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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

I am mroe itneillegnt tahn you

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

Chords / Melody ?

What's the relationship between the melody of a song and its chord structure? [more inside]
posted by signal on Nov 4, 2006 - 32 answers

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Good books about poetry?

Except for an early obsession with e.e. cummings, I know nothing about poetry. Can anyone recommend a good book to jumpstart my poetry literacy? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Oct 13, 2006 - 21 answers

What does a sandwich mean? or: Sometimes a sandwich is just a sandwich.

Is there a food/culinary theory equivalent to literary or film theory? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Sep 11, 2006 - 12 answers

How does software to detect musical key work?

How does software which tries to detect the key of a piece of music work (and how reliable is it)? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Sep 4, 2006 - 4 answers

Do I look like a monkey to you?

I-believe-in-evolutionism-but... Filter: I am wondering what evidence exists that man descended from apes. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Aug 22, 2006 - 52 answers

Half-remembered art theory

I'm trying to remember a theory about the arts in which the progression of a genre moves through various well-defined stages... [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Aug 18, 2006 - 4 answers

color me whatever you find fashionable

what are some good essays, books, etc about the relationship of color to social and cultural trends? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Aug 12, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I develop a scientific theory?

How do I come up with a scientific theory to explain complex phenomena? My area of research is medicine, but I'm interested in the opinions of all flavors of scientists. [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 3, 2006 - 8 answers

My whack explanation needs refining

I have this weird theory involving ghosts (sort of) and I want to know if there are essays or writers out there with similar theories I can use to develop my own... [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 17, 2006 - 8 answers

Colbert Report censored?

Conspiracy filter: Has anyone ever experienced this strange, suspicious phenomenon on TV before? [more inside]
posted by wsg on Jul 6, 2006 - 19 answers

Is Dark Matter the new Phlogiston?

Is Dark Matter the new Phlogiston? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 26, 2006 - 35 answers

I want to travel the West Coast for cheap

How do I travel the West Coast by rail for cheap? I have the general plan mapped out (I want to go north... or south?). I most certainly will see people and places in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. Hopefully in a semi-linear fashion with interesting walk-abouts in between. I'm thinking railpass. I'm not really asking for nuts and bolts, I'm asking for [more inside]
posted by tweak on Jun 20, 2006 - 16 answers

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