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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #150

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February 9 · Issue #150 · View online
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 fourth year!

my story 🚀
5 Weeks of Drawing
5 Weeks of Drawing
👨‍🎨 Kim and I just wrapped up a 5-week intro to drawing class at the Lillstreet Art Center. It’s been a while since I had taken an in-person class, and I’m glad I did. My big takeaway from the class is that ‘drawing is seeing,’ meaning that the challenge is to first absorb the details so I can then draw them. I want to give a big public Thank You to Kim for being a good sport and signing up with me and to my parents for babysitting so we could get away.
🍜 Common Threads teaches cooking skills for kids at elementary schools in underprivileged neighborhoods. Please help us raise money for programming on March 16th at Chef Takeover (link to ticket page). We’ll have amazing Chefs from Boka, Blackbird, Galit, Girl and the Goat, Superkhana International and more. Early bird tickets are available for a limited time. Save the date!
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Drone footage captures the breathtaking moment a pod of dolphins hit the waves alongside a surfer. Awesome! | learn more
Eunoia: words that don’t translate. If you know multiple languages, chances are you’re familiar with words that just don’t translate easily from one to the other. This website catalogs 500+ untranslatable words from 70+ languages and it’s mechaye (Yiddish). | learn more
Dogs poop in alignment with the earth’s magnetic field. No further details - you already know if you want to click 🐶💩. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Hero rogue painter renames park. “After years of asking the Park District to rename Douglas Park to [Frederick Douglass Park] no avail, someone took matters into their own hands.” The park is formally named after Stephen Douglas, a civil war era Illinois Senator on the wrong side of slavery. | learn more
Chicago small business outlook survey. Surprise? “A survey shows concerns over taxes, regulatory requirements and perceived economic conditions.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
USV and the climate crisis. Union Square Ventures is broadening its investing lens to include climate-related businesses. My favorite part: “As part of this effort we are also opening up our internal research – this deck is what we as a team have been using to keep all of our learnings in one place, we hope it is useful to you and we plan to keep working in the open as we continue to learn about and invest in this space. | learn more
better doing 🎯
Reality has a surprising amount of detail. “Before you’ve noticed important details they are, of course, basically invisible. It’s hard to put your attention on them because you don’t even know what you’re looking for. But after you see them they quickly become so integrated into your intuitive models of the world that they become essentially transparent. Do you remember the insights that were crucial in learning to ride a bike or drive?” | learn more
First Round’s 30 best pieces of advice for entrepreneurs in 2019. There’s a lot of content in here, so I’ve slowly been making my way through it since December. One sample: “Cancel the CEO’s favorite meeting.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Treating exercise as medicine. “As researchers learn more about how exercise fights chronic ills like heart disease and diabetes, doctors may soon be able to treat physical activity as the powerful medicine it is.” | learn more
Intermittent fasting goes mainstream. Now, CNN is talking about it. “A review of past animal and human studies in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that intermittent fasting can reduce blood pressure, aid in weight loss and improve longevity. The report functions as a road map of sorts for physicians to prescribe fasting as a method of prevention or treatment for obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Important attributes of modern consumer brands. From True Ventures, investors in Blue Bottle Coffee, Fitbit, Madison Reed, Peloton, and Ring. “From these experiences, we’ve developed a list of attributes they embody that we find essential when evaluating investment opportunities in next-generation brands and products.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
How trillions of microbes affect every stage of our life. From birth to old age. National Geographic discusses how the relationship between us and our microbes changes over the various stages of life. [This might be paywalled now, but it worked for me somehow.] | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Weird DeFi. A no-loss lottery, a protocol for “flash loans” (that I don’t understand) and streaming money. | learn more
The NFT bible - everything (nontechnical) there is to know. This is both thorough and easy to skim. As a reminder, NFTs are Non-Fungible Tokens like Cryptokitties from 2017. | learn more
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