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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #128

👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
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P.S. You Should Know...
👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7am CST, and definitely the best one published by me. Now in its third year!

my story 🚀
Petra and I have discovered a new shared hobby: riding around together on a bike. She took to it almost immediately. After a short ride to the park she proved uninterested in playground equipment. Instead, she just wanted to “bike, bike, bike.” She also started (pre-pre-)school Tuesday, so it’s been a big week for us!
Some more books to share…
Delta-V by Daniel Suarez
Daniel Suarez is my favorite modern sci-fi author. I try to stay current on the cutting edge of science and technology. Without fail, Suarez has always been a few steps ahead. Reading his books feels like he’s followed all the same developments as me and then managed to connect the dots into a coherent narrative of the future. Then he adds interesting plot to spice it up even more. 
Sam Zell sold a $39 Billion portfolio of real estate at the height of the real estate bubble. He’s a character. The autobiography of Sam Zell, narrated by Sam Zell, was so much fun to listen to. 
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
Microsoft announces XLOOKUP, successor to the iconic VLOOKUP. This news blew my mind. I hadn’t even considered they might improve this. I can’t wait to try it. Two thumbs up for the Excel team at MSFT! | learn more
Hurricane Dorian washes up bricks of cocaine on Florida beaches. “With Hurricane Dorian battering Florida’s eastern coast, two of its beaches have seen mysterious packages wash up on their shores. The Police Department has confirmed these are in fact bags of cocaine.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Engineering secrets of the Vista Tower. This is going to be the 3rd tallest building in Chicago. “The 101-story, 1,191-foot skyscraper has engineering features that undergird its striking curvilinear shape. Few of these elements are visible to passersby, but they’re essential to making the tower stand up — and make a profit for its developers.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Podcast startup Himalaya lies about VC funding and gets caught. They released news of a $100 million fundraise, stretching the meaning of the word exaggeration. “For startups, funding announcements equal credibility. It’s not the right time to fake it ‘til you make it.” | learn more
The next generation of entrepreneurs is 65+. “Inside Senior Planet, the tech-savviest retirement community of seniors on earth.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
The Monty Hall problem is a paradox. “A veridical paradox produces a result that appears absurd but is demonstrated to be true nonetheless.” This is one example of a class of paradox that gives us a window into bad human decisions. | learn more
The efficiency-destroying magic of tidying up. The author of this post reminds readers that simplifying complex systems often leads to worse outcomes. I enjoyed the two visual examples of complexity - a computer-designed tensile structure and a fusion device. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Large European study finds sugar and artificially-sweetened soft drinks kill. Quote is from the study, and learn more link is to a newsy article. “This study found that consumption of total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with all-cause deaths in this large European cohort; the results are supportive of public health campaigns aimed at limiting the consumption of soft drinks.” | learn more
Woman is first to receive cornea made from reprogrammed stem cells. “To treat the woman, Nishida says his team created sheets of corneal cells from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. These are made by reprogramming adult skin cells from a donor into an embryonic-like state from which they can transform into other cell types, such as corneal cells.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
How tax policy gave us White Claw. Interesting background on everyone’s favorite Drink of Summer 2019. The ingredient profile of a vodka soda and the tax profile of a beer. It took real innovation to bring this product to market and avoid the tax implications of using vodka to make a vodka soda. | learn more
Pet food mislabeling. “Should you feed your dog organic, biodynamic, grain-fed, non-GMO, high-protein, low-carb, unpasteurized, cruelty-free, free-range, soy-lacto-egg-free caribou Num-Nums? Particularly when their last meal was cat vomit?” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Epic rap battle: Hamilton vs Satoshi. Brought to you by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.
Bitcoin Rap Battle Debate: Hamilton vs. Satoshi (BITCOIN GIVEAWAY) [feat. EpicLloyd, TimDeLaGhetto]
the end ✅
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