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January 2 · Issue #249 · 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 🚀
Happy New Year from Big Bear Lake, CA
Happy New Year from Big Bear Lake, CA
  1. Riding bikes. Both our daughters are learning to ride bikes. Petra has a glider bike without pedals. The idea is that by learning to balance first, it’ll be easier for her to ride without training wheels. She often tiptoes along slowly instead of gaining momentum. I tried to explain to her that balancing on the bike is easier when the bike is moving forward.
  2. Balance is hard. Though I’ve had a whirlwind year, I haven’t made time to write out my annual lookback. In fact, I feel like I’ve fallen behind in many of the practices I try to keep. Though I’ve read about a dozen books this year, I haven’t written out my takeaways from them. The past months I’ve been sporadic in my meditation practice. I have not consistently exercised this year. In fact, I’ve failed to achieve many of my personal goals. I’m sharing this because I think I’m not alone. If you’ve also struggled amidst all the things life threw at you this year, know that finding balance is difficult for all of us.
  3. Always moving forward. Just like balancing on a bike becomes easier when the bike’s moving forward, I think finding balance in life is also easier when I’m moving forward. The reality is I can’t just stop and tiptoe my way through all the things I want to do and accomplish. So what I’ll do is take stock of where I stand and start rebuilding momentum toward the goals I’ve set. I invite you to join me!
fun facts 🙌
Why horses explode if you look at them funny. “The Problem with having fewer toes and running Really Fucking Fast is that it kind of fucks your everything else up. When a horse runs at full gallop, it sort of… stops actively breathing, letting the slosh of its guts move its lungs, which is tremendously calorically efficient and means their breathing doesn’t fall out of sync.” | learn more
Tiger Woods is a ridiculously good golfer. “In the last 60 years, there are 3 instances of a player winning 5 (or more) PGA Tour starts in a row. They belong to: Tiger Woods (7), Tiger Woods (6) and Tiger Woods (5).” | learn more
The effects of the Spanish Inquisition linger to this day. “We find that today – two hundred years after its abolition – the locations in which the inquisition was strong have markedly lower levels of economic activity, trust and educational attainment than those in which it was weak.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
22 emerging technologies to watch in 2022. This list from The Economist provides great fodder for techno-optimism. Solar geoengineering, container ships with sails and brain interfaces are just a few of the featured technologies. | learn more
First-ever tweet via implantable brain computer interface. “Synchron, a brain computer interface company, today announced a Twitter takeover by Philip O’Keefe, one of the patients implanted with the Stentrode brain computer interface. Mr. O’Keefe is the first person to successfully message the world on social media directly through thought using an implantable brain computer interface.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
The scientific paper is obsolete. “The more sophisticated science becomes, the harder it is to communicate results. Papers today are longer than ever and full of jargon and symbols. They depend on chains of computer programs that generate data, and clean up data, and plot data, and run statistical models on data.” | learn more
The Feynman Technique—how to learn anything. “The Feynman Technique is a foundational learning method that prioritizes simplicity and depth of understanding. It was developed by Richard Feynman—an American theoretical physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1965 for his groundbreaking work in quantum electrodynamics.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
How to break your fast without messing up your glucose. “When you’re about to break your fast, it can help to keep in mind how different hormones work together during times of fasting and eating.” | learn more
The dark side of Noom. “Like Weight Watchers, SlimFast, Jenny Craig, The Atkins Diet, and countless fads before it, Noom is the new solution to long-term weight loss that everyone is talking about.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Obesity breakthrough safely mimics weight-loss effects of plant compound. “This study in mice showed that the compound can combat obesity by restoring function of a hormone called leptin, which plays a key role in the regulation of appetite by letting us know when we’ve had enough to eat.” | learn more
The odor of things. “Smell is the sense most deeply entangled with memory and emotion. It functions as a kind of psychic mortar, binding together all the richness of past experience, such that a familiar scent can instantly overwhelm us with remembrance and feeling. And yet we strain to describe even the simplest odors; we retreat into simile and metaphor, or cadge the terminology of other senses, or designate smells, rather prosaically, by their source.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
US Air Force looks to make jet fuel from atmospheric carbon dioxide. “The US Air Force is studying the feasibility of a process developed by tech company Twelve that could allow the manufacture of a carbon-neutral aviation fuel called E-Jet anywhere on Earth using only carbon dioxide from the air, water, and renewable energy.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Average price of an art and collectibles NFT sale. Tracking several popular projects. Updated in real-time. | learn more
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