Linked List: October 2021

The Little Prince

Adam Gopnik, writing about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince in The New Yorker:

The desert and the rose—his life as an intrepid aviator and his life as a baffled lover—were his inspiration. But between those two experiences, skewering them, dividing them with a line, was the war.

What a strange memory reading this piece has made surface in my mind: A theater production of “O Pequeno Príncipe“ that I attended as a kid in Rio de Janeiro, I think (I need to ask my mom)!

In today’s stream I will be flying the airplane that Antoine flew for the French postal service, the Bréguet XIV, which is in the new update for the IL-2 Sturmovik flight simulator.

Metal Detecting as a Metaphor for Success

Andrew Crawshaw, speaking about his new game The Magnificent Truffle Pigs over at my childhood friend’s excellent website, Yin Indie:

I felt that metal detecting was a great metaphor for success; you can spend your whole life metal detecting and only find junk, or you might do it for the first time tomorrow and find a gold hoard. There isn’t always that trade-off between hard work and the end result.

I think that’s one of the things that a lot of people overlook when they’re playing the game; recognising that when something good happens in life it can be a result of luck and not always hard work. Or that sometimes you can work your fingers to the bone and never get that reward you feel you deserve. I think if you don’t recognise that, it can cloud your appreciation of how other people get along in life, or don’t get along in life.

So true.

Spoiler: HTML Details Disclosure Element

Today I learned that HTML now has a spoiler element!

Spoiler: Life Advice Know thyself.
Nothing to excess.
Certainty brings insanity.

Via WildCraze.