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How I understand music reviews better and explain it to others ?

I listen to a lot of 'contemporary' music (not classical), but how do I better understand music reviews and explain what I hear to my friends and peers ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Jan 23, 2009 - 11 answers


What are some good books on the theory or aesthetics of photography. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Jan 5, 2009 - 15 answers

The art of multitasking, split screens in media

Looking for movies with the technique of split screen. Also, I'm looking for free media theory papers on the topic. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Jan 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Which demographics are the kinkiest?

KinkFilter: Is there currently any sociological research on sexual kinks, specifically long-term BDSM relationships? My friend and I were talking a couple days ago, and we were wondering if D/s dynamics were more common among certain demographics (i.e., college-educated, middle class, particular ethnic groups, certain religions, etc.), and I decided that MeFi might know if anyone was publishing on this stuff.
posted by aliceinreality on Nov 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Turn the my brain from Spock-like robot into artist.

Brain shift: How do I transition out of a heavily academic/theoretical mode, and into a creative one? [more inside]
posted by lottie on Nov 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Girls through the looking glass

I'm looking for both films, books, and short stories where the story of a girl or a woman is told solely through the perspective of a male narrator. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Nov 13, 2008 - 31 answers

Help me get access to a journal article...

Can anyone help me out with getting a pdf copy of Robert Cox's 1981 article - "Social Forces, States, and World Orders"? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Oct 31, 2008 - 4 answers

What great quotes should I use to describe plan, section and elevation drawings in architecture?

I'm writing a paper which deals with architectural representation. In doing so I'm providing very brief explanations of plans, sections & elevations intended to bring a non-design crowd up to speed on these conventions. I'm looking for informative and quasi-poetic quotes to describe, contextualize and problematize these drawing types. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Oct 26, 2008 - 3 answers

determine key from chords

Given a set of guitar chords, I want to know how I can determine what key a song is in. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Sep 10, 2008 - 13 answers

How can apply game theory to help me negotiate a better deal?

How can apply game theory to help me negotiate a better deal? [more inside]
posted by matholio on Sep 9, 2008 - 11 answers

What conversation topics put a man on the Friends Ladder with women?

As a man, does talking to a woman about your adventures with other women put you on the friends ladder? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Sep 5, 2008 - 66 answers

Trying to locate a picture

Please help me find the most romantic equation [more inside]
posted by twistedmetal on Aug 24, 2008 - 7 answers

From Theory to Practice

How can I learn to apply theories and concepts that I learn to real-world situations? [more inside]
posted by AvailableName on Jul 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Flats and sharps in music theory

In music, why does the key of F have a B flat and not an A sharp? Is there actually a difference, or is it just musical tradition that a flat is used in this key and not a sharp? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Jun 27, 2008 - 33 answers

Whence the Dylan fourth?

Where did Bob Dylan's use of the fourth scale degree originate? [more inside]
posted by dfan on Jun 24, 2008 - 13 answers

How common are pay for download warez scams?

Are warez sites that are a "one time payment for unlimited downloads" basically all a scam? [more inside]
posted by figTree on Jun 21, 2008 - 11 answers

What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'?

What can you tell me about 'Poe(t)heory'? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 18, 2008 - 3 answers

What's that Word

What is the word or Phrase for a situation where competing persons become emroiled in a "sub game "? A different level of competition, so to say. Relates to game theory somehow. It may or may not include the word "pareto". Thanks.
posted by Student of Man on Jun 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for detractors of Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Entropy and Software Projects

The 2nd law of thermodynamics (entropy theory) has been applied to information theory, economics, natural selection and human behaviour. How do I relate it to software projects? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 10, 2008 - 14 answers

How do you know what this photograph means?

I'm looking for websites that analyse the work of successful or well known photographers in the art genre (as opposed to documentary or portraiture styles). [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Smallest Number of Words To Be Deemed A Dictionary?

LogosFilter: Could a blog entry that contains two words and their definitions be consistent with the definition of a dictionary? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Apr 23, 2008 - 8 answers

COPS watching kids become cops like COPS but not like cops

Help me identify this Post Modern cultural theory. Prime example: cops on the TV show COPS act differently than they normally would, since they're being filmed for TV. Kids watch COPS thinking that's what cops actually are like. Kids eventually grow up and be cops themselves, emulating cops-on-TV, not "true" cops. [more inside]
posted by nemoorange on Apr 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Examples of Mise en Abyme (in form)

Recursion filter: I recently came across the phrase 'Mise en Abyme' and have become fascinated by recursion in literature, language and film. What writings have used these themes in their form to address the questions they posed? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 2, 2008 - 20 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Help me overthink sex and romance.

What are some good books/essays/articles about human sexuality, sexual and romantic relationships, and sexual or otherwise affection-entangled activity - with an emphasis on the theoretical? I'm thinking more along the lines of Judith Butler than The Joy of Sex - so suggestions should be at least vaguely academic. (Things like Leaves of Grass count as vaguely academic). [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Getting jail time in california?

What would a person have to do in order to get a one year jail sentence in the California penal system. [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE on Feb 15, 2008 - 18 answers

Colour Theory and HSV Contrast

Colour Theory: I have an ActionScript 3 project that has models that wear changeable clothing, where the style and colour of the clothing can change. The clothing is composed of several layers (colour, border, details) and there are preset colours for the 'colour' layer. When the colour layer changes I need to automatically calculate a contrasting colour for the border layer. I know this involves the HSV colour space but I'm struggling to get good results. [more inside]
posted by gaby on Feb 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Do any podcasts exist that deal (fairly) rigorously with literary/media theory and/or continental philosophy?

Do any podcasts exist that deal (fairly) rigorously with literary/media theory and/or continental philosophy? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Feb 5, 2008 - 2 answers

Art and artifacts experienced through technology

How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

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Waht is the nmae of the teorhy taht olny the frsit and lsat lttres of a wrod msut rmeian itnact for smoenoe to raed the wrod?
posted by Corduroy on Feb 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me use game theory to better understand my workplace

Help me use game theory to better understand the seemingly irrational behavior at my workplace [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Jan 30, 2008 - 16 answers

The mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts

I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers

Theories of literary terrorism?

Have any literary theorists or critics, or professors of literature, written about literary terrorism? By literary terrorism, I mean the use of flash violence to shock subvert political or cultural structures. I will especially appreciate studies that explicitly analyze these techniques in comparison with concrete terroristic acts.
posted by limon on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

religious and capitalist violence in theory

Can you refer me to sophisticated discussions of violence that is driven by hybrid forms of capitalism and religion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2007 - 2 answers

mathematics chess book?

is there a book on the mathematics of chess? [more inside]
posted by randomizer on Oct 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Why that particular chord?

What books or websites do you recommend that look at popular music (I really mean 70s and 80s) from a music theory perspective. For example, [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Aug 29, 2007 - 13 answers

Academic writing on video games?

Where can I find smart, theoretical writing about video games? [more inside]
posted by danb on Jul 29, 2007 - 21 answers

Plotting the points on the web - what to read next?

SelfDirectedStudyFilter: How do you figure out what to read next, in order to supplement your current and recent readings, or expand your understanding of concepts/themes? Are there any good resources for this (other than university)? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you on Jul 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Theory: solids passing through solids?

I read somewhere that, in theory, two solids coming into repeated contact should at some point (assume we're dealing with infinity) pass through each other. Nearest I can come is molecular harmonic resonance, or this slightly dubious writeup. Is this a observed phenomenon? Or is there a formal theory for this?
posted by ikebowen on Jul 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Ba di duhm dum, da di da da

So I've become pretty obsessed with 'I Want You Back' - the Jackson 5 song. How do I play and write that kind of music? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 3, 2007 - 18 answers

Why does almost sounding right kind of sound wrong?

Guitar tuning through harmonics: Could you fine fine folks explain the physical/mathematical principles behind the increased "distortion" as two guitar strings being tuned through harmonics approach being tuned? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on May 19, 2007 - 24 answers

For academic types...

I don't believe that authenticity exists in any form. What scholars/philosophers/social critics have argued similiarly? Jameson? Derrida? Deleuze? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on May 17, 2007 - 29 answers

"idea obfuscation?"

i think there is a term--rhetorical or otherwise-- for the way "conspiracy theory" can serve to cloud the environment of ideas thereby rendering politically unpopular notions inert regardless of their veracity. anybody know what im struggling to effin describe and label?
posted by oigocosas on Apr 18, 2007 - 27 answers

Germ Theory alternatives?

I've recently come across someone who disputes the Germ Theory of Disease. Has anyone ever heard of such a crazy thing before?
posted by xmattxfx on Feb 21, 2007 - 17 answers

The Political Philosophy of Moderation

Are there any good academic papers out there applying political theory and philosophy to the moderation of online forums? Also interested in recommendations of papers on moderation in online forums in general. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Feb 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?

I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Inland Empire. What was THAT about?

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS: David Lynch's Inland Empire. What does it all mean? I have developed some theories and read some others, but I'd love to pick the Metafilter Brain Trust.
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Who has used physical concepts in design theories?

What theorists have used concepts from physics (fields, forces, energy) as a way to talk about factors involved in the design process that are not literally physical (for example ergonomics/human behavior/psychology)? [more inside]
posted by teleskiving on Dec 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Help, I just need some vocal HELP.

Help me learn/improve on vocal melody writing techniques. [more inside]
posted by sindas on Nov 6, 2006 - 9 answers

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