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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #179

August 30 · Issue #179 · 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 🚀
This week we celebrated Kim's birthday in the park. Happy birthday, Kim!
This week we celebrated Kim's birthday in the park. Happy birthday, Kim!
I don’t have much to say this week, so check out the links below instead!
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Pure skill minesweeper. In my teens and 20s I played a lot of minesweeper (the old school Windows game). I’d use it to occupy my “System 1” brain while I did some of my best thinking. “A common situation is that you get down to the last two spaces and you know one of them is a mine but there’s no way to predict which one. You have to guess.” Someone created a version that guarantees you never have to guess, and another with an even more interesting twist. | learn more
Space mystery: the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua. “In 2018, our solar system ran into an object lost in interstellar space. The object, dubbed 'Oumuamua, seemed to be long and thin—cigar-shaped—and tumbling end over end. Then, close observations showed it was accelerating, as if something were pushing on it. Scientists still aren’t sure why.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Are people really leaving Streeterville? Well, yes. But for how long? “Ald. Brian Hopkins warned of a mass exodus following looting on Michigan Avenue. But it may take more for people to flee the utopia built by Mayors Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Amazon: a new kind of antitrust risk. I’m always on the lookout for things that might knock Amazon’s flywheel off balance. After all, it’s (pretty much) the only public company stock I own. Here’s a good one: “Amazon is the company most at risk from antitrust action, because Amazon doesn’t look like a conventional monopolist, and yet it feels like one. So if Amazon faces antitrust action, it will rest on a novel, untested theory—which means we have no precedents for determining the outcome.” | learn more
Tesla was target of a foiled ransomware attack. A Russian criminal attempted to bribe an employee to introduce malware in the company’s network. Notable here is the bribe amount: $1 million. The employee informed the company and collaborated with the FBI in a sting operation. It makes me wonder, though, just how often we can expect people to turn down that much money. Certainly not 100% of the time… Remember, ransomware is coming for your organization. | learn more
Palantir: on business, cults and politics. “Normally when a company files its S-1, we have the standard debates: is this a good business, or a bad one? Are they going public to get capital or provide liquidity to employees, or is it a money grab? Occasionally, we get to have the less interesting but more fun debate: is this company actually evil?” | learn more
better doing 🎯
The Straussian reading. “The idea is that when you read something, there are sometimes two layers of meaning. There is the “exoteric”, most-obvious meaning, which is the normal meaning that normal meaning would reveal. After you understand the exoteric meaning, if you keep thinking about it, you may be able to understand a deeper “esoteric” meaning. This initially seems like some sort of Da Vinci Code nonsense, but hang with me for a moment.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Pandemic loneliness is better than expected. When the pandemic-induced quarantines began earlier this year, many worried that loneliness would increase. Well, good news! “Surprisingly, it seems that levels of loneliness around the world have remained generally stable. How have we avoided a social fallout?” | learn more
What is SalivaDirect? “It is an RNA-extraction free, dualplex PCR for saliva to detect #SARS-CoV-2. It is meant to make sample collection and testing simpler and cheaper for large screening needs - like any "return-to” program.“ | learn more
retail therapy 💸
How four brothers allegedly fleeced $19 million from Amazon. “The scheme involved 7,000 $94 toothbrushes, according to law enforcement.” | learn more
Secret gyms and the economics of prohibition. “COVID-19 safeguards have created a black market for gyms.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
New drug target in humans activates brown fat to burn excess energy. “Scientists have shown how to activate energy-burning brown fat in mice, which helps shed weight and improves health. Results have been hard to replicate in humans, but a new study has found that we might be targeting the wrong receptor in our bodies.” | learn more
LSD microdose trial for acute pain relief reports results. “An incredible, first-of-its-kind trial testing the pain-killing properties of LSD microdoses has delivered the compelling suggestion that tiny, non-psychedelic doses of this infamous drug could serve as an effective analgesic.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Crypto-native insurance. This is a great primer on the state of the crypto insurance market, including the problems that need to be solve to really unlock its potential. Written by Fred Ehrsam, who “personally secured the first ever crypto insurance (I believe) from Lloyds of London” on behalf of Coinbase. | learn more
The IRS seized millions in terrorists’ crypto. “After federal law enforcement seized millions of dollars’ worth of crypto from terrorist organizations, Congress is left with questions.” | learn more
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