My Recent A-hed on James McGowan, the Globe-Trotting McDonald’s Obsessive

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to my email newsletter know that the week before last, my first A-hed* ran on the front page of The WSJ. (In the image above, showing the paper, below the fold, it’s on the bottom right.) The story — accessible to all online here — […]

Fun Friday: Parkour Fail

View post on imgur.com Embedded above and on imgur here: “Free running fail.” I feel like there’s a life lesson in here somewhere. Like, sometimes it’s more dangerous to stand on the sidelines than it is to get into the thick of things and mix it up. 🙂 (Via.)

By Me and a Colleague Wed.: Uber to Launch Motorbike Service in Bangkok

The story begins: BANGKOK—Uber Technologies Inc. is breaking into motorcycle bookings, taking its battle to win over users in Southeast Asia to the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok. Beginning Wednesday, users in select parts of the Thai capital will be able to open the firm’s app and summon a motorcycle driver, who will pick them up […]

By Me Last Week: Twitter Outshines Facebook — in Japan

The story begins: Twitter Inc. is now bigger than its rival Facebook — in Japan, at least. A week after quarterly earnings fueled investors’ concerns that Twitter’s user growth has stalled, the company for the first time Thursday broke out its user numbers for a country outside the U.S., saying it had 35 million monthly […]

Fun Friday, Enormous Rabbit Edition

Atlas, pictured above, is a continental giant rabbit currently living with the Scottish SPCA in Glasgow. He is only seven months old, and is in search of a home. Prospective owners should be aware that Atlas may grow up to four feet in length and weigh nearly 50 pounds. Of course, while Atlas is big, […]

In This Week’s Newsletter: Silly Vampires Mocumentary; Dogs’ Souls; a Master Imposter and More

The latest edition of my email newsletter has gone out to subscribers. It’s pasted in below. To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox, sign up here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief — and few people unsubscribe! Hi friends, Happy Year of the Monkey! The Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New […]

The 10 Must-Have Apps I Install on Every New Mac

Following my recent post about what’s on my iPhone home screen at the beginning of 2016, I decided to do the same for my must-have Mac apps. I consider these apps requirements when setting up any new machine — essentially, I feel that I need them to use the computer effectively. Hopefully this will give others who are looking […]

Fun Friday Link: Video of ‘Zebra’ Escape in Tokyo

Embedded above and on YouTube here: Workers at a zoo in Tokyo this week held a biannual drill to prepare for a potential zebra escape. Playing the part of the escapee: a zookeeper in a zebra costume. My favorite part is when the creature is “shot,” presumably by a tranquilizer gun, and falls slowly to […]

Newley’s Notes 44: GrabTaxi —> Grab; Your Purpose in Life; ‘Gilmore Girls’; Taco Literacy

The latest edition of my email newsletter has gone out to subscribers. It’s pasted in below.   To get these weekly dispatches delivered to your inbox, sign up here. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s brief — and few people ever unsubscribe!   ————   Hi friends,    It’s earnings season, and various tech companies have […]

By Me Last Week: GrabTaxi Is Becoming Grab

The story begins: Uber Technologies Inc.’s main rival in Southeast Asia wants people to know that it—like the San Francisco, Calif. startup—offers not just taxis, but private cars. Singapore-based GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd. said Thursday it is shortening its name to simply Grab. The goal: to highlight that in addition to allowing users to book […]