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👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
 
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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 🚀
🎂 This week we celebrated Petra’s second birthday. She woke up the morning of and recited “I be two!” We feel so lucky to have this bright and smiley toddler in our lives.
📜 How I Optimize. Over the past year I’ve fielded many questions about my career and business goals. Frankly, they’ve been hard to answer as I worked through figuring it all out. Now I do have an answer, and it comes in the form a personal mission. This is pretty scary for me, but I’ve written it all down and published it online.
😎 I finally did it. I deleted Facebook and LinkedIn from my phone this week. It’s almost comical which apps that I’ve been mindlessly opening as replacements: everything from email and photos to Quora and even Mint. Luckily, they are harder to spend endless time in, so not as harmful.
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
All the flying cars in one place. This site compiles info (including photos) on every credible design for the new age of urban mobility: eVTOL, flying car, and flying taxi. | learn more
The funny looking letter ʃ (s) of olde times. Printed documents from centuries past are hard to read for many reasons. One of them is the strange symbol they use for ’s’ that look more like a modern ‘f’ to me. I decided to find out why they used it. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
The rumors behind the former Police Superintendent’s firing. I discovered a fairly entertaining blog called Second City Cop that spelled out some of the illicit (and unverified) rumors behind the night that led to Eddie Johnson’s dismissal. “See if you can follow this shit - we still aren’t certain that it’s all correct, but it’s slightly more accurate than what the media is reporting” | learn more
Legal weed in IL: map of dispensaries. “Dozens of existing medical dispensaries have been awarded licenses to start selling recreational cannabis at the start of the year, including nine in Chicago.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
A private equity firm is buying all of the .org domains. I hadn’t even considered the possibility of this happening. It turns out it’s not the first time the .org domain was owned by a for-profit company, either. “There are currently some 10 million .org domains on the internet.” Duh, they plan to raise prices. | learn more
Rocket company Vector Launch ends up in bankruptcy court. “Life comes at you fast: one moment you’re a media darling garnering all kinds of favorable coverage, raising millions upon million of dollars with investors “knocking down the door” and, the next, your pesky venture capitalists are pulling the plug and high-tailing for the exits!” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Don’t learn to code, learn to automate. I couldn’t agree with this more. “I don’t think that everyone needs to learn to code by any stretch. What I think that everyone needs to start learning about and understanding is how to automate.” | learn more
Speaking at conferences. An inside look at how Chicago-based CTO Karl Hughes started getting speaking gigs at conferences, including his stats on acceptance and key leanings. “Whether you’re just starting your career out or you’re retired, you can definitely speak at a conference if that’s something you want to do. Here’s how I did it…” | learn more
to your health ⚕
North Carolina tries to pay more reasonable prices for healthcare, gets stomped on. The state’s health plan, which covered some 700k beneficiaries, tried to limit the wide range of pricing with a practice called Reference Pricing. For example, prices for the same basic lab test range from $5.75 to $126.44. They set a rule that they’d pay 160% of what Medicare pays, but providers pushed back and won. | learn more
retail therapy 💸
A list of 81 bankruptcies (so far) in the retail apocalypse. The list includes all the big ones since 2015, including commentary. Turns out high debt + online competition + lack of tech investment is a bad recipe for solvency. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
How intestinal bacteria regulate emotion and behavior. Incredible video showcasing some recent advances in research. “In this talk, [Biologist Sarkis] Mazmanian … highlights recent advances showing that specific microbes improve symptoms of anxiety and autism, laying the groundwork to harness the human microbiome to develop revolutionary treatments for neurological diseases that afflict humankind.” | learn more
Scientists create quantum states in everyday electronics. “However, scientists with the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering announced a significant breakthrough: Quantum states can be integrated and controlled in commonly used electronic devices made from silicon carbide.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
What you can’t say. This is an incredible essay by Paul Graham. “It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise. Is our time any different? To anyone who has read any amount of history, the answer is almost certainly no. It would be a remarkable coincidence if ours were the first era to get everything just right.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Crypto theses for 2020. From Ryan Selkis (TBI), the publisher of the original list from 2017. If you’ve lost touch and want to catch up on crypto efficiently, this will do the trick. “Consider this Messari’s research foundation for the next decade. 120 people, companies, and themes that we think will define the next 10 years for Bitcoin, Ethereum and beyond.” | learn more
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