The Birchtree Newsletter, September 2022

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 3 min read

Hello again! This month was quite busy for me, so I wasn't able to write of film as much as usual, but the rest of the world didn't slow down, so I've got tons of great stuff here to share!

Also, switching this newsletter to monthly was a perfect decision, because now I feel like the quality bar is properly high for the things I'm able to share. I truly stand behind everything linked below, and I think you'll enjoy any of it you check out.

Until next time, have a wonderful iPhone release month September!

Birchtree Stuff

Two Twenty Two: Wallpapers for iOS 16
It’s been nearly a year since my last wallpaper pack…inspiration just wasn’t striking me, but the iOS 16 lock screen customization was just the kick I needed to get another pack out there. I’m really happy with how this turned out, especially on iOS 16. Here’s the base set
Does Hollywood Actually Make More Sequels and Super Hero Movies Than They Used To?
Yes and yes. The Data I used Box Office Mojo to look at the top 10 grossing movies in the U.S. from 1980 through today. I could have gone further back, but I’d consider the post-Jaws and Star Wars era to be the start of the modern era of

Good Videos

Incredible documentary following the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign for a few stops (good even if you don't agree with Bernie's policies)
Get up to speed with the recent climate bill in ~20 minutes
This is one of the most joyous videos on YouTube
Tom Scott is a glutton for punishment lately 😂
Honestly, the best explanation of the future of computing I've seen in a while

On Repeat

  • The Mountain Goats are one of my favorite bands ever, and their latest, Bleed Out, is another gem. This is one of their more energetic outings too, which is always fun.
  • Sylvan Esso are just a rock-solid pop outfit and their latest is a really good time start to finish.
  • And finally, The Arctic Monkeys announced a new album coming later this year, which inspired me to go back spend some time listening to their sophomore record a few times. It's still an absolute banger.