Why is pop music so sad?
(PDF) published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts tracked the mood of pop songs over five decades of Billboard charts, and it confirms that pop has changed in substantial ways.
Over the years, popular recordings became longer in duration and the proportion of female artists increased. There was also an increase in the use of minor mode and a decrease in average tempo, confirming that popular music became more sad-sounding over time.
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posted by Lanark
on Dec 21, 2013 -
The Esc key
was born in 1960, when an I.B.M. programmer named Bob Bemer was trying to solve a Tower of Babel problem: computers from different manufacturers communicated in a variety of codes. Bemer invented the ESC
key as way for programmers to switch from one kind of code to another.
posted by TangerineGurl
on Oct 6, 2012 -
is a less-than-six-minute video and I had to take five breaks to watch the whole thing because I don’t think I could stand being subjected to this much grace and perfection all in one sitting. It was causing me emotional turmoil." – Adam Lisagor
, on a fantastic comedy sketch by Key & Peele. More on their upcoming show.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Mar 7, 2012 -
meticulously catalogs radio controlled and flywheel powered cars made by East German (DDR) toy makers such as Presu, Elmes, MSW, Anker, Piko, Gevo, Plasticart and Sommermeyer.
posted by riffola
on Jan 7, 2008 -
Total user revolt at Digg over HDDVD key 'censorship'.
Every single front page post at Digg is currently a post about the HD DVD processing key, which the MPAA seems to have forced Digg to censor. A web 2.0 riot in progress, and a fascinating insight into the impossibility of censorship in a medium which routes around damage.
posted by unSane
on May 1, 2007 -