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Sep. 24th, 2006 | 05:01 pm

My apartment has walls thin enough that one can almost make out the conversation of the people next door under usual circumstances. (Late at night if they're right next to their wall you usually can make out what they're saying.)

During the summer the room next to my bedroom was empty and I was hopeful that "Hyena Boy" was gone, but alas it appears he was only gone for the summer and has returned to regale us with his loud barking laughter.

Why wasn't I willing enough to commit to buy a house when I first moved to Pasadena, and then why'd there have to be this stupid property bubble to make it impossible to afford housing in any moderately desireable region.

I wonder how strong of a team cohesion one could get out of an online workplace? Would VoIP and second life provide some of the important parts of an office environment for a knowledge worker?

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
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Darn... I used to have a little clock radio that included a white noise generator. I gave it away about a year ago. You can get a better one from Sharper Image. Once you get used to the sound of that, it does an amazingly good job of blocking unwanted other noises.

No matter how good the online workplace, one would still have to put up with barking neighbors at home.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
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I have easily annoyed hearing and even with a fan running I can still hear him.

The reason that telecommuting is important, is if you've got decent telecommuting you can go move some place more affordable but still have a decent job.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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I've worked with folks who often telecommuted but made occasional visits to the office; the security guy at my current company does that, spending three or four days a week at the office one week out of every two or three. It depends somewhat on how closely you're working with other people on a daily basis, and on how comfortable you are with online interaction (we use e-mail and IRC mostly).

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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I know when I've been a consultant I get lonely and start to loose focus when I'm off on my own for too long, I'm not sure how MMOs would work at making one feel "part" of a group.

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Dilinger

How big is the wall

from: dilinger
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Maybe a nice tapestry would work. Or you can look into white noise generators.

ha ha look what I found

http://www.naturestapestry.com/generator.html

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Diane Trout

Re: How big is the wall

from: alienghic
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I use a fan as a white noise generator, and though it helps its not quite enough. I also wonder about long term hearing damage from blocking sound with sound.

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