Bruce (kor27) wrote,
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Reason #185 Why I Shouldn't Be a Parent

There's a family two tables away from me. They have a child, I think about 1 year old or so - she's quite cute. She's also in a very good mood, and quite LOUD. She has that piercing "expression of joy" squeal that so fortunately stops being a possibility by around four years of age.

Now, first, I have to say: Her parents (or present guardians) are doing whatever they can, within reason, to get her to shush - and have been reasonably successful. This is not one of those permissive-parents-you-want-to-line-up-against-a-wall-and-shoot situations.

Still, periodically she gets excited and lets loose.

The interesting thing is my reaction. I can be quite reasonable and understanding between squeals. During them, however, I have a definite visceral reaction.

I want to smash whatever is making the noise until it stops.

Immediately afterward, the engineering and scientific training takes over, and I start to think that one should be able to eliminate the behavior by repetitive negative reinforcement.

And it should be easy to adapt the construction of those dog "anti-bark" shock collars for the purpose...
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    I have another little batch of new songs, this time some requests, but also several that just seemed interesting. The track count is up to 24,153,…

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