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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by Gibbon View Post

    That is a beautiful book, I love the language used, the proper 's's and the use of Latin.
    Yep, and among other things it has a realistic portrait of William the Conqueror, based on a contemporary wall painting of him and his family in an Abbey he founded at Caen.

    Unfortunately that part of the abbey, including the wall, was demolished in around 1700. So the engraving in that book, luckily done not long prior to that, is probably his last surviving representation, besides the one I claim looms over the west door in Exeter Cathedral

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  • Gibbon
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    Originally posted by OwlHoot View Post

    FWIW, I found a free ebook copy in the end, without any "help" from Russian hackers who require credit card details!

    Anglo-Norman antiquities considered, in a tour through part ... - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library | HathiTrust Digital Library
    That is a beautiful book, I love the language used, the proper 's's and the use of Latin.

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  • vetran
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    Originally posted by OwlHoot View Post

    Chortle!

    So that's why AtW has left, taking a year out to write a steamy sequel!
    Nuttina gasped no one had made her feel that way before, the way he stroked her tail as she ate his nuts drove her wild..... next line?

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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by NotAllThere View Post

    Yep. http://kinozoo.ru/pl/?q=Faggots+Fan+Club+by+AtW Not sure what kinozoo.ru is though. Not a search engine I'm aware of.
    Chortle!

    So that's why AtW has left, taking a year out to write a steamy sequel!

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  • NotAllThere
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    Originally posted by MarillionFan View Post

    Yeah. Conspiracy or co-incidence. I'd say co-incidence.

    Try looking for Arse Ticklers and Faggots Fan Club by AtW and see if the same thing happens.
    Yep. http://kinozoo.ru/pl/?q=Faggots+Fan+Club+by+AtW Not sure what kinozoo.ru is though. Not a search engine I'm aware of.

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  • OwlHoot
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    Seriously, although pretty crude, it's an interesting example of the kind of thing we can expect in a few years as AI advances:

    2021-01-25 Gartner: The future of AI is not as rosy as some might think

    A Gartner report predicts that the second-order consequences of widespread AI will have massive societal impacts, to the point of making us unsure if and when we can trust our own eyes. ..

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  • vetran
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    Originally posted by MarillionFan View Post
    Yeah. Conspiracy or co-incidence. I'd say co-incidence.

    Try looking for Arse Ticklers and Faggots Fan Club by AtW and see if the same thing happens.

    is that the sequel to "Squirrels subduing and strapping" them?

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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by FIERCE TANK BATTLE View Post
    It's not a coincidence, I think they just make a generic page for every single book with a query parameter ?bookname=abc

    They probably then have a master page with every single ISBN/book from some pilfered database of every book in existence.

    Then they just get google to index their site, google thinks oh this is a site with a list of every book ever made, indexes a link to page.html?bookname=python for dummies etc. etc.

    You click the link on google, it generates a fake page based on the query parameter

    et voila

    That is my guess, unless they have some way of taking your google search query and feeding it in, which is also a possibility - sometimes you google something like 'specific model 33boobs plasma television' and you get an advert in the side bar like 'ebay buy and sell specific model 33boobs plasma television and many others items today!' and it links to an ebay search for what you typed in.
    I'm sure you're right, and they wouldn't even have to pinch a database because there are free online databases already, such as WorldCat.org: The World's Largest Library Catalog.

    But from this example, I think their code must have checked Amazon (as xoggoth suggested) because I think that's the only site I found where the author is bizarrely referred to as "Doctor" Ducarel (which I never used in my Google search).
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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by xoggoth View Post

    Probably right that 1st sentence, "Anglo-Norman Antiquities considered in a tour through part of Normandy, by Doctor Ducarel" is the exact title, and it's on Amazon.
    FWIW, I found a free ebook copy in the end, without any "help" from Russian hackers who require credit card details!

    Anglo-Norman antiquities considered, in a tour through part ... - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library | HathiTrust Digital Library

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  • cojak
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    I only use abebooks for this kind of thing, but this is why I use PayPal for most of my purchases, I just don’t trust small e-commerce companies.

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