Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

am listening to artificial coffee shop noise.

I read an article – How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity – which said that the background noise of a coffee shop is the ideal sound for creative tasks – better than silence.

So even though I’m sitting at home watching the snow pile up outside, I’ve got headphones on and am linked to a free site called which “recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe.”

I like it! (Although I do have an urge to drink more coffee.)