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Economics and Magic

Has anyone ever attempted to realistically and fully work out what the economic and/or sociological implications of a world where dungeons and dragons or lord of the ring-style magic exists? For example, how it would impact the feudal system and so on. In any form, essay, fiction or otherwise.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 7:54 AM on July 12, 2014 (23 comments)

I can almost smell the pizza...

Have an android phone? And a pizza box? Then you can build your own Virtual Reality system. Cardboard, from google.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:42 PM on June 25, 2014 (35 comments)

More creative than a dead mouse, anyway.

Draped in a glittering techni-colour dreamcoat and hiding somewhere behind an animatronic dick-face, it's Anklepants - lord of mutant bass and distorted pop electro.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:46 PM on June 9, 2014 (12 comments)

Cancun on a budget?

I'm going to be spending a couple of weeks in the yucatan peninsula with my girlfriend, mostly staying in inexpensive hotels and hostels. We're flying home out of cancun, and her parents are going to meet us there for a few days. We don't have a huge budget, but would like to spend a couple of nights at a decent hotel with a nice pool. Being all inclusive isn't important to us, if there are decent restaurants nearby. In fact, being on the beach isn't that important, if we can get to it without too much hassle. Any suggestions for places to stay? I'd like it to be less than $100 a night per person.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:02 PM on June 1, 2014 (7 comments)

Chilled Out pop songs for a summer mix.

I'm looking for pop songs -- dance or hip-hop -- that have the same kind of chilled out almost-but-not-quite-90s-euro-house vibe as Ne-Yo - Closer, Jhene Aiko - The Worst. The songs should have kind of a relaxed vocal, washed out synths, subtle guitar and/or piano, and an easy groove. I'm especially looking for songs from the past 5 years. (and not Daft Punk).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 6:16 AM on May 20, 2014 (10 comments)

The Voice: The Finals

Will Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington, or Josh Kaufmann win? Videos of all the final performances inside.
posted to FanFare by empath at 6:11 AM on May 20, 2014 (4 comments)

Get Turned Up To Death.

SNL asks: "When Will the Bass Drop?"
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:30 PM on May 18, 2014 (82 comments)

The Quest for Randomness

Can you ever be reasonably sure that something is random, in the same sense you can be reasonably sure something is not random (for example, because it consists of endless nines)? Even if a sequence looked random, how could you ever rule out the possibility that it had a hidden deterministic pattern? And what exactly do we mean by “random,” anyway?
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:22 AM on April 24, 2014 (48 comments)

Using askme as therapy?

I don't want to call anyone out specifically, because I don't want to bring extra negative attention to people that are clearly having a hard time, but I think anyone that reads askme regularly will notice certain repeat askers, who always ask variations on 'I am depressed, and my life is terrible, tell me how to be okay with that." And basically never take any advice from anyone. Is there a point where the mods will tell them that it's not a great use of askme? Or should they? Is everyone okay with using askme as a therapist when they clearly need to be in actual therapy?
posted to MetaTalk by empath at 7:55 AM on April 13, 2014 (225 comments)

Borderland

NPR Took A 2,428-Mile Road Trip Along The Mexico Border: Here's What They Saw
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:34 PM on April 3, 2014 (21 comments)

RIP Frankie Knuckles.

Ever wonder where the "House" in "House Music" comes from? In 1977, a young DJ named Frankie Knuckles started DJing at a club called the Warehouse in Chicago, bringing the new style of continuously mixing dance records with him, and perfecting it, just as cheap electronic drum machines enabled anyone to put together a dance record in their basement. All the people whose minds were being blown by the new music went to the local record stores to demand "Warehouse Music", and the world of music was changed forever. Frankie Knuckles died today, leaving a legacy that started in the '70s and carries on to the Grammy-winning success of acts like Daft Punk today.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:14 PM on March 31, 2014 (73 comments)

The History of Threes

The designers of the hit iOS game "Threes" reveal the complete design process behind it and their thoughts on clones.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:05 PM on March 27, 2014 (118 comments)

Not too big to fail.

Mt Gox, what had been the world's largest bitcoin exchange, seems to have shut down. According to a supposedly leaked document, they're missing 744,000 bitcoins, which even at Bitcoin's current, rapidly falling price, would be worth somewhere around $300 million dollars. A collection of bitcoin businesses and markets have issued a statement.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:32 AM on February 25, 2014 (912 comments)

【電音道-DEN ON DO-】 is A Japanese woman's bride practice

Japanese Techno Girl Love
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:03 PM on January 30, 2014 (24 comments)

You call that a moose?

Thomas Jefferson Needs a Dead Moose Right Now to Defend America!
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:39 PM on January 16, 2014 (18 comments)

"An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar..."

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 ... = -1/12 -- Numberphile explains a counter-intuitive summation of an infinite series.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:55 PM on January 9, 2014 (136 comments)

Daft Punk is virtually playing at my house.

BE-AT.TV features live DJ performances from around the planet. It also has a huge archive of shows. It's currently featuring live performances from the BPM festival in Mexico.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:43 PM on January 8, 2014 (14 comments)

Simon Says: "Cthulhu fhtagn"

The Cult of Cthulhu: A Real Prayer For a Fake Tentacle
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:38 AM on November 14, 2013 (42 comments)

I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:58 PM on November 4, 2013 (18 comments)

Chess 2: The Chessening.

Chess 2 - How a street fightin' man fixed the world's most famous game. The rules are available here for free.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:17 PM on November 3, 2013 (108 comments)

When is a screw not a screw: An examination of fastener nomenclature.

The difference between a bolt and a screw is a controversial topic. Confusingly, even some screws can also be bolts. Thankfully, the department of homeland security is on the case. The DHS notes, perhaps predictably, that "international standards are not necessarily applicable" to the US. In conclusion, fasteners are a land of contrasts.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:06 PM on October 24, 2013 (90 comments)

Best way to get an iphone 5s for a pre-paid plan?

I want what I think should be simple: I want to buy an unlocked, no-contract iphone. I want a fast data plan with high or no limits. I don't care about voice calls or texting, since I rarely use either. What are my best options? (It would be best if I can use the verizon network, but I'll take any). Bonus points if you personally tried it and it worked.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 4:57 AM on October 17, 2013 (16 comments)

Faces of the American Revolution

Actual photographs of people who fought in the Revolutionary War.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:47 AM on October 12, 2013 (25 comments)

Nope Nope Nope

Horror on the Oculus Rift is No Joke -- Don't Let Go, Alone In The Rift, Dreadhalls, Alone.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:08 AM on October 3, 2013 (38 comments)

Georgia’s Own Doomsday Stonehenge Monument

“Planned genocide has begun,” read the Facebook entry on one of the groups I browse daily. The link: a picture of five monoliths looming like an American Stonehenge over a lush and lonely hill in remote Elberton, Georgia. I was only an hour away at the time, and decided to visit them in person.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:40 PM on September 9, 2013 (65 comments)

Fiction or Non-Fiction Books and Films about Societies Falling apart?

I am looking for fiction or non-fiction books (or movies - documentaries or fiction) about societies that are collapsing or falling apart -- anything from the late Roman Empire to 1990s Yugoslavia. I'm especially interested in books or movies that focus on the lives of regular people while the collapse is happening. I am specifically NOT looking for sci-fi dystopias or fantasy novels, so please don't recommend any.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:19 PM on September 9, 2013 (23 comments)

Heavenly Bodies

A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:26 AM on September 7, 2013 (64 comments)

Best College/Career path for working abroad?

Asking for a friend-- "I need advice on a career path: How do I prepare for a career working abroad and helping people?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:17 PM on August 28, 2013 (7 comments)

Cinematic Albums.

Are there any albums which have had every single song included on a movie soundtrack?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 10:36 PM on August 14, 2013 (24 comments)

How Hollywood Helped Hitler.

"Throughout the 1930s, the term "collaboration" was used repeatedly to describe dealings that took place in Hollywood." -- The story of how Hollywood censored movies around the world so they could earn more money in Nazi Germany.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:14 AM on August 5, 2013 (31 comments)

Best 'responsible' used car for less than $10k?

What are the best commuter cars from the past few years that I could get for less than $10,000 today? Snowflake details inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:34 AM on July 26, 2013 (31 comments)

Save The Cat!

Why Every Hollywood Movie Seems Exactly The Same. - A look at the book that's become Hollywood's new bible.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:45 AM on July 19, 2013 (264 comments)

Visualizing Numbers with WebGl

How To Fold a Julia Fractal. A beautiful interactive introduction to complex numbers, fractals and waves. (Requires WebGL). To Infinity And Beyond is a similar introduction to calculus.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:17 AM on July 11, 2013 (33 comments)

Assume A Cylindrical Cow

The Mathematics of the Manhattan Project
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:07 AM on July 10, 2013 (40 comments)

Advice for a frequent flyer newb?

After not travelling much for most of my life, I've been on a quite a few flights in the past year, and plan on flying more in the future, domestic and international. I've just been using Orbitz, etc, to book flights, but are there better ways to do it if you're flying often? Should I focus on one carrier? How do frequent flyer miles work and how can I best take advantage of them? Is there a good resource for figuring all this stuff out?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 2:51 AM on July 10, 2013 (16 comments)

"He then looked up, and saw . . . former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal."

Why Did You Shoot Me? I was reading a book. - A look at America's warrior cops.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:26 AM on July 7, 2013 (143 comments)

Thunderbolt Display won't wake up.

I have a macbook air and a thunderbolt display and as of today, nothing happens when I plug the thunderbolt into the air-- I've tried resetting the pram/nvram and the smc on the macbook air, unplugging the display for several minutes and plugging it in with the macbook air off and on. System information says that there's nothing connected to the thunderbolt port. It worked just 3 days ago perfectly well, I've never had any problems with it in the year or so that I've had it. The power from the thunderbolt is getting to the air just fine. Anybody have any ideas or do I need to drag the thing in to an apple store?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:17 PM on June 24, 2013 (5 comments)

All The Ladies in the (White) House

First Ladies: Influence and Image is a C-Span series covering the entire history of the US through the eyes of the First Ladies that have occupied the White House.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:10 AM on June 5, 2013 (1 comment)

would rather be commenting than pushing code.

Do you contribute to open source projects on github? Want to know how you're doing? Check your Open Source Report Card.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:23 PM on May 28, 2013 (40 comments)

The Luckiest Village In The World

It was a tiny town of farmers, a village where everyone knew everyone and nearly all struggled to make ends meet. But then, a few days before Christmas, they won the largest lottery in the history of Spain. The entire town. All of them. (Well, almost all of them.) Instantly, Sodeto became known as the luckiest place on earth. Michael Paterniti visits the town that fortune smiled upon and finds that the people there—now flush—are still uncertain of just how lucky they really are.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:14 AM on May 16, 2013 (26 comments)

Is it Pate or Dog-food?

Wine-tasting is Bullshit and Here's Why.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:12 AM on May 10, 2013 (180 comments)

The capital-T Truth is about life BEFORE death.

"This Is Water" -- a short film based on David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:58 PM on May 7, 2013 (80 comments)

This actually happened.

Brief disturbance earlier at 5th and Jackson between superheroes and clowns. Everything's under control.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:47 AM on May 3, 2013 (35 comments)

Options for a few free days in southern spain?

I'm probably going to meet up with some friends to Ibiza in June, but I'm not much of a beach person, so if I get antsy, what else could I do with a few free days in southern Spain? I was thinking of spending a few days in Barcelona, but what are some other options that are relatively accessible from Ibiza? Also, advice for finding less expensive flights from the east coast of the US to Ibiza would be amazing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 1:01 AM on April 30, 2013 (18 comments)

Sounds & Spaces 001

“When I was doing my Post-Doc at UCL I used to go to the British Museum to relax, and work in the beautiful library there, so I chose the space for the mix. I wanted to capture the ambient atmosphere in the central courtyard, so I did some binaural recording to include in the mix. I also wanted to make the mix something of an exploration through history and ideas in line with the contents of the museum, so I brought in lots of disparate music spanning the centuries and continents. I also mixed it in a way to be like a journey though the museum, turning corners and regularly coming across something totally different and unexpected, with each track being like a different exhibit. Hence the name of the mix, in that, each piece of music almost has a visual content.” -- Max Cooper & The British Museum
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:59 AM on April 21, 2013 (11 comments)

Reposting from chat.metafilter.com?

I had a comment of mine from the chat get reposted in the boston thread, which was a relatively innocuous comment, so I'm not really mad about it, but I'd really prefer that that doesn't become a thing. The chat requires a log in to view, it's not archived publicly and the expectations about what people can and can't talk about there are different. Thanks.
posted to MetaTalk by empath at 5:30 AM on April 19, 2013 (60 comments)

It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

The new Will.I.Am single sounded very familiar to trance producers Mat Zo (previously) and Arty. But that's only one example of his serial plagarism of EDM artists:
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:53 AM on April 18, 2013 (37 comments)

Killing Is Harmless

We have made the act of killing and shooting so fun, but we’ve also taken the importance out of it by piling so much of it in. You don’t ever have to think about the concept of pulling a trigger, because even if you run out of bullets, we’re going to give you so many more bullets! So many more people to shoot! In fact, even if all the people in the game aren’t enough, we’re gonna give you Horde mode! You can kill people until you can’t kill them anymore!
The writers of the controversial Far Cry 3 and Spec Ops: The Line discuss the past, present and future of FPS's. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:59 PM on April 14, 2013 (78 comments)

Random Access Memories

With Daft Punk's new album coming out, The Creators Project is interviewing their collaborators about their careers, production and playing techniques and working with Daft Punk.
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • Todd Edwards
  • Nile Rogers

  • posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:31 AM on April 12, 2013 (39 comments)

    40,000,000 dead at home, but our boys won the war anyway!

    The 36-Hour War. A look at the future of nuclear warfare, from a 1945 issue of Life Magazine
    posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:40 PM on April 8, 2013 (27 comments)

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