Protecting Sight #230: A stealthy reimagining of urban public space & a classmate’s Ted Talk cameo. Beautiful brunescent & EyeNet mystery case. The Iliad, the good ancestor, & long-term thinking.

Welcome to 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, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Elizabeth Diller: A stealthy reimagining of urban public space. “Cities are becoming increasingly privatized: commercial real estate dominates the streets, carving up open space that once belonged to the public and selling it as a commodity to the highest bidder. Architect Elizabeth Diller explores the causes and effects of this growing threat — and takes us on tour of her groundbreaking projects aimed at creating landscapes for the public to enjoy, from the High Line in New York City to Zaryadye Park in Moscow.” (

This is a fascinating Ted Talk. I also texted a college classmate who has a cameo in the image gallery!

2. Cataract Surgery – Dr. Neto Rosatelli – Phaco Clip #123 Beautiful Brunescent. Dr. Rosatelli is a master surgeon. Especially appreciate the subtitles which are filled with pearls.

November 2020 Blink

3. Journal article – Can You Guess EyeNet’s Mystery Condition? Written by Mike Rosco, MD, and Rona Z. Silkiss, MD, FACS, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Photo by Rona Z. Silkiss, MD, FACS. (EyeNet, December 2020)

Achilles tending the wounded Patroclus
(Attic red-figure kylix, c. 500 BC)
(via Wikipedia)

4. Iliad by Homer – Book 10. Listening to the LoyalBooks free podcast version. (Wikipedia | Spark Notes)


 5. TGL035: BEING A GOOD ANCESTOR AND THINKING LONG-TERM WITH ROMAN KRZNARIC. “On today’s show, Sean talks with Roman Krznaric, the author of The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking. We explore the idea of thinking long-term, and we learn about some very long-term projects. Along the way, Roman takes us on a journey. He talks about a Cathedral in Germany that took over 500 years to build, a clock being built in Texas designed to last 10,000 years, a seed vault in the arctic circle designed to preserve seeds for 1,000 years, and others.”

This is a wonderful podcast episode. I love Sean’s interview skills. He draws out highlights of an author’s writing and critical thinking.

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