newfangled things to torture myself #1: groucho edition


Groucho shows a bit of gam.

Now, I’ve had a LibraryThing account for quite a while,* and the two of us have gotten along well enough. Until recently, that is. They added a new feature to their website called WILL YOU LIKE IT? Based on the contents of your library, they’ll guess how likely you are to like a particular book. Of course this meant that I had to ask LibraryThing how likely I was to like my own books.

My “Will You Like It?” results as follows:

LibraryThing thinks you probably won’t like Elsewhere (certainty: very high)
LibraryThing thinks you probably won’t like Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (certainty: high)
LibraryThing thinks you will love Margarettown (certainty: low)

So, I guess we can take from this that Library Thing thinks I am likely to like things that are unpopular (i.e. Margarettown) though it can’t say for certain because they’re dealing with an (alas!) sadly limited set of data for this particular text.

I am reminded of Groucho Marx’s quote: “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” (This is why you’re all being treated to a healthy dose of man leg.)
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*I even have the LibraryThing book barcode scanner, the CueCat. I enjoy using this instrument more than I really want to admit (it’s like playing “store”) though the CueCat does look a bit… um… tawdry.

I have no idea what this scary rug is… I took this picture from LibraryThing’s website.