Birchtree
By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

๐ŸŒˆ F1 Rainbow Road is My Vibe Shift (Newsletter #104)

Happy Friday! I kinda feel like I need to take the month of March off or work because there are too many games coming out right now! Last week was Horizon: Forbidden West, today is Elden Ring, next week is Gran Turismo 7, and a few weeks after that is GhostWire: Tokyo. Justโ€ฆwhat?! If you have a PS5, then this is an unbelievable month for you.

Anyway, I know you're not all gamers like me, so today's update has tons of stuff for everyone. Have a great weekend!

The Music

We're going back to 2005 for today's music pick, Wolf Parade's debut album, which I would count as one of my favorite records of all time. I think it may be the absolute best indie rock album in the 2000s, and it includes several songs I'd put on my personal Best Songs of All Time list. Shine a Light is a top 5 song ever, and This Heart's on Fire is the best album closerโ€ฆever.

Crank this one up ๐Ÿค˜

Click the image above to find this on your streaming platform of choice.

The Videos

This video pitches these things as so obviously brilliant, but all I can think of is how all this is proprietary shit that will at best cost a ton to fix/replace, and at worst be impossible to replace when the companies stop existing/supporting these.

Combining F1 and Mario Kart? That's exactly my jam.

Good lord, this keyboard sounds incredible ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Dave Grohl videos always make me smile, and this one (which I can't embed because of the uploader's settings ๐Ÿ™„) of him playing drums on Smells Like Teen Spirit was as great as expected.

Breaking down how old games work is a fascination of mine, and seeing how the "A.I." in Super Mario 64 works.

And finally, the ska cover of Ocarina of Time's Gerudo Valley that you didn't know you needed.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.