Newley's Notes

NN259: Pusillanimous Pugs

A recent watercolor

Sent as an email newsletter April 18, 2021. Join my email list to get future editions.

πŸ‘‹ 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.

🍎 πŸ‹ πŸ₯‘ Image of the week, above: a recent watercolor.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) πŸ›Έ Photos and video of “unidentified aerial phenomena” from 2019 were, in fact, taken by Navy personnel, the Pentagon said. [CNN]

πŸ‘‰ One perspective on the ongoing sightings: “Adversary Drones Are Spying On The U.S. And The Pentagon Acts Like They’re UFOs.” [The Drive]

2) πŸ—£ Microsoft is paying $16 billion to acquire speech recognition and artificial intelligence firm Nuance Communications, “extending Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s run of big acquisitions to accelerate growth in everything from healthcare to videogaming.” [WSJ]

3) πŸš™ Singapore-based Grab, which offers services such as ride-hailing and food delivery across Southeast Asia, is going public on the Nasdaq in a $39.6 billion special-purpose acquisition company merger – the biggest such deal deal to date. [WSJ]

4) πŸ’° A milestone for cryptocurrencies: Coinbase, a crypto exchange founded in 2012, went public on the Nasdaq at a valuation of $85 billion. [WSJ]

5) 🀳 “Beauty filters are changing the way young girls see themselves.” [MIT Technology Review]

6) πŸ“· The winners of the 2021 World Press Photos contests have been announced. See the works here. [World Press Photo]

7) πŸ‘€ Insane video of the week: “Oh my god, it’s a bobcat!” NSFW: language. Here’s the apparent back story. [Twitter, ABC 11]

8) ✍️ New-to-me website, art edition: Old Book Illustrations contains a catalog of images ranging from animals, buildings, landscapes, people, plants and more, all in the public domain. [OldBookIllustrations dot com]

9) 🎧 New to me website, music edition: Lofi Cafe, which features chill beats and mesmerizing background images. [Lofi dot cafe]

10) 🎸 Hero of the week: Anthony Coscia, an architect in Connecticut, has created a one-sixth scale model of the Grateful Dead’s famed Wall of Sound speaker array – in his basement. [WSJ]


🦴 Dog-related video of the week: “have u ever seen a dog this dramatic” [Twitter]


πŸ“Ί What I’ve been watching:

I recently watched for the first time Martin Scorsese’s 2019 Netflix documentary “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story,” about Dylan’s 1975 tour. It’s full of great performances and behind the scenes footage. Just beware: some parts of the film are…well, made up!


πŸ’‘ Quote of the week:

“There is only one recipe for a best seller and it is a very simple one. You have to get the reader to turn over the page.” – Ian Fleming

πŸ‘Š Fist bump from Hong Kong,


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