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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #162

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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 🚀
In my latest book review, I’ve added hand-drawn illustrations!
Human digestion is a sticky, complex subject. Even in previous reading on the gut microbiome, I didn’t know how digestion actually worked. Reading Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders helped fill in some blanks. Enders presents the facts in plain language. Gut explains the digestive system detail by detail, from common bodily functions and misfunctions to microbial digestive contributions.
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Virtual rate cut forces Nintendo gamers into riskier assets. There’s a bank in the game Animal Crossing. It slashed interest rates to near zero. | learn more
MS Word will mark two spaces after periods as an error. I was once a devout double-spacer. I gave up when I realized that web browsers treated multiple spaces as a single space anyway. One more generation and the double-space will go the way of the long s. | learn more
How MLB gamed its way to a baseball monopoly. “In 1922, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that effectively granted Major League Baseball a legal monopoly over professional baseball in the United States — a situation that persists to this day.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Keeping Chicago pedestrian-friendly post-lockdown. Since car traffic has decreased pedestrians and bikers have taken a larger share of the road. How can we keep it that way? | learn more
A frustrated Cubs fan once wrote to other teams offering his allegiance. “After lifelong Cubs fan Don Costello died last week, his son unearthed 1981 letters from MLB teams rejecting his offer to come to their team as a "free-agent fan.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
New evergreen fund launches with plans to spin out companies. I love this concept, and the name too. “It’s called DeltaV — an engineering term for a change in velocity — and the idea is to formulate startup ideas, get them up and running, then when they’re at the Series B phase of life, seek outside funding, while hanging on to roughly 80 percent of each company.” | learn more
Tech experts predict how the world will change. “Tech exec, VCs, and analysts—from WhatsApp’s Will Cathcart to AOL cofounder Steve Case—on the pandemic’s lasting impact on how we live, work, and think.” Pay close attention and you’ll see how everyone’s views are colored by their businesses. One example: Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest fund invests in middle-America startups and he thinks middle-America startups will catch a tailwind. | learn more
better doing 🎯
Standing on the shoulders of giants. From Farnam Street: “Innovation doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Doers and thinkers from Shakespeare to Jobs, liberally “stole” inspiration from the doers and thinkers who came before. Here’s how to do it right.” | learn more
A taxonomy of moats. This is a great article and it’s lessons are broadly applicable to businesses. “There are many different moats but they have at their root only a few different principles. This post is an attempt at categorizing the best-known moats by those principles in order to evaluate them systematically in the context of starting a company.” | learn more
Bulletins vs bulletin boards. Seth Godin has an apt commentary about how most notification these days are ‘pushed’ to the users. Long ago, you’d go on your own schedule to check the bulletin board for updates. | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Shopify launches Shop mobile app. There are a lot of independent retailers on the Shopify platform. This is novel because the platform is normally behind the scenes. This app is consumer-facing, tying together multiple retailers into one experience. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Diamond nanothreads could store 3x the energy of Li-ion batteries. “And because it stores energy mechanically rather than chemically, it would be much safer.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Informed optimism about a treatment for COVID-19. Matt Ridley is best known for his writings on science, including the book Rational Optimist. Now: “There are reasons to be optimistic about the therapies being tested.” | learn more
Scott Galloway’s idea for a U.S. Corona Corps. I love this idea because it introduces the concept of a gap year to Americans at a time when maybe they’ll accept it! | learn more
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