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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #203

February 14 · Issue #203 · 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 fifth year!

my story 🚀
📰 It was very cool to see NutriSense mentioned in the New York Times this week. If you’re interested in trying the service, email me for a discount code.
🖋 I heard positive feedback about last week’s musings format. Today I’ll try again.
Some musings on teamwork and objectives…
  1. Am I making it different or making it better? I didn’t always wonder this, but nowadays I do. When I’m holding the editor’s red pen, my tendency is to use it liberally. At first, each idea that flows from my mind feels like a gem I’ve found laying in plain sight. Bestowing that gem on the beneficiary of my feedback is obviously the right thing to do, right? Holistically, yes! The creative process is iterative, benefiting from good and repeated editing. Still, I’ve certainly made edits to others’ work that changed rather than improved it. Today I work to avoid editing unless I have a good reason to believe I’m making the outcome better.
  2. Opinions: stronger than ideas but weaker than beliefs. Our brains instantly, and dangerously, take each passing thought from 0 to 100% conviction. Once we’ve taken the time to examine a thought, it’s far less dangerous. If I’m collaborating and offer my views, I think it’s my responsibility to express my level of confidence. In order of weight, any point I make might be a thought, an idea, an opinion or a belief. Not all are created equal. I may have an opinion on how to word the sentence, but that doesn’t mean I believe I know the very best way to word the sentence. 
  3. Am I doing something that matters? A few times this week I started drafting a note to a teammate only to delete it mid-way through. The notes all start with good intention—typically I come across something and wonder how it works or if it might be improved. Of course, I’m immediately convinced that whatever thought I have is important so of course it merits action. If it’s not clearly directed toward my goal, though, it might not matter. I’m grateful that sometimes I can recognize that before I hit send. Focus is challenging because opportunity is everywhere. By deleting the note, I believe I’m reducing noise and promoting focus.
fun facts 🙌
How Americans spend their time, sorted by income. “This data visualization shows favorite American past-times like playing baseball or watching TV by using income brackets.” | learn more
The pirate problem. “5 pirates board a ship, find a chest full of gold coins, and must agree on a fair way to split it. The junior pirates must propose a split, but face being thrown overboard if it’s rejected by the senior pirates. Can they win? This is a metaphor for WSB.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Citizen sleuths take to Facebook to find their stolen cars. “The group has helped recover more than 200 cars in the last two months from Chicago and surrounding areas, the group’s moderator said.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Study: Apple Watch can predict COVID-19 diagnosis a week before testing. The predictive ability we gain from new sensors + cheaper hardware + more data + better algorithms is incredible. And I think we’re just getting started. “A new study from Mount Sinai researchers published in the peer-reviewed “Journal of Medical Internet Research” found that wearable hardware, and specifically the Apple Watch, can effectively predict a positive COVID-19 diagnosis up to a week before current PCR-based nasal swab tests.” | learn more
Creeping as a Service. There’s a twitter app called Spoonbill that keeps a log of profile changes in a user’s network. The resulting feed is a window to the evolving way people choose to portray themselves. “How Spoonbill reveals our obsession with identity.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
6 lessons for startups from Amazon execs who aren’t Jeff Bezos. Lesson include: slow down to innovate, build by working backwards, and intentions don’t work, mechanisms do. | learn more
Fluid thought: the art of exploring without expecting. “The moment we conjure a result in our minds, we tie ourselves to that result, and become attached to that idealized blueprint.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Here’s what really happens to the items you return online. Almost every warehouse I’ve ever visited has a graveyard of products hidden in the back. “Receiving and handling a return isn’t simple in the slightest for retailers. That’s where liquidation companies like 888 Lots come in.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Two more coma patients’ brains jump-started with ultrasound. “Five years ago, we heard how a team at UCLA had used ultrasound to seemingly "jump start” a patient out of a coma. At the time, the scientists wondered if such results could be repeated. They have now done it two more times.“ | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
The steep price we pay for cheap chocolate. “Our voracious demand for chocolate is helping fuel the climate crisis and keeping farmers in poverty – but as consumers, we can drive positive change.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Is there a translational research gap? The anonymous writer at Applied Divinity Studies considers the question. “This is a compelling narrative. Academic handles fundamental research, startups work on commercialization and deployment. What we’re missing is translational research to nurture pre-commercial research and bring it to fruition.” | learn more
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