Welcome to the 62nd 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 from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. This week, I bring our usual assortment of content from the past week, articles from around the web, and other news and notes from and about The New Leaf Journal.
Note: I will mail the 63rd newsletter on December 18, 2021. There will be no newsletter on Christmas weekend. The 64th newsletter will be mailed on January 1, 2022.
I published five new articles since the last newsletter. The week’s content had a definite theme - my turning previously unused photos into articles.
Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 5, 2021.
After ending the previous week with an article about the saw-whet owl, I began the new newsletter week with a saw-whet owl poem reprinted from one of the magazines I used in the first article. The poem is short, but befittingly charming for North America’s smallest owl.
Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 7, 2021.
Having previously written about the markdown editor I use to draft content, I thought that it would be appropriate to publish a more detailed piece on my New Leaf Journal workflow.
Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 8, 2021.
Last month, my June article about “King Baby” graffiti on a truck in Gowanus, Brooklyn, made its monthly top-10 debut. I had a second King Baby graffiti photo in reserve and turned it into an article. My second King Baby post includes a small investigation into the mysterious figure behind the “art.”
Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 9, 2021.
Back in May, I published an article about unsanitary conditions at outdoor dining establishments in Brooklyn. That article focused on standing water. My new article focuses on pigeons. But while the presence of pigeons in outdoor dining establishments does not give me faith that proper sanitary guidelines are being followed, it did give me the opportunity to comment on the fact that the facilities look like chicken coops.
Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 10, 2021.
A short article on a humorous ad wherein Ohio attempts to attract New York City businesses to move to the Buckeye State.
Now for some content recommendations from around the web.
Mark Kriegel. December 4, 2021.
“According to Lopez’s medical records, the 24-year-old former undisputed champion was diagnosed with ‘pneumomediastinum’ with ‘extensive air in the retropharyngeal space’ by emergency room doctors during his postfight visit to Bellevue Hospital.”
Although the reigning fighter of the year lost a 12-round decision while struggling to breathe, he scored a knockdown in the 10th round. Lucky to be alive, and most definitely a champion.
Lawrence Abrams. December 2, 2021.
I never saw those Alien vs Predator movies, but I think that they must be something like this.
Patrick Reilly. December 9, 2021.
“In early 2015, she met a US citizen, identified only as S.V.M. in court documents, who agreed to the sham marriage to Hasanova in exchange for $15,000. The two were married in New York in October 2015.”
She may have been well-advised to not seek and obtain the Military Basic Allowance for Housing at the married rate after obtaining a Green Card through a fraudulent marriage.
Oscar Gonzalez. December 9, 2021.
“In the video, a cameraman is seen walking down a street at night toward a house. A person who appears to be Cacioppo, wearing a PS5 shirt, is standing outside the house.”
He wore a PlayStation 5 shirt en route to what turned out to be a sting.
Casey Baseel. December 9, 2021.
A more positive haircare story from Japanese schools than the one I covered last February.
Dylan Dethier. November 10, 2021.
“Eventually when I started crutching around the house, I never – I built a really nice house, but I didn’t reallize how big it was until I started crutching around.”
- Tiger Woods
The downside of a big house.
Now for an article from our archive…
Nicholas A. Ferrell. December 12, 2021.
A fitting article for the latter stages of the first year of a new decade.
In each edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, I review the most visited articles since the previous newsletter. The statistics come from our privacy-friendly local analytics solution, Koko Analytics. The rankings cover the period beginning with Saturday and ending with the next Friday. The previous week was the 49th Newsletter Week of 2021. Below you will find our most-visited articles of the week along with additional information about each article.
“The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei“
Nicholas A. Ferrell. March 14, 2021.
Last Week: 1. Weeks in Top Five: 33 (22 in first).
“The Last Stand of Constantine XI“
Nicholas A. Ferrell. May 30, 2020.
Last Week: 8. Weeks in Top Five: 19.
“Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7 (2013)“
Nicholas A. Ferrell. July 5, 2021.
Last Week: 5. Weeks in Top Five: 17.
“How to Find Substack RSS Feeds and Other Notes“
Nicholas A. Ferrell. June 19, 2021.
Last Week: 4. Weeks in Top Five: 17.
“Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)“
Nicholas A. Ferrell. November 27, 2021.
Last Week: 3. Weeks in Top Five: 2.
My article on the last stand of Constantine XI, which is (and almost certainly, will remain) the earliest New Leaf Journal article to post a weekly top five in 2021, returned to the ranking in second place with its strongest week since it was published on May 30, 2020.
On the whole, the week presented few surprises, with four fixtures in top fives over the past few months being joined by my late-November review of F-Droid apps, which notched its second weekly top five in two weeks on site. Last week’s surprise, my article on using JMP to send and receive SMS messages via XMPP, fell just outside the top five at number six.
There is little to report other than the new articles that I already wrote about. I have begun the process of creating redirects for outdated links - including sending all links to our former Guestbook to our Contact Page.
I have some real work to do over the first part of next week, so you may expect to see a number of shorter articles during that period. I will work on some of the longer projects I have in store for this month while keeping the site updated in order to publish them in the second half of December.
This concludes the 62nd edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. Thank you, as always, for reading and following the newsletter. I look forward to mailing our last newsletter of 2021 next Saturday.