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Sixty-two decibels. A normal conversation is about that loud. A piano being played without any sort of amplification is just a little bit louder. But code enforcement officials in Huntsville, Alabama, have begun fining bands that exceed 62 decibels when performing on outside decks and patios in the downtown entertainment district. A new apartment building recently opened up amidst all the bars and nightclubs, and the new residents have been complaining about the noise.

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  1. If I were the bar owners, I’d wait until the hottest day of summer and send the cops to measure the SPL of the apartment’s HVAC unit. Bet its well over 80dB.

  2. Sounds lile the moron who built a home just beyond the end of my gun club’s 500m rifle range. It’s fairly quiet at tbat distance but the energy of most bullets doesn’t follow an inverse square law.

    1. These are the dumbest fucking people in the world. The lofts were opened in the past 6 months right across the street from a patio bar that has been there for a decade. They knew damn well what they were getting into.

      We were trying to convince the bar owners to put a million candlepower spotlight on the roof and aim it at these asshole’s windows. No law against that….

  3. So bar owners get together and line some pockets. It’s not rocket surgery.

    1. I always wanted to be a rocket surgeon, but I couldn’t stand the sight of liquid oxygen.

      1. I hope you weren’t too far from the explosion.

        (The link of course isn’t for your sake, but for the other readers.)

        1. Holy shit, first I heard of it. Just turned on the local TV station. I was wondering why someone asked me on Twitter if we were all right.

          1. Er, I meant “too close” in my original comment, of course. My brain wasn’t working because I hadn’t had any coffee yet.

            Apparently from your reply, you couldn’t have been very close if you didn’t know anything about it.

            1. Yeah, I figured, thanks 😉 I’m in Prague 6. Just found out my aunt-in-law was going by in a tram when it happened, and heard it quite loudly.

              1. Since I had to look it up, this is a map of Prague’s numbered districts for the benefit of any other posters who care about you. I believe the explosion was in Prague 1, not far from Prague 2?

                (Since I listen to Radio Prague, I know they’re in Vinohradsk?, which is Prague 2 from their address. A Google map search placed them a 2km drive from the site of the explosion. Other than that, I don’t know much about the geography of the city.)

                1. Well all of Prague proper is pretty small and dense, could easily be walked in an hour.

                  This was next to the National theater, across the river starts Prague 5 where my wife has a shop.

                  Can’t link to it in google maps, too long for the squirrels, but it’s N?rodn? divadlo, Ostrovn?, Prague, Czech Republic.

      2. Oh I could handle that, but it was the heights involved that got to me.

  4. 62dB measured from how far away?

    1. Couldn’t RTFA since the link took me to something unrelated. SF is on staff now?

  5. Sweden seems more hospitable to performance art these days:

    Calls to summon Muslims to prayer were broadcast over loudspeakers for the first time ever in Sweden this past Friday on April 26th at the Fittja Mosque in the Stockholm municipality of Botkyrka. The Islamic call to prayer (adhan), resonating from the towering 104-foot (32-meter) minaret, began with the ear-shattering “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Great) and was followed by the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”. Every Friday, people from as far as two kilometers away will be subjected to hear what U.S. President Obama called “one of the prettiest sounds on earth”.

    1. Used to be that the prayer caller had to project with the power of their own lungs to summon the worshippers. Last I heard, even some islamic countries put in regulations banning the use of loudspeakers dor that purpose and requiring the caller to vocalize the old fashioned way due to the volume.

      1. There’s an app for that.

        1. I had an app on my old Visor PDA when I was in Turkey. I wanted to see how close the guys were to the proper calculated astronomical time. They weren’t, generally.

    2. Is it louder than 62 dB?

    3. It’s Sweden. I suggest a death metal counterpoint.

  6. Sounds pretty solid to me dude.


    1. Heh…”sounds”, get it? Who says he’s not on topic?

  7. If you don’t want to live in the downtown entertainment district, don’t move to the downtown entertainment district. Similarly, if you don’t like the smell of fertilizer, don’t move to an area with working farms. Why do so many people have such difficulty figuring out such things?

    1. Much better to take advantage of the reduced residential real estate prices near working farms and entertainment districts, and then use the government to restrict those things after the fact.

    2. ” Why do so many people have such difficulty figuring out such things?”

      A large number of individuals appears to be under the impression that they are the only people on the planet and that the universe should accomodate their every whim.

      Watch how they drive, how they shop, and take note of this like this.

      Most humans are detestable critters.

    3. “If you don’t want to live in the downtown entertainment district, don’t move to the downtown entertainment district.”

      They’re fucking hipsters, where else are they going to live? After all, the downtown entertainment district is where all the local underground bands play!

  8. Reminds me of one day in Boulder when I was in a small crowd watching some kids play music from their driveway. Then a white van full of cops pulled up. The cops stormed the band, smashing instruments and faces alike. Must have destroyed several thousand dollars worth of equipment. As I’m watching a cop repeatedly slam the guitarist’s face into the now bloody white van, one came up to me and told me he’d take me to jail for loitering (presumably after a beating) if I didn’t get a move on. I moved on.

    And dunphy wonders why I have nothing but contempt for his profession.

    1. I take it you’ve already compiled the Daily Mail links for the morning and are just waiting for 9:00 to foist them upon us in the Mourning Lynx thread? Otherwise, you wouldn’t have the time to post stuff like the above.

      1. The DM was pretty lame this morning. Only came up with three links I thought worth posting.

        1. Know who else was pretty lame?

          1. FDR?

  9. I’m not going to defend a 68dB limit. 80dB is the standard safety limit.

    But I will say, having some background in neuroscience, that the kind of damage your ears sustain from prolonged exposure to loud music is not fixable with a hearing aid. Loud music shears off the cillia and cuases the nerve cells to eventually die. It takes years and years of regularly going to loud rock concerts, but if you do that, you’ll be deaf by 60. It’s not a volume thing, you’ve killed the nerves so a hearing aid isn’t going to help. Only a cochlear implant can repair it, and those are (a) expensive and (b) sound like shit. You’ll never enjoy music again.

  10. Oh yeah, and it’s worth pointing out that decibels are a logarithmic scale so the difference between 80dB and 68dB is about a factor of four in amplitude.

    1. You take your pompous fag talk elsewhere, tell you what. Nobody wants to read it.

  11. This stupidity is the exact same shit I had to deal with while stationed in Italy – Got a new XO who moved into an apartment next to a popular local bar. Noise from said bar was too loud so he had shore patrol stationed there to keep us in control and to kick the sailors out at midnight.

    Arsehole couldn’t have taken the residence reserved for him in our housing area, and he certainly couldn’t have found a place somewhere quieter, oh no – he just used his power to make things more ameniable for himself.

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