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Welcome to the circus of value! - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 13th, 2011

09:27 am - Welcome to the circus of value!

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OK so I'm not sure how crawlers work exactly or how much user behaviour is tracked on the internet these days, but I've noticed in the last year that you know those ads that pop up saying "Use this weird old trick to... *insert thing here* in less than 30 days"? Mine all used to tell me how to lose my belly. They were always pictures of shrinking women - even though I know male-targeted ones exist, I didn't usually get them. But now? All of a sudden I'm getting told about some grandma who doctors hate because she's used the weird old trick to get rid of her wrinkles.

Now, I could go into a rant about the cultivation of insecurity based in body size or age. I could probably do reasonably well at ranting on snake oil as well. But what I'm really interested in is whether other people are getting You're A Hideous Old Hag, or are they still getting You're A Hippopotamus? And before you jump in all smug and link me to various adblockers, I know of their existence and how to use them, mmk? Work. IE8. Usual shit. STFU mmk? I'd just like to know, from those who like me see these things occasionally, what you're seeing and whether it's changed for you lately.


It vomits all over our office. This is, apparently, Santa's workshop.



Santa is a little.. evil.



I just happened to have a male mannequin in my space (known around the office as The Hoff) but he's headless so we had to invent a head for him. Sadly, the mask shop only had Evil Nixon or Jason Hockey Mask. This was actually the more cuddly of the two.

We are apparently elves:



Since I work in development, I'm supposed to be the Mad Scientist Elf. How to portray this in the context of making toys?



*cough*

So, um, the moral of the story is, don't let Tats loose on your office Christmas decorating or you'll get Evil Santa's Workshop complete with elf union signs and soft toys going through a mincer. I don't know if the others will let me be part of it next year but I bet we get a prize!


Last night I went to my first bodycorp meeting. It was about as exciting as you'd expect and went on longer than expected as well. I'm glad they don't have them very often.

Also, I've finished with the glad wrap and what a relief that is - I was starting to get a rash from the lack of air to the rest of my skin and the whole thing was itchy because of the healing. I suspect it'll heal quite fast now, and it's looking as though I'll get the result I was going for. Photos when it's finished.

Random question: what is it with trains around the bottom of Christmas trees?

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From:ikhouvanjou
Date:December 12th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
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1. all my ads are helpfully encouraging me to increase my penis size
2. that is the santa nightmares are made of
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Can you increase your penis size using this one weird old trick? Enquiring minds want to know.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 12th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Eeeek evil santa will devour us all (or worse)

I get the old hag (and used to get the amazing shrinking woman), at 32 I choose to believe that they're commenting on my advanced wisdom...
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
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At 41 I'm going "Grandma? Not bloody likely sunshine, I brung my kid up smarter than that."
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From:t_c_da
Date:December 12th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Don't get too cocky, lady!

I used to say that, until one of them ran off with a married pastor...



I seem to get a lot of "meet single women" on basebook, and use ad blockers everywhere I can..
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From:gemmagic
Date:December 12th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
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It's interesting you ask... before I got married I used to see wedding related ad popups all the time, now that the wedding is over and done with I just see the usual random ones.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I am hoping someone with web analytics experience *coughiknowafewcough* will pop up and explain to the rest of us plebs whether this is A Thing or just paranoia.

Also, hi. Long time no see.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 13th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
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It's usually based on either your browsing history (from cookies tracking where you go) and/or from your search history.

All my ads are about server monitoring services, and they happen to be from the particular websites I once visited out of curiosity for work, but I see ads for them everywhere now.

Sudden changes in ads may just mean the people paying for them have been outbid by someone else.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 13th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
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They must be doing some interesting calculations in there to glean from my browsing history that I'm a) a woman and b) in the age group that they target anti-wrinkle advice at.

But then, they target anti-wrinkle advice at women in their 20s too.. ;-/
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From:missgriim
Date:December 12th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
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like the snake...and the creepy christmas party :D
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From:rivet
Date:December 12th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I get grandma and belly fat. So apparently they think I'm fat AND old.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
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At least they don't think you have a micropenis?
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From:vernacularity
Date:December 14th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
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i never get the penis ads. make of that what you will
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From:maholic
Date:December 13th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
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maybe time to run firefox/ chrome from a usb stick at work... i hear its the way to beat IT departments anywhere :)
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From:helianthas
Date:December 13th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
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I haven't paid attention lately, but I read an article talking about spam and how we'll notice the ones that are salient to us (for me: still single?? Ones I don't notice: lose that belly! VIAGRA! rolexes!) but not the ones that don't trigger us so we FEEL like we're being targeted, but we aren't necessarily so. I'm kind of with you though, I feel like browsing history, email, linked accounts, all that's being used. KR33Py!!

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From:n3m3sis42
Date:December 14th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Is your title a Bioshock reference?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 14th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes. It's the thing the vending machines say and it's creepy as fuck and gets stuck in your head.
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From:n3m3sis42
Date:December 14th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
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I know... that's why I asked! I love that game, and many, many aspects of it are creepy as fuck and get in your head.
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