Posts from 7th March 2009

Mar 09

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 3, Week 1

Lollards Podcast//8 comments • 278 views

History is bunk. Hosted by Pete Baran with guests Tom, Alix and Magnus.

Orchestra Pie and the ancient art of the list, old recipes ( and superstitions.

Historical records: ‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’, Rosemary Clooney, Candide and Noël Coward.


FT + Proven By Science3 comments • 308 views

Having spent a fair chunk of my blogging time yesterday talking about rating scales, this Financial Times piece came as an eye-opener.

“Practice does not help. Neither, surprisingly, does varying the gaps in the scale: it’s no easier to distinguish five sounds between “very loud” and “very quiet” than between “fairly loud” and “fairly quiet”. Some people have perfect pitch and can transcend these limits when it comes to musical tones, but there seem to be few other exceptions. No wonder so many reviews use a scale of one to five stars.”

If true this would not only explain why so many reviews use a scale of one to five stars, but why – when presented with a wider scale – reviewers tend to cluster in the middle or at one end of it.