👋 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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👉 Image of the week, above: yours truly on an epic hike – up to Kowloon Peak – with friends recently.
Here are 10 items worth your time this week:
1) 🇺🇸 Happy Fourth of July! Here is an oral history of “Independence Day,” released 25 years ago this weekend. [Hollywood Reporter]
2) 💰 The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer were charged with tax-related crimes. [WSJ]
3) ✉️ Facebook launched a newsletter service (think Substack) called Bulletin. [The Verge]
4) 🪑 Want something nicer than Ikea, but don’t want to pay for designer furniture? “Ikea hacking” may be for you. [The Hustle]
5) 📺 The long tail is for real: big TV hits are going away. [Washington Post]
6) 🍴 QR code menus are the worst. [Slate]
7) 💻 “The Internet is rotting” [The Atlantic]
8) 🌏 Maps of countries’ colors, based on satellite images. [Data Stuff]
9) 🧨 Enjoy these English-language advertisements for Japanese fireworks from the 19th century. [Public Domain Review]
10) 🤖 AI-generated art is getting super interesting. [Charlie Snell]
🦴 Dog-related video of the week:
🐶 “Nice and easy now” [Imgur]
💡 Quote of the week:
“Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear…When a sage sees this great Unity and his Self has become all beings, what delusion and what sorry can ever be near him?” – Upanishads
👊 Fist bump from Hong Kong,