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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #142

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December 15 · Issue #142 · 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 🚀
Visiting the Museum of Science & Industry
Visiting the Museum of Science & Industry
📈 Early this week, our scale that measures weight + body fat reported both my metrics moving in a direction I don’t prefer. Looking back, I had been on a bit of a face-stuffing food (and sugar) bender since Thanksgiving week. I took this as a sign that I need to plan my meals a bit more thoroughly, so I placed an order for healthy Factor meals for next week. If you’re in a similar situation, here’s my referral link for $40 off your first order.
😮 I’ve also been thinking this week about stress. I’ve never felt particularly stressed out and have always assumed I’m just fortunate in that regard. As I question more things that I’ve always assumed to be true, I now can’t help but wonder about my stress levels on a more objective scale. I started researching the topic and see that some labs offer saliva-based testing of Cortisol levels. I imagine there’s a potential downside here of increasing stress merely by paying extra attention to stress, so I’m on the fence about trying this. Please send your experiences and thoughts my way!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
College students enrolling in ‘adulting’ classes. We can and should laugh at this. And we should also shed a tear for the sad reality that our education system doesn’t leave kids well prepared to live in modern society. Maybe schools should teach how to understand taxes, rent an apartment, or manage personal finances at some point? | learn more
Ikea is a nonprofit (technically). “Ikea is a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the advancement of architecture and interior design–a cause they give a pittance of $2 million or so to a year.” Click through for an overview of their clever tax avoidance structure. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Chicago area lost most tech jobs of any US metro over 12 years. A study by the Brookings Institution claimed that the Chicago area lost 12,582 “innovation jobs” between 2005 and 2017. I’m curious to learn what tech/innovation jobs we had to lose back in 2005, but that data isn’t in here. Full report link. | learn more
Alderman reject taking attendance. Why would they want records of missing work? “Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson’s effort to require City Council committees to determine whether a majority of aldermen are present before starting meetings ran into a buzzsaw of opposition.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
The ‘let me go back’ product strategy. This is another letter on strategy from Joel Spolsky written in 2000. Great stuff - especially the Excel examples (he was an Excel product manager). “When you’re trying to get people to switch from a competitor to your product, you need to understand barriers to entry, and you need to understand them a lot better than you think…” | learn more
The dark side of electronic waste recycling. I think we’re all a bit guilty here, right? “A nonprofit group called the Basel Action Network investigates the world of the underground e-waste trade. But a plan to track the spread of waste led them to Total Reclaim, a company they thought was an ally.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Wittgenstein’s ruler. “Unless you have confidence in the ruler’s reliability, if you use a ruler to measure a table, you may also be using the table to measure the ruler.” | learn more
‘Connectors’ may help reduce employee turnover. “You know those people you just love being around? They’re outgoing, positive, and always seems to make everyone around them better? Researchers call them “connectors,” and a new study suggests they can help improve the work experience and ultimately reduce turnover when strategically hired and placed in certain group settings.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
The do’s and dont’s of creating a D2C brand. “When it comes to creating a great D2C brand, there are so many little moving parts to consider. So we thought it would be worth checking in with marketers who have remarkable D2C experience for their advice on the subject. We asked them to each share their best piece of advice—and a common mistake they see D2C brands make all the time.” | learn more
How Amazon has transformed the Hasidic economy. “Amazon has become a lucrative place to do business for many Hasidic Jews, offering anonymity to a largely insular community and allowing women to work from home.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
The SpaceX decade: how one company changed spaceflight forever. “On June 4, 2010, SpaceX launched its first Falcon 9 with the first stage burning up in the atmosphere upon re-entry. On February 6, 2018, the Falcon Heavy (a souped-up variant of the Falcon 9) successfully launched with its two side boosters returning for a safe landing in one of the most spectacular spaceflight moments of the decade.” | learn more
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