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Victor Goldberg – Young Pianist of extraordinary talent

“I need a new computer. What should I buy?”



Victor Goldberg – Young Pianist of extraordinary talent

By Jai Pee

The dynamic and much lauded young Russian-born Israeli pianist, Victor Goldberg will be making his first appearance in Chiang Mai as guests of the celebrated group ‘Friends of the Chiang Mai Music Festival’, playing a recital in the unique and intimate music salon of the home of Anne and Kazuyoshi Murase in Hang Dong on Friday August 13th at 7.30pm.

Victor Goldberg is rapidly establishing himself as a master musician having appeared at festivals and concert halls throughout the USA and Canada, Spain, Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Israel. Reviews of his performances have been consistently glowing – ‘an excellent pianist with a formidable technique’, ‘Goldberg’s playing cannot help but elicit the strongest images of the young Rubenstein and Horowitz’, ‘he possesses a rare gift to hypnotize the audience from the first chords’, ‘his playing engulfed us, bathed us, imbued us in light’, ‘Victor is a major musical and pianistic talent with explosive intensity and poetic qualities too’, ‘Goldberg and the piano were inseparable the whole evening’.

In 2008 he was one of the four winners of the prestigious Pro Musicis International Awards in the USA; he has been first prizewinner at three famous piano competitions in Israel and the Ukraine. He received several glowing reviews after his recent (April 2010) recital at the Weill Recital Hall inside the famous Carnegie Hall in New York where he played to a capacity audience. He comes to Thailand after a tour of China including recitals in Beijing, Tientsin and Wuhan.

His recital on August 13th, his only appearance this year in Chiang Mai, will feature Scriabin’s Sonata No 5 in F sharp, Mozart’s Piano Sonata No 9 in D, K311 and Brahms’s Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel. This is an exceptional recital and there may be a few guest seats at 400 baht each nearer to the date – to enquire about these please phone JP on 084 868 1017.


“I need a new computer. What should I buy?”

By The Computer Quack

These are words I’ve come to dread over the years, because invariably the person asking has not got a clue, and if I took a guess, they’d come back to me a few months later complaining about giving them the wrong advice.

So I normally start by saying “How much do you want to spend”?

This is probably the key factor in your purchasing decision. 20,000 baht will buy you a more than adequate desktop computer, but it’s at the bottom end of the laptop ladder.

It probably won’t buy you an iPad, but unless you really want a giant, net-surfing iPod touch, that isn’t much of a loss.

So what do you buy?

No, I’m not going to make the decision for you. But I’ll try and tell you what’s available and what it can do for you, then you can decide for yourself.

Firstly, Desktop Computers. No-one seems to really talk about these in the West anymore, because they can afford gaming laptops with superb specifications. But if you are watching your pennies, Desktops really are much better value.

Unless you really want to move your computer around, there is no reason to avoid at least considering a decent desktop computer. Everything you can get packed tightly into your laptop is available for a desktop, and when things become obsolete, it’s a simple process to upgrade the hardware, whether it’s your webcam, modem, screen, disks, graphic cards and so on. Whereas in a laptop these are normally integrated into the motherboard, on a desktop you have the space to add what you want.

So if you want to upgrade your graphics card on a laptop, you’ll probably find yourself paying through the nose for a new motherboard, or even paying for a new laptop. With a desktop, you buy a new graphics card and pop it in.

If you’re looking for a machine that will never leave your house and will be your home networking hub, will host your media files, be your Internet and home office workhorse, a Desktop will probably do.

I seen hordes of people buying a laptop computer for use at home, because they want to “Surf in bed” or suchlike, but whose laptops, going by the rectangle of dust you can see on their desk when you lift them, never ever move, because they’ve plugged in a sound system or a big external hard drive, and they can’t be bothered plugging and unplugging.

Most people used wired networking to connect their desktops, too. It’s not so prone to interference, so speed tends to stay high (as long as your Internet Service Provider does, too). But if you hate wires and want WiFi, you can always pop a USB WiFi adapter in anyway.

So take a look at a good spec desktop if you want computing power in your home and don’t mind sitting down at your desk to use it. Buying a laptop for this purpose is a waste of money.
Next week, laptops.
As usual, your questions and comments can be addressed to [email protected]


By Dr. Ron Perrin. Psychology – Psychotherapy

Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, affecting nearly everyone either due to personal experience or depression in a family member. Each year over 10 million people experience a period of depression. The cost in human suffering cannot be estimated. Depression can interfere with normal function, and frequently cause problems with work, social and family adjustment. It causes pain and suffering not only to those who have a disorder, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the depressed person.

Depression is a “whole-body” illness, involving your body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing, blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.

Depression has no single cause; often, it results from a combination of things. You may have no idea why depression has affected you.

Whatever its cause, depression is not just a state of mind. It is related to physical changes in the brain, and connected to an imbalance of a type of chemical called neurotransmitters that send signals to your brain and nerves.

Genetics play an important part in depression. It can run in families for generations. Things like financial problems, the breakup of a relationship, or the death of a loved one can bring on depression. You can become depressed after changes in your life. People who have low self - esteem and a negative outlook are at higher risk of becoming depressed. These traits may actually be caused by low-level depression (called dysthymia).

Serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, and HIV can contribute to depression, partly because of the physical weakness and stress they bring on. Depression can make medical conditions worse, since it weakens the immune system and can make pain harder to bear. In some cases, depression can be caused by medications used to treat medical conditions. Anxiety disorders, eating disorder, schizophrenia, and (especially) substance abuse often appear along with depression.

Depressive disorders come in different forms. There are several different diagnoses for depression, mostly, determined by the intensity of the symptoms, the duration of the symptoms, and the special cause of the symptoms, (if that is known.). In the next article. I will outline reactive depression, medical illness, men and women, and old age and depression.

People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Symptoms include. persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings, feelings of hopelessness and / or pessimism, feelings of guilt, worthlessness and /or helplessness, irritability or restlessness, loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, fatigue and decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions, insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping, overeating, or appetite loss, persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment and thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts.

Depression can affect anyone. Once identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it. Nearly two-thirds of depressed people do not get proper treatment: Clinical depression is a very common psychological problem, and most people never seek proper treatment, or seek treatment but they are misdiagnosed with physical illness. Dr. Ron Perrin. Psychology – Psychotherapy. 085 - 6187245