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Mar 12, 2005

Science & Snake Oil: “I am asking for a dialog about ethics in our business. In all the years I have been doing this, I cannot recall a single seminar or paper presented on the topic. True, we are not physicians. Folks don’t die from bad sound systems or overpriced consultants or bad mixes (thank God). But does this mean we don’t need ethical standards?


I briefly mentioned a while ago that I worked on a project involving noise from roosters. Well this has certainly been a week of rooster noise problems. First, wrestler Hulk Hogan has been facing complaints that his pet rooster Lilly is disturbing his neighbors. Next up is the story of a Tennessee man who his suing his neighbor over crowing roosters. There was even an op-ed piece published about a Virginia resident who is trying to deal with her neighbors noisy rooster.

Having heard roosters crowing, it’s hard not to sympathize with the neighbors. Rooster do not crow only at dawn as commonly believed - they crow all day and all night. Would you like to listen to this for 24 hours a day?

Of course these problems also bring up the issues of “who was there first?” but that’s a discussion for another day.


Returning home from prison, Martha Stewart manages to violate Westchester County Airport’s voluntary curfew. Not a good start Martha…


This I like: compact stackable speakers ostensibly for portable audio devices like the iPod. I like these because stacking them in different configurations allows you to change the directivity pattern to fit your needs. Of course I have no idea how these speakers actually sound, but at $50/cube, one would hope they would at least sound decent.

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