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NN330: Pooches Peeling Out

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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.

Image of the week, above:

β˜”οΈ Rainy Hong Kong. Snapped today.

Here are 10 items worth your time this week:

1) πŸ‘‰ Good news: Homicides in many American cities are falling, bringing them back to pre-Covid levels. 🎁 <– WSJ gift link

2) 🚨 An eye-opening look at how cheap and easy it is to build a ChatGPT-powered propaganda “news” website. 🎁 <– WSJ gift link

3) πŸ–ΌοΈ Archaeologists undertaking a new excavation at Pompeii have uncovered some dazzling frescoes.

4) 🦷 And another archeological item of note, from Reddit: “Found a mandible in the travertin floor at my parents house.” Bonus link: an archaeology professor weighs in on the post.

5) πŸ‡­πŸ‡° Finish photographer Mikko Takkunen has released a gorgeous Hong Kong street photography book.

6) 🧭 Is sense of direction a product of our upbringing, rather than being innate?

7) 🌌 Here’s a video demonstrating just how enormous the universe is.

8) πŸ₯Š Brazilian MMA fighter Renato Moicano, after winning a recent contest, praised Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises (NSFW: profanity).

9) 🌳 Mental health break: this website immerses you in one-minute videos of parks around the world.

10) πŸ€ Please enjoy these rats driving little cars.


🦴 Dog-related video of the week:

His name is Ares. He runs like a cartoon character.”


πŸ’‘ Quote of the week:

β€œDoubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” β€” Voltaire


πŸ‘Š Fist bump from Hong Kong,


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