Engineering

Dear L, When I was a kid, my Father got two books. They were tattered high school library copies from the United States; Somehow those wound up in my Father’s hands. They still had the library cards attached to the first page. The books were about moon landing. Little…

Ebb and Flow

Dear L, If you have ever worked in a Chemistry laboratory, you probably have come accross balances, usually used to measure amounts of chemicals to certain degrees of precision. On these jewelers’ tools encased in a glass boxes, the balance arm, rests on a socket, until you turn a knob…

Difficulty

Dear L, If you ever find me on an evening, on front of a TV, mashing buttons, as my character in video game failing over and over, you won’t be hard pressed to think that I might be flirting with insanity. If you ever asked me the question, why…

Projects

Dear L, I remember, when I was a kid my uncle used to come to my little corner-room-lab and ask “What’s the current project?”. I would probably answer somthing like, “A blinking light, but blinks slower if it rains”. I miss that effort that used to go into making…

Distractions

Dear L, Once travelling from San Francisco in 2014, I ended up waiting in Dubai airport for about 18 hours. The first thing I did was firing up my computer and wrote computer code until the battery ran out. Then I moved to my tablet, and started reading magazines on…

Dark Matter

Dear L, After trying to write this letter about three times, I gave up. I realised, contrary to what I believed, neither can I manage to convey the elegance of modern theory of gravity in form of a piece of text in an email inbox, nor can I convey the…

Grace

Dear L, In 1934, Richard Byrd spent an Antarctic Winter, alone in his cabin near the South Pole in complete darkness. Other than almost dying from carbon monoxide poisoning and constant peril of freezing to death, he lived and returned to tell the story of extreme isolation. In 1942 / 1943,…

Meaning

Dear L, In the Coen brother’s movie “A Serious Man”, there’s a scene where a Rabbi talks about how Hashem talks to people in subtle and interesting ways, for example through a man's teeth. Thanks to Coen brother’s signature style, It’s incredibly comedic but deeply stirriing…