I got an underdesk elliptical a couple of weeks ago…I think maybe it’s awesome and wish I had gotten one a long time ago. I’m honestly a little surprised I can pedal while thinking.

I tried a few, and this is the one I landed on: very stable, pretty cheap, reasonably quiet.

// 03.11.24

C.S. Lewis (of Narnia fame) on peer learning:

It often happens that two schoolboys can solve difficulties in their work for one another better than the master can. The fellow-pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgotten.

I’ve always been a big proponent of peer teaching and peer mentoring in medicine. I also often wonder if I’m getting worse at teaching the basics as I get older.

// 01.15.24

From “How to Do Great Work” by Paul Graham:

Schools also give you a misleading impression of what work is like. In school they tell you what the problems are, and they’re almost always soluble using no more than you’ve been taught so far. In real life you have to figure out what the problems are, and you often don’t know if they’re soluble at all.

Schools sometimes also give students the misleading impression that learning is not fun for its own sake and that writing should be boring.

// 01.04.24