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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #140

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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 🚀
🚒 We ran into our friendly neighborhood firefighters on Thanksgiving
🚒 We ran into our friendly neighborhood firefighters on Thanksgiving
I’ve noticed over the past few years that the number of Friendsgiving events we attend has quickly outpaced the number of Thanksgiving events. I wouldn’t want to trade one for the other, and I’m very thankful for the additional opportunities to celebrate!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
Bikes masquerading as TVs. A bike manufacturer tried everything to lower shipping damage of their product, and nothing did the trick until they started making their boxes look like TVs. “Here’s how that one tiny decision made a huge impact.” | learn more
The longest case of hiccups ever. “The longest recorded case in medical history can be credited to one Charles Osborne, a farmer who continuously hiccuped for 68 years.” | learn more
150 years of Nature papers. “Science is a network, each paper linking those that came before with those that followed. In an exclusive analysis, researchers have delved into Nature’s part of that network. We explore their results, taking you on a tour of 150 years of interconnected, interdisciplinary research, as represented by Nature’s publication record.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Chicago recycling rate gets even worse at 8.8%. “For comparison, cities like San Francisco and Seattle have recycling rates of 60 to 80 percent.” | learn more
Chicago bricks are pretty cool. “Meet the Guy Behind the Facade of Instagram’s @BrickofChicago. Once you’ve seen brick through Will Quam’s eyes, Chicago will never look the same.” | learn more
Chicago is ‘most immigrant-friendly city in America.’ This is according to a New American Economy 2019 Cities Index, reported in the USA Today, so don’t read too much into it :). | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Cash management in startups. This short post by Fred Wilson is interesting, since often we all need reminding that running out of cash is the number one killer of startups. It also reminds me of the daily cash budget I built and managed during the dark days of the 2008 recession. | learn more
Are you a platform or a marketplace? Michelle Vautier, VP of Payments & Risk at Patreon, tackles the question. Check it out for her many good points about the distinction. The post adds value on the topic. I might argue, though, that she mistakenly ignores the retailer classification when she lumps grocery stores in with marketplaces like Etsy. | learn more
First AI beats pros in 6-player poker. What’s especially interesting here is how little computing power the bot uses. “Facebook AI and Carnegie Mellon researchers have built Pluribus, the first AI bot to beat top pros in six-player Texas Hold’em poker.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Ben and Jerry’s vs Amazon. The references are a bit dated, but the message is relevant now. “Building a company? You’ve got one very important decision to make, because it affects everything else you do. No matter what else you do, you absolutely must figure out which camp you’re in, and gear everything you do accordingly, or you’re going to have a disaster on your hands.” | learn more
Jeff Bezos’ remarks to Princeton class of 2010. “We are What We Choose.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Amazon Go has some new competition. “Several start-ups think they have solutions that can compete with the multinational tech giant.” I find the challenge of local ordinances (like requiring cash payments) really interesting here. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
New studies offer insights into long-term effects of intermittent fasting. “The research suggests fasting for just one day a month, over many years, can lengthen lifespan and enhance heart health – but there are caveats.” | learn more
Scientists edit addiction memories with Ketamine to treat alcoholism. Have you noticed that the “party drugs” of previous generations are becoming the medicines of the future? Ketamine seems to be following the paths of psychedelics and cannabis. | learn more
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