pretty good: Witchcraft and magic in modern settings, "the magic came back" storylines
extremely my shit: Witchcraft and magic being married with modern science and mathematics. mutating herbs with radiation sources to advance the study of herbology. augmenting the crystal ball with bayesian methods. precursors to bags of holding being regulated like yellowcake
@SuricrasiaOnline relatedly: stories where magic is portrayed as in some way 'better' or 'more pure' than nonmagical technology annoy me
@SuricrasiaOnline I love the SCP “666 demonic timer IC” http://www.scp-wiki.net/a-brief-explanation-on-demonics
That's exactly what a normal group of science nerds talk about when they are done with DND.
What if we make artificial blood to be sacrificed for the blood god?
That magical dimension, can we use that to indefinitly and safely store nuclear waste?
That cursed scepter that radiates coldness from the undead souls trapped inside, can we build a freezer out of it?
That magical plant you can only find here, how about we don't harvest a few leaves but dig it up and cultivate it?
That magical barrier, that would be usefull for a spaceship.
Your ice attack, attack this water bucket and we can ice cream.
You telepathy spell costs mana per word? You should use Huffman encoding.
@turion I made most of them with the GIMP. There are some online tools for making O'Reilly parody books, but I find to make something that looks unique making it from scratch is the best bet.
@SuricrasiaOnline oh wow, these are so cool! Are you on Twitter? I totally want to share these with my business Twitter account :D
@SuricrasiaOnline of course they're Springer books.
P.s. why no yellow ones? Or are those only for the dark arts?
@SuricrasiaOnline i would absolutely read that first one
there’s a bit in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality where Harry tries to use a time-turner to factor a number in polynomial time (since P=NP in the presence of a time machine) but instead of the factors, he gets a message from himself saying “don’t mess with time travel”
@SuricrasiaOnline I love your books! I love fictional media like in general but you've inspired me to try my hand at books and manuals as well.
@SuricrasiaOnline PhD students TAing Intro to Elemental Summoning and hurriedly correcting a mistake in the grammar of the runic circle. "Nono, that'd drench the entire class in liquid nitrogen, never do that. You need to decline this right *here* properly, and correct for the phase of the moon. Don't be worried, though, that's something I can halt, there's no such thing as a dumb question."
@SuricrasiaOnline shit, this has single-handedly convinced me that I need to read this at some point
@SuricrasiaOnline Backyard metalworking video tutorials where safely summoning a furnace elemental is considered basic knowledge anyone can learn, and practice even with a limited budget.