Tuesday, July 18, 2006

'No sex' versus 'sex'?

Try this. It's mad, but fun. You position a cursor along a number of scales of things you may or may not look for in a book, for example 'no sex' versus 'sex' or 'easy' versus 'demanding', then press go and up pops a book recommendation.

Sorry Debi, more displacement activity. Just what you needed.

I've been manipulating it like crazy but haven't yet managed to get it to recommend Taking Comfort.

4 comments:

crimeficreader said...

Hello, Roger. I travelled here via Debi Alper's blog. I just tried that site and found it only took four category preferences before it blinked the "go" bit at me and forced me to receive a recommendation. That came up with some poetry which is not my ilk at all.

So I tried again, picking four categories non sequentially that time. It still called a hault on the four I'd answered.

Does the same happen to you?

crimeficreader said...

An excellent post title, by the way. That'll get you more visits! :-)

roger said...

Crap, isn't it. Nice idea though. If only it worked.

But maybe it is a way of finding out about books you wouldn't otherwise know about? In which case, not all bad.

I'm thinking of developing a version of it where every book it suggests is this one. But that probably doesn't surprise anyone.

roger said...

Oh, forgot to say, Hi crimeficreader! Thanks for popping in.