Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Talk-o-Meter

There are friends, colleagues or even partners who do not notice it, when they dominate or worse, monopolize a conversation – meaning, they talk far too much. This chat-monitoring iPhone app can help any long-suffering audience.


The iPhone is placed between two people having a conversation and learns to separate the two voices. At intervals of 1, 2 or 5 minutes you see different lengths of red and blue bars that show what percentage of time each speaker was talking. Nobody has to be unpleasantly exhorted – from time to time everyone will have a cursory glance at the Talk-o-Meter and adapt if he/she is talking too much. Gentle biofeedback works.

It may work on most people but I doubt it will work on David Chong (fellow lecturer and friend)! He is a chatterbox who doesn’t know how to stop and who cannot stop talking, even if his life depends on it!

Ahmad Sarbaini’s death in the MACC premises could prove to be even more embarrassing than the death of DAP aide Teoh Beng Hock with Ahmad’s family questioning the police’s motives for an inquest. A family source agonized: “…Do not keep quiet like you are hiding something”. Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have criticized the idea, citing Teoh Beng Hock’s case as reason to back their doubts.

Meanwhile fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, in his latest posting today had alleged that the police had conducted a thorough check on Ahmad’s assets and found no “unusual or extraordinary” wealth. True or false, the police must address all the concerns in order to uphold their integrity and promote transparency.

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