods Ba'ar growls, "Which isn't far from the truth I think." You say, "Make up something if you like about how it happened." Ba'ar nods Ba'ar growls, "Again Argon, thanks." You say, "No prob, Ba'ar. Thank you." Ba'ar hipbumps Ba'ar is carried away when a runaway sputnik rams into him. Ba'ar has left.

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:
As a liontaur, I'm a bit of a 'low-rider' compared to the centaurs. What can I do to make hipbumping easier?
- liontaur

Dear liontaur:
Use stilts to give yourself a lift.

Dear Bearing Up:
Should I go to the SED open house later this week?
- Mouser

Dear Mouser:
Not unless you want to be kidnapped and made a member of the SED.

Dear Bearing Up:
When is Raccoon Day?
- Royce

Dear Royce:
Every day is Raccoon Day!

Dear Bearing Up:
I went shopping to buy cheap chocolates but found the store to be sold out. What gives?
- Argon

Dear Argon:
Blame it on Mavra. She gave up chocolates for Lent and now it's payback time!

Dear Bearing Up:
How can I make my experience at the cinema even better?
- Dan Harkins

Dear Dan Harkins:
Make sure there are no kids at the movies you watch.

Dear Bearing Up:
Why do centaurs hipbump you?
- Chiron

Dear Chiron:
Because they want you out of their way.

Weekly Survey

Ba'ar Greetings all, Ba'ar here with the Spindizzy @Action News Survey for this week. What would it take to reform Morticon so he's no longer a villain?

  • Argon says, Argon says, "A loving female. Oh, wait...."
  • Borris Gruffs, "Malleting when every Morticon is having impure thought!"
  • Royce churrs, "Feed him to Findra."
  • Cora growls, "Perhaps a nice hug or two would do the job?"
  • Ba'ar growls, "A nice cuff or two on the backside would set him straight."
  • Lou thinks that all it would take is a lack of motivation to do 'Evil'.

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.

The Doze Garden

Auditions for "King Kong" went as well as could be expected.

Doze Garden Cartoon

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, or Ba'ar 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

Thanks! Ba'ar, Associate Editor @Action News