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👋 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.
🦃 I hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving! We had a fun one here in Hong Kong.
Photo of the week, above: preparing my Aunt Cece’s world famous South Carolina pecan pie. The back story on the tradition, along with the recipe, are in this 2014 story I wrote.
🐕 Also pictured: my sous chef, Ginger.
On to this week’s NN.
Here are ten items worth your time this week:
1) ⚽ RIP Diego Maradona, one of the best soccer players – some argue the best – to have ever laced up a pair of boots. He was just 60 years old. Should you ever doubt that beauty exists in what often feels like an ugly world, just watch his legendary goal for Argentina in the 1986 world cup. (Sorry, England fans.)
🇦🇷 For more on Maradona, check out his 2005 autobiography, titled (with his customary humility) “El Diego: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Footballer.”
2) 📺 Speaking of soccer, have you been watching “Ted Lasso?” No, seriously. It’s worth a watch.
3) 😔 Tony Hsieh, co-founder of pioneering e-commerce startup Zappos, died at age 46 following a house fire in Connecticut.
4) 🦠 Emma Graham-Harrison and Robin McKie, writing in The Guardian: “Nearly a year after doctors identified the first cases of a worrying new disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the country appears to be stepping up a campaign to question the origins of the global Covid–19 pandemic.”
5) 📰 “In interviews with over a half-dozen various former Drudge associates, about half suggested that the site may no longer be under his control.” That’s Armin Rosen, writing at Tablet about Matt Drudge and the Drudge Report.
6) 😄 Singaporean activist Jolovan Wham has been charged with holding an illegal public protest. He stood outside a police station displaying a smiley face drawn on a piece of cardboard.
7) 🚁 Wim Zwijnenburg at Bellingcat: “Are Emirati Armed Drones Supporting Ethiopia from an Eritrean Air Base?”
8) 👽 Officials surveying bighorn sheep in remote Utah happened upon something strange: a mysterious metal monolith 10 to 12 feet tall. It is probably (hopefully? fingers crossed?) a work of art.
🚨 Update, just discovered as I was about to hit send on this edition of NN: THE THING HAS NOW DISAPPEARED.
10) 🎨 Artvee aggregates artwork from museums that is in the public domain and available to download, searchable by artist or type of work.
🐶 Dog related video of the week: “Someone is waiting inside!”
📕 What I’m Reading
I finished “How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers.” Though brief, it contained some compelling insights.
Now I’ve moved on to “The Great Firewall of China: How to Build and Control an Alternative Version of the Internet,” by James Griffiths. (Thanks for the recommendation, Patrick N.!)
💡 Quote of the week:
“In general, I feel if you can’t say it clearly you don’t understand it yourself.” – John Rogers Searle
👊 Fist bump from Hong Kong,