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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #219

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June 6 · Issue #219 · 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 🚀
Playgrounds are the best.
Playgrounds are the best.
  1. Why would anyone want this? Kim noticed the “Caraoke” (like Karaoke, but in the car – get it!?) feature in our car recently and wondered aloud why it was there. Meanwhile, Petra is now able to open the doors on her own and the car (in)conveniently unlocks whenever we’re nearby. So, a couple times this week Petra and I wound up playing in the car. Once she started pressing buttons, I looked for a way to redirect her efforts. We started singing Disney caraoke songs. Now we know why this feature exists!
  2. Speaking of Disney. It’s remarkable just how natural it feels for us as parents to indoctrinate our kids into the Disney fan club. Disney not only has remarkable distribution everywhere kids look (like the dashboard of my car), but they also have an army of nostalgic parents reinforcing adoption with each new generation. Disney’s brand is an interesting new spin on the Circle of Life.
  3. New and innovative ways to screw up our kids. Speaking of influencing our kids, I once again considered parenting outcomes this week. I think many of my peers feel our parents raised us well. I also think we all want to do a great job parenting our kids. However, the tricky part is that many of us aren’t raising our kids the same way that we grew up. We make different choices because of different (mostly improved) financial means, different societal norms, and different “best practices” from experts. How many generations before us shared our goals for their children? How often did things not work out despite (or because of) their best efforts?
fun facts 🙌
The greatest trader who ever lived. Twice this week the book Reminiscences of a Stock Operator came up in conversation. I read the book in college and liked it, but it drove me away from stock trading rather than towards. Many career traders had the opposite response. The main character was modeled after a real person. “Some observers have regarded [Jesse] Livermore as the greatest trader who ever lived, but others have regarded his legacy as a cautionary tale about the risks of leverage to seek large gains…” | learn more
Why are you still single? “In 1889, Tit-Bits magazine offered a prize to the spinster who could provide the best answer to the question: Why are you still single? The results proved far too hilariously on point for the magazine to choose just a single winner. Instead, they published their favorites and gave each winner five shillings – the equivalent of about $26 today.” | learn more
What’s a snootful? I learned this word recently from Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise. It means “enough alcoholic liquor to cause drunkenness.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Chicago wants to bring back 10,000 techies who left the city. I applaud this effort! “P33, a local nonprofit that’s aiming to turn Chicago into a top-tier tech hub, announced Thursday a program that will target 100,000 tech workers in cities across the country, with the hope of convincing 10,000 of them to return to the state they once called home.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Silicon Valley wants dogs to live longer so humans can, too. “[Startup company] Loyal is holding out the possibility of eventually expanding its business to humans. In the meantime, [founder Celine] Halioua is happy not to be working only with mice. “We have extended the life spans of mice hundreds of times,” she says. “Nobody cares outside of the field because it’s a mouse. Doing this in an organism that people care about could change a lot about the aging field. I want to prove a point.”” | learn more
What’s smaller than a nanometer? About twenty years ago we switched from megahertz to gigahertz when talking about processor speed. Soon it might be time for a new scale for transistor size. “The combined research brainpower at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced some big breakthroughs using non-silicon materials to make very tiny transistors (as small as 1nm).” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Fierce nerds. “There has never been a better time to be a nerd. In the past century we’ve seen a continuous transfer of power from dealmakers to technicians — from the charismatic to the competent — and I don’t see anything on the horizon that will end it.” | learn more
Rules of ignition. “Beneath every big talent lies an ignition story – the famously potent moment when a young person falls helplessly in love with their future passion.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Google teams up with health giant HCA to develop algorithms. “The two will tap hospital chain HCA’s private patient records to train machine learning models, which could help monitor patients, improve operations, and guide doctors’ decision-making.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Why do scientists lie? “It’s natural to think of scientists as truth seekers, people driven by an intense curiosity to understand the natural world. Yet this picture of scientists and scientific inquiry sits uncomfortably with the reality and prevalence of scientific fraud. If one wants to get at the truth about nature, why lie?” | learn more
Intermittent fasting could significantly shape long-term memory. “[W]hen mice are put on an intermittent fasting diet, they seem to retain information for much longer than their non-fasting peers. The latest evidence of this is detailed in a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications, in which researchers found that lab mice that ate every other day appeared to have better memory compared to mice that followed a restricted diet and mice that ate whenever they wanted.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
What’s an NFT? Short and funny video below.
Alvin Foo
The best explanation of an #NFT and probably the funniest you'll hear.😂😂 https://t.co/JqOEF6n44Y
Bitcoin is not an inflation hedge. This critical analysis of a common belief among Bitcoin supporters has merit. “The inflation-hedge viewpoint is an article of faith in the crypto community. The logic goes that bitcoin will become the asset of last resort when inflation finally makes fiat currencies worthless and gold obsolete.” | learn more
No more starving artists. Digitally native art, including NFTs, is off the ground yet lacks a lot of basic infrastructure. From Jackie DiMonte: “Over the last year, we have seen an online auction break in-person auction records. Months later, we saw an NFT auction break both of those records. … A digitally native market could increase both the supply and prices of art.” | learn more
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