What’s odd is that after 1990, key changes are employed much less frequently, if at all, in number one hits.
What’s doubly odd is that around the same time, the keys that number one hits are in change dramatically too. In fact, songwriters begin using all keys at comparable rates.
…triumphed over some rather less scientific proposals including bronto and hella, which had been gaining ground…
It’s easy to be mesmerised by the progress in AI. However, when we compare existing architectures with biology, the complexity is not close to be comparable.
The ballista, an ancient Roman weapon:
Mentioned in that article, is a popular ship used by the Roman (and Carthaginian) navies known as the quinquereme…
Ptolemy IV (221- 204 BC) added to the contest with the introduction of the superlative ‘forty.’ This vessel was enormous even by the gargantuan standards of the age and its shape is still subject to scholarly debate. Its full complement of rowers, sailors, and marines is said to have numbered around 7,000 men, which is comparable to the crew of a modern aircraft carrier.
Apparently nobody knows what the numbers mean in the ship terminology like the trireme (the “three”), the quinquereme (the “five”), the hexareme (the “six”) and so on up to the massive “forty.”
There doesn’t seem to be a ship type for every number after 20 or so as they jump to 30 and 40. It wasn’t a literal count of the oar levels. Maybe they were just model numbers of sorts, like iPhone 5, 6, 7, 8, X etc.? Or perhaps it was like jet fighter generation numbers.