On-line algorithms #fail

Following some of the memes and political commentary on Secretary of State Clinton’s clash with Senate Republicans, I found myself over at left-liberal TPM, where I received the following ad:

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While it’s true that the night before, after changing the water in our fish tank, standing on a wet rug with my shoes starting to soak through to my feet, I wondered if there wasn’t an easier way and looked at the Python on Amazon. But was that really the moment I was likely to pull the trigger and buy the thing? Was that the best use of my attention? Had they no other idea of what I might be interested in (especially Amazon?)?

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