April 4, 2004
Volume IV - Issue 194
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Austin Resigns as Head Wizard
For many, reading Austin, local coati and Head Wizard's, post on Thursday of this week caught them by surprise;
44} Austin Yesterday  -- Austin's resignation, with all of love
This is maybe the hardest thing I could have written, but I couldn't put it off another day.
When I came to Toons, Furr, and Fluff nearly seven years ago I had no idea I was becoming involved in something that would be so intense, and passionate, and overwhelming. I've known more people, been loved by more, loved more wholeheartedly and more fully than any person has the right to expect. I owe you all more than I can ever repay.
But the simple fact is I have been growing older and more stale; Spindizzy has been growing larger and more complex, and the truth is that I'm no longer up to giving Spindizzy the attention, the care, the administrative insight, and the inspirational leadership needed by our community. I am therefore resigning, effective 9 p.m. Spindizzy Time today.
This is painful, but must be done. I'm afraid I won't answer any questions about my decision; I'm certain that it's correct and must abide by it. Accordingly I will connect about 9 p.m. Spindizzy Time, to say my goodbyes, turn over my wizbit, and give the password to Amalfi to Morticon as new head wizard, and to a special, dear friend I've asked to train to be the new Managing Editor. (Please allow me the ego to think two people will be needed to fill all my roles.)
I regret that, to give the new wizard and Morticon a chance to carve out their own identity and authority, I will not return to Spindizzy except as my secret alt Dolly for some long while. My presence would unavoidably serve to concentrate attention and loyalty, which I appreciate, but which must be given to new leadership. I will not do anything to distract from them; and I beg each of you to give them the love, the loyalty, the concern and the energy you have given me.
I leave my keys, and seven years of my life on the desk.
This post caused quite the stir among the residents who regularly read the message board. There was much worry, anguish and gnashing of teeth as the appointed hour crept slowly closer.
Once 9 pm muck time arrived, Austin did connect, as did Amalfi. Everyone met in Chanspot's Activity room, and the process of saying goodbye and the transfer of Amalfi's password to Morticon began.
Austin began by saying, "I catalyzed it (SpinDizzy), certainly, but it's all of you who *created* it, and it's time that I step aside and let the true artists have their glory, withough demanding it to myself. It's going to be different ... it always would be, though, and I'm more confident now than I have ever been before that I'm doing this at the right time, and for the right people, and with the right reasons."
"So ... let me just say this next bit, as my last words before resigning..."
Austin shouted "Let me just say this, to all of you, my last words before resigning..." (Wiz-shout)
Austin's shaking, in real life... he's lucky he's
Ba'ar growls, "Laugh Austin... Laughter's a good tension reliever."
Austin nods ... here goes ...
Austin shouts "APRIL FOOL!" (Wiz-shout)
The relief was like a tidal wave washing over the crowd. PatchO'Black, local Jellicle cat, danced, Chanspot, local coffeefossa, grinned, Morticon grinned and laughed heartily.... the longest he's laughed here in a while...
The group continued celebrating and saying "I knew it was a joke." to one another until long into the evening, or afternoon depending on where you are. The joke reached closure with the following post,
46) Austin Yesterday  -- My retirement... April Fool!
My announcement of retirement was, of course, an April Fool's prank, as -- I'm assured -- everyone realized after thinking about it for a minute or two. Well, thank you all for playing along so very well, and I'll just have to try to think of a prank for next year that actually scares a few people into believing instead.
Thanks for the fun time, every one of you.
Austin Dern, who's not going anytime soon.
Argon Joins 'Coonlective
Argon, up to recently local centaur, was convinced by Nikon, local six inch raccoon, to join what she calls the, "'Coonlective". Nikon used her powers to change Argon into a raccoontaur, like his former shape, a centaur, but with raccoon upper and lower bodies. The change included the pride of the raccoon race, a fluffy ringed tail.
Argon adapted quickly, and found being a raccoontaur to be very interesting. Having soft, flexible paws rather than hooves allowed the soft grass to be felt. Plus, having claws allowed Argon to climb trees. This was something that had been impossible with hooves.
Mavra, local centaur and Argon's fiance, was surprised by the centaur's new form, however she took it in stride. She has, however, forced Argon to sleep outside, as his nocturnal wanderings through the house, and his (now supressed) habit of washing Fizzies in the toilet were keeping her awake. As expected, Argon was attracted to shiny things, but hating to be lowered to stereotypical behavior (as was true as a centaur), she is trying to resist this.
That's right, she. Nikon's change of Argon's form included a change in gender. Argon has found this to be a small inconvenience. Mavra's thoughts on this were unavailable for publication.
Event Attempted to be Reconstructed For Newspaper Article
Darius, local ferret, asked Argon, local raccoontaur, if the previous evening's 'coon puns would be featured in @Action News. The puns had started after Argon's absorption into the "Coonlective". As no record of the event had been made, Argon suggested the event be re-staged.
The results follow;
Darius says, "Can I be in the pun section of the @action because of all the coon things last night?"
This went on for quite some time to the the horror of some, and the enjoyment of others. Next week, puns on the term "antidisestablishmentarianism."
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