Welcome to the 92nd edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal, the official newsletter of the perennially virid online writing magazine, The New Leaf Journal. This week featured our fourth appearance on page one of Hacker News as well as four new articles and a number of leaflets. Below, we will recap the week that was at The New Leaf Journal along with interesting links from around the web and other news and notes.
I published four new articles since I mailed the previous newsletter. All four of the articles this week were substantive essays following a distinct theme.
I published seven new leaflet microposts over the last week.
I will cover my most recent Leaflet first. While searching for an image for my emoji-censorship essay, I came across a set of “pharaoh smilies.” I documented my archeological find in a Leaflet.
I have made use of our Leaflet section to write about unusual search engines that pop up in our logs. This week, it was the turn of Becovi Search. If you search for Becovi, you will come up with many links alleging that it is malware. I worked to get to the bottom of the matter. Three days later, I covered a small social network called Mokum which similarly appeared in my logs.
Continuing on my tech essay theme, I discussed an interesting blog post on social media content consumption.
Finally, turning to an NBA dispute that began in 1985, I questioned why anyone would believe Michael Jordan’s account of an otherwise undocumented slight when he bragged about inventing slights to motivate himself in a documentary that he produced.
I will reserve two Leaflets for later in the newsletter.
Let’s see what’s happening around the world wide web…
Let’s dig into our archive…
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 July 9-15 was the 28th Newsletter Week of 2022.
|1||What is Becovi Search?||NAF||7.10.22||1 (1)|
|2||The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei||NAF||3.14.21||28 (19)|
|3||Recommended F-Droid FOSS Apps For Android-Based Devices (2021)||NAF||11.27.21||28 (7)|
|4||The Pokémon Special Split in Generation 2 - Statistics and Analysis||NAF||1.18.22||1|
|5||Installing Ubuntu Touch on an Asus Nexus 7 (2013)||NAF||7.5.21||25|
This week’s Leaflet micropost on Becovi Search made a strange appearance on page one of Hacker News. While its performance was not as dramatic as the two Leaflets that appeared on page 1 in May, it was more than enough to make my Becovi post the fourth article to top a weekly ranking in 2022. The only other notable in our weekly top five was my January 2022 study of Pokémon stats in generations 1 and 2. In light of the fact that the Pokémon article finished our previous three monthly rankings in 13th, 9th, and 6th place, it is more surprising that it had not yet notched a weekly top five than that it is making its first appearance.
In 2021, Victor V. Gurbo wrote an article about why vintage guitars sound better than new guitars. One of the reasons he offered is, and I quote, “[I]t’s the wood, bro.” But where can you learn about the wood that goes into guitars and all sorts of other structures and contraptions? May I refer you to The Wood Database, a comprehensive searchable online resource featuring more than 500 kinds of wood and many advanced search parameters. Whether you are building your next home, making a guitar, or just generally curious about the crushing strength of different varieties of wood, this resource will most likely have the answers that you are looking for.
The New Leaf Journal did not see any changes in the last week, and the main news event was the appearance of my Becovi Search post on page one of Hacker News. I did note that too many visitors from Hacker News (through a comparison of page views for the Becovi article and total page views on the day) only came for one article. This prompted me to think about how to organize the site to make it easier for people who land on one article to find more articles that interest them. I also think the About Page may be due for an update - it has not seen any substantial revisions since April 2021. Beyond that, I am still working on building out our Resources section to make The New Leaf Journal more useful and searchable for visitors.
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Until July 23,
Cura ut valeas.