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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #172

👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
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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 🚀
One thing I miss about offices: The real-time debates that happen when I’m working in an office with other critical thinkers. One of us would blurt something out, sometimes simply to ‘battle-test’ the idea, and it’d create an opportunity for everyone to voice their perspectives. It’d be spontaneous and rapid. It led to sharper thinking all around. Does anyone feel the same way? Has anyone found a way to recreate that via remote work?
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
We have known that Earth is round for over 2,000 years. I didn’t give the ancients enough credit until I read this: “But long before Magellan, it was obvious to observant sailors that the Earth is round. If you sail towards something tall, like a mountain, you will see the top of it appearing over the horizon before the rest of it.” | learn more
The mystery of $2 Billion in loans backed by fake gold. “Nasdaq-listed Wuhan Kingold put up 83 tons of purported gold bars as collateral, but now lenders are finding at least some of it was just gilded copper.” | learn more
A spreadsheet approach to finding love. I found this published in The Economist’s 1843 magazine. “The management consultant’s guide to love and sex, by Alice Hines.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Predictions for a remote work decade. Chris Herd offers almost 40 predictions, including the growth of rural living and private equity funds focused on turning companies remote. I disagree with a handful, including the predicted death of coworking. | learn more
Apple is pulling away from the competition. Independent Apple analyst Neil Cybart makes a compelling case for the company’s new product strategy. “With wearables, my thinking has been that Apple has a lead that is closer to 10 years. This estimate reflects not just software or hardware advantages, but also the byproduct of Apple controlling both items and its resulting achievements with custom silicon.” | learn more
The rise of the solo capitalists. “A new set of players has emerged in the fundraising landscape, distinct from angels, super angels, and venture capital firms.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
People operations wiki. A curated directory of best practices from great companies. Company handbooks, mental health policies, remote work guides and more. | learn more
Critical limits in our ability to process information. “A growing body of research highlights the strain on our ability to read, understand, process, and take action on the flood of news with which we’re confronted.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Walgreens opening 500+ full-service doctor offices. It’s probably good for all of us that large consumer-first companies continue their push into retail healthcare. Between Amazon, Walmart and Walgreens, that’s a lot of pressure on the status quo. | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Burger chain turns pioneer for new small business bankruptcy law. Chapter 11 reorganizations are now cheaper and more practical for small businesses. This also seems like an extra reason for founders to avoid signing personal guarantees. “A new law … will make many business owners realize that filing for bankruptcy might be a better option than struggling for years.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Chinese research papers raise doubts about scientific integrity. “Internationally peer-reviewed journals published more than 100 research papers from China-based authors that appear to have reused identical sets of images, raising questions about the proliferation of problematic science.” | learn more
A decent study on surgical mask effectiveness. They screened through a few thousand people to find 246 people who had viruses, then did a randomized controlled test of surgical masks. “Surgical face masks significantly reduced detection of influenza virus RNA in respiratory droplets and coronavirus RNA in aerosols, with a trend toward reduced detection of coronavirus RNA in respiratory droplets. Our results indicate that surgical face masks could prevent transmission of human coronaviruses and influenza viruses from symptomatic individuals.” | learn more
New urine test can tell if you’re on the best diet for your body. “A test detecting metabolites in urine can effectively measure not only the quality of one’s nutritional intake but whether they’re on the best diet for their specific metabolism. The test could help clinicians generate personalized dietary advice.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Quinoa, where 2+ 1 = 4. Why does one cup of quinoa + two cups of water yield four cups of cooked quinoa? | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Polymarket prediction market in action. There’s a mini-scandal going on between Scott Alexander, pseudonymous author of the popular blog Slate Star Codex, and the New York Times that’s threatened to publish his real name (for no good reason). You can bet on whether NYT publishes on Polymarket, as well as see how the odds have changed over time. I particularly like that they show ‘use cases’ for why you would make a bet on the outcome. | learn more
calls to action 👇
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