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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 worried that his exposure on that front, legally and politically, could well turn out to be higher than his exposure to the Russian collusion charge. On Tuesday, at least, that appeared to be true.

Politically, the results now will be twofold. Republicans in Congress will have to decide whether the Manafort and Cohen court proceedings affect their willingness to protect the president. Odds are they won’t, at least for now.

Yet the Cohen charge now figures to be wrapped into whatever report Mr. Mueller prepares at the end of his investigation, at which point the question will become whether prosecutors have uncovered any actions that could result in impeachment.

And at that point, Democrats hope they will have taken control of Congress and will be in position to make the decision. Ironically, Mr. Trump was in West Virginia trying to ensure that Democratic takeover doesn’t happen.

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 them without adding gobs of paint and muddying things up. Perhaps higher quality pigments will help.

Watercolor painting is deeply humbling. The colors seem to have a mind of their own, and how they end up appearing once laid done seems highly unpredictable. But that’s also what creates the unexpected effects, which is cool.

Onward and upward!

*Ha. I’d settle for “become proficient in”! 🙂

Gone Fishin’

As I mentioned in my previous edition of Newley’s Notes, I’ll be on summer holiday for the next couple of weeks.

Back at you later this month!

5 Most Popular Newley.com Posts from 2017

2017 in review

Here are the five most popular Newley.com posts from last year, measured by number of visits.

What proved to be most-clicked were largely my personal dispatches about matters like the late, great Ashely, and our various travels:

  1. Ashley, 2008–2017 – A tribute to our beloved Bangkok street dog, who died on March 7.
  2. My Top 10 Southeast Asia Travel Tips – Advice for journeys in this culturally rich and diverse region.
  3. Trip Report: Varanasi, India’s Holiest City – notes from our February sojourn.

  4. Trip Report: Three-Day Getaway to Neemrana Fort Palace – a post about a memorable trip we took to a very cool fort that’s been converted into a hotel

  5. Google CEO’s Advice to Ambitious Students: Loosen Up – a lighthearted story about Sundar Pichai’s tips.

Previously: My Top 10 Posts from 2016

Onward, my friends, to 2018!

New Delhi Smog Update: At Least the Temps are Dropping

So, what’s up with the air pollution here in New Delhi?

Here’s an update:

It’s still bad.

The PM2.5 reading yesterday morning was in the 300s. Which is not good.

But it’s not all terrible news.

Winter temps are here, which I love. Lows are dropping down to the 50s Fahrenheit, which is about 10 Celsius.

Sweater weather…just about! After nearly a decade in tropical Bangkok and Singapore, I am still giddy at the prospect of winter.

You take the good with the bad.

Story of the Day, Arkansas Pug Tuxedo Edition

The AP reports:

A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug.

Lest you think all the purchases were frivolous, among them were not just diamond jewelry and “sequined throw pillows” but also pet insurance, the AP says.

So there’s that.

Weekend Sketching: Pen and Ink is Therapeutic 

After sketching in pencil the other weekend — and toiling forever to get the angles right — I decided to ditch the graphite this time and go straight to pen and ink. 




It felt liberating. 

With ink, provided you don’t put down any pencil lines first, you have to just commit and draw. There’s much less belaboring of every little detail. 

There’s probably a metaphor for life in there somewhere. Stop tweaking and trying to be perfect and just get it done already. 

Image of the Day: Map of China, Seen from the East

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Can’t say I’d ever contemplated the country from this perspective.

Via Marginal Revolution.

Christopher Jared, who apparently sent in the image, writes in the comments:

I have used this perspective of China for insight many times. Look at the proximity of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and then what is in the middle? A large green, fertile patch… a middle kingdom. Whenever I am thinking about events in Chinese history, recent or ancient, it is this perspective that is most helpful to understanding.

Note: Taiwan would be grey because it was under Japanese rule in 1941, the date of the map.

Why I’m Excited about Manton Reece’s Microblogging Effort

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I’ve always wanted to find a way to easily include small bits of text or images here on Newley.com that I would otherwise post only on silos owned Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

I’m talking about links, observations, snapshots — not full blog posts, which I’ll continue to write, but rather fun little snippets that I’d nevertheless like to have a record of here.

After all, this site has been my own, tiny little part of the web since 2002, before those platforms ever emerged. Who knows what they’ll look like in the decades ahead.

I want to have all my personal content hosted here, under my control, but I still want to take advantage of these social platforms’ reach.

So I was really excited to read recently about Manton Reece‘s new Micro.Blog effort, part of a successful Kickstarter campaign called Indie Microblogging.

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I’ve signed up for the service — I’m @Newley) — though visiting that link won’t tell you much about how it all works. It essentially provides a platform that pulls together micro-posts from individuals’ blogs.

The setup allows me to post here first, and then those items are pulled in via RSS to Micro.Blog, a central repository for such posts, and then they’re distributed elsewhere.

It’s all based on the “POSSE” concept: Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere.

The end result doesn’t change much for folks reading this blog — though you’ll likely see a higher volume of much shorter items — but it’s fun to think about my site truly becoming the default repository for my ramblings writings and photos, just like it was before the rise of social media.

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Anyway, you may have seen some of these microblog posts here and in the main Newley.com RSS feed of late.

(In WordPress, I use the Aside post type, which renders a bit differently than normal posts, with no title and a blue background. I also created a new Snippets category, with its own RSS feed that’s pulled into Micro.Blog.)

If you’d like to get my microblog snippets separately, that RSS feed is:

http://newley.com/category/snippets/feed/

Stay tuned for more. I’d also like to figure out a way to remove the microblog posts from my main feed, in case folks would only like to see my longer dispatches.

Fidget spinners have started showing up on EDC blogs. 

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