Welcome to the 86th edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. As always, this newsletter comes to you from the waterproof keyboard of the editor of The New Leaf Journal, Nicholas A. Ferrell. Our first newsletter of June 2022 will include our usual assortment of links to our own content, links from around the web, and news and notes about The New Leaf Journal.
I published seven new articles since the previous newsletter. You will find the full articles, with links and brief summaries, below.
I also published a number of Leaflet microposts in the last week. A few of the notable ones:
We’ve seen what was happening at The New Leaf Journal. Let us now check in on the world wide web…
Let’s dig into our archives…
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 May 28-June 3 was the twenty-second newsletter week of 2022.
|1||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||22 (17)|
|2||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps for Android-Based Devices||NAF||11.27.21||22 (4)|
|3||The Last Stand of Constantine XI||NAF||5.30.20||9|
|4||Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7||NAF||7.5.21||21|
|5||Man Uploads 2,000,000 YouTube Videos||NAF||5.8.22||2 (1)|
After a Hacker News-dominated previous week, the state of affairs in our weekly ranking stabilized. Despite a below average week for both, my posts on tsuki ga kirei and F-Droid apps resumed their customary top spots in our ranking. My last stand of Constantine XI piece posted another strong week on the week that included the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople, matching its best finish of 2022. After spending most of the week outside the top five, my 2021 Ubuntu Touch install piece returned to the ranking after a one-week absence. The dominant article of the previous week, my Leaflet post on a man uploading 2,000,000 videos to YouTube, made its second (and possibly last) appearance in the weekly top 5.
This Notable Leaf Journal section is for Linux users. I use an application launcher called Ulauncher on my main desktop (running Manjaro Linux with the Xfce desktop environment) and laptop (running EndeavourOS with the Open Box window manager). Ulauncher is not only a useful application launcher, but it has a robust selection of user-built extensions. One of these extensions is a markdown table generator - which I find quite useful given that I work in markdown and writing tables in markdown can be a bit of a pain. The table in this week’s most-turned leaves section was generated with this useful Ulauncher tool.
The last week was not a busy week in terms of changes to The New Leaf Journal. I did notice that the recommended post section (you will find it beneath every article and Leaflet) is becoming flooded with too many Leaflet microposts in some cases. This is not always a bad thing - some of the Leaflets are genuinely substantive and worth referring to readers. However, some Leaflets are not evergreen or substantive such that I would want them to appear in lieu of our full articles. For this reason, I will go through all of our Leaflets and determine which ones should be removed from the recommended articles pool.
I launched my project to review nearly all of the al|together visual novel translations in April 2021. I only published four reviews (out of about 30) in the ensuing months. However, I picked up the pace this May, publishing two new al|together reviews, including one of the weightiest ones, in a one-week period. I am picking up the pace on the project - with several reviews planned for July and August along with a few technical edits to our previously-published reviews. I made some behind-the-scenes progress on the project over the last few days. Two of the visual novels in the al|together collection were patches - meaning that the translations were to be appended to the original Japanese games instead of the translation itself being the game file. Through a person who contacted me on Twitter last year (note I saw the message 10 months late), I gained one of the two game files and, after being asked if I knew of the other, managed to find it in a little downloaded torrent file. Thus, I now have every al|together translation available to review. I plan to write a bit about how I found the game file in a future (see leaflet).
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Until next Saturday,
Cura ut valeas.