Questionable Horoscopes

Friendster has added a “joint horoscope” feature. It tells you, on the basis of some hidden algorithm (biorhythms, anyone?) whether you and each of your friends have good, so-so-, or bad cosmic karma on a particular day. Apparently, half of my friends have bad karma and the other half are so-so.

I’m reminded of the horoscope from Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. A friend of Dirk’s with a funny sense of humor and a job at the newpaper makes sure that Dirk’s horoscope is always filled with dire predictions and vicious insults. The paper’s editors are unable to determine why readership has fallen off by a twelfth.