Professor Deepak Malhotra offers 15 pieces of negotiation advice
, followed by Q&A, in an informal session for students at the Harvard Business School. (1 hr 5 min video).
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 10:33 PM Aug 17 2013 - 12 comments [242 favorites]
The return of "patrimonial capitalism": review of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st century
) - "Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st century' may be one of the most important recent economics books. It jointly treats theory of growth, functional distribution of income, and interpersonal income inequality. It envisages a future of relatively slow growth with the rising share of capital incomes, and widening income inequality. This tendency could be checked only by worldwide taxation of capital
posted by kliuless at 8:11 PM Jan 12 2014 - 39 comments [240 favorites]
Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks
, as brought to us by our very own Lore Sjöberg. English majors, begin your griping now.
posted by SansPoint at 5:21 AM Jul 23 2007 - 301 comments [239 favorites]
A Field Guide to Chess Tactics
. Chess tactics explained in plain English, with hundreds of examples. A great site for beginning to mid-level players. Includes a large library of positional problems
, organized thematically, with the solutions explained and discussed. For example, learn about knight forks
, then quiz yourself
on the same topic.
posted by Rumple at 9:53 PM Jun 19 2007 - 76 comments [238 favorites]
The year is 2071. Humanity has spread across the solar system and the Space Police have reinstated the bounty system of the Old West: catch wanted fugitives alive, deliver them to the cops and get paid. Cowboy Bebop
chronicles the adventures (and misadventures) of a group of bounty hunters as they try to catch bad guys and make a living.
posted by zarq at 10:02 PM May 7 2013 - 153 comments [238 favorites]
In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep"
and the success of sophomore record The Bends
, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead
were under pressure to deliver once more.
So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor
and got to work.
What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity
-- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology
-- through a mosaic of challenging
, eerily beautiful
music unlike anything else at the time.
Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes
, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments
, the band finally settled on OK Computer
, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed
harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review
for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy
for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown
. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge!
posted by Rhaomi at 12:06 PM Jun 16 2012 - 66 comments [237 favorites]
Get Your Shit Together
helps you do what it says on the tin. After her husband died in a 2009 bike accident, Chanel Reynolds
created the site as a step-by-step toolkit to help keep track of important life documents and tasks. Four days after its launch, the New York Times
got in on the action.
posted by Madamina at 12:10 PM Feb 6 2013 - 28 comments [237 favorites]
Star Trek TNG goes horribly wrong in a series of short, surreal and very zen mashups: Episode 1
posted by loquacious at 4:54 AM Jan 31 2009 - 102 comments [236 favorites]
Trade-offs between inequality, productivity, and employment
- "The poor do not employ one another, because the necessities they require are produced and sold so cheaply by the rich. The rich are glad to sell to the poor, as long as the poor can come up with property or debt claims or other forms of insurance to offer as payment..."
posted by kliuless at 12:20 AM Sep 4 2012 - 45 comments [232 favorites]
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:16 AM Dec 9 2013 - 92 comments [230 favorites]
R is quickly becoming the
programming language for data analysis and statistics. R
) is free, open-source, and has hundreds
of packages available. You can use it on the command-line, through a GUI, or in your favorite text editor. Use it with Python
, or Java
R code into LaTeX documents
for reproducible research.
posted by parudox at 4:07 PM Feb 15 2010 - 114 comments [226 favorites]
The Big Lebowski
as written by Shakespeare.
posted by Eideteker at 9:40 AM Jan 7 2010 - 105 comments [224 favorites]
Something of a rarity on film, Jim Henson and Frank Oz get a chance to "ham" it up without a script, when The Muppet Movie
director James Frawley requests some camera tests
to see how the puppets look when filmed on location. The hilarious result: Part One
| Part Two
posted by evilcolonel at 5:57 PM Apr 14 2010 - 86 comments [223 favorites]
There seems to be a recent golden age of genuinely terrifying indie horror games that experiment with new ways to upset you. Slender
[PC/Mac, free], is based on the creepy Slender Man mythos
and has been garnering rave reviews
and videos of terrified reactions
as you try to escape the being that draws ever closer. The 4th Wall
[free or $1 on Xbox/PC] is a even more abstract take
on existential dread. SCP Containment Breach
[PC, free] features the very disturbing Sculpture
(even the picture in that link will creep you out) from the SCP series
, it follows another SCP game - The Staircase
. And there is more - Which
[PC, free] has you stumble in the dark
[PC, free] places you in the shoes of a girl in an abandoned art gallery
, and Candles
[free, Win/Mac] is all about atmospherics
. On top of that, there are some cheap independent commercial games that generate great scares, such as Lone Survivor
] and the now-famous Amnesia: The Dark Descent
[PC/Mac/Linux, $20], whose upcoming sequel A Machine for Pigs
, may have the best title of any game.
posted by blahblahblah at 7:55 PM Aug 15 2012 - 117 comments [223 favorites]
They were a couple of blokes from a small city in in England who started out messing around with instruments. Paul played the guitar and drums, and Phil the saxophone, but both were interested in electronic music by the likes of Kraftwerk. Phil also liked hip-hop, and Paul got into acid house in the late 1980s. One afternoon, Paul slapped together a happy little song based on a sample from a now-forgotten instrumental cover version of some pop hit
, and called the little ditty Chime
. Even before it was pressed on vinyl, DJs were asking for it, and Orbital
posted by filthy light thief at 8:05 AM Aug 12 2012 - 64 comments [222 favorites]
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody
: Parts: 1
. (From BBC Three.)
posted by zarq at 6:14 PM Apr 22 2010 - 69 comments [221 favorites]
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