Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Art of Morphing Women in Art

This incredible piece morphs one work of art into another.  As one friend put it, “It amazes me that the faces -- even while morphing -- all remain distinctly feminine and also that many of the face of great art have a high degree of similarity.”  My sister simply commented that “This is wow-worthy.”

You make have to click on the link to watch it directly on YouTube, but it's definitely worth watching!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Singer's Conductor

Joseph Flummerfelt is the visiting conductor I had the privilege of making music with in Italy.  This article does well at explaining why he has been admired and respected by so many over the years: Joseph's Many Colors.

I totally agree with the comment by a former student of his.  “One of his natural traits is his ability to inspire and discipline a group.  He has an incredible presence in the room, as well as exquisite ears, and of course a comprehensive knowledge of the choral repertoire.”  There is magic in the room when Joseph conducts: “He stands on the podium and casts spells from the big book.”

I sincerely hope that I'll be able to experience that magic again some day!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Addiction to Facebook

How addicted am I to Facebook?  I thought the results would be much higher!

How Addicted to Facebook Are You?
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Religion

According to the
Spiritual Belief System Selector Quiz
the following are the rankings of my spiritual beliefs.  How interesting that Unitarian Universalism should come out on top, since I've been with the UU's since 1965!  The New Age is also no surprise.  I would have thought that Buddhism would place higher than Hinduism, but generally I think these percentages are in line with my beliefs.

1. Unitarian Universalism   (100%)
2. New Age    (98%)
3. New Thought   (95%)
4. Taoism   (87%)
5. Hinduism   (86%)
6. Liberal Quakers - Religious Society of Friends    (82%)
7. Christian Science Church of Christ, Scientist   (79%)
8. Jainism   (79%)
9. Neo-Pagan    (78%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism    (75%)
11. Scientology   (71%)
12. Theravada Buddhism   (63%)
13. Secular Humanism   (56%)
14. Sikhism   (56%)
15. Mainline - Liberal Christian Protestant    (55%)
16. Orthodox Quaker - Religious Society of Friends   (48%)
17. Reform Judaism   (42%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)   (31%)
19. Non-theist   (20%)
20. Baha’i   (17%)
21. Jehovah’s Witness   (17%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist    (17%)
23. Orthodox Judaism   (15%)
24. Eastern Orthodox   (10%)
25. Islam   (10%)
26. Roman Catholic   (10%)
27. Mainline - Conservative Christian Protestant   (10%)

Note: The site gets low points in terms of spelling and punctuation (e.g., Bahai rather than Baha'i, and a space before the % mark).  Also, the list is inconsistent in that it's a mixture of beliefs (Taoism) and believers (Roman Catholic).  However, its accuracy was otherwise uncanny.