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 #287

Three cheers for the 🐞 army! Just a few days after I released 1,500 ladybugs in my front lawn, I woke up to a clean windshield on the car parked under the pecan tree. My hopes for this tactic were not high, so am quite pleased that it worked out. Now, if only…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #286

Sticky front yards. Kim and I have been kicking around ideas about what we might do to spruce up our front yard. One fixture that'll stick around regardless of what we decide: our large old pecan tree. A few weeks ago, we started noticing something odd about …

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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #285

Travel insurance. I booked an Airbnb for an upcoming trip and decided to buy the travel insurance they offered during checkout. This was a first for me. It cost about 6% of the total I paid. I imagine its priced right and the insurance company makes money on …

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #284

I was on a podcast. Fellow girl dad, entrepreneur and Austin newcomer Young Han invited me onto his podcast to talk about work and parenting. I'd be honored if you wanted to listen!

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #283

Mission iMessage. I am pleased to report that my attempt to get iMessage to work from my Windows computer was a great success. The road took some twists and turns, but I finally got the old Mac running with the latest operating system and connected to it to r…

 
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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #282

Extreme measures. I've been an iPhone user since the very first one came out. Also, I've been a Windows PC guy the whole time. I bought an iMac about a decade ago, but I didn't love it. Today there's only one Mac feature that I really feel I'm missing out on:…

 
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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…