Monday, December 18, 2006
Does Ray Bradbury Have a Beef With Christian Sock Knitters? 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Via Neil Gaiman's blog, a delightfully tongue-in-cheek webtoy that turns product recommendation portals on their head. Tired of having books, movies, and music shoved under your nose by nosy computer algorithms?

Try the UnSuggester: when you choose a book or author it returns the inverse, titles you likely wouldn't enjoy based on your search entry. The UnSuggester is more useful than you'd think - consider how many bad holiday gifting choices you can avert if you know what books to avoid!

As an experiment, I entered Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine (a wonderful, phantastic fictionalized memoir inspired by Bradbury's childhood in 1920's Waukegan, Illinois) as as book I enjoy. Based on this selection, the UnSuggester predicts I wouldn't like these books; oddly enough they mainly deal with conservative Christian theology and knitting:and...drumroll, please...I haven't laughed this hard in days.

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