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Classical music[edit]

Does it really help with concentration. Doesn't seem to work for me. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ferwick (talkcontribs) 04:36, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Our article Attention, which talks about several different subjects, doesn't discuss music. OR here, but concentration while listening to music differs a lot for different people. Some people say it can help them concentrate, but most coders I know can't stand any music at all while concentrating on their work. Comet Tuttle (talk) 05:13, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
(EC) Does with me, so I guess it depends on the individual. For what it's worth, when in my teens and twenties I found rock music preferable as a background to study, now in my fifties gentler music like jazz and classical seem preferable. Greatly depends on the style and piece though: baroque harpsichord or Gregorian plainchant would be fine, Wagnerian opera less so. (talk) 05:17, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
Not quite what you are asking, but the article on Mozart effect seems relevant. ---Sluzzelin talk 06:34, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
More OR: When I'm learning a new programming language, some music can be distracting or I simply tune it out in my brain and I never notice it. If I'm coding something and I'm comfortable with the language, I like having music playing. Dismas|(talk) 07:26, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
You can't just lump all "classical music" into one basket and apply a test such as this to it. Just as you couldn't ask this question about "popular music" or even about "rock music" or "country music" or "jazz", or ..... There are so many sub-genres within each of those broad genres that it would be impossible for them all to satisfy such a broad, vague and general question as the one you ask. -- Jack of Oz ... speak! ... 09:59, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
Simple "white noise" can be conducive to concentration. It blocks out random sounds and keeps a steady "rhythm". Not everyone likes that, though. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 10:52, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

As said earlier, what it comes down to is individual preference. -Reconsider! 12:55, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

I have used music while working to avoid other distractions. Sitting with headphones on tapping away at the keyboard, lets me ignore the phone and puts off colleagues who might drop by for a social chat. I sometimes find a regular beat or rhythm can aid my concentration. However, I'm not really listening to the music and emerge from the task at hand somewhat surprised that the album is halfway though its second playing. Astronaut (talk) 04:44, 12 June 2010 (UTC)

Anime I saw years ago[edit]

In case you didn't know, I also asked about this show earlier here in this entertainment desk, see Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Entertainment/2010 April 20#Anime from the 70s? I remember seeing an episode of a cartoon (I think it was an anime because the staff had Japanese names). In that episode, I remember this boy being woken up by his friend's spirit and the next day he visits the boy's house only to find out that his friend died. I can remember a relative saying "isn't going to be around anymore; [character name] is dead". I can remember that he took something I think was to be used for shaving, and then showed a montage (presumably about previous episodes) then moved to the dead boy's burial, I can remember his coffin had yellow flowers in them and I saw a relative ready to put the lid on the boy's casket. I don't exactly remember the character's name but it sounded like "Father Wing". I have been curious about the show for a long time and I want to know about it now. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 11:24, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Rock groupie magnets[edit]

I am curious as to which group or singer attracted the most groupies in the 1970s? I maintain that it was Led Zeppelin, in particular Jimmy Page, with David Bowie and some members of the Rolling Stones not far behind. However, I have been reading about other bands claiming this distinction such as Aerosmith, Three Dog Night, and even David Cassidy. Does anyone actually have the numbers? It is only for the 1970s period, not 1960s, 80s, 90s or beyond. Thank you.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 12:31, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Sorry but this question is totally unanswerable. No-one was keeping score, they were too busy scoring, and even if they did keep records they wouldn't exactly be believable. Plus, there will obviously have been more groupies for a group than for a solo artist, since there were more guys to go round. --Richardrj talk email 12:40, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
However, those interested in this topic could do worse than read I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres. --Richardrj talk email 12:43, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
I have read it, however, she was mainly a 60s groupie not part of the 70s scene.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 15:00, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
I am mainly interested in the early to mid 70s period. I would say it was probably Led Zeppelin who attracted most of the groupies.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 18:29, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
Plaster Caster might be a relevant reference, though I haven't seen it. Comet Tuttle (talk) 22:44, 9 June 2010 (UTC)


In the House ep Decpetion, they kept refering to the patients Munchausen's syndrome as a "psychosis". Is this right? From what little I have of formal psycvhology education I thought Munchausen's was nonpsychotic. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:58, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Does our article Münchausen syndrome answer this? Comet Tuttle (talk) 16:49, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Magic the gathering[edit]

hi, can anyone explain to me how the "vigilance" ability works? the wikipedia article wasn't to explanatory... Jds500 (talk) 18:27, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

As stated here: a creature with Vigilance does not tap as a result of attacking. (Serra Angel is an example of an older creature that had this ability before they gave the ability a special name.) The main useful thing about this is that your creature can attack on your turn, and then on your opponent's turn, the creature is still allowed to block. Vigilance is also particularly useful on a creature that has some sort of evasion ability (like Flying or a landwalking ability) and also an ability that requires it to tap; so the creature could attack and use its ability on the same turn (as long as the ability is activated after the creature commences its attack). The ability can even be used in the midst of combat and the attack will continue. Comet Tuttle (talk) 20:36, 9 June 2010 (UTC)