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Thu, 28 Dec 2006

Amazon recommendations

Today I ordered a spoon from Amazon. This seems to have screwed up its recommendations system so now it seems to be ignoring the zillion bits of sci-fi, the zombie flicks and the metal CDs I've bought and thinks that I want:

  • a slotted spoon
  • a ladle
  • a spaghetti server
  • an omelette turner
  • some tongs

mixed in with:

  • "selected works" of Cicero (no thanks, I'll select my own)
  • "Iron Sunrise" by Charlie Stross
  • "Adventures of a bacon curer"
  • a DVD of The Da Vinci Code
  • Now 65

Well done Amazon, you score two out of ten.

And what the FUCK is an omelette turner?

Posted at 14:07 by David Cantrell
keywords: amazon | weird
Permalink | 3 Comments

A wide, flat spatula curved to allow easy turning of omelettes, silly. :)

Also, you should be able to remove the spoon from your list of items to use for recommendations if you wish to return to your scheduled programming.

Posted by Adam on Thu, 28 Dec 2006 at 14:54:13

Omlette Turner? How could you not know what that is... and here I thought you were a gourmand.

It's a big ol' spatula.

I congratulate you in screwing with Amazon's supposed intelligent data mining programme(s).

Posted by mary on Fri, 29 Dec 2006 at 05:47:00

But I've already got a spatula! Two of 'em! Why do I need another specially for omelettes? The plain ol' spatulas I've already got work just great! Grrr.

Posted by David Cantrell on Fri, 29 Dec 2006 at 16:06:27

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