Tuesday, September 05, 2006

ETC: My Dirty Amazon Secret

I'm back!* And I've just noticed something interesting about the Amazon adstrip over there to our right. My understanding is that it's supposed to display "context-sensitive" products, i.e. books and stuff relevant to my posts. Which is fine and all, except that in my case this adstrip goes one further and delivers products related to my own recent Amazon purchases. Not just that -- it also shows you items related to those that I've merely viewed on Amazon. It's a veritable Dorian Gray's portrait of my browsing habits.

So if you've been wanting a peek at my embarrassing secrets, look no further. And yes, I DO like Johnny Cash. Let's just keep that between me and you and a boy named Sue, okay?

*I'll be back tomorrow the day after tomorrow some day with a post proper, but we're still getting unpacked and resettled today. Let me just take the opportunity to mention that Sam was a trooper on the return flight, despite the fact that our flight was delayed by almost an hour. If you want to practise flying with a toddler, I've got a sign-up sheet in my office.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, said adstrip shows me products related to my latest perusal of Amazon's wares (unless you were also looking at breadmakers recently). To each their own dirty Amazon secrets, I guess.

Jagosaurus said...

Heh. Who doesn't love Johnny Cash? There's no shame in that.

Doppelsis said...

I love Johnny Cash even if early one morning while making his rounds he took a shot of cocaine and shot his woman down.

Juliane said...

I haven't been to Amazon in months so I'm assuming the "I Hate to Exercise, I Love to Tap" book advertised is coming from you somehow.

Um... would you care to comment on that particular choice before or after I make merciless fun at your expense? And you were worried a fancy for Johnny Cash would make you look like a freak!

Doppelganger said...

Heh. Who doesn't love Johnny Cash? There's no shame in that.

True! In fact, I was telling Doppelsis that I pity people who don't like Johnny Cash, because they're obviously dead inside.

I love Johnny Cash even if early one morning while making his rounds he took a shot of cocaine and shot his woman down.

But at the end of the day he did the right thing by laying off that whiskey and letting that cocaine be. You've got to love a man who's willing to mend his ways.

Juliane, I have no way of accounting for that I Hate to Exercise, I Love to Tap book (CD? DVD? I forget), and I'm twice as perplexed -- and, to be frank, disturbed -- about it as you are. As far as that title goes, it's half right anyway.

Doppelsis said...

Juliane, Juliane, Juliane it sounds like you have the blues. You know what you have to do? You have to get rhythm when you get the blues.

Juliane said...

In fact, I *do* have the blues! Wow. Did that really come across in my comment or are you one of those teleplegic people? :) I lost my rhthym b/c I am sick to death of everything on my ipod. Got any suggestions to help me get it back?

Cap'n Ganch said...

Great, now Doppleganger's going to start "perusing" high-falootin' and socially acceptable Amazon sites so as to look fancy-schmancy to the rest of us who are still diddling around in the Pat the Bunny section.

If I write bawdy comments over and over here will it skew your results?

Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, John Grisham, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra, Kama Sutra ...

Doppelganger said...

Ha! Cap'n, I just did some pretentious browsing, and it worked. I hope you all are impressed by my smartitude.

Kristen said...

It showed me what I'D recently looked at. So you could have kept Johnny Cashykins your dirty little secret.

David said...

I don't know about Amazon ads. I have had some experience with Google ads on my Web site. Those are also context-sensitive, but the matching is entirely mechanical. So an anti-religion essay of mine is often accompanied by ads for churches.

I suppose the various leftwing pages on my site have ads for rightwing causes. I haven't checked.

jjlook said...

It's all about the weddings right now on the strip....

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