Newley's Notes

NN284: Pooches in Paradise

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๐Ÿ‘‹ 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.

Image of the week, above: a building in Hong Kong’s Central district that I spotted recently. I love it for its monolithic beauty. It almost looks like it could be a slice of the Death Star.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) ๐Ÿ“– My newest Books Notes post at “The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living,” by Russ Harris. It came out in 2008 and I’ve enjoyed it over the years. I finally typed up my main take-aways.

2) ๐Ÿฆ Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as chief executive of the company. He’s also CEO of Square, a financial services company. Then a few days later Square changed its name to Block, a nod to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain.

3) โš–๏ธ Longread of the week: “Lina Khanโ€™s Battle to Rein in Big Tech,” by Sheelah Kolhatkar in the New Yorker.

4) ๐Ÿ’ป Lede of the week, by By Nilay Patel at The Verge: “KatKat Norton is a Microsoft Excel influencer.”

5) ๐Ÿฅƒ The creator of a new and apparently good American whiskey is…Coors? (Via Mike W.)

6) ๐Ÿ“บ Ridley Scott, director of the original “Blade Runner,” is working on a TV series based on the film.

7) ๐ŸŽ Beautiful HD video of Manhattan in 1993 (yes, 1993 – all of 28 years ago, which now somehow feels like a century ago). (Via PB.)

8) ๐ŸŸ Why some shapes of fries taste better than others, according to science.

9) ๐ŸŽธ Inspiring, music-related video snippet of the week: the moment Paul McCartney created the hit song “Get Back.” From a popular new Peter Jackson documentary series on The Beatles (trailer is here).

10) ๐Ÿ‘ Emoji, ranked from smallest (mosquito) to biggest (the sun) real-life size.


๐Ÿฆด Dog-related video of the week:

When you dress up as your dogs favorite toy.


๐Ÿ“š What Iโ€™m reading

I first read Ken Follett’s classic 1978 spy thriller “Eye of the Needle” in high school, and loved it. I recently gave it another read, and found it equally compelling. Perfect pacing. Evocative characters. And pairs nicely with simultaneous nonfiction reading about World War II.


๐ŸŽฅ what Iโ€™m watching

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น “Azzurri: Road to Wembley” is an entertaining, hour-long documentary on Netflix featuring behind the scenes footage from the Italian national soccer team’s path to victory in last summer’s Euro championship. What team spirit!


๐Ÿ˜‚ Meme of the week, above: George Costanza’s wallet meets Omicron fatigue.


๐Ÿ’ก Quote of the week:

โ€œTrue friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… To find one real friend in a lifetime is a good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.โ€ – Baltasar Gracian


๐Ÿค— What’s new with you? Hit reply to send me tips, queries, random comments, and videos of dogs encountering life-sized versions of their beloved chew toys.


๐Ÿ‘Š Fist bump from Hong Kong,


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