But perhaps he shouldn't feel so insulted. These adverts, like many on the web, appear to be automatically generated according to the words used at the site itself, and it is hardly a surprise that the word "Russian" would have come up frequently.
Although, I know how he feels. A feature of google reader - something I use extensively and recommend to anyone who keeps up with more than one website - is to recommend websites to its users that it 'thinks' they might like, based on comparing what they read online to what other people read online with similar interests. I normally get recommendations for chess, of course, also for news, politics, sometimes sports and other games, sometimes cartoons and comedy sites, that kind of thing. But recently my mouth fell open as the reader recommended London Geek Dinner to me - "Where geeks in London come out to play".
I'm not a geek!, I told myself. Right? I'm cool, right; heck, I'm funny, right? Right? Yes? No? Oh yeah? Wanna hear a joke? How about my favourite joke? Here goes:
There are only 10 types of people in this world.Nothing geeky about that, right?
Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Mm... If only there was a site for over-sensitive people in London - "Where over-sensitive people accidentally offend one another" - google reader would be recommending that to me now instead. After all, I recently found myself feeling insulted for not being chessy enough whilst reading Yakov Neishtadt's excellent (especially for £1) book Test Your Tactical Ability, Chapter 12 of which is called "Do you know the Classics?"
Of course I know the Classics, I told myself, expecting to wheel off a 23...Qg3!! here, something Evergreen there, and somewhere in the mix throwing away a pair of bishops for a pair of kingside pawns. But in fact, the first three classic tactics were completely new to me, and many of the following, too. Here is one I particularly liked, where it's white to play and win:
Now there's a kind of beauty to outlast the debatable delights of any mail-order marriage.