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"Month of Parks" ends where it all started

Rendering of Central Park on TF&F.The "Month of Parks", a random selection of places to meet other than the Rose Garden, came to an end of sorts this July 4th.

Skyler, local bunny-something, (He changes form often but is usually something bunny-based,) came up with the idea of encouraging folks to visit the "park" rather than the Rose Garden as explained in the June 1st edition of @Action News. His efforts were successful and folks who went to the Park of the Day were rewarded with visits to places some had never been. Interesting, fun and mysterious places were found and a number of places were rediscovered by SpinDizzy residents.

The Month of Parks ended with a visit to Central Park. Central Park was the central meeting place on Toons Fur and Fluff (TF&F), the muck which proceeded SpinDizzy and from which many SpinDizzy residents came. Central Park had survived, but was showing signs of disrepair and the damages caused by the loss of TF&F. This brought back many memories of "old timers" from TF&F and some knowledge of the history of SpinDizzy to the newer arrivals here.

Although a bittersweet place for the old timers, it was a nice way to end the "Month of Parks" event at the place most of the concepts, themes, and ideas that have made SpinDizzy what it is, began.

Although as an event, the "Month of Parks" may have ended in a sense, there will always be a park that will be reset from day to day. So be sure and enter, "Park" and see where you end up. It may be a place well known to you, or it may be quite the pleasant suprise. Either way you're sure to discover something new and different!

4th of July Celebration subdued

Sparkler.The tradition of 4th of July fireworks fell aside this year due to reasons unknown to @Action News.

It had been a yearly event for Morticon to present a fireworks show each year, usually ending in some SED (Society of Evil Doers) tricks or goofiness. This year, Morticon was unable to produce the fireworks show, and the mantle of "display coordinator" wasn't taken up by anyone else so, no grand fireworks show was dome this year. This didn't stop folks from celebrating the holiday, even if they weren't from Earth.

A bit of explanation. Back where the author of this article is from is a planet called Earth. Earth's lands are seperated into areas called Countries or Nations. I am from a Nation called The United States which declared its independance from another nation on July 4th 1776. This date is celebrated by fireworks and parades to celebrate its "Declaration of Independance". With the number of different folks on SpinDizzy from many different places, cultures and types of leadership and government, some were confused by the dispersion of sparklers and, for those wary of fire, glowsticks.

As the celebration was explained, more and more folks got into at least the spirit and fun of waving glowing things around, and thankfully, no fires were started and all had all their appendeges at the end of the evening.

Although not quite as "Ohhh!" and "Ahhh!" inspiring as a full fireworks show, the fun and intimacy of the event was quite pleasant and all had a great time!

Solar Eclipse

Eclipse.Hey everyone, here is the lil raccoonie giving you a heads up on the latest astral happenings!

This time it was a solar eclipse in Eastern Russia, China and Mongolia. It happened on August 1, 2008. Do not forget that there is a con every time there is an eclipse for us furries to visit each time it happens http://furry.wikia.com/wiki/Furry_Eclipse.

Eclipse.This is a very special event where many of us do freak out because its like "what the hell, where's the light, there is supposed to be light!!". This astral event happens when the sun is blocked out by the moon's path.

It wasn't very long ago that there was a lunar eclipse and now the solar one has dawned. There is also something special about this eclipse as well. There shall be four planets visible Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Mars (when there is usually at the most, three). Though I shall not have the money to visit it myself... I shall be there in spirit.

I shall keep all of you up to date on the happenings of the eclipse!

Kung Fu Panda Review

Po.Today found me taking in the movie Kung Fu Panda. In summary, the plot was simple. A psychotic snow leopard has broken out of jail and only 'the chosen one' can defeat him. Only this 'chosen one' happens to be a lazy, sloppy panda named Po who works in his father's restaurant while dreaming of kung fu greatness.

Character wise the movie is excellent. The 'zero to hero' bit's been done before, true. Po has to learn to believe in himself and to master the Kung Fu skills he needs to win the day. But there's an additional element of the various kung fu masters learning to accept Po for who and what he is and using his strengths and abilities to turn him into a disciplined Kung Fu master.

Po himself is lovable enough. The only thing about him is that he comes across as a bit of a fanboy who 'oohs' and 'aaahs' at every turn, even as his training is progressing. You do have to give him props though. He's well aware of his limitations and has a heart and determination as big as his generous gut. Though he's superficially comes across as a lazy slacker, you can feel that at his core he really WANTS to learn Karate and WANTS to be as good as the Kung Fu masters around him.

The movie's gorgeous graphically. It's obvious that the filmmakers did a lot of research into how people dressed and acted in ancient China. The effects were good too. The animated fur, the rippling of the water and the movement of the various characters as they act and react to each others moves shows that computer graphics have come a long way since the Toy Story more than a decade ago.

In short the movie is as Po would say, "Awesome!" and I am quite looking forward to adding this to my DVD collection when it comes out.


Paper.Thank you to everyone who contributed to the newspaper this week!

Special thanks go to:

Argon, for the report on the "Month of Parks",
Argon, for the 4th of Juy report,
Zoie, for the report on the "Furry Solar Eclipse"
Ba'ar, for his review of Kung Fu Panda,
Patch O'Black, for his "Four Kolor Kitty" article about Superboy and Hitler (No, really!),
Gilead, for his wolfie puns,
Ba'ar, for his survey and
Argon, for a classic 4th of July cartoon featuring Sunni.

Four-Kolor Kitty: When Superboy Became Hitler. Really!

Supercat - Patch O'Black (Art by Chanspot).hitler.Hi-ho, readers! It is time once again for another go- around with the Four-Kolor Kitty. Once again, Austin has sent in a panel, which is confusing as well as amusing. In it, we see Superboy, along with two other fellows, watching a rocket ship take off. The young man to the left of Superboy is known as Ultra Boy, while the one on the right is Mon-El. However, Superboy refers to Ultra Boy as “Dilinger” and Mon-El seems to be agreeing with the former head of the Nazis. What is up with that?

This is actually from a story in Adventure Comics # 314, published during the Silver Age of comics, and featured the tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of super-powered teens taking place 1,000Thumb. years in the future. Superboy would regularly break the time barrier to visit them. The cover of this issue shows super- villain for this story stepping out of a “Time Bubble”, as the time machines of the Legion’s era are called, proclaiming he has the three greatest villains of all time with him. Of course, they are masked and the members of the Legion can’t find out who they are.

RonnKar.The story starts out, however, with an old Legion tradition: Legionnaire Try-Outs, where young hopefuls can show of their super-powers in hopes of joining their ranks! This time, we only see two, the first being Ronn Kar. He fails to impress anyone with his power of flattening. Obviously, the ability to slide under doors and through cracks isn’t as good as becoming a human pinball or being able to eat anything.

The second individual attempts to wow the Legion with his “marvel belt”, which could create a host of effects. However, Legion rules state that a member’s powers cannot be dependent on a device. Again, they reject the candidate. But all is not as it seems…

alaktor.It seems Alaktor didn’t really want to join this super- hero club, but was actually using his belt to snap x-ray pictures of security in the Legion’s headquarters. He later returns, bypassing the various traps, and steals himself a Time Bubble! However, one last alarm goes off, alerting the Legion but not in time to stop him. The Legion start building a second Time Bubble while Alaktor picks up Nero, John Dilinger, and Adolf Hitler! Why is he picking up these three? On to part 2 of his plan….

psycho.You see, while Alaktor is in the past, a planet called Lost World (due to the fact that it wanders about) has entered the solar system and it is full of powerful weapons and machines. The Legion plans to protect the planet from anyone who tries to gain access to its technology until it leaves and gets lost again. Alaktor has invented something called a “Psycho-Changer”, and plans to use it on the three most powerful Legion members, switching their minds with those of the three villains of the past!

Triple.At first, it seems his plan is working! Super-Hitler, Ultra-Dilinger, and Mon-Nero chase off the rest of the Legion, capturing the Lost World and its supply of high-tech equipment. They then construct a duplicate of the Legion’s headquarters on the Lost World, and prepare to take it over. However, that is where Alaktor’s plan falls apart. As none of the villains wish to share their power with anyone else, they each backstab each other. Of course, they all choose to do so at exactly the same moment, resulting in a three-way knockout.

With the villains out of action, the Legion comes in, forces Alaktor to switch the heroes minds back, erases the memories of the three historical villains, and send Alaktor to prison. The returned Superboy, Ultra Lad, and Mon-El then push the Lost World into a cosmic cloudbank so that no one will be able to ever find it again! Just another job well done by the Legion of Super-Heroes!

And that wraps up another issue of the Four-Kolor Kitty! Remember, if you have a suggestion for a future column, just page #mail PatchO’Black, and you probably won’t have to wait until the 31st century to see it used! Until next time, see you in the funny pages!

Gilead's Howling Mad Puns

Q: How can you tell when you've found an endangered Mexican Wolf?
A: By the smell of howl-apenos on his breath.

Q: What do you get when you cross a wolf with a chicken?
A1: A dead chicken.
A2: A full wolf.
A3: A wolf-fowl.

Q: What do you call a book that helps wolves find their voices?
A: A howl-to book.

Q: Who's a wolf's favorite Gilligan's Island character?
A: Mrs. Howl.

Q: What's less expensive than a real wolf?
A: A polyesterf.

Q: What do you get when you cross a wild canid and a weasel?
A: A wolf-verine.

Q: What do you call an environmentalist movie about a canine robot?

Q: What do you call five plus one wild canids?
A: A six-pack.

Q: What's a wolf's favorite football team?
A: The Packers.

Q: What do you call a bunch of wolves on ice skates holding sticks?
A: A Hockey Pack.

Q: What do you call a mule adopted by wolves?
A: A pack animal.

Q: What kind of wolf has the most musical howl?
A: A perfect timbre wolf.

Weekly Survey

Ba'ar doing the survey.Hi there, Ba'ar here with your Spindizzy @Action News survey for this week. What's your favorite summertime activity?

  • Gilead chirps, "Eating fish."
  • DavDragon says, "Guess none different that my favorite activites every other day"
  • Elissa likes sunbathing.
  • PatchO'Black mews, "Serving up ice cream!"
  • Anthea enjoys sunbathing!
  • Shoe gobbles, "My answer is listening to music."
  • Findra says, "My favourite summertime activity is sitting out on the back lawn, reading a book on gardening, and sipping a carrot juice."
  • Darius says, "Drinking gin and tonic and grilling steak with my friends!"
  • Nyni says, "Hmm... Probably sleeping in all day, and staying up all night."
  • BunnyHugger says, "Going to amusement parks."
  • Ba'ar says, "Staying out of the heat as much as possible."
  • Than grins "My favorite summer activity is playing with the sprinklers an' swimming in the pool!"
  • Anjil likes to float down Rivers in large tubes.
  • Argon says, "Going to the beach with Mavra!"
Doze Garden Cartoon

A cartoon from June 30, 2002 featuring Sunni the gummy bear.

The Doze Garden Cartoon.

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