"One thing that canonization and course assignments obscure is that Dostoevsky isn’t just great, he’s fun. His novels almost always have just ripping good plots, lurid and involved and thoroughly dramatic. There are murders and attempted murders and police and dysfunctional-family feuding and spies and tough guys and beautiful fallen women and unctuous con men and inheritances and silky villains and scheming and whores."
"Q: You seem really into this stuff. What’s your most extreme — to the point of being almost absurd — idea about blogs? A: I think the U.N. should compel Google to bring back Google Reader."
It is also, among diseases, humanity’s greatest triumph: the only human disease we have completely eradicated, with zero naturally occurring cases reported worldwide, even in the most remote locations and the poorest countries, for over forty years.
"It wasn’t the sheer numbers that made mass vaccination a barrier, but the managerial difficulty of getting the last 10% of the population—some of whom were literally still living in tribes in the wilderness."
"Relatively few people obsessively try to improve and figure out what works, which results in a lack of rigorous curricula for improving. However, this also means that it's easy to improve in percentile terms since relatively few people are trying to improve at all."
"If your smart fridge loses connectivity, maybe your food goes bad a few days early. But if a wireless ICD experiences a failure, the result could be lethal."