Hello and welcome to the new and improved newsletter! Long story short, the look is a bit different, the name is now The Birchtree Newsletter, and I'm posting every issue to the blog as well, but everything else remains the same.
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This issue is also being released like normal to email subscribers, but next week's issue will be sent via Ghost rather than Substack. I'll probably write something quick about why I made some changes, but they're mostly interesting to me only, so who knows.
Anyway, cheers, and merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
- Must read: Well, this is one way to deal with misinformation. Birds aren't real, we all know that.
- The Washington Post's top posts in 2019 were almost always politics-related. In 2021? Waaaaay less. How news orgs maintain growth in a (mercifully) less insane U.S. political situation (now just normal bad instead of we've-never-had-something-like-this-before bad) is going to be interesting to see.
- The flu basically disappeared last year, and the numbers are absolutely staggering. New behaviors slowed covid a bit, but they stomped the flu nearly out of existence.
- Jason Snell has been making a bunch of posts like this, but I'm sharing his favorite iOS apps article because it had the most apps that were new to me.
I know these don't look as good in the email (they look great on the web version) as they used to…I'm working on a solution, though!
First up is the second video from No Octothorpe and their love for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I never got into this game much myself, but this video makes me want to give it another shot. Not your average video game review.
This guy's got a bunch of videos like this, but he recently did "what if Blink-182 wrote Wonderwall" and it's simultaneously wonderful and terrible, but mostly wonderful 🙂
As a very notable thousandaire, I was not really familiar with Billionaires' Row, but apparently it's a thing! This is an amazingly well-done video even if you don't think you're interested either.
Dunkey echos my thoughts on Halo Infinite quite well here. Fun gameplay with a story that almost feels like it's trying to be as boring as possible.
And a new Mark Rober video means it has to be included in this newsletter.