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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #231

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August 29 · Issue #231 · 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 few days of lake life in Wisconsin 🏖
A few days of lake life in Wisconsin 🏖
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fun facts 🙌
Death metal Irish baron rewilds his estate. “The cattle and sheep are long gone, so too are the lawns and many of the crops. In their place is a riot of shrubs, flowers and trees, along with insects and creatures that call this fledgling wilderness their home.” | learn more
The myth of the treasure fox. A lesson in emergent AI behavior. “Among Skyrim players, you’ll occasionally see this tip: if you see a wild fox, follow it and you’ll be led to treasure. Sometime shortly after shipping, we saw this going around online, and an informal investigation started. Who made foxes do this?!” | learn more
The evolution of trust. “Why, even in peacetime, do friends become enemies? And why, even in wartime, do enemies become friends?” A game theory demonstration. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Chicago sues Grubhub and DoorDash for allegedly scamming basically everyone. “The lawsuits, filed today, August 27, in Cook County circuit court, contain a multitude of allegations, including that the companies use bait-and-switch tactics to fool customers into thinking they’ll be paying lower fees compared to what they’re ultimately charged.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
The metaverse primer. This is an oft-cited 8-part series by Matthew Ball. “The purpose of this essay is to offer a way to think about the emergence of the Metaverse.” | learn more
Where are the robotic bricklayers? “When researching construction, you invariably discover that any new or innovative idea has actually been tried over and over again, often stretching back decades. One of these new-but-actually-old ideas is the idea of a mechanical bricklayer, a machine to automate the construction of masonry walls.” | learn more
How Tesla engineers solved the problem of exploding EV batteries. “A panicked letter from LG Chem arrived at Tesla with a dire demand: Return its batteries. Just as Tesla was proving it could craft a lithium-ion battery pack on its own, the battery industry was grappling with the danger that cells posed when they were handled incorrectly.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Dan Ariely retracts honesty study based on fake data. “Renowned psychologist Dan Ariely literally wrote the book on dishonesty. Now some are questioning whether the scientist himself is being dishonest.” | learn more
Why small habits make a big difference. “Those who understand compound interest can make it work for them and those that don’t understand it spend much of life trying to get out from its shackles.” | learn more
Hundreds of ways to get shit done—and we still don’t. “Chen and Guzman could see an accumulation of sprawling, ambitious lists of tasks that users utterly failed to accomplish. In 2014, fully 41 percent of to-do items on IDoneThis were never … done.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Logan’s journey with NutriSense (Part 1). Follow along as our Content Manager Logan documents his personal journey! “Now, I am making a commitment to honor my body over time and become a student to its unique needs. I will be using the tools available to me in the Nutrisense program and app over the next three months to improve my diet, workout routines, and daily habits and will be sharing my journey with you week by week.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
How foods may affect our sleep. “A growing body of research suggests that the foods you eat can affect how well you sleep, and your sleep patterns can affect your dietary choices.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Afghanistan, rare earths, and China. “In this week’s Where Stuff Comes From Briefing: How and why Rare Earth Elements and Afghanistan are a massive opportunity for whoever seizes it (re: China).” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Visa buys a CryptoPunk. “Visa bought CryptoPunk 7610, one of 3,840 female punks, for around $150,000 last week. CryptoPunks are considered the original NFTs, launched in 2017 by Larva Labs.” | learn more
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