Welcome to the syndicated version of Newsletter Leaf Journal CXXXV. I mailed the original on Saturday, May 13, 2023. This newsletter includes some notable New Leaf Journal news to go along with our assortment of links to NLJ articles new and old and links from around the web. Our Old Leaf Journal section has a distinct Mother’s Day vibe to mark what was a coming occasion when I first mailed Mr. Envelope.

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Leaves from the week that was

I published four regular articles since mailing Newsletter 134.

Another photo from my 2007 set.

Wherein I wonder if we are run by a government of bots.

The article taxonomy fans have been waiting for.

Regular newsletter readers already learned about our off-site aggregator a couple of weeks ago, but this article goes much more in depth into how I set it up.

I also published four short-format posts.

Leaves from around the web

Let’s check in on the world wide web…

I am always up for a good photo journey.

“If you look around our society, many of our more dysfunctional institutions are sorted by age: Homes for the elderly, public schools, even colleges. This age-segregation is artificial, something that never happened naturally in human society and barely happened at all until fairly recently in historical terms. Age segregation separates people from society, perhaps stigmatizes them, and, I think, harms society too.”

Giving no-meaningful-strings-attached money to nonprofits with missions contrary to the ostensible purpose of the funding ends in the manner one would expect.

A selection of dog paintings by the great painters.

What is a “club” really?

“Ordinarily, the doors of the bijin Benten pavilion are closed, but Masanuki was in luck – they’re opened up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month, and he just happened to be there on one of the open days.” (Saw this in my backlog and realized it will apparently be open for Mother’s Day…)

Most interesting is how many of the early doctors knew a trap when they saw one and came up with clever ways to not become trapped.

I never heard of Dynamite Cop prior to reading this translation of a 1998 developer interview, but the interview is a good read regardless.

The story of an early twentieth century baseball pitcher and his difficult life.

An excerpt from a book looking into how snails cross oceans.

A neat project to catalogue and map park benches in New York City.

An interview on Google’s “Korea’s Demilitarized Zone” interactive exhibit.

The Old Leaf Journal

Let’s dig into the archive…

Was there any doubt that our pre-Mother’s Day newsletter would include my history of Mother’s Day?

“There was a touch of mysticism and poetry in her nature which made her love to gaze at the purple sunsets and watch the evening stars.” – Calvin Coolidge describing his mother

If only Lilian and Earl kept their promise to their mother…

Pulitzer Prize-winning study of how to handle your daughter demanding to know whether she is pretty.

Victor V. Gurbo explores the life of Lead Belly and links to a performance of his own rendition of Goodnight, Irene.

A stab at a sequel to the iconic Casey at Bat.

Most-turned leaves of the newsletter week

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 of the 19th newsletter week of 2023.

  1. Peekier Search Engine Review (NAF: 2.26.22)
    2023 appearances: 12
    Top placements: 2
  2. Tiki paralogue trick in Fire Emblem Engage (NAF: 2.3.23)
    2023 appearances: 14
    Top placements: 11
  3. Biden, Lincoln, and Counting Back From the President’s Birth (NAF: 4.29.22)
    2023 appearances: 3
  4. The Mystery of Sōseki and Tsuki ga Kirei (NAF: 3.14.21)
    2023 appearances: 19
    Top placements: 5
  5. How the Forget-Me-Not Flower Found Its Name (NAF: 3.11.21)
    2023 appearances: NEW

My review of the now-dead Peekier Search Engine slightly improved on his week 18 first-place finish, and that proved to be enough to secure its second consecutive top placement ahead of my Fire Emblem Engage piece, which has finished in the top two in all 14 full weeks it has been online. We had a bit of a surprise in third with the re-appearance of my presidential 2022 presidential age study, which faded after a very strong January (its best all-time month was May 2022, so maybe there’s something to May there). My tsuki ga kirei post had another fairly weak week, but easily notched its 105th consecutive weekly top-five dating back to 2021.

The star of this week’s ranking is our fifth-place finisher, my study of how the forget-me-not flower became the forget-me-not. Published in 2021, the article has been consistently strong, having been our 22nd most-read article of 2021 and the 20th most-read article of 2022. Despite this consistent performance and a number of strong monthly placements (e.g., 7th in April 2022; 6th in April 2023), it had never posted a weekly top-five. It was similar to my 2021 review of the School Days anime in that respect, which posted top-25 finishes in 2021 and 2022 without any corresponding weekly top-fives (it has three appearances in 2023). But more than two years after the forget-me-not article was published, enough readers remembered it to give it a debut newsletter week top-five appearance. It is currently the 5th most-visited article of May, so perhaps it will set another ranking milestone by month’s end.

News leaf journal

I have two updates to share. Firstly, I revamped our Feeds Hub Page. Our feeds remain the same, but our resource for New Leaf Journal feeds is now more focused and includes information about the Osmosfeed Aggregator Site. I also finished adding meta descriptions to all of our categories and tags, news I noted in my article on WordPress taxonomies. You should see a short description on every tag and category archive page. I may make descriptions for key categories and tags more detailed in the future. I have a few other additions to the site planned for May.

Notable leaf journal

I went for two long walks on Monday, May 8, 2023. One took me to Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill and the second to lower Manhattan. I came away with some good photos from the walks. But sadly, there is no photo of the squirrel on a park bench in Manhattan eating a French fry. You can look forward to the photos I did manage to capture in the coming weeks.

Taking leaf

Thank you as always for joining me for another edition of The Newsletter Leaf Journal. If you enjoyed the newsletter and are not already a subscriber, we provide email sign-up and RSS feed options. I also syndicate the newsletter to The New Leaf Journal on Mondays. See the all the ways you can follow the newsletter here.

I have some interesting things planned for the second half of May at The New Leaf Journal. I hope you follow along to see them rolled out.

Finally, I wish all of the moms among our readers a happy Mother’s Day tomorrow (or after the fact, depending on when you read this).

Until May 20,

Cura ut valeas.