Quick Six Question Facebook Addiction Test

The Bergen Facebook Addiction Test was developed by Cecilie Schou Andreassen, Doctor of Psychology and head of the Facebook Addiction study at the University of Bergen (UiB). It consists of six quick questions, which is great to get through. However, it is self-diagnosed. So if you are in denial about how you should truly answer the question, well, the test won’t identify you as a Facebook addict and you’ll continue to be in denial.

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The Vancouver Canucks’ 2011 Stanley Cup Winning Omen

Do you believe in signs? Signs in omens?

I certainly do, and I saw one today that has me convinced the Vancouver Canucks will win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Look at the logos of the two teams the way they will be shown during the finals, with the home advantage team customarily on the right. What do you see?

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Musical Performance Philosophy from the James Conlon “Encore” Series

James Conlon

James Conlon

There are few things that will shut me up as quickly as a classical pianist or conductor talking about the music or humanity of it. In the six episodes of the Encore! with James Conlon series created in 2005 from the Twelfth International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Maestro James Conlon explores the relationship between the concert pianist’s internal world and the composer’s score with the finalists as his examples. The series premiered on PBS in October 2005 and also featured chamber performances with the Grammy Award-winning Takács Quartet. Eminent pianist and competition juror Menahem Pressler also had a prominent role. He had a beautiful clip talking about playing Beethoven piano sonatas to one of the younger competitors in the 2005 documentary of the competition, In the Heart of Music.

Below are clips from each of the six episodes of the Encore! series, which I will have to see in full one day! Encore! with James Conlon was directed by Andy Sommer and co-produced by Bel Air Media, the Van Cliburn Foundation, and KERA.

But that’s enough of me! I’m going to shut up and listen now! 🙂

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Episode 1: Apollo or Dionyssus (with Davide Cabassi)

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Episode 2: Plato or Aristotle (with Alexander Kobrin)

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Episode 3: Being It or Playing It (with Joyce Yang)

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Episode 4: Truth or Beauty (with Chu-Fang Huang)

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Episode 5: Technique or Spirit (with Roberto Plano, pianist)

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Episode 6: Tradition or Innovation (with Sa Chen)