How are you!! All safe and vaccinated I hope? Moved to Sunnyvale this week and realized I’m pretty damn good at moving! It feels so good to get rid of things. Also currently relishing the benefits of the Buy Nothing groups on Facebook. Are you in one?

Pictured above is the cool new trees and vertical gardens at the Apple store. Love them times 20. It’s like going on a hike but with AC! and the possibility of getting kicked out because you have no real purpose for being there. Also note my sloppy photoshopping of the stranger out of the image….

I’ve been skimming stories in the book Complications by a surgeon named Atul Gawande. It’s about his experience in learning the skill; he is vulnerable in sharing the stories of the times he practiced with no experience.

Isn’t that weird to think about? Today, somewhere in the world, a surgeon is practicing surgery–cutting up a fellow human being–for the first time.

Here are some quotes from the book:

“There have now been many studies of elite performers — international violinists, chess grand masters, professional ice-skaters, mathematicians, and so forth– and the biggest difference researchers find between them and lesser performers is the cumulative amount of deliberate practice they’ve had. Indeed, the most important talent may be the talent for practice itself.”

“We want perfection without practice. Yet everyone is harmed if no one is trained for the future.”

“What we are drawn to…is the alterable moment… to change the course of another’s life for the better.”

I learned lots of cool things about medicine from my surgeon uncle, and spent lots of time with him removing little moles and various bodily thingys on me and different family members.

That is where my love for Dr. Pimple Popper comes from.

More quotes, from the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman:

“If you care about being thought credible and intelligent, do not use complex language where simpler language will do.”

“I have always believed that scientific research is another domain where a form of optimism is essential to success: I have yet to meet a successful scientist who lacks the ability to exaggerate the importance of what he or she is doing, and I believe that someone who lacks a delusional sense of significance will wilt in the face of repeated experiences of multiple small failures and rare successes, the fate of most researchers.” 😂

“The premise of this book is that it is easier to recognize other people’s mistakes than our own.”

“Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.”

A few other quotes IRL:

  • Two young people, making a card for a friend who wasn’t feeling well. One begins writing “Hope you feel better” and the other one wants to write “Feel good soon”.

The card turns out, “Hope you feel bood soon.” Alas, perfection is in the youth.

  • A young person is demonstrating the noise he makes for his “machine gun” (which is also his arm). Whenever someone disagrees with him, he shoots his machine gun at them until they stop talking. Problem-solving at its finest.

Hope you’re having a blessed week! Sending you love and heartwarming across the internet.

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