Am I Turning Geek?

According to the google, this is the typical definition for geek:

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However, I would much prefer this definition on urban dictionary.  It’s pretty close.  I’m not big on video games.  However, I have spent far too much time on the interweb, but that alone does not make me a geek.  Geek is more about attitude and how much time you can spend on the same task.  I also don’t think you have to ‘be a computer programmer’ to be a geek.  To “geek out” is to obsess over something, it could be a movie, a book, a groovy dance tune or a few lines of code.

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Are you socially awkward?

Most likely, sometimes it’s unnoticeable.  Other times it’s a glaring obvious panic induced situation that I would rather avoid.  I’m not entirely an introvert but I’d much sooner avoid social occasions where there are more than 3 people gathering unless we’re all dancing or at least listening to music, then small crowds are ok.  Never more than about 100 people though if possible.

Things like Canada day gatherings on Parliament, forget about it, you’ll never see me in a crowd like that, not on purpose.

Also, you need not be a geek to enjoy listening to ‘Background Noise 4 Geeks’.  It’s not just for geeks, although I’m hoping a few will enjoy it.

Background Noise 4 Geeks now on Spotify!

Woo hoo!  You can now find me on Spotify!

I’m a somebody!

This means real people are actually listening to me right now, ok, so there’s only the 3 of us so far, but wow!

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I’m listening right now on my iPad.  Spotify is an app for your smartphone.

What does this mean?

It means you’ll be able to listen to the whole album for free!  Err, I’m not sure how that works out for me, exactly.  To read more about how artists like me could potentially make money on Spotify.

How do I find the album?

In the Spotify app there should be a magnifying glass icon that will open a search box.

Typing ‘Background Noise 4 Geeks‘ should work.  Please let me know if you can’t find it.  It might depend on which country you’re listening from.

 

What is the best background noise for work?

About 15 years ago I worked in an office with a white noise generator.  It kept an otherwise loud environment filled with many lively coversations to a dull roar.  It worked rather well, to a point.  Pretty quickly your brain tunes out the white noise, it just becomes part of the environment and makes it easier to concentrate on your work. I’m sure some noise generators are better than others.

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However, a white noise generator can also be very irritating for some people.  I’ve read that it can possibly even increase your stress level rather than do what it is supposed to do which is to provide a peaceful and seemingly quiet work space.

My current office has a rather loud ventilation system that blocks out quite a bit of the distracting conversations in the adjacent cubicles.  When the fans turn off, there’s a sudden deafening silence.  It feels strange without the white noise of the ventilation system.  It turns off so rarely, otherwise it runs continuously all day, every day, winter or summer.  Without the vents on, everything and everyone seems so much louder, so much more noticeable.

If I had to block out the surrounding office noise by wearing headphones, I would not choose to listen to most of the ‘ambient’ noise generator apps that I’ve tried.  There are some exceptions of course, but typically for me,  10 to 15 minutes is all I can take of ambient music, after that my skin starts to crawl. I find that listening to music with vocals can be equally distracting.  If I’m reading or otherwise trying to concentrate, Jazz or Classical music would be a good choice.  I tested my album to see if I can actually work while listening to it.  I have to say it really depends on what I’m working on.  If it’s a mostly visual task like working with Photoshop then it passes the test quite nicely.  Ultimately, not having to wear headphones to block out the noise at work would be best.

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In my opinion, the best background noise for work would be the natural sounds you hear sitting in the woods among the trees, the birds and the insects.   Far away from the fax machine, the paper shredder and the sound of the ventilation system. Somehow, I don’t think listening to a recording of ‘sounds of the woods’ will help my work environment.  If only we could open a window in our office.  Oh imagine the nuisance of that! There would be no end to it, some of us would want the window to always be open, others for it to always be shut.

So it goes.

Deep Ambient Agitation

Looking for something to keep you awake at night?

Want to relax?

Wind down from a busy day with a quick listen to this ambient track that might make you feel slightly agitated.  No sense being completely at ease!

I’m experimenting with SoundCloud.  So far, I’ve really enjoyed the fabulous selection of music on this site.

This track is made in part with the ever magical ‘Trope’ app made by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers (and with some additional synthesizers for good measure).