Welcome to the 82nd 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. Our newest newsletter comes packed with updates from the week that was at The New Leaf Journal and links and recommendations from around the web.
We published seven regular articles since mailing last week’s newsletter. You will find the full list, with links, below.
|Published||Author||Article and Link|
|4.30||NAF||April 2022 at The New Leaf Journal|
|5.1||NAF||“Lines to a Mosquito” - 1895 Poem|
|5.2||NAF||Takaki’s Memories in 5 Centimeters Per Second|
|5.3||NAF||How Minds Social Gets Hashtags Right|
|5.4||NAF||The Barefoot Man on NYC Sidewalks|
|5.5||NAF||Black Squirrel in a Tree in Brooklyn|
|5.6||NAF||Searching for School Days’ Nice Boat|
I published ten Leaflet microposts since mailing our previous newsletter (Leaflet introduction). I will cover some of the Leaflets in other parts of this newsletter. Below, you will find links to a few of the Leaflets that I will not discuss elsewhere.
Let’s see what’s going on around the world wide web…
I have begun posting daily This Day in New Leaf Journal History articles on my Hubzilla profile. For The Old Leaf Journal section, I refer you to yesterday’s entry for May 6. My May 6 post this year was a follow-up to my May 6 post last year on the train-wreck that is the School Days anime and the infamous Nice Boat meme that sailed from the controversy surrounding its final episode. The first School Days article in 2021 was the successor to Victor V. Gurbo’s May 6, 2020 article about Love Henry, a classic folk ballad covering love and madness.
This week also featured another article that served as a follow-up to May 2020 content. I published an article on a photo I took of a black squirrel in Brooklyn this past week. On May 5, 2020, I told the story of an unusual black squirrel sighting in Boerum Hill in 2000 or 2001. I turned the story into a haiku on May 13, 2020.
I list our most-visited articles of the previous week in each newsletter. In keeping with our newsletter schedule, these “Newsletter Weeks” begin with Saturday and end on Friday. The statistics come courtesy of our local and privacy-friendly analytics solution, Koko Analytics - which I reviewed on site.
The week of April 30-May 5 was the eighteenth newsletter week of 2022.
|#||Article Title and Link||Author||Date||22Top5|
|1||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||18 (15)|
|2||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices||NAF||11.27.21||18 (3)|
|3||Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7||NAF||7.5.21||18|
|4||An Early Review of Pixelfed - Instagram Alternative||NAF||11.13.20||2|
|5||Review of the Teracube 2e Smartphone||NAF||11.19.21||2|
Four of the top-five articles from newsletter week 17 returned to the top five in week 18 in the same positions. The newcomer was an old-standby, my 2020 review of Pixelfed came in at fourth place, making its second top-five appearance of 2022. Maybe I need to find something new to write about Pixelfed for a 2022 update.
Today I will cover a project born from the Useless Web Project - Mondrian and Me. You start with a blank canvas. As you click the screen, you begin to compose your very own Mondrian painting. You can learn more about the creator, Tim Holman, and why he created Mondrian And Me, here. I may cover this strange project in more detail on The New Leaf Journal in the future.
The only change that I made to The New Leaf Journal proper this week was to our main Archive Page. I decided to streamline our menu for performance reasons. As a result, itis important that the items that are included on the streamlined menu help guide visitors around the site. Our new Archive page now features links to all of our sub-archive pages. I explained my thought-process in a new Leaflet micropost.
I added a new project outside The New Leaf Journal that I referenced in our Old Leaf Journal section above. I am now posting daily This Day in New Leaf Journal history pieces on my Hubzilla profile. I explained the program in a Leaflet micropost. If you want to see what was going on at The New Leaf Journal in 2020 and 2021, you can subscribe to my Hubzilla RSS feed.
Thank you for joining us for the 82nd edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. If you already subscribe to the newsletter through email or RSS, I thank you for subscribing. If you found this newsletter through other means such as by traversing our archive, The Sample, social media, or other means, I hope that the content was interesting enough to convince you to consider signing up via email or RSS. We send our newsletters every Saturday.
My early May articles covered a number of subjects, and I look forward to continuing to publish content in what has been, and promises to be, a busy end to the first half of 2022. I look forward to mailing a new newsletter full of updates next Saturday.
Until May 14,
Cura ut valeas.