Yes, everything extremely hectic right now as a major project comes close to launch.
The project is Oranges at Halftime: Rugby and the Kiwi Experience, a travelling exhibition hitting the road around NZ on August 9. It’s going to be a fun attraction, using our national game to explore NZ social history. Nothing too serious, and plenty to interest anyone I reckon! Come see us on Facebook, too…
Also of significant note: the Ennies awards, the biggest awards in role-playing games, are up for vote now, and ICONS what I worked on is up for recognition in several categories. Nice one! So go vote if you know one end of a D20 from the other. Several friends have work nominated in other categories, too. It’s a good-looking slate this year. Lots of cool stuff happening in RPG-land.
Anyway, I’m loath to go two weeks without linky, so here are a few that have caught my eye. Only short ones because there is much work to be done!
Stephen Judd wrote this excellent piece about the prevalence of antisemitism in NZ. Since then there’s been a big flap about !1potential Mossad agents in the Christchurch earthquake!!1 – worth reading that chatter with this in mind. (Yes, Mossad have a painful track record of farming NZ passports for their agents. Yes, there were a few odd things about the actions of the Israelis who survived the quake. But.)
Phil Hartman is only known in NZ via The Simpsons. His SNL audition is worth a watch…
Mahna Mahna – the original version!
Can’t remember which of my wrestling nerd friends shared this: a discussion about 10 wrestling events and whether they were real or staged. Wrestling is one of the strangest, most post-modern entertainment forms in existence. I have fairly little interest in the actual thing itself, but find the way it tells stories and the collision between fiction and reality to be endlessly fascinating.
And finally, via Ivan, the apotheosis of the weird alignment chart trend: Batman alignment chart