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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #158

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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 fourth year!

my story 🚀
📅Entropy has overrun my schedule. On my calendar, I use a lot of recurring events and standing meetings to stay on track over time. I’ve been missing a lot of them. After a few weeks of quarantine, it’s finally hit me that I need to erase them all and start over. My time constraints have fundamentally changed and so has the timing of my day. It took a couple weeks of missing the mark on my goals to realize this, so I feel a bit slow. With a thoughtful new schedule, I’ll regain control of my time from the entropy monster.
How have you managed adjusting your schedule to the new normal?
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Logos redesigned to reflect the coronavirus world. “Jure Tovrljan has redrawn the logos of brand including the Olympics, Nike and Starbucks to show how the coronavirus has impacted our everyday lives.” Link to logos only. | learn more
Two hundred fifty things an architect should know. This reads like a long list of things I don’t know, which is why I love it. Many (most?) don’t directly relate to architecture. The author is Michael Sorkin, recently deceased, is a prominent American architect and urban designer. | learn more
Antarctica used to have a rainforest. “New evidence shows that the planet’s coldest continent harbored rich, wet forests in the dinosaurs’ time. The results will help shape estimates of human-driven warming.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Raising money for local hourly workers. “Chicago Hospitality United is a grassroots effort to raise funds for hourly hospitality workers affected by the mandated shutdown of bars and restaurants to contain COVID-19.” This is a collaboration between a restaurant operator and Stock Mfg, the makers of uniforms for pretty much every cool restaurant in the town. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Why the next professional network will look nothing like LinkedIn. “LinkedIn, now in its 16th year, was built for a different era where professional ability was confined to a resume and recruiters served as gatekeepers between professionals and hiring managers.” | learn more
The future of design tools. “The way you know we still haven’t figured out design tools is by the fact that Photoshop still ranks highly in design tool surveys. It was released in 1990 and its main selling point was the ability to edit raster graphics!” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Improbable things. From Paul Kedrosky: “It’s a big planet and so a lot of weird things that shouldn’t happen, happen all the time. As I like to remind people, on a planet with 7.5 billion people, a billion-to-one longshot potentially happens seven-ish times a day. That can take a lot of the fun out of calling things "billion-to-one longshots”, admittedly, but that’s the way it goes on a big planet.“ | learn more
Preserving optionality. From Farnam Street: “We’re often advised to excel at one thing. But as the future gets harder to predict, preserving optionality allows us to pivot when the road ahead crumbles.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Language used on social media prior to hospital visits. Published in the journal Nature, this research used machine learning to predict healthcare utilization. “One of the salient themes that emerged the month prior to ED and inpatient visits was that anxious and depressed language increased significantly.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
China’s Lukin Coffee brews up fake financials. The company, founded in October 2017, already operates over 3,500 locations. They were compared favorably to Starbucks last year. Now, their recently-listed stock fell 80% after an investigation found the COO fabricated sales figures (like, a lot). | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
How MakerDAO survived Black Thursday. Holders of the stablecoin lost about $8 million during forced liquidations (I wrote about this last week). But, it survived, which is probably the more interesting point. | learn more
calls to action 👇
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