Headline of the Day: ‘Goats prefer happy people’

That’s from Phys.org. The lede: Goats can differentiate between human facial expressions and prefer to interact with happy people, according to a new study led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London. And: The study, which provides the first evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, implies that the ability of animals to […]

Mobile Money Heats Up in India as Google Doubles Down

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which came out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI–Alphabet Inc.’s Google is raising its mobile-payments game in India with new functions and services as global players race to woo the nation’s legions of consumers who are skipping credit cards and transacting on smartphones instead. A day after Warren […]

NN 144: Elon’s Amazing Interview; the New Facebook; Goats on the Lam

The latest edition of my email newsletter went out last week. Subscribe to receive it before it’s posted here. Hi, friends. Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes. So, apropos of nothing: I saw something (especially) funny while in traffic here in Delhi today. Hint 1: It was a passenger vehicle full of animals. […]

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Invests in India Mobile-Payments Firm

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which came out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI—-Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is getting into the mobile-payments business. The Omaha, Neb., conglomerate said Monday it invested in One97 Communications Ltd., the parent company of Paytm. The Noida, India-based company is India’s largest mobile-payments firm. It makes a […]

Animal Crackers, Redesigned for 2018

File under: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes…(Turn and face the strange). The lede of this New York Times story by Matthew Haag: After 116 years of captivity, animal crackers have been freed from their cages. It was a symbolic victory for animal rights activists, notably People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which had argued that the immediately recognizable […]

Link: Michael Cohen Deals a Blow to His Former Boss

The WSJ‘s Gerald Seib, who knows a thing or two about DC, on yesterday’s stunning events (snips from the piece, with my emphasis): Yet the contours of the story Mr. Cohen obliquely referred to—payoffs to two young women who alleged extramarital affairs with Mr. Trump—aren’t hard to understand. Some in Mr. Trump’s orbit had long […]

New Delhi Snapshot: Goats in a Passenger Van

The things you see in New Delhi traffic. Never a dull moment 🙂 🐐 Previous Delhi/goat-related goodness: Delhi Snapshot: Goat Eating a Paratha (Sept. 2016) Delhi Snapshot: Family of Four — Plus a Goat — on a Motorbike (June 2018)

New Delhi Snapshot: Intriguing Gadget for Washing Dogs

Putting the “dog” in the Japanese term “chindōgu” (珍道具). Spotted at Khan Market here in Delhi. Sadly, I didn’t inquire as to the price. Something tells me Ginger would not abide.

Weekend Watercolors: Bangkok Temples

The latest in my ongoing weekend attempts to master* the watercolor medium. Here we see temples in Bangkok, with skyscrapers in the background, done from a reference photo. I like that I was able to keep everything in proportion in the line drawing. I’d hoped for bolder, more saturated colors, but couldn’t seem to produce […]

Link: Elon Musk Details ‘Excruciating’ Personal Toll of Tesla Turmoil

This is an amazing New York Times interview. Among the most remarkable parts, considering Musk is chief executive of a publicly listed company with a market capitalization north of $50 billion: In an hourlong interview with The New York Times, he choked up multiple times… Obviously CEOs are human, and many great leaders are risk […]