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Fireworks show

As has become traditional on the 4th of July, Morticon, local wallaby and alleged leader of the SED (Society of EvilDoers), attracted a large crowd by presenting a fireworks show.

Using ASCII explosive devices, the show was very bright and colorful and were well attended. Several spectacular displays drew cheers and rounds of applause from the attendees. But as expected from an event hosted by the SED, the fun of the evening was soon ruined by the SED Ninjas parachuting out of the fireworks and into the crowd.

Morticon, and not suprizingly the more and more evil Portia, local red panda, decided to kidnap some of the attedees, Shadowstalker, local dragon, took Andros, local centaur (Who put up a valiant fight,) Darius slunk off with The Antiraccoon, while Morticon hopped off with Scribbles, local toy fennec.

The SED Ninjas attempted to pick everyone's pocket, but as most of the audience don't carry wallets, the came up with very little. Interestingly, Argon, local centaur and Morticon's sworn advesary, wasn't bothered by any of the SED, Ninjas, Morticon, and Portia included. After the humiliating defeat suffered by the SED during the short lived "Centaur war", Argon supposed that Morticon knew better than to irritate his betters. The Antiraccoon, Scribbles and Andros were released the next day for 3000 shinies.

Pictures of the fireworks were sent annonymously to @Action News, but we believe they were taken by Nikon, local raccoon and photographer. As they are actually text, I've just put them up as a single page so even on dial-up they should load quickly. The "photos' can be found at on this link.


As I arrived in the Rose Garden one night this week, I was met with greetings and hugs and snugs and pat pats. As things settled down, Darius, local ferret said, "Argon, You're just in Time for Patchy's speech. he is the leader of Jellicistan!" Argon settled in to hear Patch O'Black, local Jellicle cat and sometimes Nekobasu's speech>

PatchO'Black mews, "Some have said we have had tough times. They are wrong. They meant they have been having tough steaks. This is because they were cooked incorrectly. Instructions for how to properly cook various cuts of steak are now readily available."
Darius starts handing out Jellicle Party Propoganda, and offering free candy.
Divina is overly confused about what's going on.
Darius gives Divina a pAmphlet, and tells her to 'Join the party" for the good of the Jellicle Nation.
Divina reads over the pamphlet.
PatchO'Black mews, "And remember! Because, if you don't, you will have forgotten. Thank you."

Patch O'Black's speech was met with cheers and applause. The political minded amoung the crowd (Including this reporter,) Thought Patch's speech made as much or more sense than those of polititions he'd heard back home and were ready to join up!


Hi dearies. I wish to offer you thanks for coming to my party on the third. Many SD residents attended (including Patchy, Thanny, Mouser, and Gina Doberman) and a good time was had by all. Let's see if it can be done again some time.

Vixie on the radio

Vixie, local fox and sometimes puppet, told the folks in the Rose Garden this week that she had been invited to be on a radio show. Vixie explained, "It's a comedy radio show, got to talk about puppetry amd stuff. The hosts were fun, and seemed to have fun with us."

Argon, local centaur, asked, "SO it turned out good then, no 'furry sex' inquistions?"

Vixie replied, "They asked about it, and we told them only a few people are into that with fursuits. So no furry bashing."

Tanuki, local tanuki, barked, "They just let it be after one attempt?" Vixie said, "They really had a good time, even ran into the break time. Even rebroadcast our segment later in the show."

Vixie was asked if she would post a copy of the show for us to hear but replied that she probably couldn't due to copyright issues, But they took a lot of pictures of us."

So, apparently contrary to popular belief, there are folks in the media that realise wearing a fursuit is (more most folks) more about bwing a character in real life that some sexual turn on. Congratulations to Vixie for helping to dispell that notion, and being able to share her cuteness with (she says,) over 100,000 listeners!

So where do packs of sugar come from?

For some reason during a disussion of bears and bee hives, the idea of sugar hives was brought up. Those bowls of packs of sugar you see in resturants are actually hives where the packs of sugar live. It was determined that the worker packets go out and sollect the smaller packets if Equal and Sweet and low to make sugaer out of.

Morticon questioned this and Argon, local centaur asked, What did you do, Morti, sleep through nature class? Morti noted that he knew what nature was, "We're surrounded by it."

Argon suggested that what Morticon knew about nature he saw on TV. So next time you rip open a packet of sugar to sweeten your coffee or tea, listen for the tiny high pitched scream of the pain of its death.


It has come to my attention that there might be a vampire in SpinDizzy. Hopefully, I'm wrong. But just as a precaution, I am warning the community and I will begin to hunt the beast.

These creatures are, without exception, vile monsters and not to be trusted. There is only one option when dealing with vampires- extermination. While my specialty is the destruction and removal of kitsune (not vampires), I will do my best to hunt down and destroy this monster. In the meantime, I encourage everybody to follow a few simple guidelines. Note that these are guidlines, and different vampire clans seem to have different weaknesses.

Be wary of anyone who only goes about at night. Be wary of anyone who always wears a mask. Do not invite strangers into your home, under any circumstances. Keep garlic, holy symbol (if you are a man of faith) on your person at all times. Beware- some vampires can shift into an animal form, like a wolf or bat.

If you have any information, contact The Antiraccoon. Should the vampire get ahold of this, note that I know a cure for vampirism. Seek me out and I will give it to you. But if you try to hide from me and I find you, you will be destroyed on sight- no discussion.

The Antiraccoon

Message from Never Never

Although @Action News usually presents stories about the events and residents in and on SpinDizzy, or the effect of Real Life events on the residents or muck itself, it seemed approriot to assit one of our players.

Never Never local (?), is having some Real Life troubles and it seemed right to link to her web page explaining her troubles. Please click on http://nevernever.awardspace.com/ and see if you can help.

Thank you.

In Step With: Eliahn


This week we have a chat with Eliahn, local fox.

Eliahn has arrived.

Ba'ar growls, "Hello Eliahn and thank you for helping me do the interview."

Eliahn yips, "Oh, my pleasure."

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?"

Eliahn yips, "I'm honestly not quite sure. I've always thought that time is something that happens to other people. Several years, I think, since it's been a while."

Ba'ar nods, "How did you get to Spindizzy?"

Eliahn yips, "Oh, I was caught by the wonder of the place-literaly. It just pulled me in out of the aether and refracted me right into itself."

Ba'ar growls, "You don't remember where you came from?"

Eliahn yips, "Well, I remember lots of rushing through darkness, pure motion and contemplation, quite pleasant, really, if a bit chilly and boring to look at ."

Ba'ar nods, "So do you get flashbacks of your 'previous life' from time to time?"

Eliahn smiles, "Not really, just memories. It was qutie uniform, after all. move, reflect, refract, over and over."

Ba'ar nods, "So what's a typical day like for you - or is there one?"

Eliahn shrugs his shoulders, sitting down on the ground and folding his hands in his lap, "Oh, lots of thinking, try to confuse people-- you know it's ever so much fun picking on SED members when you run into them? Especially the machines, it's just no end of rewarding. For a while I was reimagining myself, but once you get stuck in a way of thinking it's hard to get out of it, so that's more a matter of playing a game. I keep thinking of things to try building, but once I figure out how I COULD build it, the actual business of making it exist seems boring by comparison."

Ba'ar smiles. "So is that one of your main hobbies? Confusing and confounding the SED?"

Eliahn yips, "Well, not confounding. And not as a group. I've just found that a lot of individual members can be ever so much fun to chat with. I keep trying to persuade them to go against the grain and rebel, but I haven't had any luck. I guess I shouldn't expect much in the way of initiative from machines. I don't actually know anything about the group as a whole."

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

Eliahn leans back, scratching his head with one hand, "I'm really quite happy with it as it is, honestly. I do keep trying to convince people to become the one, true hue, but, really, that's one of those things I'd be quite unhappy to get my way with."

Ba'ar growls, "'One True Hue'?"'

Eliahn folds his arms, smirking, "Come now, surely you can't guess what the king of all chroma is. Or, at least, which one I would name."

Ba'ar growls, "I don't understand, really."

Ba'ar growls, "Unless you've set yourself up as that 'One True Hue'"

Eliahn chuckles, "The colour azure, of course."

Ba'ar growls, "(Why do I feel like Alice gone down the rabbit hole to Wonderland? *chuckles*) What's so special about azure? I know you've got azure fur but what else?"

Eliahn smiles, "You may as well ask why moonlight shines and thunderstorm winds are sweet. it is the colour that lights the world and which all other colours merely exist to accent and contrast. It's just one of those universal mysteries."

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

Eliahn scratches his head, "Here? Oh, I don't know. I like a lot of the people, but I don't think I have any heroes on Spindizzy."

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

Eliahn looks down a bit and flicks his tail, "All the people I've never met and never heard of."

Ba'ar growls, "Do you have any plans for your future?"

Eliahn nods, "I do! I'm going to try to try to understand everything in the universe. I figure if I devote myself to an impossible task like that, I'll never run into the disappointment of actually finishing it."

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

Eliahn yips, "Probably, but if I told them it wouldn't be a secret. Though. . . . . well, I can tell you that I've always had the desire deep in my heart to be a wandering minstreal. Travel far and wide tagging along anyone who would have me by virtue of nothing but my song."

Ba'ar growls, "In closing, do you have any words of wisdom for our readers?"

Eliahn leans back, looking up at the ceiling, "You always have words of wisdom floating in the back of your head until someone asks you for them. All I can think of for the moment is, never forget to take time out to find something sparkly and brightly glowing and pretty to enjoy and play with."

Ba'ar nods, "With that in mind, that concludes our interview. Again Eliahn thanks."

Eliahn jumps up and bows, "Thank you, sir. It was my pleasure."

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've heard that Superman has another weakness other than Kryptonite. What is it?
- Siegel and Schuster

Dear Siegel and Schuster:
It's Lois Lane!

Dear Bearing Up:
Why is Spindizzy changing SERVERS?
- Techie

Dear Techie:
We fired the old one for SLEEPING ON THE JOB!

Dear Bearing Up:
What do you think of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond?
- Judi Dench

Dear Judi Dench:
I think the role would be better served by Pierce Brosnan!

Dear Bearing Up:
How high can a kangaroo hop?
- Michael Dundee

Dear Michael Dundee:
It all depends on how hot the ground he's travelling on is.

Weekly Survey

Ba'ar Hi gang, Ba'ar here. The Spindizzy @Action News Survey for this week is....What thing, IC or OOC, are you most thankful for (or to have)?

  • Argon says, "I'd have to say I'm thankful for finally getting on the Internet. That's where I met the lovely Mavra and have made so many good friends and found so many fun things. I was afraid that I'd find the Internet was nothing but a lot of Pr0n but it's turned out to be a wonderful resource and a great place to find places like SpinDizzy for which I am most thankful. To be honest, most of my social life is here on the muck, and some of my best friends are too. So thanks to all of you!"
  • Darius says, "Well, (OOCLY) I am thankful for some very good friends of mine for providing me with a place to live the last few years. And for a very good friend fo mine right now, helping me get on my feet and start my own life after college."
  • Alfie says, "I'm thankful for many things, from the oak tree which always rewards my hunts to the fine paper that keeps me up to date on important happenings in the land of whimsy."
  • Tzolkin softly squeaks, "I would have to say, friends. n.n"
  • Eliahn yips, "Dreams."
  • Andros says, "My command and my family."
  • Kanganstein chuffs, "I am most thankful that this realm has welcomed me in and treats me as an equal."

Caption Photo


Caption Photo
  • Born to be Mild - Ba'ar.
  • The townfolk trembled as they saw him ride up--they knew the other Biker Bunnies were coming, and neither their liquor nor their women were safe. - Gilead.
  • The caption is 'Silly rabbit, trikes are for kids!' That is the one! - Boki
  • My caption idea: "Whew. Next time my owner leaves me at a friend's house I'm calling a cab!" - Alfie
  • Findra as a child finds that hopping is far more fun than Big Wheel. - Argon
  • Meals on Wheels - Vixie
  • Humans! Let's see how YOU like being roadkill! - Gina_Doberman

This week in History

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

The Doze Garden

The Nekobasutaur

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