Monday, June 04, 2012

On the one hand ...


This is how my left hand looks these days -- a result of a wet floor, an uncontrolled slip-slide, a broken finger, and a surgery to patch up the bone at its tip. It's going to be two or three more weeks of pecking at the keyboard and other such good stuff.

On the other hand, it's better than being featured in ads shown to your Facebook friends :

On Valentine’s Day, Nick Bergus came across a link to an odd product on Amazon.com: a 55-gallon barrel of ... personal lubricant.

He found it irresistibly funny and, as one does in this age of instant sharing, he posted the link on Facebook, adding a comment: “For Valentine’s Day. And every day. For the rest of your life.”

Within days, friends of Mr. Bergus started seeing his post among the ads on Facebook pages, with his name and smiling mug shot. Facebook — or rather, one of its algorithms — had seen his post as an endorsement and transformed it into an advertisement, paid for by Amazon.

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Addendum: it's also better than what happened to Facts.

14 Comments:

  1. madrasi said...

    feel better ..

  2. Ankur Kulkarni said...

    Good luck Abi. Hope you are back in action with both hands soon!

  3. Dheeraj Sanghi said...

    Hi Abi, I hope to see you back in blogosphere with full force soon.

  4. Tabula Rasa said...

    ouch. get well soon and don't get too bored (not that you'd sit around twiddling your fingers :-))

  5. Rahul Siddharthan said...

    Get well soon. On the other hand, here's your opportunity to avoid saying "on the other hand" and write some really opinionated things!

  6. Ungrateful Alive said...

    Thank your stars that tub of lube was not spilled on the floor.

  7. gaddeswarup said...

    Abi,
    I use only one finger at the key board. Sometimes one needs a second finger to press for capital letters and so on but with an iPad even that is not necessary. We look forward to more pieces from you.

  8. Neelima said...

    Best wishes for a rapid recovery.
    Keep cheerful.

    Neelima.

  9. Neelima said...

    Best wishes for a rapid recovery.
    Keep cheerful.

    Neelima.

  10. vishu said...

    Abi, Wish you a speedy recovery.

  11. Rainbow Scientist said...

    Just thought this story might be interesting for your readers...

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/07/us/from-janitor-to-harvard/index.html

  12. ajitjadhav said...

    Is it just an inconvenience or does it also hurt?

    Ajit
    [E&OE]

  13. ajitjadhav said...

    Oops... Don't write back if it hurts!

    Ajit
    [E&OE]

  14. Ungrateful Alive said...

    You are really missing out on all the JEE-to-MOAUE circus!