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Fireworks predicted

An announcement of fireworks was met with immediate suspicions as to what they might be. Argon, and Mavra, local centaur couple having a fight, a fire at the methane plant, bamboo found to be explosive? All were suggested until the wisest among us took the time to read the Event List ( Enter: eventlist #week #long ).

Turns out, it's the annual Society of Evil Doers (SED) fireworks show. This year, the program will be presented Tuesday 07/04/2006 at 07:00 PM Muck Time To get to the show, enter: luge N1 E0" then "board", then "4", then "o". These directions will work from anywhere on the muck, including from Cora, local bear's, party.

Past years' programs have usually resulted in some sort of "evildoing" by the SED. Up to now, no real injury or fatalities have occured and the fireworks (Done in ASCII Art, see directions on the event list posting as to how to best view them,) have been very clever and well done.

So make plans on the fourth to attend the celebration of America's independance from England. Of course, characters (and players,) from other nations and worlds are urged to attend as this is a celebration and everyone is invited.

Hope to see you there!

Server switch

After having both SpinDizzy.org and @Action News hosted by Earthlink for years, these sites are finally joining forces with SpinDizzy muck itself.

Findra, local Server Admin. and a good one too, has agreed, with the purchase of the new server and some extra room, to host the web muck's site and its newspaper. As only makes sense, Argon, local muck web master, has asked Findra, on behalf of the SpinDizzy Wizstaff to accept ownership of the domains.

Argon, local centaur and web master, noted that he was happy to have the names and server administration under official SpinDizzy administration control. Not only will it save him some money, but it will keep the repeated attempts by the Society of Evil Doers (SED) from trying to taake over the sites.

The change has yet to take place, and plenty of notice will be given before it does. Argon plans to leave the current sites up as the IP propogates to the new IP address so the switch should be seamless. The web muck connection address muck.spindizzy.org port 7072 will remain in effect.

A seperate web site on a different server and ISP will be used to inform folks of server trouble in the rare case there is any. This is a good move and long overdue for SpinDizzy and Findra deserves all the credit for guiding Argon through the process.

Cora's July 4th Party

Hello dearies. Cora here. Just want to tell you about a pre-Independance Day party on Monday July 3rd in my backyard (T #2086 from anywhere on the muck). The time will be from 1900 to 2100 MUCK time and will be lots of fun. No need to bring anything (except, of course, for your bathing suit) because everything will be provided. Come on over and let's have some fun!

Modem troubles annoy populace

A series of disconnections with residents from the reality of our world of SpinDizzy let to the discovery of a bad piece of electronic equipment.

Of course the trouble wasn't caused by any of the immaculately maintained SpinDizzy equipment maintained by Findra, local bunny and Server Wiz, but a piece of equipmwnt she is forced to use. A "modem" which apparently connects the 50's era electronics that operate our island in space with the modern technolody we all take for granted each day.

Eventually, the company that provides this "modem" sent Findra another and once it was hooked up, the connection problems stopped. Findra used her fuzzy bunny powers to "convince" the company to replace the modem. So the moral of the story is, don't make a bunny mad!

Message from Never Never

Hello, everyone! Tis I, the local... VERY long-idle demoness. Gawd I have so missed you all... I've got tears in my eyes as I type. Let me tell you all a story.

Likely, as most of you know that know me, my Player has been homeless off and on for about 2 years. Well, they've finally put me away. I'm in a Nursing Home. A mental institution of sorts. I have Bipolar, Anxiety Disorder, and probably a lot more. That isn't important. The important thing is I'm Back. And I want to stay back, but as of yet, I have no income. I only have this net connection by the grace of a quickly depleting source of gifts. But danged if I'm not gonna use it! I love you all and hope to stabilize soon.

Will all... and I mean ALL of my old friends please page #mail me? I miss you all, and part of my worsening illness involves a loss of memory, even of the most vital and important things. Please, If you know me, tell me and remind me how and it will come back to me.

Again, I love you all, and I miss you dearly. I miss enjoying time here, I miss you all, my First Family online.

Love and Kisses, NeverNever

Gilead's Overdue Puns

Q: What do you call a pink candy shaped like a bunny on a stick?
Q: A Lolapop.

Q: What tears penguins apart, then falls apart?
Q: A Leper Seal.

Q: Where do they send lawbreaking seabirds?
Q: To the penguintentiary.

Q: Who steals puffed rice cereal in Arizona?
Q: Snap, Grackel, and Pop.

Q: What do you call a male Southern-bred sheep covered with steel wool?
Q: A Confederate Ironclad Ram.

Q: What kind of small animal has big ears, big eyes, sandy-beige fur, and a solid-colored caudal appendange?
Q: A Wrongtail.

Q: Why does Shamu's mate stay with him?
Q: He's extremely whale hung.

Q: What's the world's largest marsupial?
Q: The whaleaby.

Q: What's in a puddle in the macropod yard?
Q: Wallapee.

Q: What's in a puddle in the prosimian exhibit?
Q: Lemurine.

Q: Why do leopards fail in so many hunts?
Q: They're frequently spotted.

Q: Why do owls make only midling journalists?
Q: They always ask "Who?" but never get to What, When, Why, or How.

Q: What do you call a very muscular wild bull?
Q: A buff-alo.

Q: Who cheers the loudest during a showing of "Dumbo?"
Q: Elephanboys.

Q: What did the devoted dog husband say of his beloved wife?
Q: She was a true bitch to him all the time.

Q: What do you get when you cross a binturong with a white vixen?
Q: An Arctictis Fox.

Q: Why did the big cat wash her baby's muzzle out with soap so much?
Q: She was a lyin' cub.

Q: Where do felines go to hang out online?
Q: AOL Catrooms.

Q: What do you call rodents who steal faux chocolate pastries?
Q: Pie Rats of the Carob Bean.

Bardic Circle

Firewind, local, fox, reports that the first Bardic Circle that he hosted went well. An intimate (Well, ok, small,) yet interested group met and had a great time trading stories, songs and tales of wonder.

Missed the last one? Hey, you've got plenty of chances to see what the fun is about. The Bardic Circle will be hosted again every Friday, 6:30-8:30 muck time, with the potential of running over if people stick around.

So if you have a few minutes, stop by and see what the fun is all about!

In Step With: Divina


This week we have a chat with Divina, local cyberfox.

Divina has arrived.

Ba'ar smiles, "Greetings Divina and thanks for helping out with the interview."

Divina nods politely, "You're welcome, Ba'ar."

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?"

Divina without pausing to check she replies, "I have been active on Spindizzy since aproximately November of 2004."

Ba'ar nods, "So what brought you to Spindizzy (other than your cute foxy paws that is ;-D)?"

Divina murrs, "I had no choice in the matter. My brother lived here and I was created by him."

Ba'ar cocks his head "Oh? Do I know your brother?"

Divina shrugs, "I don't know. He tends to be an elusive fox. His name is Selethrial."

Ba'ar nods, "I believe I've heard the name. "

Ba'ar growls, "You say you were 'created'. Are you some kind of artifical construct?"

Divina smiles softly, "It's a hard name to forget, certainly." She nods, "I am. It defeats my near perfect life simulations to say that I am, but I can't help but boast."

Ba'ar growls, "Interesting. So are you organic, cybernetic or a combination of the two?"

Divina giggles, "Cybernetic is simply organic with mechanical parts installed after birth. But no, it was recently discoverd I contain a small part of organic material, the source being my brother. The rest is purely technological."

Ba'ar nods, "So do you consider yourself a 'robot'?"

Divina shakes her head, "I try not to. It sounds vulgar when you're as advanced as I am. But since I'm not really organic, I don't complain too much."

Ba'ar growls, "I see you're dressed in a fedora and trench coat. Kind of reminds me of James Bond."

Divina wrinkles her nose a little, cutely, "To be honest, I was trying for The Matrix kind of style."

Ba'ar does his best 'Agent Smith' impression. "Sooo Missss Divinnnna...You.like.the.Matrix.Moviessssss, do you?"

Ba'ar winks at the vixen.

Divina chuckles softly, "Oh, very much. I was rooting for the Machines the whole time."

Ba'ar chuckles, "I wonder why??????"

Ba'ar growls, "What's a typical day like for you - or is there one?"

Divina lightly grins, the sort of grin that suggests she's hiding something big, "Indeed, I don't really have a typical day, as you suggest it. Rather I do what is needed to advance my own interests."

Ba'ar cocks his head, "Oh? What are you interested in doing, typically?"

Divina smiles, "Right now, my biggest interest is personal growth. I seek any kind of knowledge that can help me improve myself."

Ba'ar cocks his head, "Make you more of a 'living' fox as opposed to a collection of parts?"

Divina shakes her head, "Oh, no. I wouldn't trade what I am for anything. It's a delight being able to take any form that I wish. No no.. right now, there are some things I long to be able to do, but I'm unable to figure them out on my own."

Ba'ar growls, "Such as?"

Divina grins that unsettling grin again, "I'll have to keep that secret. I'm sure some of your readers would try to stop me if they caught wind of it."

Ba'ar nods, "If there was one thing you could change about Spindizzy, what would it be?"

Divina taps her chin as she spends a moment thinking about this one. "That's a tough one. I think I'd like to see more synthetic beings around. It's lonely being the only one of your kind around."

You growl, "Have you met Kanganstein?"

Divina shakes her head, "I have not. Who is that?"

Ba'ar growls, "He's basically a Frankenstein's Monster in kangaroo form. Never met him but I've been told he's nice."

Divina nods, "He doesn't sound like what I am, but I'll keep my eyes open for him. Those of us that are alone as a species need to stick together."

Ba'ar growls, "Who do you admire the most?"

Divina thinks, "I'd have to say Morticon. He's able to cull quite the loyality out of his employees. I hope for that kind of loyality from others one day."

Ba'ar growls, "Speaking of Morti, have you any plans to join the SED?"

Divina laughs, "Oh, I've caused some problems for the SED. I doubt they'd actually put me in their ranks. Nah, my best bet is being able to work with them without being shot at myself."

Ba'ar growls, "So who do you admire the least?"

Divina murrs, "Those that do nothing to improve themselves when they have all the tools already."

Divina [OOC] And yes, my player finds that sentiment very ironic from his character. ^.^;

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

Divina smiles softly, "I will say this much.. there is a hidden force on this planet. It is my biggest goal to improve relationships amongst the denizens of Spindizzy and this mysterious force.. you lot are funner. This interview is but a step in achiving support for this endevor."

Ba'ar growls, "Is there a secret fact or desire about you that would surprise our readers?"

Divina murrs, "Even though I may be unusual in my methods and mannerisms, I really do try to fit in with Spindizzians and form friendships despite my.. tamperings."

Ba'ar growls, "One more question before we go. Do you have any words of wisdom for our readers?"

Divina nods, "If you need any help, just ask those around you. I myself can be quite helpful when needed."

Ba'ar growls, "Good advice that. With that in mind, that concludes our interview. Again Divina thanks."

Divina bows her head polietly, "Again, you're welcome, Ba'ar."

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:
Can a leopard change its spots?
- Panther

Dear Panther:
Sure! A zebra can change its stripes, can it?

Dear Bearing Up:
- Wondering

Dear Wondering:
No, they come in DENS!

Dear Bearing Up:
What's faster? DSL or cable modem?
- Internet

Dear Internet:
Neither! Dialup!

Dear Bearing Up:
I worked on a report on my computer. It took me four hours but then the computer crashed. What can I do?
- Workerbee

Dear Workerbee:
Cry because you have to start your report all over again!

Dear Bearing Up:
I've got rabbits and they're multiplying like crazy. What to do about this?
- Prolific

Dear Prolific:
Take away their calculators. That'll stop them from multiplying.

Weekly Survey

Ba'ar Greetings all, Ba'ar here with your Spindizzy @Action News Survey for this week. As you know custom cell phone ring tones are very popular these days. What ringtone would you (IC) have on your cell phone?

  • Scribbles says, "I would have one that sounds just like a regular landline phone ringing."
  • PatchO'Black mews, "'Pure Imagination'."
  • Than giggles "The Candyman!"
  • Gilead chirps, "Maybe "Move Your Dead Bones" so that at least there would be something pleasant about the phone ringing."
  • Divina replies to the survey, "I wouldn't have a ring tone. I'm able to communicate directly with the cellular signals and thus can easily respond or ignore unwanted calls in mere nanoseconds."
  • Mouser hisses, "I wouldn't have a ringtone. Last thing you want while stalking your prey is some annoying jingle giving away your position..."
  • Ba'ar growls, (so I'm the one doing the interview-can't I have opinions too?) "I think mine would be 'On My Way' (from the Brother Bear soundtrack)"
  • Kendra yips, "Well, I have "NIN - Every day" Some random gay techno, "Stellastarr* sweet troubled soul", "Depeche Mode Personal Jesus, and Precious"
  • Borris Gruffs, "Roar of Walrus!"
  • Argon says, " Just as I do with the cell phone I carry in CL, it makes a regular, understated 'ring'. No songs and NO walkie-talkie function. I hate those things!"
  • Findra can't really think of anything.
  • The_Antiraccoon gruffs, "I have my set on vibrate now. You know, when you are trying to Save the World and you are just about to confront the Big Bad Guy... the last thing you want to hear is your cell phone going off. It really kills the mood, you know?"

This week in History

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

The "Eventlist" Crystal Ball

Each week @Action News will print the "Eventlist" notices here. This list will be accurate as of press time, but be sure and check it during the week. Activities and events can be proposed, rescheduled or event cancelled for all sorts of reasons. So stay "in the know" by checking Eventlist often.

To get a list with details as shown here, enter eventlist #week #long.

SpinDizzy Event List

The following events are scheduled within the next 7 days:

+Number: 4
+Title: Pre-Fireworks Get Together
+From: Tue 07/04/06 07:00 PM +To: Tue 07/04/06 08:00 PM
+Location: "luge N1 E0", "board", "4", "o"
+Age: All
+Event Owner: Morticon
+RSVPs (0):
Before the fireworks, feel free to hang out around the fireworks site in the 'Picnic Park' amongst the circus stuff.

As usual, try and be at least a little IC.

+Number: 5
+Title: Whose Line!
+From: Thu 07/06/06 07:30 PM +To: Thu 07/06/06 09:00 PM
+Location: 'luge s2 w2', 's1', then pick 'au' or 'st'
+Age: All
+Event Owner: Morticon
+RSVPs (1): Portia
Whose Line is it Anyway?, SpinDizzy edition, is back for episode 8! Yes, the Neilson ratings were that good! :) If you've never seen the RL show, then you'll still do just fine. Basically, it's improv comedy. Directions will be provided as each game is played, so familiarity is not required. More information can be found at http://www.whoseline.net .

As before, we need both participants and audience members. You may participate in one or more games, or just watch the whole thing and make comments MST-style in the audience area. All that matters is that you have fun! :) Audience members even get to pick topics for the games listed below!

Please note this is a fast paced event. Do not be idle!
Games to be played:
Find out by entering: eventlist #week #long

Newspaper Circulation Report

I'm afraid differences in server services will no longer allow this feature. Trust me, it was a pain in the ( | ) to do each week anyway. As the last two years or so of this graph has displayed, we've got a pretty consistant circulation so lets just leave it at that.

Thanks to everyone for your understanding of the loss of this feature.


The Doze Garden

Argon "assists" Findra with the modem problems.

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