Birch Bark Issue 31

Art (bigger and better)

Just a reminder that you can tap on any piece of art below to see the source.

Videos

An Apple Watch Series 5 Retrospective

The Quiet Sadness of Mario Galaxy

Is This Outdoor Coworking Space The Future of Offices?

iPhone SE vs. Pixel 4A: Battle of the budget camera

Extraordinary Until Proven Otherwise

Music

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In Colour by Jamie xx

Jamie xx’s full-length debut album from 2015 was a revelation when it came out, and while I was a few years late to it, I’ve been singing its praises to make up for lost time. This is a great pop-electronic record.

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Hannah by Lomelda

If you have a soft spot in your heart for 90s indie/alternative, then you owe it to yourself to check out the new record from Lomelda, a low key nostalgia trip mixed with modern sensibilities.

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Links

Flag Waver

Throw an image on a flagpole and watch it blow in the wind. That’s it, but what’s wrong with some dumb fun?

Xuckerberg’s Free Speech Bubble

Congress shall make no law. There’s no mention of Facebook, or any other company. And there’s no mention of Mark Zuckerberg, who certainly has the power to rein in speech that violates company rules.

I Crossed Back Into a State of Denial

It’s pretty obvious that the real policy of the United States is to claim the rewards of successful virus management--a return to schools and universities, reopened bars and restaurants, resumption of sports--without first doing the work of successfully managing the virus.

The false promise of the 10,000 hour rule

All the study shows is that the "best" violinists had put in more hours of deliberate practice than the "good" violinists. Which is interesting but by no means a promise of expertise.