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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

What looks good with #AFC398?

Programmers: know any good algorithms for picking colors, modifying colors or choosing colors that go well together? This is specifically for code. I'm NOT looking for apps that let you choose colors. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Feb 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Alain Badiou: Where should I start?

Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 26, 2011 - 2 answers

When an architect sits down to say, "this is what architecture should be about."

Help Me Assemble an Architectural Reading List Filter: looking for written works by notable architects which are intended as introductions to or overviews of the 'proper' practice of architecture, as the author sees it. [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2011 - 15 answers

What should I read about Just War?

Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
posted by zresearch on Nov 8, 2010 - 16 answers

Can you identify this esoteric film/photography theory quote?

"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Who wants to conquer the world?

What modern political theorists/essayists write very explicitly about the end-result they'd like to see in the world, rather than focusing on piecemeal reforms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Chordian Knot

Help me get my head around chords in music. I think I understand the basics, but then get confused when thinking about progressions, inversions, root movements etc. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on May 31, 2010 - 12 answers

A taxonomy of GAMES / game types?

Types of Games: I have come across various attempts to catalogue the possible varieties of stories that exist. The basic assumption being that all plots (narratives?) can be be boiled down to one among only a few types e.g. Hero leaves the kingdom; Hero steals fire, etc. I am looking for a similar classification system for GAMES, that is: how many fundamental types/kinds of game are there? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Tickle Me Ivory

What is the best way to master scales, chords, and chord progressions on the piano / keyboard. More specifically, help me create harmony and melody. My husband and I are starting to create music on our computer. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good, but I feel like a complete hack on the keyboard. I would like to become proficient at hitting keys that sound well together or next to each other. I am studying basic theory, but where does the rubber meet the road? Is it simply muscle memory? I am not really interested in playing a piece of sheet music, but if that will help, I will learn. I just want to create my own music. I know I have to practice, but practice doing what? I would be rather proud of myself if someone told me drop and play I V vi IV in F Major and I could do it without thinking.
posted by trinigirl on Mar 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

De-constructing 'code' (picking apart its assumptions)

De-constructing 'code': I am looking for philosophical (from W. Benjamin through to post-structuralism and beyond) examinations of 'code'. That both includes the assumptions contained in the word 'code' and any actual objects or subjects that code is connected to - including, but not limited to: computer programming, cyphers, linguistics, genetics etc. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Cinematic depictions of alienation in the workplace?

Cinematic depictions of alienation in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 25, 2010 - 47 answers

It's wrong, but it still works

Can you identify some scientific theories or models that were wrong, yet did a reasonable job of predicting real-world events. For example, the Ptolemaic Geocentric Model of the solar system predicted the paths of planets in the sky relatively accurately. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Jan 14, 2010 - 21 answers

Is there a BldgBlog for technology?

I read MeFi. I read Boing Boing. I read Slashdot. I read lots of other blogs, but what I really want is something like BldgBlog but for technology / programming / networking / futurism. Does this mythical blog exist? [more inside]
posted by bshort on Jan 13, 2010 - 10 answers

So this works because you add an acid to a base...

Looking for books teaching the principles of cooking. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Dec 31, 2009 - 36 answers

Help me make my life a little more chili

I've decided that it is time for me to learn how to make chili and I'm looking for some pointers and resources on advanced chili theory. More composition and less paint-by-numbers, please. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Nov 16, 2009 - 47 answers

Rhetorical Theory texts for Undergrads?

What textbooks and/or texts would you recommend for an undergraduate Rhetorical Theory class? [more inside]
posted by BlooPen on Nov 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Innovative Book Designs

Innovative Books: I am looking to compile a list of the most innovative uses of the book format. Books that break the mould in their layout and design, perhaps books that use online systems to extend their content value or push their form into new places. I am most interested in narrative and theory, but any book that is interesting (artist books etc.) would be really appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 1, 2009 - 29 answers

How to simultaneously exchange information?

How to simultaneously exchange information? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Oct 26, 2009 - 40 answers

Long Tail Theory

Where can I learn more about the theory behind The Long Tail? I've read the book but want something more than just examples. [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Oct 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Playing Those Mind Games Forever?

Possible Jungian Reasons for *Getting into Someone's Head*? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Oct 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Uh...hang on, just give me a minute.

What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Oct 12, 2009 - 44 answers

Theories/discussions about corporate inertia

I'm looking for interesting theories/discussions around the phenomenon of corporate inertia [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Oct 12, 2009 - 4 answers

This string theory - it vibrates?

Help me find this famous quote (paragraph) about string theory? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Escaped from Greenock Prison

Browsing today's newspapers here in Scotland it would seem that there is an anti-Scottish feeling pervading the whole of the USA after the compassionate release of the Pan-Am bomber last week. Question1: Am I right in thinking that this is the case, or is it just right wing neo-con nonsense eminating from the Fox News stable? Question2: If this anti-Scottish feeling does exist, how best can I explain that we the UK/US public have been sold a lie by our Governments and that this guy was merely a patsy? [more inside]
posted by cameronfromedinburgh on Aug 26, 2009 - 60 answers

What books would teach me about information and data?

Let's say I wanted to educate myself to sort-of the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Information and Data (not sure what the real degree would be called, but you get the idea). What should be in my syllabus? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jul 26, 2009 - 13 answers

To me do really is a deer, a female deer ...

I just bought an ukulele, and I want to learn how to play it. Thing is, I know nothing about music in general. What should I learn? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Jul 23, 2009 - 32 answers

Books on theory building

Please recommend your favourite books on theory building. [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Jul 4, 2009 - 1 answer

Is it too late to become an amateur physicist?

Is it too late for me to get into physics? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 30, 2009 - 15 answers

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