Why Reviews are Hard for Smaller Reviewers

The video game review process is broken - The Washington Post Most writers are at the mercy of Google’s search engine, and time their work to the peaks at which people are seeking out reviews. Take an extra day to polish your prose, and you’ve given up pageviews

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Thoughts on the New MacBook Pros

Oh man, do I wish I had $3,000 to throw at a computer right now… These machines look insanely good and I’m jealous of every Mac user who’s been waiting to get a new Mac until now because you just got yourself a doozy of an update.

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The Culmination of Years of Arguments

The Culmination of Years of Arguments
For years people have been telling me that SD cards are a legacy feature, they’re just for a niche of users, and an SD reader didn’t belong on a Mac sold to millions and millions of people (despite Apple marketing their Pro machines specifically at people who use

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Judging My Apple Predictions for 2021

On January 4, 2021 I made this video making a bunch of predictions and hopes for what Apple would announce in 2021. One day before their final event of the year, I wanted to check in and see how I did. iPhone12 Pro Max camera tech trickles down to the

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What I’ve Learned Blogging for 11 Years

Today this site turns 11 years old! I never quite know how to celebrate these anniversaries other than to share what is on my mind at the time. This year, it’s all about how I’ve found a modest bit of success doing this. First, nobody has time for

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There Are Gonna Be Some Changes Around Here!

Another 6 months means another iteration on the design of Birchtree! This is 100% a meta post, but I’ll try to keep it as interesting as possible! Font UpdatesMy Hoefler&Co subscription was about to renew, and I just didn’t want to spend the money on fonts.

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People Can’t Stop Talking About the Metaverse

Metaverse! Metaverse? Metaverse!! — Benedict Evans But VR today seems to be at risk of stalling out as no more than a subset of hardcore games. We have a great consumer device but we don’t have any other use cases, and indeed some games people would argue that VR isn’

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The Return of Style in Software

Why We Crave Software With Style Over "Branding" - Molly Mielke Style matters to our economy, our society, and to each of us personally — it allows us to communicate who we are and who we want to be. While it is widely understood that style is the driving force behind

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We Actually Can Handle the Truth

We Actually Can Handle the Truth
Michael Bang Petersen writing for Nature: During a pandemic, rapid behavioural change is crucial, so people cannot be asked to 'keep calm and carry on'. They need clear information if they are to take the crisis seriously enough to listen and to know how to act. In early March 2020,

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