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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #271

June 5 · Issue #271 · 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 🚀
  1. Hard things that are easy now. I imagine 200 years ago it was exceptionally difficult to travel between Central Texas and Northern Illinois. I’m thinking it was like the Oregon Trail game in a lot of ways. Even 20 years ago you’d need a good map and possibly a guidebook to make the overland trip comfortably. Nowadays I can hit the road without any plan for my route, meals, or overnight lodging. I never want to assume we’re at the end of history, which gets me wondering how the next level of easier overland travel looks.
  2. Creepy emails from companies who shouldn’t know me. Twice in the past couple weeks I’ve visited websites only to receive emails from them shortly afterwards. The thing is, I never gave them my email address, so it felt quite icky. A few weeks ago, I anonymously entered my address on a website and received a postcard from the company a week later. I doubt it was a coincidence. This felt much less invasive. A friend made the point that if the website who secretly found my email had instead found my address and snail-mailed a card, it wouldn’t feel as creepy. What do you think?
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Shark gives ‘virgin birth’ to miracle baby in all-female tank. Not actually a miracle, as some species can just …. do this. But nobody knew this species was one of them! “The baby shark was born to a mother that has spent the last decade in an aquarium with no male.” | learn more
They were Twentysomethings with a lot of time on their hands and nothing better to do. Einstein, Newton, Copernicus… “An interesting pattern recurs across the careers of great scientists, Dwarkesh Patel notes, an annus mirabilis (miracle year) in which they make multiple, seemingly independent breakthroughs in the span of a single year or two…” | learn more
The surprisingly solid mathematical case of the tin foil hat gun prepper. “I am not a prepper. But I know a few. Some of the ones I do know are smart. They may not be doing as deep an analysis as I present here, on a mathematical level, but the smart ones are definitely doing it at a subconscious level.” | learn more
oh, austin 🤠
The blue trees at Pease park. There were enough trees painted blue at this city park that I had to look up why. “Presented by Pease Park Conservancy & H-E-B, The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos can now be found in Pease Park. This environmental art installation helps us visualize what we might lose through deforestation.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Neuroscience, leadership, and the SCARF model. This article is pushing me to think about leadership through a different lens. “…  In other words, social needs are treated in much the same way in the brain as the need for food and water. The SCARF model … captures the common factors that can activate a reward or threat response in social situations.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Software is now a foundational part of modern biotechnology. This is the fourth and final part of the “What’s different” series. It has been a very interesting read. It paints a picture of an exciting time for humanity. One excerpt that really grabbed me about AI and the power of data: “They reflected on the fact that the inability to use math and first-principles thinking to derive elegant and general laws of natural language didn’t prevent them from using Web-scale data and machine learning to create a highly accurate translation system.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
In praise of Bitcoin. This is from Ben Hunt of Epsilon Theory. If you know who that is, you can probably guess this isn’t a boring read. “The value-deniers, like the Zoom crowd the other night, think I’m agreeing with them when I say that Bitcoin is art. I’m not. The true-believers think I’m trolling them when I say that Bitcoin is art. I’m not.” | learn more
Stablecoin mechanisms and use cases. Patrick McKenzie (aka patio11) reluctantly talks about cryptocurrency. “In principle, you could use stablecoins as money, like how you use deposits as money. Stablecoins are not used like money; rather than facilitating almost the entire diversity of transactions in the economy, they are overwhelmingly used for a few niche use cases.” | learn more
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