So Saturday I took care of a friend's three third-graders, all of whom wanted to watch Daddy Day Care at a high volume. Now I'm a big Eddie Murphy fan, but c'mon. It's not exactly his best work. And I wanted to work on my book. By the time we were past the first Angelica Huston scene, I still hadn't written three words.
The solution: Great headphones and Simply Noise -- a white noise generator that masked Eddie and a room full of shrieking kids. Simply Noise plays a continuous loop of, well, static fuzz. To my ears, the white noise and pink noise are annoying, but the brown noise is perfectly soothing. Low-pitched, oceany, and full enough to drown out pretty much anything. I may have just found the cure for Adult ADHD.