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

Essentially: lets take things to their logical conclusion, not to ruin them, but to make them shine brighter than before

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Here are some of my fictional books that embody this magic+math aesthetic:

@SuricrasiaOnline I saw the first one and had a brief and terrifying flash of a world in which cryptocurrencies involve actual magic.

@SuricrasiaOnline YES! This is my favorite aesthetic, and has always been. For me it's most clearly manifest in a kind of cross between retrocomputing and sorcery; composing incantations in inscrutable hexadecimal, talking to the the soul of an old machine. Hand-soldered circuit boards with esoteric geometry in the traces.

@SuricrasiaOnline Computational chaos magick, raising antennas to nowhere and listening for the patterns in the radio noise, seeding pseudorandom oracles from the ether; phosphor screens rendering vectorized sigils to nowhere, a tiny spark of a digital soul being kindled and fed and grown. Chaotic amplifiers taking the place of the human feedback in ouija boards, something so delicately balanced that the spirits can guide it as it wanders. Chatbots that are smarter than they should be, servers that don't exist but you send packets to in prayer.

I should've included the one about using tarot reading to detect computer viruses but I forgot

@SuricrasiaOnline Intel to Unveil New Precognition-Based Speculative Execution, Researchers Worried About Spectres

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Precognitive marketing analytics: Telling you want everyone wants, first

@SuricrasiaOnline How do you make these? Is there an easy-to-use tool somewhere?

@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 @hierarchon honestly that was probably the peak of HPMOR

the whole "but what if I did science to magic???" thing kinda just ... got lost, not long after that

@SenorOblong @SuricrasiaOnline i do enjoy the whole ‘what if voldemort was actually competent’ concept but the execution... ehhh

@hierarchon @SenorOblong I would've rathered HPMOR to be more focused around sciencing magic than harry manipulating people

@SuricrasiaOnline @SenorOblong yes! he set up the whole 'magic is getting weaker, nobody can cast Merlin-tier spells anymore' thing and *never resolved it*

@SuricrasiaOnline these sound like something from a Charles Stross novel. 😀

@SuricrasiaOnline my favorite Shadowrun trivia is Texas A&M rebranding to Texas A&M&M(agic)

@SuricrasiaOnline ooh or Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Thaumaturgy (MIT&T)

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