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Restaurant Noise

Here is an interesting piece from NYT food critic Pete Wells. He writes about how noise in a restaurant can be a problem, but can also be a pleasure. “Everything about the restaurant experience is designed to speed those things … Continue reading

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Music and your Head

Music and your Head Huh? My dear spouse sent me this link to an old SCTV episode, starring a very young Kathleen O’Hara. As you will see, she is using a Sony Walkman; I think perhaps a cassette playing one, … Continue reading

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Leaf Blower Update from the West Coast

Yay for this guy in Saanich, BC, near Victoria.  He has been working hard on getting gas powered leaf blowers banned.  And now he is taking a petition to Saanich city council to push them to change their by-law.  Best … Continue reading

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Noise in Boston

Here is an article about noise/sound research being done in four parts of Boston.  You can check out the Community Noise Lab Works site, which is working with these communities on noise issues. Who knows what will happen, but it … Continue reading

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The Atlantic

(CyrusOne data centre outside Chandler, Arizona) The Atlantic. No, not the ocean – the magazine.  Bianca Bosker has written a well rounded article on noise. Her primary focus is on a small town in Arizona, where the data storing company … Continue reading

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Markham and Trains

If you live in Markham, or, I suppose, anywhere along the GO train line in southern Ontario, this might be of interest to you.  Yes, trains are good; having commuters not using cars is wonderful.  BUT – Transport Canada has … Continue reading

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Loud Bird

Who knew that a wee bird could be as loud as a jackhammer?  You can read about the white bellbird of the Amazon and see that the male’s mating call can hit 127 Dbs! He beats the record held by … Continue reading

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