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New York Noise

Nautilus has an article about anechoic chamber in New York at 20 DB, and how New York runs on noise:

Noise is the single greatest quality-of-life complaint New Yorkers have (we lodged 18,000 phone complaints with the Department of Environmental Protection last July alone). We all love to hate the noise. And yet sitting in silence, I do not feel as if I’ve found an escape from pain: I have simply traded it for a new variety. Shockingly, I realize I want to trade back.

At the same time, the New York Times reports on Doug Wheeler’s Desert Silence, a 10 DB anechoic chamber as an art project:

The sound engineers Doug is working with (Raj Patel and Joseph Digerness from the firm Arup) can identify things utterly imperceptible to us. They identified an electronic buzz from a panel on the eighth floor, a floor above us, coming through a concrete slab.

 

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IKEA without screws

IKEA is experimenting with furniture that has wooden click fittings instead of screws.

»We believe that easy assembly will be important for IKEA and our customers. When we were kids, we built treehouses. Today, kids grow up with a phone in their hands. It doesn’t come as natural to them to assembly furniture with a screwdriver.«

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Apostrophiser

The Telegraph had a article on a self-styled ‘grammar vigilante’, who corrects badly punctuated shop signs in the dead of the night, and the article has not been dated April, 1st.

[…] the man has corrected tens of missing and misplaced apostrophes on shop banners across Bristol over the past 13 years.

The pedant, who is yet to reveal his identity, claims his efforts are needed to bring an end to the improper use of English.

Meanwhile, innocent bystanders complain about the title ‘grammar vigilante’, because:

Melania Branton, a poet from North Somerset, said that whoever the ‘grammar vigilante’ turns out to be “must be wincing at the misnomer, as punctuation isn’t grammar”.

Right.

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