Well, the "Tobacco and the Law" seminar is meeting down the hall in the George Young Room. They're watching a video with the bass way up. The door is closed, but that only isolates the bass from anything human-sounding. At least they aren't smoking.
I plugged headphones into the iMac and cued up the "Most Relaxing Classical Music" compilation I downloaded from iTunes on some previous occasion when I needed to cancel out background noise. I know that isn't the real purpose of music--to approximate silence--but that was my abuse of it. Hopefully, no one will make the wisecrack that I look like an air traffic controller.
I just mentioned the problem to someone who went and got the TV turned down. See, that's the trouble with blogging.