Protecting Sight #320: The art of misdirection. Cystotome capsulorhexis & differential diagnosis lists. Richer, wiser, happier … and wondering about the life you never had.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection. “Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder while they remain clueless.” (

This Ted talk, with 29.6 million views, is a top 25 (#12). You may find yourself hitting pause and rewinding to unravel the many insights within. A fun talk.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – 1088: Recent residency graduate critique. Nice pearls and congrats to Dr. Somarajan on this case.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Differential diagnosis list. Excellent summary. I often struggled with creating impromptu differential diagnosis lists during medical school (and especially on internal medicine rounds). This provides a superb framework.

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are perfect for lifelong learning.

4. William Green, Richer, Wiser, Happier. Introduction (filled with anecdotes of investing rock stars.)

5. Polina Marinova Pompliano, “Why It’s Useless To Wonder About the Life You Never Had.” – A compelling read.

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