Sponsored Links

By Sean Carroll | February 1, 2007 8:52 pm

One of the fun aspects of using Gmail is the little ads for sponsored links that appear next to every message. I can’t imagine ever clicking on one of them, but it’s amusing to see what the Google mind thinks is related to the message content. For the most recent daily mailing from gr-qc@arxiv.org, here were the sponsored links that came along with it:

Fields Medal declined
Grigori Perelman has declined the 2006 Fields Medal for mathematics
www.thefirstpost.co.uk

the field center
how consciousness creates reality; an extraordinary eight-week course.
www.fieldcenter.org

The Theory of Everything
String theory can’t be all there is Read all about the alternatives
NewPhysicsAndTheMind.net

field offices ny
Perfect sales office space in NYC. $495+, full service. Start now!
www.microoffice.us

Relativity Challenge
Did Einstein make a math mistake? You be the judge!
www.relativitychallenge.com

Wanted: Scientists
Jobs for PhDs in biology, chemistry physics, math, and engineering
jobs.phds.org

Humidifier Filters
All sizes all the time 24 hour shipping
www.filters-now.com

So the scorecard is: two relevant links, three crackpot sites, one hilariously inappropriate understanding of the word “field,” and one perplexing sales pitch for humidifiers. But I kind of like the idea of attacking string theory via Google ads. I might just start advertising my own papers this way.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Miscellany
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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .

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