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October 9 · Issue #289 · 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 🚀
Boat ride and some swimming on Lake Austin.
Boat ride and some swimming on Lake Austin.
fun facts 🙌
The Onion files an Amicus brief with the Supreme Court. It seems some district court made the imprudent decision of requiring a disclaimer before any parody content on the internet. The Onion decided to weigh in. | learn more
On Mr. Beast and being alone in a circle for 100 days. “In the video, Mr. Beast gives one of his subscribers the chance to survive for 100 days in a circle about 100 feet in circumference [to win $500k]. He has no access to the outside world. The circle is in the middle of a grassy field somewhere in America.” | learn more
Words against strangers. I was way overconfident and lost my first set of games. | learn more
China is very advanced in removing illegally parked cars. A short video of their tech in action. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Default investable, not default alive. “Default alive” is nice for knowing how long you can pay your rent but “default investable” means you know when and how you’re going to get more capital into the company. As a CEO, that’s where you start.” | learn more
How YouTube created the attention economy. “The site has been compensating “creators” since 2007, a scant two years after it launched, and only a year after Google acquired the company for a price tag of $1.65 billion.” | learn more
Anduril, the new defense startup. “Anduril is a rare, paradoxical creation, Mario Gabriele argues: a defense contractor that moves like a startup, a software business disguised as a seller of hardware, and a weapons manufacturer, in pursuit of peace.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
How to get out of a rut. “In that predicament, if I’m lucky, I’ll remember the observation, usually attributed to Joan Baez, that "action is the antidote to despair.” People tend to quote this in the context of political or environmental activism, but it applies to everything else, too: an overfilled inbox, a cluttered garage, an intimidating creative project or overdue tax return.“ | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Logistical imagination and the adderall shortage. “Today’s import records show a fragile ecosystem of supplier homogeneity, questioning how far we’ve advanced logistics management since its origins in 2200 B.C.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
The brain undergoes a great “rewiring” after age 40. “In the fifth decade of life, our brains start to undergo a radical "rewiring” that results in diverse networks becoming more integrated and connected over the ensuing decades, with accompanying effects on cognition.“ | learn more
Randomized clinical trial of Mediterranean diet. “A Mediterranean diet lifestyle intervention with and without caloric restriction did not significantly affect cognitive function compared to controls. The Mediterranean diet interventions, however, significantly affected diet quality and body weight.” | learn more
Could Alzheimer’s be an autoimmune disease? “Yes,” says Dr. Donald Weaver, co-Director of the Krembil Brain Institute and author of new research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Alzheimer’s & Dementia. “We don’t think of Alzheimer’s as fundamentally a disease of the brain. We think of it as a disease of the immune system within the brain.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Are humans actually tribal? This author is adamant that we are not, but failed to convince me. “People can be awful to one another, inside and outside their own groups. But that is a capacity, not an obligation, and it is not even the most common pattern of what humans have done over time. Indeed, humans did not evolve an “us vs. them” antagonism.” | learn more
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