Now, I may not be the brightest bait in the box, but one thing that’s completely blind-sided me about going from wall-to-wall carpet to laminate flooring is the acoustics. Basically, wall-to-wall carpet by its very nature is an excellent sound dampener, while laminate does very little to quiet things down.
I’m not a serious audiophile by a long shot, but just sitting here in the study listening to the usual tunage through iTunes is downright weird—there’s an echo in the room now, and the color of the sound is much more brassy and hollow than it used to be. It’s not enough to drive me nuts or anything, just a reminder that whenever you make a large change there will be unintended consequences.
As a side note, I remember hearing about a particularly interesting engineer at Volvo when I was growing up. This man apparently took the Engineer™ stereotype way outside the envelope—the kind of guy who took the day off to bring his car in to the shop and then stood behind the mechanics all day offering sage advice. Yes, that guy. Far as I heard, he never actually got punched in the face, surprisingly enough.
This particular Engineer™ was a somewhat compulsive audiophile and ended up remodeling his living room, making it a quarter-inch longer so that he could get a perfect standing wave from his sound system.
All I’m saying here is, I’m pretty far from that kind of scary devotion to sound, but the difference just from changing the flooring is pretty amazing.
And now it’s on to getting the home entertainment rig back up…
Posted Sunday, 15 May, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.