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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #243

November 21 · Issue #243 · 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 🚀
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fun facts 🙌
Crash cows. “He soon figured out that the rail yard computer malfunctioned only when the cargo being processed was live cattle coming in from northern Ukraine and western Russia heading to a nearby slaughterhouse.” | learn more
UCLA physics professor bet a YouTuber $10K that his video was wrong. “Veritasium did a clip about a car that had no motor just a wind turbine. He claimed in his video that the vehicle could go faster than the wind that was pushing it, something the professor quickly took issue with.” Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye were present to witness the signing of the wager. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
The deteriorating state of affairs in Illinois and, specifically, Chicago. A thread of 84 tweets by Stuart Loren. Heartbreaking yet worth reading in full for those who have a connection to the city. “I’m writing this because there comes a time when everyone reaches some personal boiling point on some issue and I’ve hit it. I’m not going to stand back, silently while my family’s safety and economic outlook is increasingly at risk.” | learn more
Humboldt Park’s lagoon makes the news again. In 2019, Chicagoans learned of an alligator living in the lagoon. He became known as Chance the Snapper. Now someone fished a 72-pound carp out of the water! I hope he was using lures from Chicago’s Mystery Tackle Box. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Atomic is the startup studio behind the brand Hims. “His venture firm, Atomic, only writes checks to startups it spins up itself. It’s launching a lot of startups, too. Since founding and selling a company called Milo to eBay in 2010 at the age of 24, Abraham has co-founded dozens of companies with Atomic in recent years.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Poka-yokes. “You can’t run the microwave with the door open. There’s a cut-off switch that won’t let it turn on until the door is closed.” When there’s only so much you can teach someone about what not to do, sometimes you have to physically prevent them from making mistakes. | learn more
to your health ⚕
The Paxlovid paradox. This scenario reminds me of the book Catch-22 all too perfectly. The book’s Wikipedia page refers to it as “closed logic loop.” Back to real life: “The [clinical] trial was stopped due to ‘ethical considerations’ for being too effective.” Now, they can’t give the too-effective drug to patients because it hasn’t completed the trial. | learn more
Vaccine in (animated) action.
I am blown away by this COVID vaccine video, one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time
teaching the kids 👩‍🏫
We can’t wait for universities to fix themselves. On the launch of the new University of Austin. “We are a dedicated crew that grows by the day. Our backgrounds and experiences are diverse; our political views differ. What unites us is a common dismay at the state of modern academia and a recognition that we can no longer wait for the cavalry. And so we must be the cavalry.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Five mysteries the Standard Model can’t explain. “It is the most rigorous theory of particle physics, incredibly precise and accurate in its predictions. … Despite its great predictive power, however, the Standard Model fails to answer five crucial questions, which is why particle physicists know their work is far from done.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
A DAO is trying to buy a rare print of the US Constitution. I overcame my aversion to paying gas to jump into this DAO. If the auction goes well, I’ll become a part owner of the Constitution! | learn more
ENS lit a spark. “It feels like money was invented out of thin air. Or, maybe the value was sitting there all along, and it’s no different than a high-priced technology company IPO on the Nasdaq with instant liquidity. Maybe this is what it feels like to be an angel investor in Uber or Rivian. Except instead of waiting ten years, it happens in two months.” | learn more
Bitcoin barber shop in El Salvador. “El Salvador was the first country to make bitcoin legal tender and bitcoin became a popular payment method, partially because many of the Salvadorans who [Lily] saw for hair cuts found it easy to use.” | learn more
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