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👋 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 🚀
🎬 I’m afraid of documentaries. In my latest post, I explain why.
🤠 Every year I threaten to leave Chicago for the winter because of the weather. This year, I’m thrilled to say we’re finally making it happen. The Sokolovsky family is heading to Austin for the winter! In preparation for my stint as a Texan, I’m building up my library of fun Southern lingo. I’ve already adopted y'all, which is far superior to the yankee you guys. Someone recently taught me, “all hat, no cattle.” Please help by sending over your favorite southern, rural or small town expressions.
💼 Lots of great companies in my network are hiring. If you or someone you know is in job search mode, you can see an updated list of jobs in my network here.
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Incredible engineering to “grow” islands and coastlines. Skylar Tibbits is the founder of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. His team’s work is incredible, and his TED talk is the coolest I’ve seen in a long time. He showcases how they created a system of underwater structures that uses energy from ocean waves to accumulate sand and restore eroding shorelines. | learn more
Airline pilots reported seeing a guy in a jetback at 3,000 feet over LA. “An American Airlines pilot reported a sighting of a man in a jetpack thousands of a feet in the air on Sunday, prompting an investigation by authorities.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Business model meta-models. The Diff by Byrne Hobart is quickly becoming one of my favorite newsletters. “[T]here are many ways to frame business models. Every one of them asks how a business reverses economic entropy and creates more value than it consumes… None of the models are wrong, but all of them are limited. And when one model stops working, it’s important to switch to the next.” | learn more
10 YCombinator companies. Alex Mitchell has been creating fantasy portfolios from each YC class since 2017. This years picks include multiple startups building local market versions of US companies like “Plaid for India” and “Checkr for Latin America.” | learn more
Saudi Arabia’s women gamers want to be taken seriously. How cool! “No longer confined to the privacy of their rooms, Saudi women are creating their own culture.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
The observer effect: seeing is changing. “The act of looking at something changes it – an effect that holds true for people, animals, even atoms. Here’s how the observer effect distorts our world and how we can get a more accurate picture.” I love how Farnam Street’s Shane Parrish offers examples of the mental model’s usefulness in multiple fields. | learn more
How to show recessions in Excel charts. In case you’ve ever faced the same challenge of highlighting certain periods on an Excel chart. | learn more
to your health ⚕
Dogs trained to detect COVID-19 in saliva samples. “Researchers in Germany have trained dogs to detect COVID-19 infections from saliva samples. After only one week of training, the dogs were able to detect the presence of the infection with a 94% accuracy rate.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Mike Tyson is building a 418-acre weed-themed resort. “The former heavyweight champ, famous for delivering a knockout punch, has been selling cannabis products since 2016 through his Tyson Holistic label that are as potent as one of his uppercuts.” | learn more
Nike continues closing wholesale accounts. The dynamic between brands and retailers is in flux. For decades, most brands needed retailers to reach consumers. For some time, they just preferred the convenience of selling in bulk to few customers. Now many of them have built enough direct-to-consumer infrastructure to own the full retail channel. “Nike is closing nine of its wholesale accounts as it aims to prioritize its direct-to-consumer (DTC) channels and continue its transformation into a digital-first company.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
“Cold Tube” cooling system uses half the energy of an air conditioner. “A team of scientists has been developing an alternative to air conditioning called the Cold Tube, which works by absorbing body heat emitted from a person and uses around half the energy of traditional systems as a result.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
How the world’s largest garbage dump in Staten Island became a green oasis. “The radical fix for a noxious landfill in Staten Island: Bury the trash, plant some grass and do nothing for 20 years.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
MetaMask is now a little less open source. “On August 20th, 2020, the team behind MetaMask— the most popular dApp-enabled wallet in the Ethereum ecosystem— announced a change to their software license.” | learn more
Bitcoin miner scoring 700% profits selling energy to grid. The miner is in a part of Texas that’s flush with wind power. The nature of renewable energy creates periods where supply vastly outstrips demand. This unique dynamic is an opportunity for large energy users who have the flexibility to time their usage. | learn more
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