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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #171

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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 🚀
Blurry Family Photo. July 4, 2020
Blurry Family Photo. July 4, 2020
📜 What are some topics where you might find yourself on the wrong side of history? I find it useful to remember that we are the product of our times and geographies. It’s hard to imagine being born twenty years earlier or raised in a different land and winding up with the same set of views and beliefs. As a lighthearted example, I certainly wouldn’t expect to like the same music and movies. Remembering this helps create empathy for those who are now finding themselves on the wrong side of history.
🎆 Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! Though I wasn’t born here, I am grateful every day to enjoy the privilege of being an American.
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
You aren’t allowed to criticize Goldman Sachs with their new font. “Investment bank Goldman Sachs has released a free-to-use family of fonts called Goldman Sans. But the fonts have a catch: according to the license, you’re not allowed to use them to criticize Goldman Sachs.” | learn more
Americans and Brits love a good gamble. CNBC reports, “Americans earning less than $30,000 admit to spending about 13% of their income on lottery tickets”, and the average American buys $1,000 of lotto tickets. Meanwhile, about 1 in 3 people in the UK hold Premium Bonds where the interest on the bonds is distributed by a lottery. “The bonds are entered in a monthly prize draw and the government promises to buy them back, on request, for their original price.”
There’s a ‘Magic Age’ when you find your musical taste. “And just as there’s a critical period for learning a language, so too is there a critical period for learning your musical tastes: It starts at 14 and peaks at 24.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Block Club does in 3 days what the park district couldn’t in 5 years. Five years ago, a wealthy Lakeview resident added creative landscaping to make a semi-private yard out of public park land. The park district tried without success to get the hedges removed. Block Club published the story Tuesday. People came to picnic there Wednesday. The owner ripped out the hedges Thursday.
tech, startups, internet ⚡
TikTok is a privacy nightmare, says guy who reverse-engineered it. “TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network.” | learn more
The payoff on a 2014 GiPHY investment. “GiPHY was bought by Facebook. I was surprised since I participated in their early investing experiment, through Alphaworks, but never got any emails about this. In July of 2014, I invested the minimum, $2,500 in GiPHY.” | learn more
How Quartz fell to earth. Quartz launched as a new media startup in 2012. The Quartz daily email newsletter was the first newsletter I subscribed to. If you’ve ever seen it, you can also tell how I’ve been inspired by its formatting. This is an interesting story of the Quartz journey. | learn more
better doing 🎯
Do the real thing. “Success in most things boils down to a simple, but easily ignored distinction: do the real thing and stop doing fake alternatives instead.” | learn more
How many moons are in our solar system? Guess first, then click. You’re probably wrong and the reason why is instructive. | learn more
to your health ⚕
There’s a niche healthcare field called psychodermatology. My first instinct was to laugh, but I don’t think that’s fair. “If the mind can cause skin issues, can it heal them, too?” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Yelp’s local economic impact report. “Of all business closures on Yelp since March 1, 41% are permanent closures. Our data shows the largest spikes of permanent closures occurred in March, followed by May and June, indicating that the businesses that were already struggling had to permanently close right away and the businesses that were trying to hold on, but unable to weather the COVID-19 storm, were forced to shutter in recent months.” | learn more
US retail cannabis on pace for a 40% rise in 2024. It’s on pace to be larger than $15 billion this year and estimated to pass $37 billion by 2024. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Deep red light reboots aging retinas. “A new study has demonstrated how a form of deep red light therapy can help address age-related decline in vision. Hitting the retina with just the right wavelength of light was found to recharge its energy system in those over 40 years old.” | learn more
How reliable are Covid-19 diagnostic tests? “In the absence of a clinical laboratory "gold standard,” researchers are finding a high frequency of false negatives in SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests.“ | learn more
Gene editing as treatment for coronary heart disease. “Verve is developing one-time gene editing medicines that safely edit the adult human genome and mimic naturally-occurring cardioprotective variants to permanently knock out cholesterol-raising genes in the liver and treat coronary heart disease.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Why didn’t we protect the economy with pandemic insurance? “A virologist helped crack an impossible problem: how to insure against the economic fallout from devastating viral outbreaks. The plan was ingenious. Yet we’re still in this mess.” | learn more
Ending aging, the other pandemic. Peter Diamandis highlights some of the technologies he’s tracking. “For the first time ever, scientists and entrepreneurs think there’s a way to slow aging in its tracks, and perhaps even reverse it.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
There will be new restaurants. This article is about a new Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurant in Andersonville. This week I’ve also seen three new planned openings in my neighborhood. I can’t help but wonder about the economics, but this is a great reminder that entrepreneurs will still do their thing, even in tough circumstances! | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Tokenized ownership is the best coordination tool since equity. “Give someone a dollar, and they will help you for a day. Give them tokenised ownership, and they will be on your side for a lifetime.” | learn more
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