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... Read more

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 #281

It's nice to be home. After a summer spent largely on-the-move, it's great to have spent the week re-settling into our Austin home. I am excited to get back to many of the healthy lifestyle choices I've been lax on: exercise, home-cooked meals, and (hopefully…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #280

Diamonds are forever. "The British financiers who had organized the South African mines quickly realized that their investment was endangered; diamonds had little intrinsic value — and their price depended almost entirely on their scarcity." And so, the De Be…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #279

There are so many hotels. We've been taking road trips for the last couple years since the pandemic began. One aspect to life on the road that I'm still amazed by is the vast number of hotels available. The approach we've settled on is to drive as much as we …

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #278

You can set your watch to this glowing green worm party. "Scientists would identify the spectacle as a mating ritual in the 1930s, as occurring in the summer and autumn, at an eerily prompt 55 minutes after sunset, three nights after a full moon." | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #277

Congratulations to the team at NutriSense who announced a $25 million Series A fundraise this week! A nice (but paywalled) article in Crain's Chicago offers more details. We're hiring :).

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #276

A 17-year-old’s record-breaking pole vault in slow motion.

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #275

We tracked what happens after TikTok songs go viral. This was an excellent video based on "A data investigation into how TikTok is shaping the music industry, in collaboration with The Pudding." | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #274

So long, Chicago. After spending most of June visiting with family and friends, it's time for the next leg of our summer travels. It's certainly been a whirlwind few weeks. While Chicago remains my favorite summer city, it'll be nice to have a more relaxed en…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #273

Hard things can be fun. I took my daughter camping for the first time this week. Nearby we went on a hike. On our way up the steep trail to Balanced Rock, she observed that hard things can be fun things. Such wisdom from a 4-year-old! Do we sleep outdoors too…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #272

"When I feel like I want to puke, that's when I press the buy button." That was the response to my question about how to manage psychology and be prepared to invest in times of turmoil. That, and checklists! Thanks KM.Change your furnace air filter. We had a …

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #271

Hard things that are easy now. I imagine 200 years ago it was exceptionally difficult to travel between Central Texas and Northern Illinois. I'm thinking it was like the Oregon Trail game in a lot of ways. Even 20 years ago you'd need a good map and possibly …

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #270

Our summer travels start soon. We'll be spending most of June in Chicago. I am grateful we get to have an extended visit near family and friends. I'm also excited to get out there and enjoy the best of Chicago summer. If you have any suggestions on new restau…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #269

Thanks Illinois. A lovely surprise showed up in my inbox this week. It was an email from Paypal -- Facebook had paid me $397 as part of their settlement with the State of Illinois over facial recognition technology. This is not my first class action payment, …

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #268

My first recession. After the last big crisis in '08, it took me many years to recover a positive outlook. I was years too late. I like to think of myself as an opportunistic buyer who knows when he's looking at a good deal. But I guess I wasn't. I waited for…

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #267

The dubious art of the dad joke. "Take the worst joke known to humanity and surely somehow, somewhere out there in the world, some dad will be telling it as if it’s the funniest thing in the world to a long-suffering audience." | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #266

What's a chuck? Wikipedia: "A chuck is a specialized type of clamp used to hold an object with radial symmetry, especially a cylinder." | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #265

PFA: An acronym you'll need to google to understand. Someone used this in an email to a friend and all of us were stumped. | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #264

🎉 Much of the world is in the midst of holidays right now. Wishing you all the best whether you're celebrating Passover, Easter, Ramadan, or a lovely spring day!

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #263

Walmart owns most of the supermarkets in Mexico. Also, on a per capita basis, there are more Walmart-owned stores in Mexico than the US. | learn more

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #262

Photographing ancient Baobab trees before they die. "The baobab trees of the African continent can live over 1,500 years—one was been documented living to 2,500 years old. The trees bear fruit and provide useful bark material (which regenerates) for communit…