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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #181

👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
September 13 · Issue #181 · 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 🚀
🚙 We’re prepare for our move south for the winter and there’s plenty of work to do. We are packing up all our personal belongings, deciding what to bring, and putting the rest into storage. I quickly concluded that our car isn’t big enough. It won’t comfortably accommodate all of us and our stuff on a long road trip. It’s been both fun and frustrating working out the right solution for the family. I learned just how much storage space a Chevy Tahoe has behind the second row of seats. I learned that even the larger Chevy Suburban doesn’t come close to the storage capacity of an everyday minivan. I learned that to own a car for only ~6 months is extra costly because of Illinois sales tax. I learned that car shopping for a used car still sucks in 2020, though it’s certainly better than years past. Finally, I learned that it’s time for the Sokolovsky family to own a truck! Hopefully by next week I’ll be able to share photos. If you have truck experience and thoughts, please send them my way. If you have recommendations on the drive from Chicago to Austin we’re looking for those, too!
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Belly of the beast: illicit photos from inside the Soviet ekranoplan. “A Russian photographer snuck into the world’s only nuclear-capable, ground-effect vehicle and captured rare images of its interior.” | learn more
WTF happened in 1971? A lot of charts with inflection points that imply something changed in 1971. View with a healthy dose of skepticism, but also google August 15, 1971. | learn more
American truck owners, French words: Tonneau. Think about a pick-up truck with an open bed. You might want a cover for the bed. These are called Tonneau Covers in truck parlance. The word is a throwback to the era of horse-drawn carriages. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
What happens when Chicago cops speak up about police misconduct? The city council just approved a $3.8 million settlement to an officer who reported misconduct only to be reassigned. Then she and her partner were sent to arrest a felon. Instead of the back-up they expected, her superior sent her a text message that read “Be Careful.” For those keeping score at home, “The city has paid more than half a billion dollars to settle misconduct cases in the past decade.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
AI predicts a pig’s limb motions from Neuralink implant data.
AI predicts a pig’s limb motions from Neuralink implant data.
Neuralink demonstrates its next-generation brain-machine interface. Elon Musk’s side-project-turned-company working to merge humans with AI did a show & tell of its latest progress. I liked this write-up because it explained piece by piece how everything works. | learn more
App stores, trust and anti-trust. “The app store model has been a central part of the smartphone revolution, bringing safe, trusted software to billions of people for the first time. Breaking it would be insane. The trouble is, it also means Apple (and Google) aren’t the pirates anymore - they’re the navy, the port and the customs house, so how do they manage that, and how soon do regulators step in?” | learn more
The coming world of synthetic media. “What happens when the marginal cost of interesting content creation is zero?” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Seeing whole systems. Watch at least the first few minutes of this talk to learn why Monopoly is such a frustrating game. “Using examples and stories such as the viciousness of the board game Monopoly and the miracle of self-organizing starlings, Case laid out the visual basics of finessing complex systems. A reinforcing loop is like a ball on the top of a hill, ready to accelerate downhill when set in motion. A balancing loop is like a ball in a valley, always returning to the bottom of the valley when perturbed.” | learn more
Creator stack. A nice resource for creators of all types. “Discover the curated stacks for creator economy.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Joe Rogan is the new mainstream media. “Imagine if I had told you, a dozen years ago, that the former host of “The Fear Factor,” an MMA color commentator who loves cool cars and shooting guns and working out, a guy with a raw interview show featuring comedians, athletes and intellectuals, was more influential than the entire slate of hosts on CNN.” | learn more
Drop it like it’s hot. Venture firm Starting Line analyzes the economics of a product drop, using a real example from its d2c portfolio company. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
6 incredible ways the smartphone can help track health and disease. This isn’t about step counting and heart rate monitoring – it’s much more. I want to use the word incredible to describe these breakthroughs, but they are in fact quite credible. That’s what makes this so awesome! | learn more
Netflix stored an episode of its new show Biohackers in DNA. Why store data in DNA anyway? Data density & stability! | learn more
teaching the kids 👩‍🏫
Coronavirus school: the future of education is here and it’s not on Zoom. “For students who defaulted to remote learning this past spring, it’s become clear that a virtual "one-size fits all” approach to cannot replace in-person learning.“ | learn more
big ideas 📚
The peppered moth. Contrary to popular belief, evolution doesn’t necessarily happen over millions of years. Evolution has two components: random mutation and natural selection. Speedy changes in environment can drive quick outcomes via natural selection. The story of the peppered moth is instructive. | learn more
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