October 18, 2012
Today in IRC-as-performance-art news, a friend just had the idea of turning Amazon’s recommendation algorithm into some sort of Reality-TV / Takeshi’s Castle crossover thing.
|12:02 <mhoye>||My goodness, Amazon's "people who have bought this also bought" is returning some pretty implausible results.|
|12:04 <mhoye>||500 feet of rapelling cable, an espresso tamper, five knives and a ten-pound box of adhesive googly-eyes.|
|12:05 <mhoye>||I live my life, and somewhere in the world, algorithms learn to fear.|
|12:05 <mhoye>||This is good.|
|12:05 <colleague>||that's actually not a bad mix|
|12:05 <mhoye>||It gives me something to aspire to.|
|12:05 <colleague2>||mhoye: there's a concept for a show here -- something like "Chopped" but not food|
|12:05 <mhoye>||I need more days in my life where those things are a necessity.|
|12:07 <mhoye>||colleague2: That is a _brilliant_ idea. Some sort of cinema-verite thing where you go over the list of things Amazon also recommends, and then construct some sort of high-intensity scenario where IF YOU DON'T RAPPEL INTO THE ELEVATOR SHAFT, PRY OPEN THE DEVICE WITH ALL THE KNIVES AND TAMP TEN POUNDS OF GOOGLEY EYES INTO IT OR THE CITY IS DOOMED.|
|12:09 <mhoye>||Update: Clicking 'next' has added a book called "The Wisdom Of Whores", a 6-quart slow cooker and five hundred miniature pompoms to the list.|
|12:09 <mhoye>||This might get complicated.|
Contrived? Dumb? Absolutely. But also awesome, no?