July 26th, 2005


Zhing-Zhong and Maxicon 5

Never let it be said that Zimbabwe has never done anything for you. Zimbabweans have coined the term "zhing-zhong": a derogatory term for cheap Chinese products that have replaced more expensive but better-made products in local markets. Does this not accurately describe many of the products sold at Wal-Mart (and just about everywhere else, nowadays)? I'm glad I now have a catchy neologism to attach to this growing problem. I helped spread santorum, so now I'll do the same for zhing-zhong.

PopePat has graciously offered to open his home to Maxicon 5 over Labor Day Weekend. 3 days of card-, board-, video- and role-playing game madness. If some of youse non-Enigmans want to go, let me know, and I'll see to it that you're officially invited. As a reward for Pat's generosity, I asked him to come up with a title for the RPG I'd run. The result?

"Night Shift — What Happens in Disneyland Between Midnight and 6 AM Stays In Disneyland"

That maybe a bit more specific than I expected, but really... how can you adequately repay someone for hosting a Maxicon?

I also have another idea for Maxicon... an idea perhaps too extreme to set down in black and white... an idea born of madness... an idea known as... Collapse )