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You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!” It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re...
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Dear Mr. Castellini, First, I want to express my sincere gratitude for everything you have done for the Cincinnati Reds and the city of Cincinnati. Your generosity in check writing and spirit has revitalized the franchise. You have earned the respect of Reds fans. The club’s accomplishments since 2010 have made us proud once again of our team. You promised to bring back winning and you did. Now we’ve come to expect it. Which is the way it should be in Cincinnati. However, the time has come for you to make important decisions about the direction of the organization. And they aren’t easy decisions. Speaking as a season ticket holder, someone who was raised in Cincinnati during the Big Red Machine era and who devotes a sizeable amount of time and income to the Cincinnati Reds, I’m...
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Dear Rebecca, For many years, football has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism in Australia. Harking back to the National Soccer League and through the rise and fall of clubs in the A-League, the game has had its fair share of woes. At the coalface of the anti-football sentiment, you have never been shy to confess that the round-ball game is your 'least favourite code’, and you have been 'highly critical of the code for many years’. I thought the best way to tackle your perception was to extend an invitation to you to attend an A-League game with me. My shout. Just to see if I can convince you to open the curtain that you have drawn on what we football fans like to call the beautiful game. Your colleagues, Phil Rothfield and Anthony Sharwood, were critics of football in...
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Dear Chris, I am writing this letter – and making it public – because it’s the only way I know to make you stop, think, and appreciate things. You need to change both your outlook and how you run The Indie Game Magazine. When I joined IGM back in the very tail-end of last November, I had no idea initially what to expect. Actually, that’s not quite true. I knew what I hoped to expect: a professional, well-organized site with a clear strategy and high ethical standards. Now, your previous decisions – and what led to the controversy that you encountered with IndieStatik – are by the by. I wasn’t involved in that and I started after all of that came to light. For the record, I understand and appreciate how frustrating and difficult it can be trying to burn the candle at both ends...
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Dear CLO, I would like to explain what really happened in Tulsa, which has so far been obscured by the final tournament report that you published. Anna and I were tied at 7.5/9 points at the end of the tournament. We started our G/15 +3 second increment playoffs approximately fifteen minutes after my six hour, 106 move game against Rohonyan ended. We split these rapid games with one win each, then went into the blitz stage of G/5 + 3 second increment, which we also split with one win each. We then proceeded to the final Armageddon game, that was to be played without increment. As the defending champion, I was told by the organizers that I had to choose how the time would be divided, and Anna would choose the color she wanted to play. I decided that White would be given 6...
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Dear President Rauch, Executive Director Bernardi, WFDF Board Members, and WFDF Member Nations, Like many Ultimate fans around the world, I closely followed both the WFDF U23 Ultimate Championships and the 2013 World Games. It was an unprecedented period of Ultimate coverage with nine consecutive days of Ultimate being streamed, as many as six games per day. I am, like so many, truly grateful to WFDF, the World Games, and their streaming partners to be able to watch such high level Ultimate from anywhere in the world. The availability of coverage of these events brought into stark relief the challenges that WFDF ultimate faces as it tries to present the sport to a global audience. The spectating experience of many games was marred with frequent and extended stoppages. These games...
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Dear Spicy Horse (麻辣马), As a cult fan of American McGee’s psychological and philosophical dark fantasy games, I am largely disappointed in his company’s latest attempt to crossover into the CCG genre. A theme set in Hell where your guide is Charon and you cross over four elements… with another layer of a pseudo Hell-Human world. Such a plot initially thought to be awesome ended up to be disappointing. Sure, the theme of Hell is a dark joke of the game’s repetitive and endless grind of false hope, depravity, and torture. But even Big Head Bash has a joke that represented conceited idiots who repeatedly “noob” each other in a 2D setting. This Hell-themed opportunity that had great potential for development was wasted. Not just the theme, but game mechanics as well. This game...
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Dear Friends, I am writing because I am disturbed by the string of articles, blog entries, and list serve threads that have come out in the last few days suggesting that the high turnout of African American and Latino voters for the presidential election was responsible for the passage of California’s proposition 8, which dealt a heavy blow to LGBT families by banning gay marriage in the state’s constitution. These articles mistakenly imply that the struggles for civil rights for LGBT people and communities of color are separate or even at odds with each other. They deny the work that LGBT people of color do to combat homophobia and transphobia in their families and communities, often while facing racism within the queer community as well. These articles deny homophobia among white...
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Dear Reds, First off, I have a tremendous respect for your franchise. I'm young enough to not remember my favorite team getting bludgeoned by the Big Red Machine, but old enough to remember what it was like to watch Eric Davis with complete awe. I still have a soft spot for Dusty Baker, and Joey Votto seems like a thoughtful fella. I'm not even going to bring up Mat Latos or his face. No, the Reds are a quality organization with a long, storied history. And I respect the heck out of you. So this isn't easy to write. I love the uncertainty of the playoffs, the surprises. The best part of the postseason is to find out who the Jeff Weaver or Mark Lemke is going to be. The randomness of it all is what keeps the baseball playoffs so danged interesting. I'm looking forward to watching it...
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