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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #138

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November 17 · Issue #138 · 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 🚀
After almost two years, I had forgotten much about newborns. I forgot how quiet their cries are compared to the wailing of toddlers. I forgot the best techniques for getting them to eat. I even forgot how often they need diaper changes! We are so fortunate to have many supportive people around as we adapt to being a family of 4.
Thank you to everyone for the well-wishes and support!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
Hesitant hitmen jailed over botched assassination in China. Nobody was harmed in the making of this hilarious news. My read is that the Chinese are ‘crushing it’ at capitalism vis-à-vis subcontracting. | learn more
South Korean academics can’t stop, won’t stop. They keep adding their kids as co-authors to published papers to help boost their chances of getting into good universities. | learn more
The struggle to grow a beard is real, so men are faking it. If you ever see me with a full beard, you’ll know… “Eye shadow, fibers, sprays—a desire for full, fabulous facial hair launches search for creative solutions; nailing ‘the Rick Ross look.’” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Lightfoot was never a progressive. “The mayor’s battle with the CTU shouldn’t surprise Chicago’s left.” | learn more
Faster trains are the only hope for Blue Line. The train line through my neighborhood (connecting downtown to O'Hare) is notoriously crowded these days. Everyone complains, but there’s no easy fix. There isn’t enough electricity to power more trains, and the curved tracks prevent them from adding more cars to existing trains. The CTA says to take a bus. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
How Cloudflare stood up to a patent troll and won. This is a wonderful story (and blueprint) that should warm the heart of anyone who’s ever received a letter from a patent troll. There is hope! | learn more
The real reason why Instagram is removing likes. “The sole reason for remove the public display of likes and views on an Instagram post comes down to one thing: ad dollars. Removing likes is Instagram’s way of taking back some of the revenue stream that is currently going directly from brands to influencers.” | learn more
Machine learning deployment. From Benedict Evans: “In the last 5-6 years, machine learning has gone from ‘crazy idea from the 1980s’ to ‘software’. That has come with several waves of deployment and several waves of company creation, as we work out what to do with it. It’s the new SQL.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
3 reasons it’s so hard to ‘follow your passion’. I get asked from time to time what my 'passion’ is. It’s always hard for me to answer, because for me it’s always changed or evolved over time. I look upon those who dedicate their lives to one idea or one business and I frankly can’t relate. | learn more
to your health ⚕
More adolescents seek medical care for mental health issues. “Hospital emergency rooms throughout California are reporting a sharp increase in adolescents and young adults seeking care for a mental health crisis.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
The cost of Starbucks’ open bathroom policy. “Monthly visits to Starbucks dropped 6.8% compared with other nearby coffee shops after the open-bathroom policy was put in place in May 2018, according to a joint study released Tuesday by academics from the business schools at the University of Texas at Dallas and Boston College.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Nanoparticle tech reverses celiac disease in promising human trials. Our human ability to push the limits of biology with clever approaches makes me smile. “The nanoparticle technology was found to significantly induce an immune tolerance to gluten in celiac subjects after just two treatments.” | learn more
Injectable electrodes: injectrodes. “Although conditions such as epilepsy can be treated via nerve-stimulating electrodes, those electrodes are stiff, costly and require surgery to implant. Scientists have now created an alternative, however, in the form of soft, injectable electrodes.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Potbelly ditches guitarists in new restaurant design. You’ll also no longer walk your sandwich down the assembly line and interact with multiple employees. Let’s circle back to this in a few years to see how it plays out. | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
PayPal freezes payments to Pornhub models. In a perfect example of “yeah, that’s what crypto is for”, a payments provider has single-handedly decided to stop supporting about 100k performers who were being paid by Pornhub. PayPal has never been the friendliest of organizations to work with and here’s a great example of why true p2p payments matters. | learn more
the end ✅
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