Social media has clearly made a diference in people’s lives and ability to reach out and communicate with each other. In this short film, we see now how it has been leveraged and combined with grass roots movements and advertising here in America to make difference and stop a horrendous religious zealot and war criminal.
For many folks sleep does not come as natural as they’d hope. Some people like to listen to white noise, music, fan noise, noise machines or even the sound of a TV in the background in order to help them find those ever elusive and precious Zzzz’s. It can be particularly difficult for people with hearing problems because tinnitus is so common among them.
Some people may seek music or ambient noise not because they have any specific issues sleeping, but simply because they like to have some form of soft music or background noise during bedtime or because they feel they get a better, deeper sleep when they do.
A company in New York is trying to make it easier and more comfortable to listen while in bed, and it’s particularly useful for couples where one of the partners prefers noise while the other prefers absolute silence, which is where noise machines, TV’s and others face one of their toughest challenges.
The Verge, with its consistently good articles, surprised me here with this hands on coverage of the Etymotic GunSport Pro GSP-1 electronic earplugs.
Clearly I am more aware of the health of my hearing now than at any point in the past, but it’s always nice to see “mainstream” coverage for electronic earplugs. Unless you are specifically looking for product reviews or information about high end electronic earplugs, you almost never simply come across articles like this.
If you are not aware, these devices use technology to allow low/soft sounds in while blocking out or modulating loud, potentially dangerous sounds. The model described on the source link is marketed at “Gun aficionados”, but technically they can be used by anyone who could be exposed to loud noises with sudden peaks in volume.
What’s best, Etymotic makes a lot of different models so be sure to check out their website too if you are in the market for (and in my humble opinion, if you are at all exposed to loud noises at work, live events or concerts you should at least look into it) protection for your ears.
I can’t speak for the quality of these… But if you are in need of custom-fit earphones (these one’s seem to be for every day use with no specific noise protection) and a trip to the audiologist, for whatever reason, is not an option, then you may want to give these a try.
Maureen is probably a nice person, but on the day (or days) she wrote this article, a postmortem on Steve Jobs, she must have been very angry because she made it a point, even using ALL CAPS IN ONE INSTANCE, to attack and insult not only Steve Jobs but also his biographer and even his wife.
It’s a painfully passionate dissection of what she believes to be the legacy of Steve Jobs; one devoid of fairness or objectivity. After the break I will provide my response to Maureen (who’ll likely never read it anyways), and my take on the reasons why her article, though “well written”, is devoid of legitimacy and in some instances accuracy.
Could this be the biggest “learn a new language” fever since the advent of RosettaStone? Well, Codecademy certainly hopes so and an endorsement from the mayor of NYC surely helps!
Since this is my first “Staying Busy” post, a series I hope to continue as I highlight one of my strategies (a full list will be posted soon) for coping with the loss of your senses or any debilitating condition, I wanted to zero in on something I’ll be trying this year myself: Learning a new language… Not a natural language (although you could certainly try that too!), but a programming language. And it’s probably easier than you think…