Monday, June 21, 2010


Amazon has a section where they recommend items based on your previous purchases.  They recommended "Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season" for me even though I have said that I was not interested in any of Seasons 1-8.  They recommended "George Lopez - The Complete First and Second Seasons" because I bought various Gilmore Girls seasons, however, Gilmore Girls is a comedy/drama that was very well done with mature humor whereas, Lopez is slapstick.

"Jack the Ripper" because of "You Only Live Twice"(James Bond) is there any connection that normal people can find?  "Alien Nation - The Complete Series" because of "Greatest American Hero"?  "The Complete UFO Megaset" because of "Our Man Flint"? "Mannequin & Mannequin 2: On the Move" because of "Due South"?  "Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seasons 1-5" even though I told them I wasn't interested in seasons 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5!

I also like there search engine.  I was searching for "Swedish Music" and the "Dumb and Dumber" DVD came up as one of the items.  Searching for "Castle Season 2" bought up "Married with Children - The Complete Fifth Season" (not seasons 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 but 5) in the first page.

Of course, some of the recommendations make sense and the search comes up with the items you may like most of the time.

A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!   Henry Fielding

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Aristotle

You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation. Charles Dickens

“Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

“And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been” Arthur Conan Doyle

recommend (v) 1 put forward (someone or something) with approval as being suitable for a particular purpose or role  • advise or suggest (something) as a course of action • [ trans. ] advise (someone) to do something   • make (someone or something) appealing or desirable
2 ( recommend someone/something to) archaic commend or entrust someone or something to (someone) 
ORIGIN late Middle English (sense 2) : from medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + commendare ‘commit to the care of.’

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