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I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -- Thoreau
 
I like taking public transport because I can read and work on the train or bus. The journeys give me a limited time to do something focused.

Unfortunately, no matter how efficient public transport might get, it suffers from one unavoidable flaw. It is public and often attracts the loud and boorish.

That is why I think that one of the best modern inventions is noise-cancelling headphones. These marvels of human ingenuity are expensive, but they help create “companionable solitude” by some measure. That peace amid the din is what enables me to think and work.

This simple image quote is courtesy of this photo shared under Creative Commons (CC).
 

 
Note: I am not endorsing the brand of headphones in the photo. The image was the best one I could find under CC. I use a different brand anyway.

I am a year older today.

It was one of the few birthdays I marked without loved ones beside me. I am away in London to deliver a short talk at Bett 2015 tomorrow.

Before I left, my wife bought me a pair of Bose QC25 noise-cancelling headphones as an early birthday present. It was so early that I received it at Christmas last year!

 

 

The headphones have already helped me immensely.

They shut noise out so that I could think while I was out and about. They dampened the sound of a funeral downstairs while I was drafting this entry in advance of my trip.

They neutralized the ambient sounds on my flight to London so that I could create a cocoon of comfort.

The silence gave me pause for thought. Did I have to shut the sounds of the analogue world so that I could create content for the digital one? Was I favouring one world for the other?

Perhaps. When I need laser-like focus, I do what I can to provide an environment in which to concentrate. But when I meet people in person, I provide that same focus too, sans headphones.

I am planning to meet and will have already met folks here in the UK. The appointments were made because I have a social media presence and because they know me from what I create online. So there is no false dichotomy of digital versus analogue; one process leads to the other.


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