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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #159

👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
April 12 · Issue #159 · 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 🚀
💪 I took back my workday this week and it feels great. Combining longer “on duty” blocks of child care (2 hours) with physical separation from kids when off duty did the trick. I was able to get back on top of work projects, catch up with folks in my network, and even deliver my first-ever Zoom talk to U of I business students.
🍽 Check out Shelter-In-Plates. A friend launched this project with impressive speed. The idea is to let people buy meals for health care workers from their favorite local restaurants. Irazú, based in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, is a pilot restaurant. They delivered hundreds of meals to local hospitals this weekend.
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Museum asks people to recreate famous paintings with stuff at home. Some of these are exceptional. “The Getty Museum in Los Angeles challenged art fans to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their homes.” | learn more
An entrepreneur launched Colorado’s virus response team. “I thought the most interesting way to present the experience here on OnlyOnce (because you *definitely* Only lead a COVID-19 state emergency task force Once) would be to share the daily chronicle, a few days at a time, along with a couple photos I took along the way. So I’ll do that here, then at the end, I’ll do a wrap-up post that compares the work to running a private sector company.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Businesses rack up $120k in fines violating stay home order. “So far, the city has issued 21 citations among … eight businesses, which included a gym that stayed open, a grocery store that didn’t take steps to enforce social distancing and a bar that continued to serve patrons in-house…” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
The inside story of passing on a Tik Tok investment. In July 2015, (the predecessor app to Tik Tok) was rising through the app store rankings. “They were beating all of the heavyweights: FB Messenger, Instagram, Pinterest, Netflix, Snapchat, Spotify. When something like this happens, this is our Super Bowl. We will do whatever it takes to get a look at investing.” | learn more
The bull case for coworking spaces after the virus. Remember the distinction between remote work and work from home. | learn more
Thrasio, a profitable startup buying Amazon brands, just raised $110M. “So what does Thrasio actually do? It’s pretty simple really. It finds the “top-reviewed, bestselling” essential everyday products on Amazon, and buys the brands from the small business owners.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
1997: Drunk teenagers flood downtown Reykjavik at 3:00 AM (not a typo).
1997: Drunk teenagers flood downtown Reykjavik at 3:00 AM (not a typo).
Move upstream to solve problems before they happen. “In 1998, 42 percent of Icelandic 15- and 16-year-olds reported having been drunk in the previous 30 days. Almost a quarter smoked cigarettes daily, and 17 percent had already tried cannabis.” Twenty years later, teenage culture had been completely transformed – and not because of an ‘anti-drug’ campaign. | learn more
How to disagree. Paul Graham wrote this essay in March 2008. He recognized that the rise of the internet allowed people to express disagreements more frequently than legacy media. Then he ranked the key methods of disagreement from name-calling to refutation of the central point. This is quite useful if you hope to improve the quality of your conversations. | learn more
to your health ⚕
AI put to work predicting outcomes after joint surgery. “In a [2019] study, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City show that machine-learning algorithms can predict with reasonable accuracy which patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement will report a minimally clinically important difference (MCID) in symptoms two years after the operation.” | learn more
The shockingly recent history of people actually washing hands. “Cadavers, childbirth, and the rise of the Soap Industrial Complex all played a part in getting handwashing to catch on.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
A urine test for lung cancer could cut out unnecessary biopsies. “Urine tests that pick up biomarkers of cancer are one way scientists hope to diagnose the disease early, and MIT researchers have demonstrated a particularly promising example that could give efforts to diagnose early-stage lung cancer a huge boost.” | learn more
Scientists print ‘xenobots’ out of biological cells. “Computer scientists and biologists have teamed up to make a new class of living robotics that challenge the boundary between digital and biological.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Why are farmers dumping milk when the dairy cooler is empty? Carrie Mess is a Wisconsin dairy farmer. This is her insightful look into the complexities of supply chains in our modern world. The analysis is applicable to the toilet paper shortage and other categories where the commercial and consumer markets have key product differences. | learn more
big ideas 📚
Planet plastic. “Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once, according to a landmark 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances.” | learn more
calls to action 👇
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