A Plan to Save Standard

Aaron Forsythe, the VP of design at WotC, tweeted this out four days ago:

Over the past few years, Standard play has dried up in many stores. I have my own list of possible reasons, but I’d love to hear from you about your store community. Why has sanctioned Standard play declined relative to other formats in your store?

Having to ask is really actually kind of embarrassing… I don’t mean asking in general, but in this case. It should be pretty obvious why they have been driving people away from the format.

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Thoughts on After Yang

After having been released originally at Cannes last year, After Yang finally reached my shores (meaning my local art house theatre) yesterday. If nothing else, it made me think and that is always a good sign. Now, this isn’t really a review even if that side will seep in here and there. This is more about a different approach and expectations regarding movies.

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Okay, finally a topic where I don’t have to qualify my opinions by mentioning that I am indeed a white straight cis man. Indeed, again, this is perhaps a topic I’m very much the right person to discuss. Except that I’m not American. Or Conservative. Or Christian. Sigh. Maybe one day.

Any way, woke-ism…

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“What kind of movies do you like?”

That’s a common question I get after people find out that I watch a lot of movies. And sure, it’s just small talk, but on the other hand, I am from Finland and I don’t do small talk. Unless there’s a pragmatic intent, every discussion is either a matter of life and death or at least aimed at gaining a new insight into the nature of reality, so let me dwell on the answer way too much than would be appropriate.

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