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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #109

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April 28 · Issue #109 · 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 third year!

my story 🚀
"I didn't choose swing life, swing life chose me."
"I didn't choose swing life, swing life chose me."
Lately I’ve had a few video calls instead of plain ol’ phone calls. I’m probably late to the party, but now I’m a believer. The difference in ability to really connect with someone is night-and-day. I’m thinking of making my new default a video call if I can’t meet in person. If you’ve done this, or attempted it, I’d love to hear your experience.
Looking for something new to read? Here are some of my recent book recommendations:
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
A map of the unknown world. “A Ghurka rifleman escaped from a Japanese prison in south Burma and walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way…” The end of this story is both surprising and interesting. | learn more
Animating URLs with emojis. This man is a true innovator! A programmer figured out how to make emoji animations in the URL box of your browser. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Illinois spends way more on school administrators than others. “It may not be the biggest state, nor the one with the most students, but Illinois leads the nation in school district spending on administrators. Even amid a looming statewide financial crisis, the state’s 852 districts spent more than $1 billion in fiscal year 2016, the most in the nation, according to a newly released analysis.” | learn more
US Navy comes to Chicago to learn how to deal with gunshot wounds. If I ever get shot, take me to Stroger! “Roughly 30% of patients at Stroger Hospital are admitted to the trauma ward with wounds from firearms, compared to 4.2% national average for level 1 trauma centers, according to WSJ.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Hertz sues Accenture for $32MM over crappy website. Overspending on bad tech is not newsy. What is surprising is how rarely we hear about these disputes! “Among the most mind-boggling allegations in Hertz’s filed complaint is that Accenture didn’t incorporate a responsive design, in which webpages automatically resize to accommodate the visitor’s screen size whether they are using a phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop.” | learn more
Makerpad is where people like you learn to build without code. I love this! “Makerpad is a collection of tutorials, templates and tools to show you what can be achieved without code and how you can do it. You’ll get support from the community of like-minded people and from me to help you figure out how to build your idea without code. Makerpad is for everyone who’s been told to learn to code or find a technical co-founder. It’s for those of you who felt like you could never actually build your own thing.” | learn more
Visualizing machine learning one concept at a time. Do you want to know how the machine learning that powers language predictions works? This is as down-to-earth of an explanation as I’ve ever seen. And now I understand it (sort of)! | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Tether is back under fire. This time, from the NY Attorney General. “The suit has also revealed that Bitfinex purportedly sent $850 million to a Panama-based company, lost access to the funds as a result of a government seizure, and had to dip into Tether’s cash reserves.” In March, Bloomberg News reported that they saw bank statements and all looked good. So what’s up? | learn more
Blockchain-based concert tickets. Might this be a truly useful use case? “Tracer has launched a new blockchain-based ‘smart ticket’ that helps prevent ticket scalpers from profiting from ticket resales.” | learn more
Forbes announces top 50 Billion-dollar companies exploring blockchain. From the Ethereum boosters over at Consensys: “Ethereum is the most common blockchain that companies are exploring and integrating into their existing operations. Overall, twenty-four of the fifty companies listed are using the Ethereum blockchain.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Authorities questions uBiome’s billing practices. This company is a leader in the movement to help consumers (patients?) understand something (probably very little, but something) about the makeup of their microbiome. Insurers maybe don’t like paying for it, though. “Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched uBiome’s office on Friday morning, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Amazon soon moving to one-day Prime delivery. The news here is a big deal, but shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention to Amazon’s relentless pressure. My favorite part might be this Yahoo Finance headline: “Amazon ‘Sneezes’ One-Day Delivery, And A Chill Envelops Retail, Logistics Landscape” | learn more
better doing 🎯
How to tell if someone is bluffing. “How do we know whether our counterpart is serious or just taking a position to try to outmaneuver us? And how do we protect the relationship while we find out? The answer is simple—use this negotiation technique.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Can we cure genetic diseases by rewriting DNA? This goes way beyond CRISPR-Cas9. Remarkable stuff! “David R. Liu shares a breakthrough: his lab’s development of base editors that can rewrite DNA.” | learn more
Age-related memory decline reversed with magnetic pulses to the brain. “Researchers at Northwestern University have used a non-invasive form of magnetic brain stimulation to improve the memory of older adults. After just five short sessions the older adults scored as well as a younger cohort on a variety of memory tasks.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
How the Chipotle burrito took over America. This is an entertaining read, especially for the Chipotle haters out there (I’m not one of them). “A brief history of Chipotle, and how the chain’s 1,200 calories of edible brick became the most ubiquitous Mexican meal in America.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Underlying force driving changes in commerce, education and politics. This essay by David Perell is long and interesting, and worth reading even if politics bores you. “I’ll show how the shift from information scarcity to information abundance is transforming commerce, education, and politics. The structure of each industry was shaped by the information-scarce, Mass Media environment.” | learn more
the end ✅
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