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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #264

April 17 · Issue #264 · 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 sixth year!

my story 🚀
🤠🐄 We loved this Texas-themed birthday party.
🤠🐄 We loved this Texas-themed birthday party.
🎉 Much of the world is in the midst of holidays right now. Wishing you all the best whether you’re celebrating Passover, Easter, Ramadan, or a lovely spring day!
fun facts 🙌
Persepolis. “Twenty-five hundred years ago, in what is now southern Iran, stood an ancient city of awe-inspiring beauty.” | learn more
Seizing $7 billion worth of assets on the tiny island of Jersey. And a $120 million French Chateau. This article is surprisingly interesting despite its being published on a website called Celebrity Net Worth. | learn more
The world’s biggest Hummer. “[It] is the length of a humpback whale, as wide as three Tesla Model 3s side-by-side, and as tall as three Shaq’s standing on top of each other.” | learn more
A visual network of 300 blogs. “I thought it might be interesting to try to map the network that emerges from blogs linking to one another. … I started with and continued following links as they were mentioned.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Streets and Sanitation worker escapes firing, but probably shouldn’t have. He parked in the bike lane, got mad when a biker took a photo, then followed him home. Inspector general recommended firing. Department decided a 29 day suspension was enough. Is this a consequence of the labor shortage? | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
DALL·E 2 creates original, realistic images from a text description. “In January 2021, OpenAI introduced DALL·E. One year later, our newest system, DALL·E 2, generates more realistic and accurate images with 4x greater resolution.” | learn more
Burning cash, Fast. “Fast, a buzzy startup that attracted more than $120 million in investment to help people expedite online purchases, is shutting down, according to the company’s chief executive, Domm Holland.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Mindblowing lessons from 2 ex-CIA spies. I don’t know that I’d take the provenance of this information too seriously, but I did find it interesting. | learn more
Reasonably intelligent people tend to overestimate how smart everyone else is. “Fortunately, the PISA website has sample math questions from the 2012 assessment, corresponding to each of the six different levels of difficulty, as well as statistics on the percentage of 15-16 year old students from each of the participating countries that is capable of correctly answering it.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Apple targets watch blood-pressure tool for 2024 after snags. “The company has teams working on an updated sensor and software for the Apple Watch that would determine if a user has high blood pressure, but accuracy has been a challenge during testing, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
DNA Sequencing is eating the world. The first of a four-part series. “When I think about what is different in the world of genetic technologies, I think about Sequencing, Synthesis, Scale, and Software. … Incredible things are now possible at the intersection of these areas. The story begins with sequencing.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Newly measured particle seems heavy enough to break known physics. “Silence fell as the physicists absorbed the answer. They had found that the W boson weighs 80,433 million electron volts (MeV), give or take 9 MeV. That makes it a whopping 76 MeV heavier than the Standard Model predicts, a discrepancy roughly seven times larger than the margin of error of the measurement or prediction.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
In praise of Ponzis, “Join a pyramid. It’s not a bubble unless it bursts.” | learn more
A Gen-Z VC’s take on the metaverse. “As a 24-year-old “elder Gen Z,” I grew up playing Webkinz and Club Penguin in elementary school. Webkinz was a perfect representation of bridging the physical and digital worlds – you received a plush Webkinz toy for your birthday that came with a digital code, allowing you to enter the “world of webkinz” with a digital version of your toy.” | learn more
staying thirsty 🚰
Two-thirds of U.S. water systems contain uranium. Yikes. “Between 2000 and 2011, 2.1% of those water systems had average annual uranium concentrations that exceeded EPA maximums. Uranium was detected in water systems 63% of the time during compliance monitoring.” | learn more
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