Volume IX - Issue 401 - August 26, 2008
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|Argon||@Action News Awarded Certificate of Appreciation|
After the publication of last week's 400th edition of @Action News, Argon, local centaur and current editor of, was suprised when summoned by the current Mayor of SpinDizzy, Beltrami, local balloon and Portia, local red panda and Deputy Mayor.
The centaur found a large crowd had gathered and her honor, along with Portia, , called him up on stage. Beltram and Portia told Argon that, on behalf of SpinDizzy and its ctizens, they wanted to present the paper with a Certificate of Appreciation. Beltrami held the certificate up for all the crowd to see and they "Ooohed!" and "Ahhed" at the award, which reads:
+-----------------------------------------------------------+ | The City of Spindizzy presents its congratulations, | | its appreciation, and its admiration to the staff and the | | editors of @Action News on the occasion of its 400 issue. | | The newspaper has been and continues to be an institution | | in which the residents of the City take pride. | | | | Beltrami Portia | | Mayor Deputy Mayor | +-----------------------------------------------------------+
Argon was suprised by the outpouring of good wishes by the crowd and when asked for a speech noted that the certificate had been earned by a number of editors, writers, artists, and all of the residents of SpinDizzy who had done what the paper had reported. He then thanked the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for the honor on behalf of all the folks who had made @Action News possible.
The Certificate of Appreciation was proudly placed with the Pulitzer Prizes many other awards the paper had been given throughout its over 10 year history in the 'paper' offices off Centaur Square (cs).
It was a boring Tuesday afternoon. The birds were singing, the idlers idling, and the centaurs running. It was then that Argon proposed a race between Zen, local demon mouse, and Nyni, local shapeshifting unicorn. The course was simple: one lap around the park of the day, with the finish line set as the pulling of Darius' tail. With Argon acting as judge, the two began.
From the start of the race, the two were close. Zen's demonic power lent to his speed, but the little unicorn kept up her best. Several times, Zen pulled ahead, only to trip and let Nyni pass her. As they weaved through the trees, it seemed like it could be anybody's game.
By the end, the race seemed to be in Zen's favor as he gave a final burst of speed in his rush to the finish line. In his rush, however, he bowled over Darius, leaving the mouse stunned and unable to find the right appendage to pull. By the time Nyni got over to pull the tail, Darius fled into the bushes in a flurry of angry hisses. After several minutes of decision, the race was called in Nyni's favor, as she managed to touch the right limb.
And so as the race came to a close, Nyni was crowned winner of the day, though sort of by default. It was a glorious victory, however, one that would be remembered for ages to come, or at least until next week.
|Various Sources||Why you should always give a mouse cheese...|
A story circle seemed to start out of the blue in one of the daily "Parks of the Day" (Another event that has been met with quite a bit of enthusiasm,) Zen, Nyni, Jimun, Argon, Ping, and Borris all took part in creating the following tale.
Once upon a time, there was a mousie! He was a cute little mousie, with brown fur and bright eyes. He was a cheerful mousie, who usually laughed and smiled all the time.
One day, this mousie went to find the mysterious cheese that was lost in the dark forest of his back yard! First he looked under the potted fern which his momma grew. But under the fern, he found only a worm. The mousie shakes his head and set the fern down, looking for another place to look.
This time he checked in his daddy's tool shed. Inside he found all kinds of tools which looked rather scary to a young little mousie. He took a deep breath but didn't smell any cheese. He began nosing around, sniffing and looking. The mousie sniffled and snuffed, but found nothing but his daddy!! And so he looked around for another place to find the cheese.
Next he wondered if it was in one of the trees in his back yard. He found a tree that had big branches that could hide cheese. But a chittering squirrel made him decide to look elsewhere.
The mousie looks for another place to search, this time he decided to look in his mommy's garden! Looking through his mother's flowers, however, the aroma of the blossoms drowned out evertyhign else he could smell. He sniffed at a Venus Fly Trap which nipped his nose! The mouse then thinks, where would cheese be..?
In the Dairy Of Course! The mousie runs back to the tool shed to see if his dad would take him to a Dairy, but his father seemed a bit busy. Because Daddy was a bit busy, he went to look for his momma, but she wasn't home. The little mouse was sad! How would he find the cheese now? He thought and thought. Where do his mommy and daddy mousie find the cheese they get? He thought, perhaps they make the cheese!
The mouse thought and ran about the house, not sure where his parents were and so he looked in the kitchen! They were not there, but momma had left a note on the fridge. The mouse looked up at the note, but it was a little too high for him, so he started jumping and making grabs at it. The mousie stopped and gathered his wits. Ah ha! He thought and he pushed a chair over to the fridge. The mouse hopped up on the chair, tugged on the note, and read it. It says, 'To do: Buy more cheese'. The mousie looked and smiles. How silly of him, looking outside in a garden for cheeze... he chuckles and hops off the chair to wait for his mother to arive home.
Several hours later, his momma still hadn't returned yet. The mousie started to worry! He began to search around the house for his mommy! He looked all over the downstairs and then the upstairs. He looked outside and saw the mousie car was gone. He looked up and down the street. Then the mouse heard a strange noise outside, though it was fimilar. Hearing the noise, he looked outside to see what was causing it.
Outside... he saw the neighbor mowing his lawn. The mouse looked beyond the neighbor and saw his mommy in the mouse car heading home! The mousie was realy happy and bounced up and down! He couldn't wait for his cheeze to come!!! As his momma opened the door, he could smell the cheese she brought home. The mouse jumped up and down, happy to see that his mommy had the cheese he had craved so bad!!!
His mother smiled, "Sorry to keep you waiting dear. I brought the cheese." he mousie nuzzles his mommy, "It's ok..." He smiles, watching her prepare the cheese for the both of them. She went into the kitchen and cooked up some grilled cheese sandwhiches. The mousie bounded behind and watched as his mom made his favorite snack!! Momma smiled, taking the sandwhich over to the table. "Here you go," she says, "Eat up!" The mousie sat at the table and started to eat his sandwitch. He smiles as his mother comes by and hugs him from behind.
Soon after his father came into the kitchen as well, rubbing a hand on the small mouse's head fur, "Hehe, watcha got there?" The mousie smiles and chuckles, tearing off a pieces for his mother and father to have. The mousie smiles and hands his parents a small slice of the cheese.
He starts to think to himself, and then smiles, "How did you know I wanted cheese?" His mother laughs, "Hehe, well, why else would you be in my garden?" His father chuckles and nods, "Hehe, and why would you bee in the tool shed? You do that every time you want cheese!" The small mousie chuckles and grins. He nods his head, but then starts to think. Maybe he was after the cheese, maybe not... but he knew he loved his parents very much and would search every unturned fern, tool shed, or garden to get to find them.
It’s strange to think of it that way but Spindizzy is an old muck. We call it new, and that it replaced an older muck, but it has been around longer and has a far more glorious history then the one before it could ever dream. Me, I have been here sense the beginning and have seen it grow and settle down with so many of my friends.
Enough of that though and time to get to something of interest for all, the original location for the SED secret headquarters that existed moments after Spindizzy came to be. Many have wondered… and many probable still wonder where it could have been. Sadly, the command equipment and map have been removed now, but the area still exists to this day and is still hidden away from prying eyes.
Some people have gone on expeditions deep into the wilds of Spindizzy looking for it… traveling the grid in the less used areas… looking near the edge of the world… hoping beyond hope that it might be found. Well, you were all wrong, its right next to the rose garden.
The secret, long forgotten by all but this old otter, is as simple as the initials of the Society of Evil Doers. From the rose garden… you go “S”outh once, Then “E”ast once and finally… you go to the “D”read Lair of Evil. In other works. S.E.D.
|Argon||"Tropical Storm" hits Argon's homeworld|
Back at my home in Florida on Earth, a tropical storm hit the state and, along with several other SpinDizzians from there, we witnessed a very long, very wet storm.
Coming together in the Southern Carribean, "Fay" wandered around and meteorologists never seemed to be able to correctly predict its path. After crossing over Cuba, "Fay" made landfall in Florida a total of 14 times. Its first landfall occuring on December 24, 2007 and raining steadily until October 31, 2008.
Although high winds and tornadoes sporadically accompanied "Fay", the big story was the amount of rainfall. A record breaking 2 miles of water covered the state by the time the storm was done. Low temperatures accompanying the storm brought sightings of ice bergs in Miami Beach. Folks in Key West waited for them to float south for the making of giant margaritas.
One unforseen benefit to the storm was a unique method of saving gasoline. Many "mobile homes" or house trailers were flooded. Although inconvinient and a loss for some, others took advantage of their RV's being flooded and added paddle wheels and steam engines to their mobile homes to go river cruising. Rather than being fueled by expensive gasoline, they were powered by wood and coal.
Some enterprizing Native Americans took this idea one step further and made floating gambling boats from their mobile homes. Installing bars, roulette wheels, and slot machines, they've taken a bad situation and made a succesful business from it.
So that's the story of tropical storm "Fay". Hopefully, it'll be the last on of this year. On Earth anyway!
|Cora||Labor Day Party|
I'm throwing a Labor Day bashat my place (T #2086). It'll be held on September 1st starting at 20:00 (8:00 PM) muck time and going until the last guest leaves. Come one come all because there will be fun and food for all.
I hope to see you there dears!
|Zen||Zen the "Mousician"|
With that said, what does this 'mousician' play? Zen's played the keyboard ever scince he was 5 years old. His first keyboard was a Yamaha PSR-80 that he still has to this day. He currently plays on a much better keyboard, but come time of his high school graduation, he will have the $4000 Tyros 2!
He has been playing tombone for a long time as well. Zen played the trombone for about 8 years and is very decent at playing it. Then he also plays guitar, bass, and the trapset, each having been played for about a year.
What style does I play? Well, I am willing to stretch and play almost any kind of music you could think of. My main genres though are techno, rock, and jazz. So far, every song that I have recorded has been me and me alone, so they are not high quality, but still sound good. Hope you enjoy! If you want a song, just ask and I'll try to make one up for you. The one and only mousician, Zen Fetcher. n.n
|Zoie||Dragons in Games|
Well, time for a small theme... dragons
Yes, there have been many dragons in video games and its time that some of them get their due.
The first one, to memory that I remember is "The Dragonlord"
The big boss of "Dragon Warrior". After many hours of fighting and struggling, you arrive at this fight! He gives you a choice though... do you rule the world with him... or fight. Well, I personally would prefer to fight myself. As a final boss, he's a pain in the butt! His death is a welcome end to the game!
Of course, you always have to include "Spyro" if you talk about dragon games!
He's the main character in the series! A small, purple dragon with a lot of spunk, attitude and abilities. He has saved may dragons and fireflies in his day!
Just beware of his lovely breath and even worse headbutt!
Let alone, if you're talking about dragons, Final Fantasy, as a series, is full of them! From the regular enemies to the all encompasing summon, BAHAMUT!
Each game is different, even the remakes! You can fight Bahamut in Final Fantasy IV at one area with your entire crew, and another place for Kain's salvation! Then again there are three versions of Bahamut in Final Fantasy VII.
Of course, there is another game that comes with dragons, the series known as "Lunar".
You start with one young boy who dares to dream to become the "Dragonmaster" and he needs to gather the dragons support for his strength to defend the goddess "Althena". Thoughout the game, you gather the support of various allies who lend you their strength as well.
During your travels, you get the support of the white, red, blue and black dragons! They each have their strengths and personalities. Just be wary ;)
I especially love Lunar because of its clever twists and turns in the story line and how many of the characters can jump the line of twilight so often! It even had a bit of "eyecandy" for both guys and gals!
Oh to hell with it! This game is my next review... but.. which Lunar shall I choose!
Zoie - The Magic Empress!
|@Action News staff||Thanks!|
Special thanks go to:
Argon, for the report on the @Action News Certificate of Appreciation,
|Patch O'Black||Four-Kolor Kitty: Dialing Up A Hero! Pt. 1|
Then there was Howzit, who was a living pinball machine that had to feed himself a coin before he could use his powers.
However, we will pick up this story another time, as we wrap up this edition. Remember, we are always looking for suggestions for future issues, so page #mail PatchO’Back with those ideas! Until next time, see you in the funny pages!
|Gilead||Gil-d Medal-Winning Puns|
Q: How does a three-toed sloth get into shape?
Q: Why did the mother kangaroo join a gym after her joey moved out?
Q: How can you tell when a bear is in shape for winter?
Q: How can you tell when your coati needs more food?
Q: How can you tell when your otter needs more food?
Q: How does an orca lose a few tons of blubber?
Q: How did the squirrel develop a weight problem?
Q: How did the otter shed ten pounds fast?
Q: How can a necromancer tell when his skeletons are getting too thin?
Q: How does a ferret lose weight?
Q: How does a vixen stay in shape?
Q: How do you make a fox thin?
Q: What's a kangaroo's favorite Olympic swimming event?
Q: What's an otter's favorite Olympic swimming event?
Q: What's a cheetah's favorite event at the Olympics?
Q: What do you call the new Olympic event consisting of swimming, sliding, and power biting?
Q: What do you call the new Olympic event consisting of walking, trotting, cantering, and galloping?
Q: How does a centaur lose 200 pounds fast?
Q: How does a bear lose hundreds of pounds?
Q: How does a fly lose weight?
Q: How did the young fly realize he had an eating problem?
Q: Why didn't the big cat lose any weight even though he swore he was laying off the between-meal zebras?
And a joke:
|Gilead||Doze Garden Cartoon|
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