Issue 13: Branching, Spy, Biriyani, this and that

COVID: India is struggling. Here are some resource websites — India Covid Resources1, for bed and resources, a list of verified organizations2 and Cowin registration portal3 to register for vaccination.

DESIGN: Designing is becoming more tech-like. Approaches from frontend developments are now widely used on-screen designing too - from features like version control to variants, to newly announced branching4, and with products like Bojagi.io5 - designing is become ‘geeky,’ and Figma is becoming designers’ git.

SPY: Not sure how much truth there is in this story, but J.H. Bayis, a German cinematographer who did the photography of Udaya Studio’s Vellinakshathram (1949) is said to be a German spy6, trained at the studio of Joseph Goebbels7. [Watch Babu Ramachandran’s narration on Goebbels8, Malayalam]

CALENDAR: Here comes Calendso9, an open-source alternative to Calendly10, with the option to self-host! Cool!

BIRIYANI: The Economist published an article11 by Alia Shoaib12 about how biriyani, everyone’s favorite food, is becoming the target of Hindu Nationalists.

UI: Victor13 did an excellent job listing 58+ articles14 on designing UI elements (covers almost all major parts). Thanks, Victor!

PYTHON: Stumbled upon Sourcery15 — Grammarly for Python coding! Woah!

LO-FI: If you like listening to long Lo-fi16 tracks on Youtube while working or as white noise17, here is a website18 that curates a few of such channels and provides a clean retro interface. The best part - it comes with a Pomodoro timer19. (PS: I still prefer listening to 90s Malayalam movies while doing mundane tasks, and uses Flow20 for Pomodoro)

1

https://indiacovidresources.in/

2

https://donate.indiacovidresources.in/

3

https://www.cowin.gov.in/home

4

https://www.figma.com/blog/coming-together-at-config-2021/#iterate-thoughtfully-with-branching

5

https://bojagi.io/

6

https://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/was-felix-bayis-a-german-spy/article6070030.ece

7

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels

8

youtube.com/watch?v=plaN_lwLzWI

9

https://calendso.com/

10

https://calendly.com/

11

https://www.economist.com/1843/2021/04/22/too-hot-to-handle-the-battle-over-biryani

12

https://twitter.com/liashoaib

13

https://twitter.com/vponamariov

14

twitter.com/vponamariov/status/1381584285300359169

15

https://sourcery.ai/

16

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo-fi_music

17

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_noise

18

https://lofi.cafe/

19

http://pomodorotimer.com/

20

https://flowapp.info/