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"Yer a Developer, Harry" – Programming Is Magic
How being a programmer is a bit like being a wizard. Via andrewducker.
magic  programming  spells  software  wizards 
december 2014 by pw201
Dungeons and Discourse revision - help with spells?
Yvain wants suggestions for spell names and effects in his Dungeons and Discourse games. These should be horrible puns on scientific, mathematical or philosophical concepts.There are some good ones in the comments.
mathematics  maths  funny  humour  philosophy  magic 
december 2012 by pw201
YouTube - Top 10 quirky science tricks for parties
I like the one about pouring CO2 onto candles to extinguish them.
science  youtube  magic  video  tricks  physics  chemistry 
july 2010 by pw201
Penn Jillette Is Willing to Be a Guest on Adolf Hitler's Talk Show | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair
Penn on why he went on Glenn Beck's show, among other things. Hugely quotable: "Well remember, the Catholic League is just one divorced guy in his garage. Or as Teller and I like to say, the Catholic League and his wife. I love that it's called hate speech when you have the audacity to suggest that pederasty and child rape might not be a good idea."
religion  penn-jillette  magic  media  catholicism  islamism  islam  censorship 
june 2010 by pw201
The Devil Rides Out | Features | Fortean Times
Dennis Wheatley: "virtually invented the popular image of Satanism in 20th-century Britain, and he made it seem strangely seductive. If the appeal of Black Magic in popular culture was ultimately erotic, then this was largely due to Wheatley’s writing, with its reliable prospect of virg­ins being ritually ravished on altar tops." Via Metafilter
satan  satanism  occult  magic  dennis-wheatley  devil  fortean-times 
january 2010 by pw201
Buffered and porous selves
Charles Taylor: "Modern Westerners have a clear boundary between mind and world, even mind and body. Moral and other meanings are “in the mind.” They cannot reside outside, and thus the boundary is firm. But formerly it was not so. Let us take a well-known example of influence inhering in an inanimate substance, as this was understood in earlier times. Consider melancholy: black bile was not the cause of melancholy, it embodied, it was melancholy."
philosophy  modernity  magic  enchantment  disenchantment  charles-taylor 
october 2008 by pw201
James Randi exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff
Randi's video, including Geller on the Tonight Show, unable to do his trick when others supply the props.
magic  video  youtube  randi  geller  popoff  psychics  religion 
september 2007 by pw201
Jamy Ian Swiss / For fans & magicians / Derren Brown Conversation
Derren Brown talks about his shows. Interesting discussion of stuff like pretending to NLP as similar to previous magicians who'd pretend to be psychic.
derren-brown  magic  mentalism  nlp  hypnotism 
june 2007 by pw201

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