peace and quiet

It’s that time of year again

Last year I warmed up to thinking about leaf-blowers more slowly, not writing about them (and rakes) until May. Perhaps my thinking would have been faster if I’d had less leaf-blowing around. Perhaps the leaf-blowers themselves weren’t really to blame: rather, it was a lack of leaves. (more…)

More news on noise pollution

New hydrophones monitor ship noise in Salish Sea (Globalnews.ca today):

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On potential for the rake’s progress

and maybe some reiki too.

[Draft prequel, from March, to the previous post from earlier today.]

PRACTICAL POSITIVE POSSIBLE LOCAL INNOVATION, “FROM HERE” (more…)

On research days, featuring BONUS INNOVATION: how to improve beeping reversing trucks


Skip straight to the problem of noise pollution from beeping trucks and suggestions for remedying it

Here in the Land of Literary Humanities and Other Liberal Arts (so, including maths and physics), “research” can look very different from more usual images and preconceptions:

Yes, medievalists and other humanities scholarly types spend a lot of time on Facebook, just like anyone else. Some of our sort of Facebook activity is even perfectly serious and scholarly and stuff, and much as one might expect from our research interests and their intersection with teaching & learning: (more…)