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100th Issue Coming Soon

Next week will mark the 100th edition of @Action News. It has been published under that name with only a few lapses on a weekly basis since May 1, 2000. I hope to be able to illustrate it's effect, both good and bad on SpinDizzy, and the folks who both read the paper and populate the muck.

So I'm asking for contributions for this issue of the paper. Just a paragraph or two, or more if you're so inclined, about the history, or the effect,or something particularly strange or fun you rememebr about @Action News! Just page mail me (Argon) or send it to me at argon@spindizzy.org

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Hidden Shiny Fortunes

According The Royal London British Savings Report, £345 million is lost down the backs of sofas each year throughout Britian. Raccoons have been responsable for nearly £200 million that have never been found.

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Puppeteering Guild

Hey gang..Ba'ar here. I know that many of you own and work with puppets either as a hobby or professionally. With that concept in mind, I'd like to announce the early stages of the formation of the Spindizzy Puppeteering Guild.

Meetings will be held Saturdays at my house (t #5618) starting at 2100 (11:00pm to us non military types) Muck time and continuing to whenever. Puppeteers of all types and skill levels are welcome to talk shop and exchange ideas and skills. See you there!

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Weekly Survey

This week, Argon asked, "I'm doing a survey to be published in @Action News. The question this week is, 'What do you hope to see in the 100th issue of @Action News?'"

  • Skolf says, "I hope to see the Ad for my Cafe's Grand Opening.. If I can get things all set up by then."
  • Cye giggles. "me! n.n"
  • Boki squalls, "A thousand elephants!"
  • Alex says, "A comic about grandma n.n"
  • Woulfe howls, <> surveying a big wuufy ?<>
  • PatchO'Black mews, "An update on Jellicleness in Spindizzy."
  • Skolf says, "The autopsy resutls of Morticon."
  • Mavra says, "I would like to see for the 100th issue just what we have to look forward to in the next 100 issues. :-)"
  • Gilead barks, "Real pictures of Anna Kournikova."
  • Suri says, "Lemurs!"
  • Drake hums. "er, the 100th issue.... uh..... a scathing expose of the SED? Wait, you do that already. ;)"
  • Ceralor quietly says, "the 100th issue? A awarding to the hard working few dragons here!"
  • Kinsor hisses, "I have no idea. Something big."
  • Rick says, "Well, Argon I think there should be more news, good news no bad that would be bad and that would be no good, so I would say any good news would be good news."

Star Wars Review (NOTE: SPOILERS!)

Spoiler's Alert!

For those of you who donít want to get any idea as to what the next Star Wars film, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, is like, you might want to avert your eyes. Iíll try to keep from giving away the story, but inferences can happen.

For those of you donít care a whit, then youíre in for my review and opinions on how good, bad, and ugly this film is.

First, itís a sequel/prequel, namely being after Episode I, but before the Ďregularí Star Wars trilogy. That in itself is remarkable, for itís the first that Iíve ever known of being made as such. With this in mind, it would be very easy for someone who is not knowing of these films to understand all that has happened and will be happening.

For a quick breakdown, hereís good news/bad news breakdown:

Good: You get to see Yodaís mastery of The Force and lightsaber technique.

Bad: Heís been CGIíd.

Good: Characters have developed somewhat.

BAD: Jar-Jar Binks is still alive.

Good: There were further story developments

BAD: Jar-Jar Binks is still alive.

Good: Young Skywalker is no longer a smart-alecky kid.

Bad: Heís now an angsty, whiney, teenager Jedi apprentice.

I suppose it just goes to show you that even if youíre in a galaxy that is far, far away and from a long time ago, teenagers are still quite the whiners.

Another thing that bothers me in a minor manner is how everything appears to be set up in a Ďconnect-the-dotsí manner, so you can clearly see how Event A leads to Event B, which leads to Event C. The film clumsily spackles in the minor mysteries and wonderment that the first three films gave me and left me feeling full, but without flavor, as if I just ate a bowl of bleached, unflavored, white rice cinema.

This isnít the film youíve been looking for.

You need to keep searching elsewhere.

You may go about your business.

Move along

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Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Articles

Submitting a story or artwork for @Action News is easy! Just send it to mailto:newspaper@spindizzy.org or qmail or page Argon about it.

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!