Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

WTF is up with Amazon?

Is it just me, and my freewheelin' crazy lifestyle, or is someone at Amazon fuckin' with the search engine?  Searching for the book "Strapped : Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead by Tamara Draut" also yielded "The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men", "Blow Him Away : How to Give Him Mind-Blowing Oral Sex", and, the piece de' reseistance, "The Illustrated Book Of Anal Sex".

Hmmm.
Permalink Send private email John Haren 
January 29th, 2006 11:51am
That's what you get for viewing that anal sex manual linked here earlier.  Amazon remembers what you view, too.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 29th, 2006 11:53am
Word?  Oh, fuck!  Quick, before the feds show up... flush it all down the toilet... ALL of it... hurry!
Permalink Send private email John Haren 
January 29th, 2006 11:56am
I should forward this to my friends working there. Bet they'll come up with flaky excuses on why it's done like that.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 29th, 2006 12:00pm
Ah.  Cleared cache.  Now it's "2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue".

Now I'm looking' at rock videos
knock-kneed bimbos walking' like hoes
you can have them bimbos
I keep my women like Flo-Jo
Permalink Send private email John Haren 
January 29th, 2006 12:08pm
Yeah, what's up with Amazon deciding that because I looked at one anal sex book suddenly that's all I want to look at? The same thing happened when I bought one pre-teen book for a birthday party - suddenly my whole list is Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket...

Philo
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January 29th, 2006 4:25pm
Yeah, same thing happened to me, my Amazon "personal page" was filled with anal sex and anal health books because of that one fucking link someone posted here that I clicked on.

It's kind of the Amazon equivalent of Bob Goatse.
Permalink Send private email Bored Bystander 
January 29th, 2006 9:47pm
it actually makes a kind of sense if you think about it.

its impossible to 'average out' the books im interested in.  one month Ill be interested in X, the next more likely something entirely different.

so any algorithm that suggests books based on my previous interests is almost certain to be wrong :)

the solution?  present books based on the most recently accessed titles.

if im looking for a kids book for my nephew say, then if I look at one now, by tomorrow I can log in and see any other similar ones.

its actually not a bad solution.

<g> although maybe it still has a few quirks.

"here mum, use my login..."
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 29th, 2006 9:58pm
Heh. Suckers.

You can change the recently viewed items used for suggestions list.
Permalink plugh 
January 29th, 2006 10:01pm
Maybe "Strapped" linked up to "strap ons".
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January 30th, 2006 12:44pm
I read the book this weekend.  Didn't feel sorry for many of the cases in the book - some of these people were broke because they made really stupid financial decisions, not because the system in our country is unfair.

On the other hand, I think that college should be free.
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