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Below are the ten most recent postings from our blog. A link to older items is provided at the bottom of the page. You can also mine our archives, which are not extensive, in various other ways using the tools on the left.

The blog, officially named Half Notes, is mainly about our four other websites and their individual concerns: text services, music education, non-violent games and trivia quizzes. Follow the links at left under Our websites to visit the sites themselves.

September 14, 2015

Our Money Quiz is inexpensive

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In fact it would be cheap at a trillion times the price, which you can’t say of most things. The Money Quiz is also in its humble way heroic. It dares to dive deep beneath the surface — to ask the tough questions that are all too often undeservedly ignored. How would Bill Gates rank as a national economy? Who was the joker that invented income tax? We don’t claim the quiz will make you wealthy, but then in our experience not much does.

August 26, 2015

It’s time to face the Music Theory Quiz

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Nick wrote this quiz a few years ago, releasing the questions in a series of blog posts, but it was always intended that it would eventually land at Trivia Park, and here it is at last.

For those whose musical nerdiness transcends conventional bounds, we trust that this quiz will prove a delightful playground of the mind. Other users are advised to sharpen their intuitions to a needle-point en route to the title page.

Try the Music Theory Quiz

August 22, 2015

Instant log-in using a Facebook account

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A few weeks ago we introduced a site membership system, so that Trivia Park users can now do things like review their past quiz results and resume unfinished quizzes from earlier sessions.

For the convenience of Facebook users, we have now added one-step log-in combined with automatic account creation on Trivia Park. When you use this log-in link or the one at the top of the page on the site, you’ll now see a Log in with Facebook button above the other controls. If you’re currently logged in with Facebook, clicking the button logs you in to Trivia Park immediately, and sets up your permanent site membership automatically. If you have a Facebook membership but aren’t logged in, Facebook will log you into their system first, then your Trivia Park log-in will proceed without interruption.

Go ahead — give it a try!

August 15, 2015

Thanks for joining Trivia Park

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For the first time in our history, Trivia Park is now offering park memberships. If you have already joined, thanks for being one of the first to sign up. We look forward to offering an increasing range of services to our members in the weeks and months ahead.

July 21, 2015

A new quiz about a beloved character…

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Anne quiz frontispiece: Folio edition, cover by Anna C. LeparOur brand-new Anne Shirley, Part One quiz celebrates one of the most memorable literary characters ever created.

The quiz covers Anne’s first year at Green Gables, a year of dreadful scrapes, agonizing despairs, and glorious delights.

 

November 17, 2011

Sensation

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Just when I thought I couldn’t feel anything any more, today I feel numb.

November 16, 2011

The Neapolitan

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All good things must come to an end. So must all long and arduous ordeals, and it’s a good thing. Today’s question is the one that completes our new music theory quiz for TriviaPark.com and AheadWithMusic.com, and frankly it’s kind of a tough one. But if you don’t know the answer, what better way to hone your intuition than by forging blindly into:

Ice-cream is not the answer

To a classical musician, who or what is ‘The Neapolitan’?

  1. A celebrated composer, Domenico Scarlatti, born in Naples
  2. A concert hall in Vienna where Mozart’s greatest works were introduced
  3. A distinctive-sounding chord, the ‘Neapolitan sixth’
  4. An opera of Gioachino Rossini, his last, tragically incomplete

Answer

November 14, 2011

Broken Globe

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There’s already a Shakespeare quiz at TriviaPark.com, so today’s question may have to fit in somewhere else. It concerns an event that to Will Shakespeare would have been both a drama and a tragedy. Find out more, as we play…

Guess the catastrophe

William Shakespeare’s professional home for most of his career was The Globe, a celebrated London theater that unfortunately did not outlast even him. It met its demise in 1613, three years before Shakespeare’s own death. How was The Globe destroyed?

  1. Collapsed: the upper stands gave way when a record crowd rioted during a dull show
  2. Demolished: to build a luxury villa, Rochester Hall, on the same site
  3. Incinerated: when cannon-fire used in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII ignited the straw roof
  4. Torn apart: by a Protestant mob outraged by supposed ‘code-words’ in certain plays

Answer

November 13, 2011

Rhythm fascination

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Today we come to the second-last question in the music theory quiz we’re putting together for TriviaPark.com and AheadWithMusic.com. Looking at the meter — the rhythmic pulse — of some common musical forms, we ask:

Who’s got the time?

Which of the following musical forms typically uses six-eight rhythm?

  1. A Baroque minuet
  2. A Celtic jig
  3. A Scott Joplin piano rag
  4. A Sousa march

Answer

November 12, 2011

Sound the retweet

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Freer-spirited writers may dash off tracts and verses then throw the papers to the wind, the fireplace, the sea or a mailbox. Me, I like to save everything, back it up, and re-use it if possible. It probably comes of having both a chary Muse and a bad memory. In that spirit, at all events, so mainly for my own benefit, here are the first 10 messages of my short Twitter history, pruned of strictly-work messages like announcements. Further exciting episodes will appear as time permits.

24 May 08: Mulling the proposition that “Using Twitter is going to change the way you think about staying in touch with friends and family”.

[First Tweet; still mulling.]

29 Apr 09: Which is the best social network for misanthropes?

7 May 09: The future PC not dead but shrunk past recognition? Yes, saith “PC for ever”, a fresh ordering of some old words at my Facebook page. http://facebook.com

7 May 09: ahasoft’s headline of the day: “Electrical stimulation produces feelings of free will”. Fascinating article too: http://scienceblogs.com

[The article is by the esteemed science blogger Ed Yong.]

10 May 09: Just got off 1st Skype4 call. A1 audio. (The other station was also in Victoria, though.) Feedback cancellation superb even when stressed.

12 May 09: Enjoyed today an unusual, modestly-priced, and very pleasant smooth single-malt: Armorik, from Brittany in the NW extremity of France.

13 May 09: No journey is complete that does not end at its starting point. In tweeting one’s followers, does not one also tweet oneself?

14 May 09: From A Word A Day, a curious fact: the past participle of “go”, “went”, belonged first to “wend”, as in “to wend your way”. http://wordsmith.org

15 May 09: Via Slashdot, a scary backup practices reminder: 13 years of irreplaceable data, AND backup, wiped out at a stroke. http://it.slashdot.org

15 May 09: Most email address validators skip the hard stuff, but this PHP code by Dominic Sayers seems thorough and sound. http://isemail.info

[Click the Download tab at the site to access the code]

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