Sadder Songs Evidence?



Yeah, maybe. Certainly most bands and singer songwriters in the world aren’t signed. Maybe this data means only pessimistic people are spending the most on music. Or optimistic, happy people want to bring their mood down. If teens and twenty somethings spend the most of music, isn’t this just data about them? And since music is available in more formats in the last few years, could music in major keys, in faster BPM, be consumed in these other formats, and thus not be counted in sales? (Isn’t Top 40 just sales?) Or maybe music is like fashion, can only buy what they sell in the stores, and this is what is available. Maybe this data set can’t lead to definitive conclusions about anything except what it measures. Maybe this post is too much postulating and not enough scientizing. Somedays we are the means, other days the ends.

USA’s GDP as other Countries

US states GDP as nations

How rich is the United States? Richer than the next 3 richest countries combined! (That is, by GDP, the total output of all goods and services “produced by labor and property”* and, in the US, is about $15,000,000,000,000 per year.) But as individual states? Well, ha!, The Economist has broken it down. (Italy and Russia, standing in for California and Texas, are in the richest eight, aka “G8+China,” btw. Who is ninth? Used to be China. Now it’s…Canada.)

* US Dept of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis

Internet Quizzes: Science and Religion

pew science quiz

Last month scored highest possible on Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine’s Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz! Me and about 130 others got all right and did better than the other nearly 930 adults. But on Pew’s Religious Knowledge quiz I only did better than 87% (3,412 adults), 12 of 15 correct. So I can’t compare these easily–and with my math ability not at all. But c’mon!, how many religions should I be fluent in?

Ricefield Collective

ricefield collective knit 4 life

Contributed to Ricefield, my 3rd or 4th kickstarter contribution, and they were wildly successful! (I’m batting 1.000 but should be batting .750 If I had been quicker on a few others. Still!) One of the fifty signed up for the Upward Beanie. Can’t wait.