Linked List: November 2021

Hyperspectral Radio Eye the Size of Earth #

Casey Handmer, writing about the Starlink satellite network:

Starlink has received its fair share of criticism, drawn perhaps by its overwhelming scale and potential impacts to ground-based astronomy. But Starlink can also be the single greatest scientific instrument ever built, a hyperspectral radio eye the size of the Earth, capable of decoding information about the Earth and the universe that is right up against the limits of physics.

99-Year Old Fighter Pilot Bud Anderson Talks About Flying the P-51 Mustang #

Very interesting commentary about flying the P-51 Mustang from Chuck Yeager’s life-long friend Clarence “Bud” Anderson , interviewed at Fighter Pilot Podcast.

Via M0rt75, if I recall correctly.

Homo Ludens #

While thinking about the concept of playing again recently, I remembered the book Homo Ludens, which is in my to-read list:

Homo Ludens is a book originally published in Dutch in 1938 by Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga. It discusses the importance of the play element of culture and society. Huizinga suggests that play is primary to and a necessary (though not sufficient) condition of the generation of culture.

I don’t remember if this is the book referenced by John Cleese in his LOL-filled lecture on creativity, which means I should what it again!