Welcome to the 157th edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. This newsletter comes to you as always from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. This week was a bit short on content with just three new articles -- although all three were fairly time-intensive by my standards. You will find links to our three new pieces along with links from around the web and other news and notes below.
(No News leaf journal section this week because I have no news to report other than our new articles.)
Our three new articles...
Below, you will find 18 links from around the web sorted into different categories.
Iraqi Shia militia warns the United States about involvement against Hamas
Joe Truzman for Long War Journal. October 10, 2023.
An indirect reminder that the United States still has a non-insignificant troop presence in Iraq.
Kazakhstan: New Law Establishes Legal Framework for Digital Assets and Cryptomining
Iana Fremer for the Law Library of Congress. May 1, 2023.
One may scoff, but there is a good amount of crypto-mining in Kazakhstan.
Beijing’s Middle East Policy is Running Aground
Julian Spencer-Churchill and Behrouz Ayaz for The National Interest. October 3, 2023.
A shared history of having both been conquered by Genghis Khan may leave some gaps.
Sabertooth cat skull newly discovered in Iowa reveals details about this Ice Age predator
Matthew G. Hill for The Conversation. April 3, 2023.
"The Iowa skull, combined with other fossil evidence from the region and observations of modern large carnivores, has cast new light on the life history and behavior of sabertooth cats."
Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old eyeshadow, blush in W. Türkiye
Daily Sabah. September 23, 2023.
But can you still use it?
Florida road crews uncover 19th-century boat
Brad Matthews for The Washington Times. October 11, 2023.
Propeller from the SS Good News in Mbala, Zambia
Atlas Obscura. May 26, 2023.
The rest of the boat is in the bay...
Fordham University students traumatized by 'scary' goose
Jeanette Settermbre for the New York Post. April 26, 2023.
"The freshman documented the wild goose on TikTok, where the bird can be seen charging towards passersby and even flying after them." (Nothing in this article is making me regret declining my offer of admission to Fordham years ago).
Yes, a Pigeon is Faster for Data Transfer than Gigabit Fiber Internet
Mark Tyson for Tom's Hardware. August 29, 2023.
A Miami Suburb Overrun With Peacocks Turns to Vasectomies to Rein Them In.
Patricia Mazzei for The New York Times. August 9, 2023.
An opportunity to dig up my 2020 peacock article.
Young Clock Tower in Tokyo, Japan
Atlas Obscura. April 14, 2023.
What in the world...
Milk Bottle Grocery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Atlas Obscura. September 14, 2023.
Picturing Pregnancy in Early Modern Europe
Rebecca Whiteley for The Public Domain Review. March 8, 2023.
Depictions of pregnancy through the centuries.
Japanese prison mascot appears in children’s colouring book made by prison inmates
SoraNews24. August 25, 2023.
I feel like I should be surprised that there the Chiba prison system has a mascot, but I am not surprised.
A Clear Trend Comes Back
Manuel Haeussermann for IFIXIT. August 28, 2023.
I approve of this trend. Does the tempered glass door on my desktop computer count?
Bay Ridge's Quirky Gingerbread House Is Back on the Market
Susan De Vries for Brownstoner. September 18, 2023.
I never knew what it looked like inside.
Nintendo Switch Is Not "Technically Capable" Of Running Call Of Duty Games, Says CMA
Jim Norman for Nintendo Life. April 27, 2023.
He says this like it is a bad thing. But FPS games tend to make me violently dizzy. I prefer to not be violently dizzy. Thus, it is good that Switch cannot run COD.
Dasung Paperlike Color is a 25.3 inch E Ink monitor with a Kaleido 3 color display
Brad Linter at Liliputing. July 31, 2023.
It will be neat when these are semi-affordable.
Let's look into our archives...
Missing Columbus Day For Lack of Planning
N.A. Ferrell. October 10, 2022.
Like in 2022, I did not remember Columbus Day until it was actually Columbus Day. However, unlike 2022, I had an article prompt ready.
Introducing the 1922 Better Homes in America Demonstration Week
N.A. Ferrell. October 9, 2021.
A look into some interesting 1920s festivities (links to follow-up articles are included in the post).
Call in the Oligarchs to Restore Trust in Media? A Peculiar Proposal.
N.A. Ferrell. May 19, 2021.
Makes good for reading along with my critique the experts say headlines.
The Japanese Citizenship Requirement for Sumo Stablemasters
N.A. Ferrell. April 25, 2021.
Inspired this week's piece on Egypt's rules for running for president.
Winds of New Beginnings: Pokémon Gold & Silver
N.A. Ferrell. October 15, 2020.
One day short of another anniversary.
“Technological Imbecile” Retweeted by President
N.A. Ferrell. November 28, 2020.
Unexpected Twitter (today known as X) stardom.
I list our most-read articles from the previous newsletter week (Friday to Saturday) in each edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. These statistics come courtesy of Koko Analytics, our local, privacy friendly page-counting solution (see my review). Below, I present the 5 most-visited articles for 2023 newsletter week 41. (Note: All stats are for 2023 only.)
2023 week 41 was our weakest week of the year thus far, driven largely by continued poor performance (by 2023 standards) with Google. I am not sure why the Google rank of our articles has slipped a bit, but slipped it has -- so we appear to have settled into a middling status quo in the short term. On the bright side, we are starting to see better performance with Bing and DuckDuckGo after our lengthy Bing-ban, but Google always weighs much more heavily on our traffic.
As for the top-five of the week, my Pokémon stats study had a strong week by recent standards and easily took the top spot on the ranking for the second week in a row. In second we saw the debut of my piece about installing GrapheneOS on a Google Pixel 6a (it had been close to cracking the top five on a few occasions in recent weeks). The other notable from the week is my tsuki ga kirei article limping into fourth and notching 40 weekly top fives for the second year in a row. If it makes 10 out of the final 11 top fives, it can also repeat its 2022 feat of 50 top five appearances (the prospect of a second consecutive perfect 52, alas, was lost in Newsletter Week 30).
I wrote about moving from my Teracube 2e with /e/ OS to a Pixel 3a XL with LineageOS earlier this year. Unfortunately, my Pixel 3a XL's charging port is no longer reliable, so I ordered my own Google Pixel 6a from eBay. I am still deciding whether to go with GrapheneOS or LineageOS on it.
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I am still working on publishing all of the projects I have planned for October as we move into the second half of the month. I look forward to sharing some new articles and news next week.
Until October 21,
Cura ut valeas.