Monday, June 12, 2006

A ringtone meant to fall on deaf ears

This article from the New York Times (you will need to subscribe to see it) tells of a high frequency ringtone that many adults can not hear, but children can. So I have now downloaded it, and installed it as my Meeting Profile Ringtone. The experiment will be to see how many of my colleagues will hear it ring.

"In settings where cellphone use is forbidden — in class, for example — it is perfect for signaling the arrival of a text message without being detected by an elder of the species.
"When I heard about it I didn't believe it at first," said Donna Lewis, a technology teacher at the Trinity School in Manhattan. "But one of the kids gave me a copy, and I sent it to a colleague. She played it for her first graders. All of them could hear it, and neither she nor I could."
The technology, which relies on the fact that most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, was developed in Britain but has only recently spread to America — by Internet, of course.

Which reminds me of another crazy experiment: Eating only monkey food for a week. Adam Scott from Canada did this, and you can find his video diaries over on The last video states that if you only act on your good ideas, you will never do anything. I do not agree with the sentiment, but his ordeal/experiment is quite funny.

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