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Author Topic: How many of you can do good work with a bunch of noise going on around you?  (Read 4300 times)

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DrCharbonneau

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I know when I do anything that requires a lot of concentration, I need a reasonably quiet environment. I can sit down with a canvas and some oil paints, producing in a wind storm or with a train running through my lawn. Coding? Writing anything serious? Doing math? Reading? Too much noise, or, worse yet, constant noise, reduces my productivity to a near standstill.
Any of you share this need for quiet space to write code and such?
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i have ringing in my ears 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year, so silence isn't good for my sanity because its always there so i need some(quite a lot actually) to drown out the ringing. Very Very occasionally i do get silence(ringing stops) but its only temporary it normally lasts for only about a minute or two, (that's when i realize that i had silence is when it starts up again), so when ever i'm coding or doing anything that requires concentration i usually have to have something on in the background (A tv, a fan , something to make noise that i'm not really listening to but its there )
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I would want to ask, with 24/365 ringing, whether you were ever exposed to agent orange.
 
As for the noise you need, though, would a basketball game going on outside your door be such music to your ringing ears, or an additional nuisance?
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I've had that for years Cameron.  Get's old doesn't it.
 
As for agent orange; I flew a few combat and combat support missions in Nam back in the day.
 
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Hi Larry.
I have polyneuropathy thought to have been incurred during basic training even. The VA said AO was pretty much in about everything ammunition-wise during those years and even though it was banned in '71, there was a lot of it hanging around. One symptom is tinnitus. I have it too, but that doesn't give me writer's block. Street basketball does. Boom cars can set me back for a few minutes, but the bball is a constant, annoying thump thump thump...
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As a child I did my homework in front of the TV. It drove my parents nuts, but my grades spoke for themselves. These days I program with rock and roll in the background.
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no AO here, only been in 2 countries  South Africa(where i was born) and Australia, don't know about BB sounds, but I do have 2 sets of wind chimes just outside my front door and most of the time they are making sounds, a metal set and a bamboo set. the thing is that the ringing in my ears is like its several things merged into one, a lot of the time i can hear at least 3 different  ringing/humming patterns and they differ from ear to ear too.. sometimes its so loud that i have trouble hearing other things like people talking, its across the sound spectrum some frequencies are worse than others. I think i know when my ears got damaged though. It was when i was in mt teens/early twenties i went swimming/diving in a public olympic classed diving pool, I tried to reach the bottom, but no matter how many times i tried i couldn't make it more than 3/4 of the way down(well at least that's how deep i thought i was) and my ears hurt at the time the deeper i went. I thought nothing of it at the time then in the next 10 years or so the ringing built up to where it is today. I've been told that it is possible that i did damage my ears back then, however unlikely.many many people were doing it without getting this. so I've been wondering if my ears were already damaged prior to that, and that the pain i felt when diving was a simptom and not the cause.
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My ear problems were caused by extremely high fevers when I was little.  I'm almost deaf in my right ear.
Laying in bed with my "good" ear to the pillow I can't understand my wife(laying next to me) if she says something.
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They only thing I need is not to be disturbed with requests and questions. Most of the time when I code I do it while listening to music. And mostly Hard Rock/Heavy Metal :-)
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Cameron,
(I'm resisting the temptation to kid you about Virmana possibly in your presence.   ) That's really a bummer. When we are kids we are often experimental and daredevils. I broke my wrist once trying to go down a slide standing up like I'd seen some other kids doing. Almost had my right hand cut off after jamming it through a glass door while running a foot race with some little friend. Tore up some muscles and tendons so I can't make the traditional Boy Scout's sign and was rejected for that.

Larry,
Ironically I have exactly that same problem.

Mike,
Music is fine for me, as long as it isn't Merle Haggard or Tim McGraw or Larry the Cable Guy, etcetera. R&R is inspiring, same for Mozart, but the Bball started outside my front door about 2 1/2 months ago and has me in such a case of writer's block ever since that I'm lucky I can write a letter or a post to the forum
 

I was just wondering if any of you have problems like that with certain disturbances that shut down your creative mojo.
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yes.. its called Life.. things are always stopping me from doing what i want, creative or not. eg:

my son . every time i sit down to do ANYthing on my computer (especially programming) he does things that needs me. BTW he's 14 now going on 15.

Phone calls

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I have to also be in the mood to do things these days, and I'm finding it harder these days to even get into the mood to do things these days , be it programming or even playing computer games.

Have you tried ear plugs or earphones with your favorite music etc..

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The headphones are the next step, but I have to be careful because my other half can need me all of a sudden with her MS needs, i.e. choking on a pill or last year she stopped breathing and I had to start CPR. I'll put a mirror on the desk so I can keep an eye peeled for her.
I already have plans to deal with the noise nuisance. In fact I just spoke with the FedEx driver this morning to discuss my building a package delivery locker with an electric latch next to the front fence and a kiosk across from it with a LifeCam for ID. Also a gate with an electric latch. I'll carry a fob to get in. Lots of webcams. He thought, with all the package thefts going on, it was a good idea. But it gets better!

I'm going to build a nuisance alarm: A Behringer 4000 (about $350 1400 watts peak per channel) a frequency generator and one hellacious speaker system. The bball starts and I'll be setting off a symphony of destructive resonant sound in excess of 20khz. That's going to hurt. Every dog for blocks will go off. Fight fire with fire.
Actually a cop told me to sue their landlord and they'll probably have to move. That's cheaper, but I still want the sound system
 
That's 21st Century life...
 
And y'know... I really tried to reach a compromise with the people. These are the types that if you say something bothers you, they'll ramp it up 10 fold.   
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I have loads of kids. I am used to noise. You'd be surprised what I can tune out.  ;)  As a side benefit I can program anywhere. ;D
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Lucky you. I don't have any kids. Can't tolerate certain kinds of noise.
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As for soundproofing, yes. Trees? Yes, but if I waited on them to flourish, it would be years before I'd be back to my research and programming. The main instigators shouldn't even be living there. Last night there were 3 cop cars out to visit them. All was reasonably quiet till these people starting renting. It was tolerable till the bball started.
I'm sending the landlord an "Intent to Sue" notice. One cop agreed that should get the people out. If it doesn't I'll carry through with the suit in a few months.
Let me ask this. How much do you value your writing time? I've generally placed a $50 minimum per hour on writing and artwork. For math I charge more. What do you guys charge?
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I actually listen to an app called noisli that creates fan and white noise sounds and it helps me concentrate. In silence I think too much and my mind wanders.
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