🎇 Birch Bark Issue 40


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Foo Fighters: Times Like These

Why do Biden's votes not follow Benford's Law?

How I get all my work done on an iPad Pro

This just doesn't make any sense... and it's scary that more people don't see that

Why Everyone is wrong about the MagSafe Wallet



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What Now (2017)

Sylvan Esso


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The Christmas Album (2020)

Leslie Odom, Jr.


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Technicolor Health (2009)

Harlem Shakes

Indie Rock

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The reality of "flying cars" from a UX perspective

If we tried to replace all ground traffic with air traffic, the take-off and landing spots would just become the new choke points. All of these concerns are barriers to adoption which are of vital importance to uncover from the UX research perspective. While the technology is very capable of having a positive impact, if people do not perceive and understand that impact, vertical mobility is not likely to achieve significant adoption.

Jacques Corby-Tuech - Marketers are Addicted to Bad Data

That'd be fine if all this shit meant something and we knew how to interpret it. But it doesn't and we don't.

Introducing Simple Search – The Markup

Simple Search is an extension that highlights the "traditional" or "ten blue link" search results provided by the search engine, laying them over the info boxes and other content. Close the window to view the full results page. Compatible with Bing and Google search engines.

Building products ✽ Amilton L. Paglia

Your goal when designing a product is to shape friction. You'll have to shape as many frictions as possible from your user's journey to achieve the desired outcome.

How to stop restaurants from driving COVID infections

The mobility data also suggest why people from poorer neighbourhoods are more likely to get COVID-19: because they are less able to work from home, and the stores they visit for essential supplies are often more crowded than in other areas. The average grocery store in poorer neighbourhoods had 59% more hourly visitors per square foot, and visitors stayed on average 17% longer than at stores outside those areas.

The Times Called Officials in Every State: No Evidence of Voter Fraud

"There’s a great human capacity for inventing things that aren’t true about elections," said Frank LaRose, a Republican who serves as Ohio’s secretary of state. "The conspiracy theories and rumors and all those things run rampant. For some reason, elections breed that type of mythology."

One More Thing: The M1 Macs

These are, by all accounts and measures, far faster machines than the Intel-based Macs they’re replacing. But the big win, and clear focus from Apple, isn’t speed but battery life.