2012: Companies are redesigning offices, piping in special background noise to improve the acoustics and bringing in engineers to solve volume issues. “Sound masking” has become a buzz phrase.
1853: Indeed, not only would he be reckless and sadly given to making blots in the afternoon, but some days he went further and was rather noisy. 
Further reading: Ben Kafka’s take on Bartleby, the Scrivener from our Lines of Work Issue.

2012Companies are redesigning offices, piping in special background noise to improve the acoustics and bringing in engineers to solve volume issues. “Sound masking” has become a buzz phrase.

1853: Indeed, not only would he be reckless and sadly given to making blots in the afternoon, but some days he went further and was rather noisy. 

Further reading: Ben Kafka’s take on Bartleby, the Scrivener from our Lines of Work Issue.