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Help me remember a half-forgotten quote about crickets and silence

I've been trying to remember both the wording and the source of a quote I once heard to the effect of "If you want to make a loud noise, be so quiet you can hear the crickets, then take away the crickets." I heard (or read?) this in the context of writing poetry, and I feel like it may have been connected to Basho in some way--but I might be thinking that just because he wrote about crickets a lot. I have googled to no avail, but I may just suck at googling.
posted by dersins on Jan 16, 2017 - 2 answers

Advice on making the most of my first meditation retreat

Next weekend I'm going for a four-day retreat in the middle of nowhere and I am excited but also a little nervous! It's hard to find unbiased information about what to expect, so I'm curious about any of your experiences with these. This previous thread is giving me nightmares. [more inside]
posted by witchen on May 20, 2016 - 9 answers

What can I tell myself to keep from complaining @ work?

I intend to leave my job in a few months. I would like to bite my lip and suck up any stupid stuff until then. Unfortunately, I have instead been complaining to my managers (never to fellow employees). I feel like I'm showing my hand for no reason and it's undignified. Next time, when I'm talking to my manager and feel frustrated, what are some things (mantras, poetry, general rational thoughts) I could tell myself to keep my thoughts to myself even if I'm certain it won't affect my employment?
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Dramatic Silence in Live Music Performance

I am looking for examples of musical performances in which the performer uses a natural break or pause in the song and stretches it out to the breaking point creating tension for dramatic effect before diving back into the song.
posted by j03 on Nov 19, 2014 - 11 answers

I don't really want to be this aware of my own blood.

I sometimes like to use earplugs, but I always end up just listening to my blood loudly pulsing around in my head. This is not ideal. Does anyone have recommendations for earplugs that actually make things quiet, instead of just replacing ambient noise with the noise of my heartbeat? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 29, 2014 - 13 answers

How do you just... not talk?

My voice is possibly damaged; I can speak, but I probably shouldn't. Any tips on how to remember this? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Jul 17, 2013 - 12 answers

The bells, the bells, they deafen me

So we've discussed what to do if you're wanting to have fun with call-center scammers who claim they're from Microsoft. What to do to stop them, though? [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Aug 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Which dvd editions of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter are the best quality?

I am looking for the best DVD (not Blu-Ray) prints of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter. I know Lambs had a Criterion issue and regular issue, a 2-disc issue and perhaps more. Manhunter had a 2-disc issue (orange cover), a single issue, and perhaps others. I currently have the Hannibal Lector trilogy, which is all three movies in slimline cases with no extras. I am not sure if they are the same prints that come in single issue cases or if my prints are the high quality. When I say "best", I am referring to best picture quality first and then extras. I am not sure if newer issues lime my slimline set necessarily have the best picture or not simply because they are newer. My slimline set is just the bare bones movies, btw. So best print and if any extras that would be great. I know Criterion has commentary on Silence.
posted by snap_dragon on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What are good ear plugs that are effective and that I can sleep in?

What are some good ear plugs available that are capable of muffling subwoofers? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Nov 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for songs with mutiple parts where music and vocals drop out for several seconds.

So, y'know that one part in Novacaine for the Soul around 1:20 where the music and vocals drop out completely for 3 or 4 seconds? I am look for not-too-obscure songs that have MULTIPLE occurrences of that kind of complete drop out of music and vocals. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Nov 14, 2011 - 16 answers

Too much noise. Need more silence.

I enjoy movies with extended scenes of silence between characters. Please recommend other entertainment in this vein. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Oct 2, 2011 - 44 answers

Do awkward silences necessarily = incompatibility?

Do awkward silences always mean incompatibility? Or can awkwardness come from within and have little to do with the other person? [more inside]
posted by mhm407 on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

How to cope with a noisy workplace?

I work as a web developer in an open space, and unfortunately, I am the type of developers who needs silence in order to concentrate on my code. This is a small startup, where people leave their music, ringtones, and other noisy devices, open. There's noise through the whole day, and I'm having difficulties to be productive. I've informed my managers about this, but since they are quite happy with background music, they've disregarded my requests and needs. How do you cope with such a situation? Are you aware of any good corporate "noise policy"? What do you think I should do?
posted by lipsum on Oct 12, 2010 - 46 answers

How do I silence the Vuvuzela?

I'd like to watch the World Cup in peace! Using Windows Media Center 7, how do I silence the annoying Vuvuzela horn? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jun 17, 2010 - 12 answers

iPhone 3gs ringer/silent switch to start an app for me?

How can I get the ringer/vibrate/silent switch on the side of my iPhone 3GS to start an app within the iPhone when I flick the switch instead of silencing the ringer? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

I am at a standstill. Have a done everything I should??

When I think about the situation, I think I'm doing the right thing. Then why do I feel so bad about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 - 44 answers

No Silencio

Why is there a teeny tiny bit of silence at the start of exported mp3 tracks? How can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by minifigs on Mar 22, 2009 - 6 answers

I didn't think I had that many John Cage covers ...

Several mp3s in my large collection are silent, or almost entirely so. Please help me find ways of detecting them automatically. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Nov 29, 2008 - 5 answers

A Library Fortress of Silentude?

There is a war going on in the library. This conflict is between students who seek solitary silent study and those who seek to study or work on projects in groups. An individual student's allegiance to a faction can change from day to day based on their current course load. Because the Grouparians have the advantage of numbers, they tend to win out over the Solitarites. Surely the latter group needs a fortress all their own? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on May 1, 2008 - 42 answers

Can you recommend a quiet PC?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a quiet PC? [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Nov 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me not go insane at work!

Are there any devices that I can plug my headphones into to give my complete silence so I can concentrate at work? [more inside]
posted by niwnfyc on Aug 24, 2007 - 13 answers

How Can I Hear Less?

What is the most effective way of reducing the sound of other people: voices, music, traffic, all the stuff that encroaches on silence. Is there a really efficient earplug or headphone that will work or some external machine that will counter noise effectively?
posted by jennydiski on Jul 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Origin of a drastically false assumption about actual alarm system status?

Where does the idea come from that an alarm company can actually tell whether the system actually is armed? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 10, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me stop the iTunes seziures on Windows XP.

iTunes 7.X on my Windows box has seizures during the last several seconds of a song. My search fu has failed me. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Nov 15, 2006 - 16 answers

Songs of Silence

Shhh! A mixcd about silence... [more inside]
posted by grateful on Aug 16, 2006 - 62 answers

Time of no reply

How do you deal with the frustration of waiting for a reply and never getting one? Is there a helpful mantra or attitude adjustment or something? [more inside]
posted by Eater on Jun 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Music with silence

Looking for music with interesting or creative uses of silence. Please no John Cage.
posted by Joseph Gurl on Dec 5, 2005 - 50 answers

A field recording of two minutes of silence.

Is there a field recording of the two minutes of silence yesterday honoring the London bombing victims? [more inside]
posted by grefo on Jul 15, 2005 - 9 answers

We need to talk.

Inspired by this question
Attention all men: I need your expert advice. How do I get my longtime SO to have a conversation about "our relationship" without frightening him and driving him into a clamlike silence? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 4, 2004 - 64 answers

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