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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #282

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August 21 · Issue #282 · 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 🚀
This kid loves her giant pretzel. 🥨
This kid loves her giant pretzel. 🥨
  1. Extreme measures. I’ve been an iPhone user since the very first one came out. Also, I’ve been a Windows PC guy the whole time. I bought an iMac about a decade ago, but I didn’t love it. Today there’s only one Mac feature that I really feel I’m missing out on: iMessage. I am going to try something extreme: I just bought an old, refurbished Mac Mini. I’m going to leave plugged in out of sight and remotely log into it from my Windows laptop just so I can use iMessage on my PC. Wish me luck!
  2. Reading list refresh. I would like to expand my options for interesting things to read. I need your help! This week, can you send me one interesting article that you’ve come across?
fun facts 🙌
What percentage of people 7’ tall play in the NBA? There’s an oft-quoted stat that its 17%. This writer believes that’s incorrect because the ‘official height’ records of NBA players are inflated. | learn more
Student acquires 6% of Bed Bath & Beyond, makes $110 Million in 3 weeks. This 20-year-old college student is certainly having a productive semester. | learn more
Spacecraft cemetery. “Larger spacecraft too massive to burn up during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere are controlled to crash / splash down in Earth’s spacecraft cemetery, a location in the ocean remote from inhabited regions.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Kia Boyz make stealing cars a viral social media trend. There’s a security vulnerability in many Kia and Hyundais. You can start them with a simple USB cable. No key required. A group calling themselves the Kia Boyz has been posting how-to videos on TikTok and inspiring thefts across the country, including Chicago. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
AI-generated digital art spurs debate about news illustrations. Type in a sentence and the output is an AI-generated image that’s pretty darn good. “Computers are getting better at doing what humans can do, including creating art from scratch.” | learn more
TV-style games are a huge upgrade from Zoom happy hour. I have oft complained that zoom events really don’t measure up to live events. This startup organizes remote game shows for your teams, including a live host. I haven’t tried this, but it seems innovative.  | learn more
better doing 🎯
The wisdom of the water tower. This is short and useful. “Adding a reservoir to a high-demand system creates slack, resilience and efficiency.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
DTC’s very bad, no good earnings week. It’s actually impressive just how unprofitable of a business these brands are in. “Brands laid off staff, cut guidance and accumulated losses in a tougher operating environment. A select few continued to thrive.” | learn more
A peak behind the curtain of short-term rentals. A hot summer presents an Alabama real estate owner/operator with surprises. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Why that new “science-backed” supplement probably doesn’t work. “There’s a giant missing piece in the middle of the bell curve, where all the studies with non-significant results should be.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
What’s the right amount of garlic? Why do so many recipes call for a single clove, such a tiny amount of garlic? “One clove is not enough for any recipe, unless it’s a recipe for “how to cook one clove of garlic,” in which case you should still use two.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Ethereum’s very own death pit. “In other words, certainly individual users of Ethereum can fall into the death pit by either sending ETH to a sanctioned address or receiving ETH from one. That much seems clear. But what about US-based miners or validators who add new blocks containing transactions to or from the sanctioned addresses?” | learn more
Celsius, brr. Fun stuff from bankruptcy court. The company is screwed, but they have a crypto mining operation, and they want to continue to invest in it despite being screwed. “That’s the thing about bankruptcy that’s oh so beautiful. A company can be managed into the dirt and then the judgment of some of the very same managers will get deference. We’ll likely know soon enough whether that deference was justified.” | learn more
Bitcoin’s longest-serving Lead Maintainer calls it quits, names no successor. “Van der Laan is the second successor to Satoshi Nakamoto and is one of the few people in the world with final commit access to Bitcoin Core’s GitHub.” | learn more
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