18 August 2005

Are you a jerk? Find out!

Some of you may remember the Dog Translator, a device that would, when it heard your dog make sounds, interpret those sounds for you. I mocked this invention, as dogs have prospered by being emotionally attuned to humans, and by making their emotions completely obvious to humans. Anyone who needed translation of what a dog was feeling must, I felt, have an emotional intelligence in the low single digits.

Now there's a device for those who are having trouble reading people's emotions. This is indeed a more challenging task, mostly because people are very practiced at masking those emotions. But just analyze their voice, or your own, with the Jerk-O-Meter, and you'll know how they're feeling. And if they catch you doing this, and the meter doesn't read "righteous indignation", it's probably broken.

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