P.S. You Should Know...

By Pavel Sokolovsky

This newsletter isn't about news. In fact, we tend to sidestep around any topic that's prominently covered elsewhere. Instead, it's about surfacing ideas that fuel curiosity. P.S. You Should Know is written for those of us who find the world fascinating and never want to stop learning. If that's you, we're glad you found us!

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #238

Dreams of a smart home. The builders of our home did not skimp on light switches. There are so many, in fact, that turning all the lights off each evening is a bit like solving a puzzle. I bought a label maker and got to work labeling most switches. Kim laugh…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #237

Finally, a good parts-buying UX. Buying replacement parts for appliances is traditionally a poor experience. Common problems include cryptic part numbers, vague descriptions, limited availability, long shipment delays and hidden prices. I thought I'd have to …

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #236

We need a better way to give stuff away. We moved out of our Chicago home this week. As we were packing, we found many items that had plenty of life left in them, but no more utility for us. It sucks when they end up in a landfill, so we try to give them away…

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #235

Investing lessons learned. I passed on a startup investment in 2016. They were building something a bit esoteric, but I understood it's value. The market needed what they had, and I expected that market to grow. I passed because I thought their product was us…

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #234

NFTs and their value as art. It's hard to untangle the value of NFTs. Many of them are indeed art, but they're wrapped in speculative value for their affiliation with cryptocurrency and blockchain. Have you collected any NFTs for their artistic, rather than s…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #233

Towing a trailer? We're planning our move back down to Texas at the end of this month. Once I saw the quotes from moving companies, I started to wonder if I might successfully tow a trailer behind my truck. I watched a youtube video, so I'm probably at the pe…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #232

Thanks everyone for the birthday love! I'm blessed to have so many of you wonderful people in my life. Job interview tips. We're back in recruiting mode at NutriSense so I'm thinking a lot about interviews. I'd like to offer some very basic tips to help any c…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #231

NutriSense is up for an award and we need your votes! Please click this link and vote for us. Thank you :).

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #230

These people who work from home have a secret: they have two jobs. "When the pandemic freed employees from having to report to the office, some saw an opportunity to double their salary on the sly. Why be good at one job, they thought, when they could be medi…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #229

The best Nickelodeon character bracket. "As Nicktoons’ 30th anniversary approaches, it’s time to celebrate the heroes, villains, sponges and starfish, and cats and dogs who redefined children’s programming in the 1990s and beyond." | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #228

I don't publicly thank Kim often enough for creating the space for me to publish this newsletter for 228 weeks in a row through pregnancies, parenting, pandemics and more. Thank you, Kim! If you enjoy this newsletter, consider reaching out to thank her as wel…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #227

Facebook is the 6th largest company in the world by market capitalization. This week, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors that, "In addition to being the next generation of the internet, the metaverse is also going to be the next chapter for us as a compan…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #226

The best X in Y. About a decade ago I was on a connecting flight home through Philadelphia International Airport. I had never been to Philadelphia before. I had some time and was a bit hungry. I like Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and saw a restaurant that off…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #225

Personal networks are like infrastructure. A decade ago, I spent a meaningful part of my work time writing code. In part because doing it myself saved money, and in part because I really love the work. If you've ever done a sort of creative work that requires…

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #224

Plenty of water in Lake Michigan. The city of Chicago pulls water from two cribs about 2 miles offshore. As we cruised across the lake this week, we noticed distinct color changes in the water. They corresponded to big differences in the water's depth. Close …

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #223

🎆 Happy 4th of July! On America's birthday I'm reminded of just how lucky I am to have grown up in this country. I am grateful for everything this country has done for my family and me.

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #222

🛫 Wish us luck as we travel back home from the East Coast today!

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #221

I don't know much about 5G. But, I read recently that the U.S. Department of Defense is investing billions into testing and application prototyping. The article's point was not that they're investing, but that the investments are already paying dividends. One…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #220

Some musings from this week...

#219・

P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #219

Why would anyone want this? Kim noticed the "Caraoke" (like Karaoke, but in the car -- get it!?) feature in our car recently and wondered aloud why it was there. Meanwhile, Petra is now able to open the doors on her own and the car (in)conveniently unlocks wh…