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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #217

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May 23 · Issue #217 · 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 🚀
🐃 A fun pit-stop in Oklahoma
🐃 A fun pit-stop in Oklahoma
😎 We made it! After a long drive through the middle of the country, the Sokolovsky family is back in Chicago. It’s great to see our neighborhood so full of life. I feel like we’ve made it back right on time for summer in the city.
fun facts 🙌
Terms and conditions game. “Your mission is as follows: Do not accept any terms & conditions. Say no to all notifications. Always opt out of cookies.” | learn more
Can’t unsee game. “Select the design that’s most correct.” | learn more
Why do women live longer than men? “Everywhere in the world women live longer than men – but this was not always the case. The available data from rich countries shows that women didn’t live longer than men in the 19th century. Why do women live so much longer than men today, and why has this advantage increased over time?” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Design at Amazon: a complicated legacy. This piece is full of interesting detail. “We talked to more than a dozen designers, many of whom worked with Bezos on Amazon’s most important products, as he steps down as CEO.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
How to think for yourself. A Paul Graham essay: “There are some kinds of work that you can’t do well without thinking differently from your peers. To be a successful scientist, for example, it’s not enough just to be correct. Your ideas have to be both correct and novel. You can’t publish papers saying things other people already know. You need to say things no one else has realized yet.” | learn more
Are you an ideal team player? “It’s time to change the way we prepare people for success, says Patrick Lencioni. Drawing from his own observations, he makes a compelling case that, in our increasingly team-oriented world, the key to success is being humble, ambitious and smart.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Shein: the TikTok of ecommerce. I was unimpressed by this company when a Chinese friend showed me their website. I’ve made a complete reversal after reading this. “It reportedly did almost $10 billion in revenue in 2020, and has grown over 100% for each of the past eight years. The company is based in China, yet spurns its local market in favor of selling abroad.” | learn more
Brands are getting weird on social media. Thingtesting highlights a few brands that aren’t following the typical d2c script for social media: “Manicured feeds, on-brand messaging, the occasional playful meme, and an ultra-friendly member of the customer support team lurking in the comments.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Maintaining neuroplasticity as we age. “Neuroscientist and Stanford University Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Huberman educated us on how we can maintain neuroplasticity as we age.” | learn more
The problem with social psychology research. “It is likely that Kahneman’s book [Thinking Fast and Slow], or at least some of his chapters, would be very different from the actual book, if it had been written just a few years later. However, in 2011 most psychologists believed that most published results in their journals can be trusted.” | learn more
Color is in the eye of the bacteria-beholder. “Flavobacteria turn out to have a penchant for struc­tural color­ation: they can assemble into 2D pho­ton­ic crystals, which are periodic assem­blages that reflect light only at certain angles.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Interview with Sam Bankman-Fried of crypto exchange FTX. “Sam is a former international ETF trader at the prop shop Jane Street Capital. Now he’s building a crypto empire with his hedge fund Alameda Research as well as his own exchange called FTX. He talks us through his path into the industry and how it works more broadly.” | learn more
Interview with Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. Tyler Cowen fires off a wide array of questions about the company and the crypto economy. He starts off by asking how he prevents Coinbase from being run by its lawyers. | learn more
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