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  • Connecticut May Be First to Lower Movie Volumes

    03/10/2014 8:40:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Newser.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Newser Editors and Wire Services
    (Newser) – Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss. For comparison, the American Tinnitus Association says 85 decibels is the sound of average traffic, 80 decibels is the sound of an alarm clock 2 feet away, and 100 decibels is the sound of a blow dryer. "Hopefully...
  • JET NOISE OVER WASHINGTON, DC

    01/29/2014 5:50:59 AM PST · by 7thson · 21 replies
    Got a question for Washington, DC-Maryland Freepers who live in the PG and Calvert Counties. I woke up last night at around 2330 to the sound of loud jet engines. At first I thought it was a tornado, it was so loud. It sound like it was right over the house. It was jet engines, that seemed to go up from Calvert County to PG and then back down. This lasted for about 15-29 minutes. Where I live, PAX River NAS is to the south and Andrews AFB is to the norh. Anyone hear this and/or know what was going...
  • What Contemporary Music Do You Recommend?? Break Out Of The Classic Rock Rut!!

    01/07/2014 7:02:12 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 239 replies
    vanity | 7 Feb 2013 | Notary Sojac
    This thread had its genesis in this one - Millenial's Music Taste (vanity). Whats wrong with your generation? - where a few of us made the case for really good music being made in the 21st century by artists who aren't retreads from the boomer era or earlier. It's a mission of mine to try to get my fellow boomers to break that fixation with the "oldies station" and listen to some new stuff.I plan to make the case for a few artists here, and hope that more Freepers will chime in.Please do so!! Give us a little info about...
  • Pastoral Perspectives on Silence in Church

    09/23/2013 3:30:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 22, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more frequent concerns expressed by many Catholics is level of talking and other noise in churches in recent decades. Many of us who are a bit older remember a time when to walk even into a rather full Church was to walk into a realm of great silence. People just didn’t talk in church. One would enter, find their pew, genuflect, and then kneel for private prayer before Mass began. When Mass concluded, one might kneel for a brief while for prayer, but then leave quietly, not talking until in the vestibule or outside the church. Even...
  • Church Fathers and Church Music

    09/22/2013 6:09:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/12/13 | Christopher B. Warner
    The Fathers of the Church can help us refine our liturgical worship after 50 years of subjection to sentimental pop music.At the beginning of this 50th anniversary year of Vatican II, Benedict XVI called for a renewed, authentic reading and implementation of the council documents. After suffering through many decades of vulgar, saccharine Church music, it is encouraging to note a rise of musicians who are serious about authentic reform of sacred worship. The recent Sacred Liturgy Conference in Rome was a great success, and there is a spirit of joyful, liturgical rejuvenation among the youth. Today’s composers are considering...
  • Miami Beach Officials Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend [Urban THUG Weekend]

    05/15/2013 3:50:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 5/14/13 | Justin Finch
    South Beach is synonymous with fun, and that experience has drawn tens of thousands to Miami Beach every Memorial Day holiday for Urban Beach Weekend. At a planning meeting Monday, officials said police will be right alongside beachgoers to ensure a safe celebration this year. "We do want everyone to come and have a good time," said Max Sklar, director of Miami Beach's Tourism, Culture & Economic Development office. "Follow the laws and have a good time, and we would say that on any other weekend." Miami Beach Police plan to close Ocean Drive all holiday weekend, and revive a...
  • Hey, NYC! The mayor has his fingers on your volume control

    03/07/2013 9:10:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 7, 2013 | The New York Post
    <p>Mayor Bloomberg - who has already cracked down on smoking, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks - is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.</p> <p>Hizzoner's health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.</p>
  • Johnston County OKs new noise ordinance, nixes gunshot ban(NC)

    09/11/2012 7:18:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Smithfield, N.C. — The Johnston County Board of Commissioners approved a new noise ordinance Tuesday, but left out a provision that would ban loud gun discharges. An ordinance banning loud gunshots, music, cars and ATVs in residential areas was proposed after neighbors voiced a number of complaints about a gun owner in the Oak Ridge subdivision near Willow Springs who uses his backyard as a shooting range. "I've never shot in a way that was intentionally designed to inconvenience people," he said. "It's been occasional." The newly adopted ordinance better defines violations, said county attorney David Mills. "Time of day,...
  • Peterborough gun club stands firm(NH)

    07/28/2012 4:02:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    sentinelsource.com ^ | 27 July, 2012 | Jacqueline Palochko
    PETERBOROUGH — A gun club official says members are doing all they can to be considerate of their neighbors. The Monadnock Rod and Gun Club will most likely not make any changes after receiving a letter from selectmen asking it to be quieter, said Mark Carbone, chairman of the board of directors. Neighbors recently brought their concerns to town officials about noise levels at the shooting range increasing in recent years. Town officials said they could not make the gun club change its activities because it has not done anything illegal. But selectmen sent a letter last week requesting the...
  • All eyes on Miami Beach this Memorial Day weekend [Urban Thug "Music" Festival]

    05/03/2012 2:27:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 5/3/12 | David Smiley
    ...when the expected crowds return to South Beach this month — Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 28 — they will find that wounds inflicted by years of raucous, days-long street bacchanals were ripped open last year when 11 officers unleashed a barrage of bullets on Collins Avenue during their chase of a driver they said was armed. The driver died. Four bystanders were hit by bullets. This year, the heavy police presence, which some argue contributed to the tension, will intensify significantly. A checkpoint. Watch towers. Police in pairs on every corner. Drivers on all three causeways leading...
  • Man fatally shot after argument over noise at Southeast Portland four-plex(OR)

    04/03/2011 6:36:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 31 March, 2011 | Maxine Bernstein
    The last that Karla Martin knew Thursday morning, her boyfriend Vincent L. Wyatt had gone to visit a couple who lived in a unit of a Southeast Portland four-plex. Martin headed there later in the morning to join him. But by then, Portland officers had the four-plex cordoned off with yellow tape, and Martin's boyfriend, Wyatt, lay dead in a stranger's adjacent unit from gunshot wounds. The morning shooting -- which prompted nearby Marshall High School to lock down its doors -- stemmed from an apparent dispute over noise. Dale Duncan, 69, had complained about noise coming from the adjacent...
  • Airline Food: Background Noise Makes Food Taste Worse

    10/17/2010 10:31:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | Oct 16, 2010 | Jack Phillips
    Airline food is generally bland for most people but it may not just be about the quality of the food. Background noise levels may also affect perception of food's taste and crunchiness, according to a study at the University of Manchester published online in the Food Quality and Preference journal. "There's a general opinion that aeroplane foods aren't fantastic," Andy Woods, a researcher from University of Manchester and Unilever's laboratories, told the BBC. "I'm sure airlines do their best—and given that, we wondered if there are other reasons why the food would not be so good. One thought was perhaps...
  • 13 Mad Scientist Devices You Can Build from Home

    09/30/2010 5:58:00 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/29/10 | Zimmer Barnes
    In countless movies, the daring main character of most science-fiction and action movies always seems to be opposite a mad scientist, equipped with an array of horrifyingly awesome inventions to maim, kill, or look pretty. Now you too can have the experience of building and enjoying the use of 13 (and more) horrifyingly awesome inventions of your own. ROBOTIC SNAKE Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJuNe50uuzk SOLAR DEATH RAY Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjwKGfYq9ck PANIC GENERATOR ANTI-GRAVITY UFO Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfrqzBGPnwE LASER RAY GUN Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wqR7-tDRbk&feature=related LASER LISTENING DEVICE Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd7_lUqBhGI TESLA COIL Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ff_AXVlo9U EMP GENERATOR JACOB'S LADDER Video Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwJn_HqH2cc&feature=related...
  • Steeper landings set to cut aircraft noise

    09/07/2010 3:38:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies
    The Local ^ | 09/07/10
    Steeper landings set to cut aircraft noise Published: 7 Sep 10 11:43 CET Aviation authorities and carrier Air Berlin are testing a new system of steeper landings and curved flight patterns to avoid residential areas in a bid to reduce ground noise by up to 40 percent, allowing more flights to land at night. The new approach, which experts say is just as safe as the technique now used, could make a big difference at congested airports such as Frankfurt, according to experts from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which announced the tests this week. The DLR carried out 13...
  • Oklahoma Narcotics Bureau Claims Sound is Dangerous Drug to Kids

    07/17/2010 11:34:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 69 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | July 16, 2010 | Jason Mick
    Cocaine, marijuana, tobacco, alcohol -- the usual drugs and their dangers are familiar to most children and parents alike. Is sound an equally dangerous "gateway drug"? As preposterous as that idea sounds, it's precisely what the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics claims. They are warning parents of a dangerous new drug -- binaural sound. > Oklahoma officials are convinced, though, that it's just the latest way for kids to get high. They call it "i-dosing" and claim that "digital dealers" are selling children the aural equivalent of crack in their eyes. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward...
  • Berlin's children given reprieve from noise police

    03/14/2010 5:39:50 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies · 393+ views
    bbc. ^ | 13 March 2010
    Berlin recently became the first of Germany's 16 federal states to allow children to legally make a noise. Joanna Robertson, currently based in Berlin with two daughters, compares the varying attitudes to children she has encountered in Berlin, Paris, New York City and Rome. In the beginning, it was the telephone. "Frau Robertson?" "Yes?" "I know your daughter's up there. She's playing, isn't she?" Then came the doorbell. Neglecting, for once, to peep through the spy-hole I opened the door, all unawares. There she stood, square in the hallway, the neighbour from the third floor. A successful detective novelist with...
  • Ship neighbors’ plea falls on deaf ears (Old Ironsides vs. Whiners)

    03/11/2010 3:49:56 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 32 replies · 766+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 3/11/10 | Hillary Chabot
    Adding a new chapter to its storied history of vanquished British seamen and Barbary pirates, Old Ironsides has emerged victorious once again - this time vs. snooty neighbors seeking to silence the frigate’s cannons. The 204-foot USS Constitution will continue its twice-daily blasts along with playing the national anthem - although officials turned the ship around in Boston Harbor on Feb. 18 so the echoing booms are directed away from Charlestown residences. “We sent (the neighbors) a letter saying that after reviewing their request, we decided we’re not going to make any changes to the tradition,” said Timothy Cooper, the...
  • 3 Cheers for Obama’s defeat-no cheer from the RINO victory - ALAN KEYES

    01/20/2010 9:50:36 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 506 replies · 5,593+ views
    Loyal to Liberty ^ | January 20, 2010 | Alan Keyes
    Loyal to Liberty Wednesday, January 20, 2010Alan Keyes  I can't help but look at Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts in the context of the larger strategy clearly being implemented by the RINO (Republican-In-Name-Only) clique that currently controls the GOP. Sean Hannity is the clique's bellwether media tool. It was no coincidence that he featured Mitt Romney on his program last night to revel in the Scott Brown victory. Scott Brown in Massachusetts is the advance guard for Mitt Romney in the White House (or vice-versa). He becomes the poster child for the RINO clique's archetypal GOP candidate who: Has no...
  • "We Are the World" sequel set to Aid Haiti

    01/21/2010 12:36:31 PM PST · by pissant · 22 replies · 534+ views
    Showbiz 411 ^ | 1/21/10 | Roger Freidman
    EXCLUSIVE: This column has learned that Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning a massive 25th anniversary re-recording of “We Are the World.” The timing couldn’t be better, sadly enough. The duo is summoning lots and lots of talent from Grammy weekend to stay an extra night — Monday Feb. 1 — and come to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. There, they will celebrate a quarter century since Ken Kragen, Richie and Michael Jackson organized the original “We Are the World” with Quincy. This time the artists invited include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend. But you can bet...
  • Planet hunt delayed (Kepler problem...Noise confounds NASA mission to find an Earth twin)

    11/02/2009 7:47:52 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 677+ views
    Nature ^ | 10/30/09 | Eric Hand
    NASA's Kepler mission is unlikely to detect any Earth-like exoplanets before 2011 due to an electronic glitchKepler, NASA's mission to search for planets around other stars, will not be able to spot an Earth-sized planet until 2011, according to the mission's team. The delays are caused by noisy amplifiers in the telescope's electronics. The team is racing to fix the issue by changing the way data from the telescope is processed, but the delay could mean that ground-based observers now have the upper hand in the race to be the first to spot an Earth twin. "We're not going to...
  • Cops ticket principal for school noise

    04/14/2009 9:34:09 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies · 1,076+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/13/2009 | By Lindsay Kastner - Express-News
    They say good fences make good neighbors, but at Olympia Elementary School, a fence was not nearly enough. Late last month, police issued Principal Terri LeBleu a citation for violation of the Universal City noise ordinance after a neighbor who has long complained about commotion at the school called again during its Family Fitness Day. Officials with both Judson Independent School District and the Universal City Police Department say the district has taken several steps to try to restore relations with Butch Armstrong. “They’ve built a 7-foot fence at the back of the school,” LeBleu said. “They’ve put special backing...
  • Is All the Noise Really Affecting YOU?

    02/23/2009 6:36:48 AM PST · by WomanofWord25 · 48 replies · 1,989+ views
    Suite 101 Magazine ^ | February 23, 2009 | WomanofWord25
    This report suggests that noise can actually kill you. Unbelievable!!!
  • Not everyone cheers as Wi-Fi takes to the skies

    02/08/2009 8:03:33 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies · 818+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Feb 8, 2009 | Michelle Maynard
    For all the annoyance of being crammed into an aluminum tube at 35,000 feet with a bunch of strangers, air travel has offered one benefit: the ability to tell bosses and colleagues, "I'll be on a flight, so you won't be able to reach me." So much for that excuse. Wireless Internet service is starting to spread among airlines in the United States — Delta and American have installed it on more than a dozen planes each, and several other carriers are planning to test it. For the airlines, always desperate for new sources of revenue, offering the service —...
  • Caldecott fourth bore plan challenged by lawsuit

    12/28/2008 1:04:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 1,129+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2008 | Denis Cuff
    Color the brake lights red as the column of cars backs up from the Caldecott Tunnel, the often bottled-up gateway between Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Color drivers' moods red as the congestion worsens over a span of 45 years. Many drivers are looking forward to relief from a long-planned $420 million fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, but a lawsuit by Alameda County neighborhood groups and a bicycling advocacy organization could delay the project scheduled to begin in the summer and finish in 2014. A ruling on the lawsuit is expected soon from Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank...
  • Need Computer Help, Having Sound Problems (Vanity - Tech)

    08/28/2008 7:36:53 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 34 replies · 358+ views
    Thursday, August 28, 2008 | Momaw Nadon
    The sound on my computer is not working properly. When I play mp3, mov, wav, wmv, wma, rm, and avi files, there is a beeping/crackling noise. Most of the time the jibberish noise is complete. Sometimes, a bit of the intended audio can be heard through the beeping/crackling. The only audio that plays well is from YouTube videos and .flv files. I have a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy sound card. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for the sound card with no success. I have removed the sound card and reseated it with no success. My speakers are 6.1 Cambridge...
  • Earth 'Noise' Could Attract Alien Invaders

    05/03/2008 1:07:20 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies · 345+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-3-2008
    Earth 'noise' could attract alien invaders 03 May 2008 From New Scientist Print Edition. No matter how quiet we try to be now it's too late to prevent alien invaders. So says Alexander Zaitsev of the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics in Moscow, Russia, who points the finger at astronomers. For 40 years, astronomers have fired microwaves off objects to chart near-Earth space and track the movement of close asteroids - and these signals are traceable back to us. By comparison, Zaitsev says, dedicated transmissions - often described as "shouting into an unknown jungle" - are a mere whisper....
  • Pipe down! Brussels slaps a noise order on heart of Scotland

    04/20/2008 7:12:29 AM PDT · by NCjim · 40 replies · 99+ views
    London Times ^ | April 20, 2008 | Jason Allardyce
    Their high-pitched skirl has put fear into the hearts of Scotland’s enemies and sent sensitive tourists reaching for the cotton wool. Now, however, the bagpipes are to be quietened by an edict from Brussels. From this month, pipers must adhere to strict volume limits or risk breaking European Union health and safety laws. Bands have been ordered to tone down or wear earplugs to limit noise exposure to 85 decibels. Typically, a pipe band played at full volume peaks at 122 decibels outdoors, noisier than the sound of either a nightclub or a chainsaw, which rises to 116 decibels. The...
  • Fans of secluded retreat fear Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/13/2008 3:33:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 621+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    A Piney Woods retreat that has hosted national church conferences on controversial issues, celebrated the consecration of bishops and provided summer memories for thousands of teens now faces another kind of challenge. The nearly two square miles of forest, hills, fields, lakes and buildings that make up Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center, 15 miles southeast of Navasota, lie in a two-mile-wide strip listed in state documents as the preferred route for the planned Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. Proposed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, the corridor plan has drawn heated opposition at town hall meetings and public hearings throughout Southeast...
  • Boulder City Council may halt weekend building

    02/05/2008 9:41:34 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 15 replies · 53+ views
    The Daily Camera ^ | February 4, 2008 | Ryan Morgan
    Weekend work on new homes and remodels in Boulder's neighborhoods could become a thing of the past if a proposal to limit residential construction to weekdays advances. snip p> snip Kathryn Keller, who wrote an e-mail to (city councilwoman)Osborne asking for help, said the intense impacts from living next to a major construction project wouldn't be unbearable if neighbors had quiet and peaceful weekends to recuperate. "Working those extra two days to fast-track this project to get it done for these rich people is what has pushed so many people in the neighborhood over the brink," she said. "You're woken...
  • Couple protest jet noise with obscene rooftop sign

    01/25/2008 9:02:51 AM PST · by Moose4 · 117 replies · 472+ views
    CNN.com (AP) ^ | 25 January 2008 | Unattributed
    FOLSOM, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The skies won't seem especially friendly to anyone taking off from Philadelphia International Airport if they notice what a suburban couple wrote on the roof of their home. "(Expletive) U FAA," the message reads, though one letter of the profane word is substituted with an underline. Below that it is a picture of a plane with a slash through it and the words "no fly zone." Homeowner Michael Hall and his girlfriend, Michaelene Buddy, are angry that jets have been flying over their house since last month, when the Federal Aviation Administration altered departures heading out...
  • Running Out Of Vroom: Cities Are Muffling Bikers (Hush that Hog — NOW!)

    08/24/2007 8:27:53 AM PDT · by devane617 · 107 replies · 1,667+ views
    TBO.com ^ | 08/24/2007 | EMILY FREDRIX
    MILWAUKEE - Cities from New York to Denver are giving motorcyclists the silent treatment. That worries riders rights groups, which fear that a wave of ordinances aimed at muffling Harley-Davidsons, hushing Hondas and stifling Suzukis will create a confusing patchwork of laws that motorcyclists won't be able to navigate. The motorcycle industry is concerned it could turn these frustrated riders away. 'From our perspective, this creates enormous problems for us because people notice the one motorcycle that makes a lot of noise,' said Bill Wood, spokesman for the American Motorcyclist Association. 'They don't notice the 50 that pass that don't....
  • Police Arrest 'Witch' On Noise Suspicion

    08/15/2007 12:43:41 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 308+ views
    ktvu.com ^ | 08/15/07 | ktvu
    WAUKESHA, Wis. -- A Waukesha woman who claims she's a witch was arrested on suspicion of disturbing her neighbors, police said. Neighbors along a typically quiet Waukesha street said they woke up just after midnight Tuesday to quite a commotion, reported WISN-TV in Milwaukee. "All of a sudden I'm seeing flashing lights, firecrackers and all sorts of stuff," said neighbor Vicki Denova. Investigators said Brenna Barney is a Wicca and was practicing a religious ritual because of a new moon. Police said it involved a bon fire in a pit and witch chants. "Literally, we saw her take a doll,...
  • 50 Cent: I'll Quit if Outsold by Kanye West

    08/11/2007 8:12:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies · 433+ views
    AP - Fox ^ | August 10, 2007
    50 Cent believes his new album will outsell Kanye West's upcoming disc, and he's betting his solo career on it. Both 50 Cent and West have albums due out Sept. 11. 50 Cent, who has sold better than West, has been riled by forecasts that sales of West's "Graduation" could rival those for his "Curtis" CD. "Let's raise the stakes," the 31-year-old rapper told hip-hop Web site SOHH.com in an interview posted Friday. "If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I'll no longer write music. I'll write music and work with my other artists, but...
  • Bike bell leads to $572 fine in Jersey shore town

    08/02/2007 8:20:19 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 24 replies · 365+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | August 2, 2007
    BELMAR, N.J. - How serious is Belmar about cracking down on noise after dark? Just ask Joseph Palermo, who was fined $572 for letting a woman ring the bell on his bicycle. Of course, it was 1:45 a.m. and he had already been warned by police twice to stop. "I just think it's funny that they can do that," said Palermo, a 22-year-old surfer from Kapaa, Hawaii who is spending the summer working on a scallop boat based in Brielle and is staying with friends in Belmar. But the borough is strictly enforcing its quality of life ordinances, particularly those...
  • iPod Noise Pollution Irks Those Nearby

    07/31/2007 8:19:06 PM PDT · by RayChuang88 · 8 replies · 311+ views
    Associated Press via MyWay.com ^ | July 31, 2007 | Erin Carlson
    NEW YORK (AP) - Dave Legeret silently fumed as the man seated beside him on the plane blasted techno music on his iPod at full volume. "It was kind of rude," recalled Legeret, 38, a jewelry designer from Sandy Hook, Conn., who was forced to listen while flying from New York City to Disney World with his wife and 8-year-old son. "Listen to it at a level that just you can hear it and everyone else doesn't have to be subject to it." Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s ubiquitous iPod is best known as an instrument of solitude - unless the user...
  • Dozens cited under new NYC noise rules

    07/06/2007 8:34:46 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 32 replies · 751+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/6/07 | AP
    NEW YORK - Authorities issued more than three dozen summonses — including at least one to an ice cream truck driver — in the first five days of a new noise ordinance, a newspaper reported Friday. Some 38 citations were issued Sunday alone, according to The New York Times. The report said authorities did not provide a complete tally of summonses issued since the regulations took effect July 1. Costas "Gus" Vamvakas received a citation while on his rounds in a Mr. Softee truck in Queens on Wednesday. The new rules require the popular ice cream chain to stop playing...
  • Bayville couple in hot water over pool noise

    06/21/2007 8:04:48 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 192 replies · 3,619+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 21, 2007
    Bayville couple in hot water over pool noise A Bayville couple could face jail time because angry neighbors claim their daughters play too loudly in their backyard. William and Rachel Poczatek must enter a plea in village court today after their neighbors complained to the village that the Poczateks' two daughters, aged 5 and 11, were making too much noise around the family's pool. "I don't know what kind of solution there is," said Rachel Poczatek, 43. "Should I muzzle my children?" The couple is charged with violating a noise code aimed at "the shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers...
  • Noise keeps spooks out of the loop (Developer claims it's better than quantum cryptography)

    05/26/2007 6:26:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 59 replies · 2,102+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 5/23/07 | D. Jason Palmer
    SPYING is big business, and avoiding being spied on an even bigger one. So imagine if someone came up with a simple, cheap way of encrypting messages that is almost impossible to hack into? American computer engineer Laszlo Kish at Texas A&M University in College Station claims to have done just that. He says the thermal properties of a simple wire can be exploited to create a secure communications channel, one that outperforms quantum cryptography keys. His cipher device, which he first proposed in 2005, exploits a property called thermal noise. Thermal noise is generated by the natural agitation of...
  • Dogs relearn how to tolerate combat noise (WOOF! - WOOF!)

    03/15/2007 5:53:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 29 replies · 783+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The sounds of battle are strong enough to unnerve soldiers — the two-legged variety and the four-legged ones. Not too long ago, a military team from this Army post was the victim of an improvised explosive device that hit the vehicle they were in while deployed to Afghanistan, where they arrived early last year. Staff Sgt. Ruben Alaniz and his four-footed partner Anka received slight concussions, and it is thought this may have led the specialized search dog to become hesitant in performing her duties and become a little aggressive. She had found a number of devices....
  • The 50 albums that changed music

    09/29/2006 9:52:06 PM PDT · by pissant · 119 replies · 2,794+ views
    1 The Velvet Underground and Nico The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967) Though it sold poorly on its initial release, this has since become arguably the most influential rock album of all time. The first art-rock album, it merges dreamy, druggy balladry ('Sunday Morning') with raw and uncompromising sonic experimentation ('Venus in Furs'), and is famously clothed in that Andy Warhol-designed 'banana' sleeve. Lou Reed's lyrics depicted a Warholian New York demi-monde where hard drugs and sexual experimentation held sway. Shocking then, and still utterly transfixing. Without this, there'd be no ... Bowie, Roxy Music, Siouxsie and the Banshees and...
  • Driving while O'Reillying

    08/27/2006 11:39:25 AM PDT · by steve-b · 27 replies · 1,072+ views
    Tampa Bay, Florida - Take a look at this police video. Watch as police pull over a man for speeding and a loud stereo. You'll see as the man gets belligerent - it seems he thinks that noise laws should not apply to what he is listening to. During this stop, the man that was pulled over for speeding explains to the officer, that wasn't listening to rap, and he wasn't listening to rock and roll. He opines that since he was listening to Bill O'Reilly, that it was ok to have it at top decibel. The officer explains differently.
  • No Brats Allowed!

    08/15/2006 6:24:16 AM PDT · by steve-b · 523 replies · 10,801+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/15/06 | Victoria Clayton
    For Cindy Nooney's 3-year-old twin boys, playing with the Thomas the Train set at their local bookstore in Southern California is a major thrill. Jack and Sam push Thomas, Arthur and friends down the track, they run around the table, jump up and down — and, of course, they squeeeaal. Nooney expects as much in the children's section of the store. But on a recent afternoon, she was surprised by an employee who confronted her, calling her darling Jack a tyrant. "He was a little loud but this is a children's section," says Nooney. "They run a noisy, cavernous bookstore...
  • No audience diversity despite Common and Kanye shows (LOLLAPALOOZA LAUGH ALERT)

    08/13/2006 3:58:22 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 15 replies · 851+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 13, 2006 | JIM DEROGATIS Pop Music Critic
    Among the most noteworthy performances at Lollapalooza 2006 were the biggest hometown shows ever performed by the two most successful rappers Chicago has produced -- Common and Kanye West -- and the first appearance here by French-Latin giant Manu Chao, a heroic figure in the Latin music community. Unfortunately, the crowd of about 50,000 that watched West perform was almost exclusively white, and hardly a mirror image of his hometown or his fan base. And many Latin music fans felt excluded from Chao's show and hurt by a contract that prohibited him from performing elsewhere in the city during his...
  • The Who live broadcast on internet

    07/03/2006 12:33:18 PM PDT · by WillT · 52 replies · 1,338+ views
    7/3/06 | Will
    Anyone interested in watching the rock group, The Who, perform an entire concert online for FREE, check out the website www.thewholive.tv - follow the links to see the show. I watched the Hyde Park show yesterday and it was fantastic !! Just a FYI for some Who fans or rock fans !! Today's show starts at approx. 4 pm EST and two others on July 5, 6 for free. It's a good deal to watch one of the greatest rock bands ever !!
  • TOOL To Support METALLICA In Korea - June 26, 2006

    06/26/2006 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies · 388+ views
    blabbermouth.net ^ | June 26, 2006 | Kevin Kim
    TOOL have been confirmed as direct support for METALLICA on August 15 at the Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium in Seoul, Korea. This concert will mark TOOL's first-ever Korean appearance and METALLICA's first show in the country since April 1998. More support bands will be announced soon. Tickets are available at this location. TOOL's fourth full-length album, "10,000 Days", debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold one million copies in the seven weeks since its release. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told England's BBC Radio 1 that the group's new album is likely to be released in the...
  • Music Festival in Eastern New Mexico for lovers of Buddy Holly era music

    05/29/2006 1:47:13 PM PDT · by Muleteam1 · 8 replies · 307+ views
    De Miller's Webpage ^ | 2006 | De Miller
  • America Supports You: Father's Day Concert to Rock Offutt Air Force Base

    06/16/2006 4:45:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 430+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 16, 2006 – Dads of the Offutt Air Force Base community in Nebraska are in for a special Father's Day treat, the Spirit of America Tour founder and president said. Country music favorite Charlie Daniels (left) and Spirit of America founder and president Robert Rosenthal chat on stage at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., during Daniels' concert in 2003. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Thanks to Spirit, and a well-timed break in her tour schedule, country music star Jo Dee Messina will have a "meet and greet" with the troops before performing a free concert...
  • CA: A familiar scenario: Right-wing makes noise, but little else, at convention

    02/23/2006 10:10:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 463+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 2/23/06 | Roger Salazar
    It's party time―again. It's time for all the good, little, right-wing boys and girls of the OC, Inland Empire, and Central Valley to strut their stuff at the California Republican Party convention―again. Seriously, how many of these things do these guys have every year? Still, this one ought to be interesting. The PPIC poll out today shows Schwarzenegger has failed to gain traction with the public, despite his infrastructure bond marketing tour. In fact, Arnold's approval rating has tumbled down to 35 percent among all adults, dropping five points since January. Arnold was hemorrhaging support from the left and the...
  • Bisbee group protests Bush speech with 'joyful noise' (Nut Jobs on the March)

    02/01/2006 5:49:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 670+ views
    BISBEE — Not everybody was listening to President Bush’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. In Bisbee’s Goar Park, a group of about 50 anti-Bush protesters “made a joyful noise to drown out Bush’s lies,” according to organizer Mary Elinor “Walking Mary” Adams, 65. The festive din poured up Brewery Gulch. Children joined in the noisy chorus. Coffee and refreshments were served. “Today, I’m with the people who speak the truth,” Adams said as her friend Beverly “Bobo” Quick, 60, danced nearby, smacking a tambourine on hip and hand. Local jewelry maker Joe Hogan, 70, wearing a Tibetan hat,...
  • Noise Machine Deters Shop Gangs

    12/13/2005 4:18:37 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 17 replies · 1,057+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/08/05 | unknown
    A shop manager's annoyance over problem teenagers hanging around his store is being tackled head on with a noise nuisance device. The Mosquito, which sends out high-pitched soundwaves, is persuading gangs to move on. Robert Gough, who runs the Spar shop in Barry, says the new nine-inch box is a success. As treasurer of PACT (Preventing Anti-Social Crime Together), Mr Gough hopes more businesses will be helped. It's like a buzzing noise. I didn't know where it was coming from, it's not terrible. Shopper Gerda Hunt The box, placed on the outside wall of the store, emits an 80-decibel pulsing...