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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #276

July 10 · Issue #276 · 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 🚀
fun facts 🙌
A 17-year-old’s record-breaking pole vault in slow motion.
Slow motion of 17-year-old Mondo Duplantis' record-breaking jump...
Demonstrating the weight of air. A ruler, a newspaper, and a very excited teacher. | learn more
oh, austin 🤠
24 hours, 9 robberies, 1 guy. And a mugshot with a big wide grin. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Illinois revenues top $50 billion for the first time ever. The Comptroller, Susana Mendoza, has done a nice job getting the state’s bills paid (it was really bad for a while) and its credit upgraded. In a post sharing this news, she led with “Better-than-expected state revenues are great.” It feels very odd to me, though, that the government should celebrate extracting more-than-expected taxes from the people. I guess they do need the money, though! | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Meta’s pivot to “open graph”. To oversimplify, the social media giant needs to find a way to suck up more users’ time because their user growth is over, they can’t increase ad load, and there’s not enough “connected” content to keep people engaged. | learn more
What Chinese media reveals about Shein’s secretive operations. Interesting insights into the manufacturing execution system (MES) that makes their retail dominance possible. | learn more
better doing 🎯
Less obvious frameworks. From Chris Paik, a variety of ways to think about businesses and markets. I like that these aren’t the most obvious ones. Also that it’s a Google Doc filled with comments from the internet. | learn more
The fuel tank metaphor is completely misleading. “After years of floundering, I think I’m finally getting it: You get energy by spending it.” | learn more
How to set junior employees up for remote work success. I had opinions on this topic before reading, and now I feel better educated. “As you can see, junior remote employees are doing almost 2x the upskilling they’re doing in the office. It’s not their fault they are struggling to get up to speed as quickly.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Could Amazon run out of people to hire? “Amazon is facing a looming crisis: It could run out of people to hire in its US warehouses by 2024, according to leaked Amazon internal research from mid-2021 that Recode reviewed.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Early life affects late-life health. “Early life strongly influences DNA methylation variation across the lifespan, and the effects are stronger for heritable sites and sites biologically relevant to the regulation of gene expression. Early life could affect late-life health through influencing DNA methylation.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
An expose on Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Eater does a deep dive and finds many former employees who throw stones at the restaurant’s “model for the future of food” brand. | learn more
teaching the kids 👩‍🏫
Compounded luck. “Compounding early luck is generally fine with people who have early luck. What a surprise. But it’s unfair and it’s also a talent-utilization problem that hurts everyone.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Web3 marketing stack. “There’s an entire marketing ecosystem for startups to build - and it will explode as all the venture dollars web3 startups have raised rushes to find new users.” | learn more
profiles of people 🚶
Artists can get huge without NFTs. The WSJ headline: “Three Years Ago, Her Art Sold for $400 at the Beach. Now It Fetches Up To $1.6 Million at Auction.” I am no art critic, but I feel it relevant to point out that she’s dating a gallery owner named Larry Gagosian. From his gallery’s wikipedia page: “Gagosian Gallery aims to maintain the price level of its artists by actively playing a role at art auctions. When Christie’s established an auction record for Henri Matisse by selling a bronze relief for $48.8 million in 2010, it was Gagosian that bought the work.” | learn more
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