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Sunday, February 8th, 2004

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9:51p
Volleybunnies win

It started as a daydream, staring at a volleyball and watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon while drifting off to sleep. They mixed together: volleyball rabbit, volleyball bunny, volleybunny, and that registered. Before long I had a description of a nifty idea that could only be justified in fantasy, a rabbit made of a volleyball.

I couldn't play it. I'm not good at creating characters. But as a wizard on Spindizzy I could do something with useless ideas; it became one of the guest character bodies. Guests to our muck aren't generic balls of confused fuzz; they have some description and scent that represent plausible enough characters.

I was always glad when the luck of the draw brought the Volleybunny up, and quite a few visitors loved it. One of the regulars even asked for a derivative of it (human rather than rabbit), and she uses it as one of many morphs. This week, the Spindizzy newspaper @Action News surveyed to find the most popular; and I'm glad to say the Volleybunny came in first place.

Whatever nerve a volleyball rabbit touches, it touches people deeply. I'd love to know how to catch lightning like that.

Second-most popular was the security blanket, based on the only sequence of Peanuts strips rejected by the syndicate for newspaper printing, a slightly odd bit in which Linus's blanket came to life and attacked Lucy. For the record, the full list of options are (with, where gender is applicable, male or female chosen randomly as well) Cereal bird (based on a store-brand cereal mascot); Fox; Giant squirrel program (as in Tron); Mer-human; Neon bat (like Neon Noodle of The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, but batty); Raccoon fursuit (empty); Raven; Security blanket; Space hero; Volleybunny; and Water gull (a seagull made of water).

Trivia: The Crédit Mobilier company, of the famous financial scandal, was originally chartered as the Pennsylvania Fiscal Agency in 1859, before the decision to build the Transcontinental Railroad had been made. Source: Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose.

Currently Reading: A Thread Across The Ocean: The Heroic Story Of The Transatlantic Cable, John Steele Gordon.

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