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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

Help with Math!

Mefi mathematicians: How can I prepare to teach basic math? Much more inside! [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 2, 2006 - 15 answers

C Majority

Why are C and F the notes without corresponding flat keys on the piano? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Feb 24, 2006 - 67 answers

How can a kid teach herself jazz piano?

A kid (12) knows classical piano and has a good teacher for that, but she also wants to learn jazz. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Feb 22, 2006 - 16 answers

Mendel without Malthus, comrade

I want to know more about the history of Russian biology--especially in the period from Darwin to Lysenko (roughly 75 years). I don't know any Russian, so the source has to be in English. Anyone know anything that would fit this description?
posted by onetreehill on Feb 20, 2006 - 2 answers

help me get pukka

I like to cook, but I'd like to know more of the theory of how and why to do things. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 3, 2006 - 30 answers

Which Zizek-book to read?

Which recent book by Slavoj Zizek should I read? I've read "Welcome to the Desert of the Real" and "Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?" and, although I don't agree with his politics, I really like his facetted style and sparkling wit. So what should be next on my reading list?
posted by Hjorth on Feb 1, 2006 - 10 answers

Looking for books or resources on basic practical graph theory

Graph theory seems hot right now. Don't know much about it, though. If one wanted to learn some of the most practical, useable, and interesting results from the field where would one turn? Bonus points for applicability in social sciences and/or web apps. And, tangentially, if one was potentially interested in focusing on graph theory and the social sciences, where would one look at grad school? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Jan 26, 2006 - 12 answers

Resources on network theory and social network theory?

I am looking for recommendations for books, textbooks, magazine articles, websites, etc. on network theory and social network theory. I am interested in "high theory" as well as the very practical "this is how you model a network that does such-and-such". I'll be happy with anything, however, as a beggar I be.
posted by mrmojoflying on Jan 25, 2006 - 8 answers

Modeling the Dating/Marriage market

Dating/Marriage market and game theory [more inside]
posted by sk381 on Jan 16, 2006 - 11 answers

Mysterious Bob Dylan musical theory

In Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, Vol. 1 he describes an esoteric numerological scheme for playing guitar, saying most melodies are based on the number 2, but that he's taken it to the next level by choosing what to play based on the number 3. Can anyone explain what he is talking about? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Dec 29, 2005 - 23 answers

Free ear training CD images

I want to do ear-training while driving to and from work. Several $20+ books come with CD's but I am just positive there is a free CD image somewhere I can make my own with. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by jester69 on Dec 9, 2005 - 10 answers

color me!

Tomorrow I'm giving a lecture about color -- specifically, I'm talking to designers about how to create color palettes. The talk is more concerned with aesthetics (i.e. what color combinations are striking) than tools (i.e. how to pick colors in Photoshop). But there will be some tools talk. Since there are many designers here, I'd love to know all your color-related tips. As the Xmas season is coming, I am sharing one of my own tips inside... [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 15, 2005 - 15 answers

What notes are these in this piece of Indian music?

I need help identifying the notes in a snippet of Indian music. [more inside]
posted by pealco on Nov 14, 2005 - 7 answers

What are some good business books?

I'd like some good business (commodities, economics, markets, etc.) book to read. I'm tired of all the, excuse my French, BS books I've come across. I don't want a get-rich quick or anything motivational. I've read the summer reading standard Freakonomics and The World is Flat as of late, feeling the same way level of beach book dissapointment I did when I broke down and read The DaVinci Code. The former was entertaining, though somewhat useless and the latter just was boring and repetitive after say -- chapter 2. I've been paticularly interested in game theory lately and how it can be applied... [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Oct 1, 2005 - 16 answers

What are some good primers on Narratology?

I'd like to become familiar with the basics of the Narrative Theory/Narratology. Can anyone in the know recommend a primer, or other key reading(s) -- either seminal books or articles? Assume I next to nothing about the field (so seemingly obvious citiations are welcomed); also assume that I won't be put off by thick tomes or dense prose. Thanks!
posted by .kobayashi. on Aug 4, 2005 - 19 answers

"This is where the party ends..."

JewishHistoryFilter : Can anybody recommend a good book that dissects the common Jewish conspiracy theories and discusses their history? Extra points for readability. [more inside]
posted by afroblanca on Jul 16, 2005 - 21 answers

Conspiracy Theory

What is the origin of the often-used phrase "conspiracy theory?"
posted by sonofsamiam on Mar 16, 2005 - 14 answers

Theoretical explanation for kinkyness.

So has anyone tried to explain sexual kinks and fetishes? I don't mean in a cataloguing sense, but in the same sense that an evolutionary biologist explains a fish's tail shape. Where it came from, what purposes it serves, that sort of thing.
posted by kavasa on Mar 5, 2005 - 29 answers

Songs in no particular key

Is there a technical name for a song in no particular key? [more inside]
posted by StephenE on Feb 18, 2005 - 21 answers

Theory vs Law?

In science, what is the difference between a theory and a law? Why is something called a law rather than a theory?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jan 15, 2005 - 18 answers

Need Remedial Math

I'm currently a junior in college majoring in computer science. Like most geeks I slacked off during high school and now find that I don't know a lot of very basic math (my geometry is horrible, my algebra skills could be much better). This is very embarrassing and I would like to get caught up with this material as quickly as possible. I have two questions:

1) Are there any math audio books? A google search didn't show any, but this would be the best for me.

2) Are there any books aimed at adults for personal study?

I'd like to understand the theory behind the math more than the math itself. Anyways, any help is appreciated.
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2004 - 18 answers

What concepts do not exist in the English language?

What concepts do not exist in the English language? [mi] [more inside]
posted by pedantic on Sep 27, 2004 - 80 answers

Why is wireless electric current not possible?

If we can have wireless voice communication and wireless data transfer, why can't we have wireless electric current?
posted by PrinceValium on Aug 8, 2004 - 16 answers

Techno Music Theory

[MusicTheoryFilter] I listen to techno music quite a bit and a little while back I realized that every techno song had some sort of change every 32 beats (or some multiple of 32 beats) [MI] [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper on Jun 3, 2004 - 14 answers

C Major

Beat the Profs: I asked all my music professors this one, and none have an answer. Why is Western music based around C major rather than A major? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on May 18, 2004 - 14 answers

Dreaming Death

Is there any scientific data supporting the theory "If you dream your death in your sleep, you'll die"? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Apr 6, 2004 - 21 answers

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