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Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Lost time is never found again. - Franklin

If time (as measured on Earth) were speeding up or slowing down (relative to what it had been in the past) would there be any way for us to notice or measure it? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Examples of applied critical theory

I'm looking for examples of critical theory being successfully used to bring about progressive social change. Is there a particular legal, policy or social reform that can be clearly ascribed to the influence of critical theory (or any of its offshoots, such as queer theory or postcolonial theory)? I can think of many examples of activists who are influenced by theory and its concepts -- from queerness to performativity to the panopticon -- but is there any clear evidence of campaigns influenced by theory having tangible impact on lived social conditions, beyond merely "awareness raising" or "reshaping the discourse".
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Like Gleick is to Information Theory, X is to Social Choice Theory

What are some great, accessible books that would allow me to learn more about social choice theory without having to become an economist? I am thinking something along the likes of James Gleick's "popular science" Information Theory book, but for social choice theory. [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Theory about Internet and judging personal probabilities already exist?

I have an original pet theory I came up with a long time ago involving the Internet and how people judge probability. It probably would fall into the anthropological, sociological or psychological fields. I'm not intending to make this post to discuss the theory itself as a sort of "let's b.s. back and forth about my idea" kind of thing. Reason I'm posting is because I'd like to know if this theory already exists or is an application of something broader that already exists. Maybe it's a theory being applied onto the communications medium of the Internet of some older theory in one of the above field(s) of study, or maybe it's a piecemeal construction of a few theories spliced together. Anyway, enough babbling, actual theory after the cut. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Song for which there is only one existing recording?

So I'm discussing Walter Benjamin. Has anyone else heard the story of a guy winning the copyright to a song and choosing never to market it? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Feb 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Intro to Deleuze's concept of the "nomad", "nomadology" and "nomadicism"

I am looking for an introductory text (preferably available online) that will outline these concepts for me. Thanks.
posted by PhDStudent on Sep 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Futuristic functional food inspiration needed

I want to write a science fiction story where somebody spends a few weeks or so living off a food that was intended for people colonising another planet, with odd effects. I'm not that scientifically knowledgeable and I want this to be grounded in facts. More details below. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Jul 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Pick a color, any color...

This post on the blue reminded me of a site i saw some time back. Essentially, you picked up to, I believe, three colors, and the app would find images all across the web that matched those colors. [more inside]
posted by erskelyne on Apr 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Can a transcendental number raised to an algebraic power be algebraic?

Can a transcendental number such as pi, be raised to an irrational, but algebraic power resulting in an algebraic solution? Complex solutions would be acceptable. There might be a quick proof here, or there might not be. - Thanks for any help you can offer answering this! (And I promise that this isn't for a class or anything like that!)
posted by ch3cooh on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for awesome alternate theories about the plots of movies

What are some of the most interesting theoretical models for understanding the plots and themes of movies that were not designed to generate them like Inception was? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Feb 16, 2013 - 33 answers

OMG, storytelling in journalism is changing. What to read abot this?

Here's an European writing a book/thesis about storytelling in journalism. What texts (linguistics, literary theory etc – preferably *not* mass communication theory) might help in analysing contemporary changes in that field? [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jan 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Recommend me books on critical / (post) marxist spatial theory

I am interested in critical theoretical and marxist spatial theory, please recommend me some books that provide a good overview or introduction to this area! Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Suggestions for modern books and essays that address art and creativity?

I've been re-reading Tolstoy's "What is Art?" and Ayn Rand's "Romantic Manifesto". I would like to read more about how we think about art and what we consider to be art as well as the relationship between the artist and society/culture. I'm especially interested in how we think of art and what is my responsibility as an artist to the greater society and culture. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jan 11, 2013 - 20 answers

What is this key change?

In More Than a Feeling, the chorus, a simple I IV iv V (G C e D), finished off with an Eb chord - totally not in the key - and then transitioning to em7. What is this transition to Eb, which is not at all part of the key of G, called?
posted by plinth on Jan 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Music theorists: What makes this song so compelling?

Could anyone break this song down for me from a music theory perspective? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Dec 27, 2012 - 6 answers

What's your theory on this term?

I'm trying to think of a word.... Is there a term for a 'theory' (in the scientific sense) that explains the majority of the data/observations, but is not fully complete? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Dec 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Who wrote this LGTBQ theory?

Help me figure out who wrote this LGTBQ theory? [more inside]
posted by obviousresistance on Sep 4, 2012 - 11 answers

What makes this game genre so popular?

What makes you gravitate toward time management and city simulation games? Looking for anecdata and citable studies. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Speculative Realism 101

Speculative Realism: What are the key texts I need to read. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

On rituals and algorithms

What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 17, 2012 - 16 answers

I am a sick man... I am a wicked man.

I'm looking for examples of and quotes about cowards and wretches in film, literature, philosophy, and painting. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jun 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Do They Have Queen Victoria as a Pekingese?

Where can I purchase faux Victorian Aristocratic-Military Dog portraits such as those that were featured in last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Apr 27, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to buy this table.

I am trying to find a kitchen island/table similar to the ones pictured here and here. [more inside]
posted by msali on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Podcast about pop music song construction.

I want to listen about popular music songs. I don't want to listen to just songs, but rather about how they're made. Things like instrumental contribution, song structure, different beats, along with examples of how they sound. [more inside]
posted by jefftang on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

"30 minutes away..."

Are there any mapping applications that display all regions within a fixed distance from an input point? For example: from a given address in NYC, what are all the places I can get to in 30 minutes, via any combation of walking + public transit? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

WackySpeculativeTheoryFilter: When I'm wearing my glasses, my thinking becomes more rigid, systematic and well, nerdy. Or am I just crazy?

WackySpeculativeTheoryFilter: When I'm wearing my glasses, my thinking becomes more rigid, systematic and well, nerdy. Or am I just crazy? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Mar 13, 2012 - 19 answers

The music theory of ragtime -- intermediate lesson

Please tell me something more about the music theory underlying ragtime than III-VI-II-V-I, duple meter, and syncopation. Assume that you have just described blue notes. Recommendations for books that you have personally read/studied are also welcome.
posted by Ardiril on Feb 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
posted by lipsum on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

To what extent are the "strange" features of Relativity Theory due to the latency of light?

Which of the "strange" features of Relativity Theory can be accounted for by appeal to the latency of light, which cannot, and why? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Nov 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Democracy and Capitalism...huh?

Looking for a basic starter book on capitalism and democracy that explains their relationship and, if possible, perhaps explores other systems or changes that could be an improvement on the current systems in place in most developed nations. I have read that capitalism is a good way to stimulate a young nations economy but that it is not necessarily an equitable or functional long term solution. I have some small understanding regarding corporations roles in democracy. Beyond these basics I'm rather lost. (hence the plan to explore further) I would prefer to read books as I would rather utilize them, and my library, than pop from webpage to webpage but would be willing to consider any information. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni on Nov 1, 2011 - 15 answers

What can systems theory do for me?

Tell me all about Systems Theory, and how it can solve all my problems. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 28, 2011 - 3 answers

How does my computer work?

I'm a proficient mac user, but I think I'd like to know more about how my machine works. Where do I go to learn more? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Oct 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Crusoe film adaptations and *that* footprint

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Literature about art and entertainment analysis?

What are the important works of literature that analyze art and entertainment (a&e) from an interdisciplinary, critical or literary perspective? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 10, 2011 - 4 answers

The Con's Piracy

How can I encourage someone to think more critically without coming off condescending? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Sep 7, 2011 - 41 answers

What do I need to know to fill in the gaps?

Looking for books and articles on programming, design patterns, information architecture, and whatever else. Clear information on Things To Do and Things To Avoid, with a smattering of theory and opinion, would be great. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Empirical and theoretical psychotherapy?

Contemporary psychotherapists who have popularized their empirically-tested theoretical contributions? Examples: David Burns, Eugene Gendlin, Joseph Weiss. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Seperating Interlocked Rings

Consider two rings that are intertwined. (These lie in 3-dimensional space, but when you draw it on paper it looks like a venn diagram.) In 3-dimensional space they cannot be unlinked. The questions is, if you had one more dimension, can you unlink them?
posted by gzimmer on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

grrrrr accounting!

(Asking for a dear friend) - Principles of accounting, software. But of course... [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Jun 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Explain the Axis (Music System) To Me

Through "Girl From Ipanema" found This phrase in particular: "Romantic music continues with this progression, naturalizing the upper relatives, too" leaves me baffled. Lendvai's Axis System: http://www.mi.sanu.ac.rs/vismath/lends/ch1.htm. Music theorists, help me with simple examples!
posted by gregglind on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

GIF Archaeology

I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm, tumblr etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

JFK Assassination : Books You Would Recommend?

I finished reading Richard Belzer's hilarious book UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe and it has gotten me interested in the JFK assassination. I then looked at a YouTube video that basically used a computer sim that showed the shooting coming from the book depository. My main question: Can any mefite recommend a book or three (of the million written) on the subject that they enjoy and find convincing on the assassination? I am open to any suggestions. Feel free to share your thoughts on the subject.
posted by snap_dragon on Apr 29, 2011 - 21 answers

The bigger they are, the more they run?!

NBA Filter: Why does the PF or C always inbound the ball after a made shot? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

The cat ate the keat

What term describes this property of human language? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Apr 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Theorizing internet-infused life

Recommend a nonfiction book (or article/essay/shorter piece) that theorizes what life is like now with present internet (and, bonusly, smartphone) technology. [more inside]
posted by skwt on Apr 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Social/Political theory of movement

I am looking for theories of political/social movement (i.e. dance, performance not ideological) for a research paper on the Mass Games in North Korea, a large-scale spectacle including gymnastics, music, dance and art performed for Kim Jung-Il.
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Art Fundamentals 101 for a quilter

I need Art Fundamentals 101 -- what books should I get? I need to learn more about color (mixing, harmony, schemes), value, composition, and perspective. The trick is that I will not (primarily) be applying what I learn to any particular painting medium but rather to quilt art. What books can help me study me the fundamentals of art? [more inside]
posted by LittleMy on Feb 21, 2011 - 11 answers

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