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SpinDizzy map updated.
Map of SpinDizzy.

The map of SpinDizzy located on the web site at http://www.spindizzy.org has been updated. Khalla, local arctic vixen, surveyed SpinDizzy square by square and compared it to the map on the site at, http://www.spindizzy.org/map/. Her work has resulted in a map that is now far closer to "correct" than it has been in some time.

The SpinDizzy map was origionally surveyed and coded in html by BarterGarter, local gartersnake. In her survey, she developed a number of icons to reflect water, forest, urban and other areas. Her artistic and html skills are well reflected in her work. It was this foundation that Khalla used. In her survey she changed the icons in areas that have been developed to reflect their current status.

Khalla is to be commended for her work. In updating the map, she visted every square that makes up SpinDizzy. Not an unpleasant task, but a time comsuming one. Thanks to Khalla, and BarterGarter, we have a valuble resource, an accurate illustration of our world.

Surf or turf?
Melody of The Little Mermaid II © Walt Disney Pictures.

Visitors to the Rose Garden may have thought that something was fishy lately. Actually, it's only half-fishy. Nyni, former local unicorn (although her form has gone through a number of changes,) is now a young mermaid.

After talking to members of the local cetan "pod" and other water based folks, Nyni decided she wanted to give being a mermaid a try. Soon, she found herself with a magic swimsuit that would make her a mermaid when she wore it. Being an anthro unicorn, she slipped it on, but as seems to happen more often than not with magic on SpinDizzy, something went wrong. Once on, Nyni found the swimsuit had dissapeared and she had become an actual mermaid!

Although unicorns are magical creatures and Nyni could probably change back if she wanted to, she seems to really enjoy being a mermaid. It hasn't been determined how much of her unicorn magic remains, or if it's been effected at all. She's gotten new clothing for her new form and has even found that she is a "salt water" mermaid and not a fresh water one. She has found that breathing underwater is easy but she doesn't do it so well in fresh water.

Nyni has said that she likes being a mermaid a lot and is learning to maneuver her new form underwater. As often as she has changed her form it is hard to tell how long she will remain one, but as of this writing she is enjoying her water based embodiment very much.

Note that the image above is not that of Nyni but of the character Melody from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, © Walt Disney Pictures.

Novelty vehicle tags

Centaursite.com plate.

Here's something cool. Although the auto-e-mailing system apparently doesn't compare the site it references to the product being promoted, it's a neat idea.

As you see, the idea is a "tag" or plate of sorts that you attach to your vehicle. Although the material on Centaursite.com doesn't lend itself to advertising due to limited interest in the subject matter and some nudity, the idea of seeing the site's URL in this format did seem kind of neat.

Neither I nor @Action News has any financial interest in the company that makes these, but as it was a slow news week and it seemed pretty clever I thought I'd write an article about it. If you'd like to see the company's site, its URL is https://www.pidplates.us/html/main.en.html.

Slow news week.

With folks being busy with Cinco de Mayo, or other obligations, @Action News fell a bit short on contributions this week. Next week, in spite of the number of folks going to Further Confusion, we're anticipating that we'll have more contributions.

Hopefully Gilead will come up with some more of his world class puns, and Patch O'Black will have another interesting topic for his Four-Kolor Kitty comics series next week.

And if you're at the con and seeing @Action News for the first time, take a look at the @Action News back issue archive, and see all the fun that happens on SpinDizzy!

Weekly Survey


Hi there, Ba'ar here with your Spindizzy @Action News survey for this week. What summer blockbuster are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • PatchO'Black mews, "Right now, Spider-Man 3."
  • Argon says, "Anything with centaurs of course."
  • WhyteShadow says, "Okay then, I guess I'm also going to say Spider-Man 3, although I may not rush out and see it in theaters."
  • KeithBear says, "Right now, nothing looked all that interesting."
  • Tanuki barks, "I usually only see movies when I'm brought to them, but I thought everybody knew that already."
  • Darius says, "Transformers, probably."
  • Lou thinks the Silver Surfer, err, Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer.
  • Saliah shyly purrs, "I'd like to see Spider Man 3!"
  • Rowan taps its chin in thought, "Most looked forward to? Many fine choices but I'll have to say Transformers."
  • Xiaoming says, "I would also say Transformers, but I have an much trepidation as I do excitement."
  • Moolooite chimes, "Maybe Spider Man 3. Maybe. They did a good job with the first two, and especially the sequel."
Doze Garden Cartoon

A Doze Garden Classic from 200 issues ago! May 4, 2003

The Doze Garden Comic Strip
Want to contribute to @Action News?

Got something that you'd like to contribute to @Action News, but aren't sure if you should, or how to do it? Just get in touch with any of Argon, Skyler, or Findra, and they'll be happy to help! Here are some basic guidelines, though.

Contributing a story or artwork for @Action News is easy! Just send it to newspaper@spindizzy.org, or qmail/pagemail Argon, Findra, or Skyler, with your article!

  • @Action News is published weekly sometime on Sunday.
  • Articles received after midnight Pacific time on Saturday may be held and published in the next edition of @Action News.
  • Most any type of story or article of interest to SpinDizzy's newspaper readers 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.


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