Newley's Notes

NN215: Profiting from the Coronavirus; What Rick Steves is Up To; Chihuahua Puppies

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Sent as an email newsletter Sunday, April 19, 2020.

👋 Hi, friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter containing my recent Wall Street Journal stories, must-read links on tech and life, and funny dog videos.

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Here are ten items worth your time this week:

🤑 1) Longread of the week, economics-of-the-coronavirus edition: The Price of the Coronavirus Pandemic [The New Yorker]

“When COVID–19 recedes, it will leave behind a severe economic crisis. But, as always, some people will profit.”

🌇 2) Rick Steves Is Learning to Cook and Enjoying Every Sunset [GQ]

“Talking to the travel guru about his life in isolation, which includes piano playing and stocking up on weed.”

🗣️ 3) Shot: How Facebook Works for Trump [The Atlantic]

“Donald Trump won the presidency by using the social network’s advertising machinery in exactly the way the company wanted. He’s poised to do it again.”

💾 4) Chaser: Biden Is Losing the Internet. Does That Matter? [New York Times]

“Mr. Biden’s biggest problem is structural. Most of our online political communication takes place on internet platforms that are designed to amplify content that provokes strong emotional reactions, often by reinforcing tribal identities.”

🥾 5) Why Walking Matters – Now More Than Ever [Wall Street Journal]

“Our upright gait is not just a defining feature of what it means to be human. It also makes our bodies and brains work better.”

🐻 6) Coyotes, bobcats and bears: Wildlife is reclaiming Yosemite National Park [Los Angeles Times]

“‘It’s not like they aren’t usually here,’ he said of the bears, bobcats and coyotes that he and other employees now see congregating outside their cabins and apartments. ‘It’s that they usually hang back at the edges, or move in the shadows.’”

⚽ 7) A History of Soccer in Six Matches [New York Times]

“From the Hungary team that shattered England’s delusions to the club that came to define the sport, through Pelé and Johan Cruyff, here are six games that explain modern soccer.”

🐑 8) This week’s six-hour moment of zen: Relax with Sheep at Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley [YouTube]

“Everyone at the winery loves it when the sheep arrive.”

🐶 9) Melting Ice Exposes Mountain Pass Used by Vikings, Including Ancient Dog and Leash [Gizmodo]

“These items, some made from organic materials, became locked in glacial ice, preserving a record of use that spans 1,200 years.”

🐕 10) Dog-related video of the week: Chihuahua puppy is too cute for little boy to handle [Reddit]

💡 Quote of the week:

“If you know the why, you can live any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

👊 Fist bump from Hong Kong,


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