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Octopus' Garden

Last weekend's beach party was a lot of fun, even though there was a wet blanket there. In fact, everything there was wet! Because it was outside the normal reality of things, if there really is what could be called a 'normal reality' here, SpinDizzy residents felt comfortable in letting go and allowing their imaginations to run wilder than they usually do. For the weekend, the Rose Garden, local park and gathering place, was under water. Caused not by a flood, or 40 days and 40 nights of rain, but by the work of Austin, local elastic Coati and Head Wiz. Using a theme based on the Beatles' 'Octopus' Garden', folks who are more comfortable with their paws, feet, hooves, or tummies on dry, solid ground, grew fins, flukes, claws, or some other water based appendages to enjoy playing 'under the sea'.

Curiously, a few folks either weren't aware of the high humidity forcasted for the Rose Garden, or weren't interested in changing their forms. As was stated by Austin, the 'Under the Sea Weekend' was sort of a sidebar to things, and changing for the weekend wouldn't be counted against, as in my case, my feeling that one change of form (from Human to Centaur) was enough.

Anyway, everyone had a great time, and no whaleing ships or baited hooks were seen. It also washed away the flubber which had covered the Rose Garden, and allowed a nice new look to the place!

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First Impressions

Many agree that first impressions are the most important ones. My first impressions of SpinDizzy and it's people has been a good one. I've found those I met fun to talk and play with, when they weren't idling, but that's to be expected. No one is ever truly free online, or if they are, they're pretty lucky.

I first came to SpinDizzy when someone told me they more into the Roleplaying then the other mucks I've visted, and from what I've seen that's true. However, I could certainly use some more RPing and having read a good deal of the archived @Action Newspapers, this crowd would certainly be a good one to hang out and roleplay with. I would like to see use RPC more often. Since I've learned of that, I've been there nearly every other day at least, and from what I can tell, only 3 people read the post I put there earlier this week.

The most important part of roleplaying are the people, and I've certainly no complaints about the ones I've met. Everyone gets into the RP and Morticon really is Evil, if anyone RPs with him beyond the the silly things I've read of him in the news. The Wizzes are also an excellent group of people. I've gotten to know Findra quite well in the few weeks, if even that many, since I'm come here. And I'm sure I've given Austin more questions about MPI then he's had in sometime, and I'm really hoping I haven't asked too many. I haven't gotten to know the other wizzes that much, but Skyler seemed to take it okay when I stuffed into a jar with Findra. (Someone else put her there, I was simply given her company)

Hm, I really can't think of anything else to praise about. I do see myself becoming a regular here as it's a small and friendly muck, one I'd be happy to stick with. It's too bad I've missed most of the holiday gatherings already, maybe I'll make one up for the spring/summer time.

Just a few more little things before I wrap this up. I've gotten myself a little Cafe already, located at S2 W3, I hope everyone comes by and sees it sometimes. And for Royce:

Happy Raccoon Day!

*meep* Just added. I totally spaced writing about @Action News! I really love the idea of a weekly newspaper about what's going on around the muck. Makes it seem even more like a small community when you can read up on what others have been up to. I also like the Doze Garden, it's funny. And I'm sure people'll see more and more of me in here as I seem to like reading about myself. Egotistical? Um, sure, why not.

Well, I'll see all you loyal readers around on the muck!

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Interview

Skolf, local skunkwolf will be interviewing players around the muck in order to help people see just how interesting the characters can be on SpinDizzy! Hopefully the interviews will all be fun experiences that will allow people to learn new things about others!

Skolf himself is the subject of this week's interview, as recorded by Boki:

B: A 'skolf' is a half skunk, half wolf character. What made you choose such a combination?

S: My first furry form was a wolf. I later tried other forms. The wolf one and the skunk one I made came to be my two strongest forms. Last year felt like I needed another change and combined the two into one.

B: What is so special about being a skolf?

S: Well, I'm the product of genetic engineering. Have altered my DNA. I'm good with high-tech things, dabble in some magic. All in all, I'm very interesting.

B: Have you seen any other skolfs online?

S: Any more skolfs? I know of two on Taps. B: That leads me to ask, what other mucks have you visited? S: I've been on FurryMuck, Yiffnet, ICQ, AIM, RaccoonMuck, Fuzzylogic.

B: What makes you choose Spindizzy when you also have those other places?

S: Because Spindizzy is a smaller, more friendly place that is more geared to Roleplaying.

B: Boki hasn't been in many roleplaying stories. What sort of roleplaying do you do?

S: Well, so far I've angered Morticon and will hopefully be freed from his dungeon soon. I hope to get into a long RP with lots of tech and some magic.

B: Your response brings up another point, what is your opinion on the SED?

S: Evil! If you can help it, avoid the dungeon and the labratory, both are places you do not want to be.

B: What is the strangest thing you have seen on Spindizzy?

S: It's a toss-up between a fursnake and an elastic coati.

B: That seems to be enough for this interview, is there any advice you would give a new player before you go?

S: Avoid SED, it's safer on your health. Don't try to eat Morticon. If you do, don't try it again.

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Weekly Survey

This week's survey was done by Arkitah, local Arkavian who asked, "Why is it that pirates bury their treasure instead of spending it on things?"

  • Terry says quietly, "Where could they spend it? They're wanted in every port."
  • Loqu notes, "So that if they lose the ship or get caught they can come back and get it later."
  • Boki squalls, "It is because nobody will sell to a pirate!"
  • Shoe says, "Because they have nothing to buy."
  • Austin says, "Besides, what would they buy, besides maybe one of those fine H-4 model watches?"
  • Flutterz thinks those put forth are all reasonable answers. She never buries her treasurez anyways. =)
  • Morticon says, "Because, pirates are exactly like squirrels. Mean and stupid."
  • Cye says, "Because they're lazy bums."
  • Kilroy telepaths, "For the adventurers that are stupid enough to risk their lives for the treasure years later?"
  • Terry says quietly, "If they split it up, they have to give their crew a share, but if they bury it, they can outwit, outplay, and outlive their crewmates and have it all for themselves."
  • Argon says, "Maybe they'll hope it'll grow into a money tree."
  • Max says, "They're caching, like ferrets. Ferrets are good pirates, y'know."
  • Suri says, "I don't think there's any real reason for it. I think it's a sort of hardwired behavior, like taxis. If they've got treasure, and an island, they start burying it."
  • MsDee nicker-giggles. "Because 'Enron' and Michael Milken are in charge of the banks."
  • Scruffy thinks that pirates probably just like to bury things. And also drawing maps, on construction paper if possible. All the killing and looting and pillaging is totally just auxiliary to their map-drawing and hole-digging addiction.

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SpinDizzy Website Get's 10,000th Hit

The muck's presence on the Internet, http://www.spindizzy.org recieved it's 10,000th visitor this week, First opened to the public on 10/26/99, almost two and a half years ago, SpinDizzy.org has seen a number of changes and evolved into a fairly informative site.

In related news, our associates at Spindizzy.COM were hacked. It was noticed last week that the site had been altered, and apparently the site manager hasn't noticed the problem. As SpinDizzy.org is archived on two different data bases, we can be back up and running fairly quickly if we too were to be attacked.

In closing, I'd like to thank all the folks who have made the website, and @Action News a success. Without the support and encouragement of you all, the site might not have gained the popularity and status that it has.

Lets look forward to a celebration of http://www.spindizzy.org getting it's 100,000th hit!

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The Doze Garden

The Doze Garden Comic Strip

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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.

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