Protecting Sight #34: How to be an unlikely ally. My quest to find a first edition Moby Dick.

Welcome to day #34 of my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Nita Mosby Tyler: Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally. “A more equal world starts with you. Citing a formative moment from her own life, equity advocate Nita Mosby Tyler highlights why showing up and fighting for others who face injustices beyond your own lived experience leads to a fairer, more just future for all.” (

This was listed under recent talks on the iPad app. Filled with many life lessons and actionable pearls. 10 minutes.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Residual posterior polar opacities – Excellent juxtaposition of two surgical approaches to posterior polar cataracts. 6 minutes.

3. Journal – EyeNet June 2020 – Journal Highlights (page 19-23). Very good summaries of eleven recently published articles.

Moby Dick, First edition, first issue binding (1851)

4. Book Chapter – Herman Melville – Moby Dick. Listened to Chapters 87-88 (40 minutes) via See also Sparknotes (narration) and Gutenberg (book text). Include a well-crafted line from Chapter 81 (below).

I found a first edition Moby Dick for sale online. Anyone have $65k to spare?

As an overladen Indiaman bearing down the Hindostan coast with a deck load of frightened horses, careens, buries, rolls, and wallows on her way; so did this old whale heave his aged bulk, and now and then partly turning over on his cumbrous rib-ends, expose the cause of his devious wake in the unnatural stump of his starboard fin. Whether he had lost that fin in battle, or had been born without it, it were hard to say.

(Moby Dick, Chapter 81)
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Please send me feedback! Also, would appreciate suggestions of Ted Talks, cataract videos, and journal articles to share.

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