Birch Bark Mar 27, 2020

Welcome to another week of links! This week I spent some time breaking out the email into sections for each medium. Art, videos, music, and plain old-fashioned links get their own sections so you know what you're getting before you click. Enjoy!



What Does it Mean to be a Metroidvania?

The Longest Border in the World

How Prince of Persia Defeated Apple II's Memory Limitations

Can't Play Half Life Alyx? Watch Danny Play It Instead

How to Correctly Use a Computer

Doom Eternal: The Digital Foundry Analysis


Animal Crossing New Horizons

If you're looking for great work-from-home music, the background music from the brand new Animal Crossing game is A+ stuff.

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LOVETHEISM - Haru Nemuri

Here's something totally different. Haru Nemuri is a pop artist from Japan who I just got turned onto last year and he new EP is really good. It's an EP, but it's 7 tracks long, and it's well worth your time even if you don't understand any of the lyrics.

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Oasis Nocturno - TOKiMONSTA

Another deviation from my normal music recommendations, TOKiMONSTA just released a solid, energetic, and dark record that I'm more addicted to than I expected a week ago.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Soundtrack

The in-game music in the new Animal Crossing game is great background music for work, so I compiled the 24 tracks that play in the game for your WFH pleasure.

Don't Let Trump Get Away with It

This administration has been a low-stakes disaster since day one. The failures and blatant lies during this actual high stakes disaster has only amplified the worst of it.

Magic Mailboxes

A fascinating look at Apple's Mail app from someone who worked on it at Apple in the early Mac OS X days.

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

An interesting argument for why banning targeted advertising could significantly help the web. Not sure I totally buy it, but it's well argued.

The 4 Key Reasons the U.S. Is So Behind on Coronavirus Testing

Bureaucracy, equipment shortages, an unwillingness to share, and failed leadership doomed the American response to COVID-19.