As far as I can tell, there are two types of people in the world: those who can listen to music while they work and those who can't. I am firmly in the latter camp, unable to think if someone is even contemplating humming under their breath and preferring complete and utter silence wherever possible. 

In the place I've been working for the last week, however, they like to have the radio on. At first I handled this fairly ineffectively, basically just Twittering OMFG THE RADIO IS ON I CAN'T CONCENTRATE ARGHHHH. Then I decided to put my big girl pants on and suck it up and deal with it, and the way in which I did this was Googling "free white noise." And the first page I came to was, which offers streaming audio of white, pink, or brown noise.

Did you know about pink or brown noise? Because I did not! My favorite is the pink noise and contrary to what my boyfriend is going to say when he reads this, it's not just because I like the color pink so much that I choose major kitchen appliances in the color. The pink noise manages to blocks out EVERYTHING around you---seriously, the radio was but a distant memory---while still creating a totally neutral background conducive to work. You can download the noises too and load them on to your iPod, which would be great for plane journeys when you wanted to sleep or read. I bet it would also be perfect for blocking out bloody ESPN SportsCenter when someone is watching it at top volume  in the living room while you're trying to write a blog post in the bedroom, but unfortunately I'll have to wait until I'm back home at the end of the month to prove that.


Dec 17, 2008

This is a lifesaver! I'm the sort of person who must have a fan on for the noise when I sleep. Even when it is freezing outside. Definitely considering downloading a track for plane, train and automobile rides.

michelle woo
Dec 17, 2008

My boss blasts his Celine Dion and Christian soft rock all day and I have not been able to fully concentrate for two whole years. I'm serious. I moan. I yell. And the moment I put on headphones, he suddenly has something extremely important to tell me and walks over to my desk. It's insane. I can handle little administrative duties with the music blaring, but I don't get "real" work done (writing) until he goes home for the day. I've adjusted my work schedule accordingly. Anyway, thanks for letting me have this venting session. That was some good therapy right there.

Anne & May
Dec 17, 2008

HOLLY! I have an iPhone App that is going to change your life. I know, I know. I'm an App pusher but seriously. Try this one! The first hit is free!

(Not really. It costs 99 cents)

Download the aSleep App and then you'll have loads of White Noise and Nature Sounds on your iPhone whenever you need them. I use it on planes, in the office, in foreign hotel rooms, and more. Waterfalls, scuba diving breathing (seriously, that's one), plain old white noise!

Gosh, this reads like spam. Um...they seriously don't pay me to do this kind of thing.

Anne in SC
Dec 18, 2008

Going to check out the pink noise now. But thought I would point out that your "boyfriend" (paragraph 3) who will be reading this is now your "finace". How quickly you forget. (of course there's a big smile here - those are hard to convey without the luxury of accompanying facial expressions and without using dreaded emoticons)

Dec 18, 2008

Truthfully, I just feel sort of weird saying "fiance." It sounds so....I don't know. I can't get used to it. I guess I'll start calling him my "husband" sometime around 2015.

Jennifer R
Dec 18, 2008

Pray tell what in the world is "brown" noise?
I certainly hope it's not the sounds of the bathroom...

Dec 18, 2008

Um, have you seen the South Park episode where the kids try to figure out the note that is the "brown noise," that will make anyone who hears it poo? And they figure it out, and put it into the world recorder concert so that EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WILL POO AT ONCE. (But then they stop it in time or something. I forget why.) So that's what I think of when I hear "brown noise." I don't care how well it blocks out distracting noises, I don't think I could use it.

(Um. I don't think your comment filter will let me through if I don't enter my web site, for some reason. But I don't have one. So I'm going to try entering Google and see if that works...)

Dec 18, 2008

OK, well, that worked. That's odd.

Dec 18, 2008

Holy crap! That's so amazing. I too find it impossible to work or read or do pretty much anything when there is music distracting me, especially when it's music that I haven't picked out. I could have used this two Christmases ago when I worked in an office in the Castro that BLASTED cheesy Christmas music from the day after Thanksgiving until about sometime mid-January. I'm putting this on my Ipod, for sure. Thanks!

Dec 18, 2008

I just found out that my office plays white noise through speakers in the ceiling. We found this out when the speakers stopped working for the day and no one could concentrate because it was too quiet!

Dec 18, 2008

This is genius! Thanks for sharing. Honestly, I don't need it at work. But when I travel and go to hotels, I CANNOT sleep because at home I sleep with a fan or some sort of noise. Being able to download it to my iPod would be a lifesaver. Or sleepsaver.

Wow. I just sounded like an actress in an infomercial.

Dec 18, 2008

Work blocks this website. Yet my co-workers can blast their POP music from the radio on line. Not. Fair.

I'll have to download it to my iPod when I get home so I can block out the incessant talking and POP music.

Dec 18, 2008

The pulse checker tried to say I was not alive! Thankfully, it gave me an easier one the second time.

Dec 22, 2008

I'm in the same category as you, so THANK YOU for sharing this!