Ode to a Flower

A wonderful video I ran across on brainpickings (I highly recommend that site, too) featuring the famous physicist Richard Feynman explaining why science only adds to the beauty of world.

The API-first world

Postman is a great tool for using/testing APIs. Added to that, they’ve created a fun comic book explaining their vision for “API-first” world. Yes, it’s biased toward their company, but it’s still great.

Now, there’s quite a bit of discussion across the industry these days about what exactly “API-first” means, so we decided to choose an unconventional medium to explain it. Folks here at Postman are big fans of reading, and of science fiction, and of graphic novels, so we decided to create a graphic novel to describe the API-first world.

Shruthi Venkatesh, a visual designer here at Postman, brought this idea to life with her illustrations in a brand-new graphic novel that I am very excited about sharing with you, “The API-First World.” Please give it a read.

Postman Blog

One Hundred Years of Solitude

I stumbled across the book review by Rodrigo García in the Paris Review about his book: A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes, where he writes of “the ailing health and eventual passing of his father, the writer Gabriel García Márquez.”

He would say, “I work with my memory. Memory is my tool and my raw material. I cannot work without it. Help me,” and then he would repeat it in one form or another multiple times an hour for half an afternoon. It was grueling. That eventually passed. He regained some tranquility and would sometimes say, “I’m losing my memory, but fortunately I forget that I’m losing it,” or “Everyone treats me like I’m a child. It’s good that I like it.”

the Paris Review

Gabriel García Márquez’s novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, was an amazing achievement of world literature and for me, personally, it was my first exposure to magical realism.

The World’s First Carbon Concrete Building Is Under Construction

Despite all the chaos in the world, amazing innovation continues.

From Interesting Engineering:

Specifically, the concrete used for The Cube will be strengthened with carbon fiber yarn, which is made by extracting almost pure carbon crystals via a process of thermal decomposition known as pyrolysis. The yarn is then woven into a mesh that the concrete is poured onto before setting. As the carbon fiber doesn’t rust, the carbon concrete is also more durable over a longer period than steel rod-strengthened concrete. As structures can be much thinner due to the lack of steel rods — which often require more thickness to prevent water penetration — Henn says that this will enable “a future architecture where environmentally conscious design is paired with formal freedom and radical rethinking of the most basic architectural elements.”

Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived.

An evergreen comic/article by The Oatmeal. It’s both humorous, and educational about how truly amazing Tesla was, and, by contrast, how overrated Thomas Edison was/is.

Tesla was known for discovering amazing things and then forgetting to write them down. Edison was known for rushing to the patent office as soon as one of his employees had something.

The Oatmeal


A Little Piece of Earth

A somewhat bittersweet, but beautiful portrait of Charles Bello who has lived a life of creativity and self-reliance in the forest. He reminisces about his wife and kids and the great life they made in the forest. Now 85, and alone, he still finds meaning in living in solitude on 400 acres.

Be active, and be creative, and be alive.

Charles Bello

Pizza Toast & Coffee: Kissa Bugen

Craig Mod is one of my favorite creators (writer, videographer, programmer, and more).

Pizza Toast & Coffee (2021) is a short documentary about kissaten — Showa-era (1926-1989) Japanese cafe — culture. Bugen is a small kissa in a suburb south of Tokyo. It was featured in the book Kissa by Kissa. Proprietor Yamane-san has survived four bouts of cancer and has run his cafe for close to forty-five years. He makes a mean pizza toast with a unique cutting style. Pizza toast is a staple of kissa culinary culture.

Craig Mod

Losing Sight of the Stars

“Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself.”

The video by Sriram Murali is only three minutes long, and it’s a beautiful and sad illustration of what we are missing in the night sky.