Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

Creeps while this default earn penal interest!

To the last syllable of recorded time

My name shall ill-spoken be: a spendthrift’s fate;

Do I walk debtor’s path or pay up head high

Or pledge my walking shadow to creditors

All sundry,- and nod in surrender?

Life is an idiot who holds the cash-box

Signifying nothing

For those who live to spend spend, spend.

Original version

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Hamid the Sponge could call on Mullah anytime. He was a playfellow from his youth. One day he turned up and saw a stone jar of pickles. Mulla explained it was 40 years old. ‘A family heirloom you could say, Hamid,’ Instantly Hamid asked, ‘Can I borrow some?’ Mulla refused.  Mulla turned the subject and said,’My wife just made halwa, Lucknowi style.  ‘ Come let me bring it’

Hamid tasted it and Mulla asked,”How is it?’ Hamid said,’Please wrap this for me. I’ll taste it at home and let you know.’

mullah-15Later  Mulla Nasruddin dropped in on his village and called on his old playfellow. Hamid took him to introduce him to his friends.

At one place while they chatted the subject came around to halwa. Each one had his own speciality.  Mulla brightened up and said,’I am sure about what goes into Lucknowi halwa.’

‘Lucknowi halwa?’ one asked,’Never tasted one,’Mulla how does that taste?’ Mulla shrugged his shoulders and said,’

‘How do I know? Hamid ought to know what it is like’

Later as Hamid took him home he said,’Why do you bring me into your talk? I insist: keep me out of it’

Next time Mulla was at the house of another local worthy and he had to say while the question of Halwa came up. Mulla held his hand up and said,’I know how Lucknowi halwa is made. But keep our friend Hamid out of it.’


Rashid was the youngest son of Mulla Nasruddin. Being son of his old age he was spoilt and Mullah doted on him. One evening Mulla took him along to take the air in the royal gardens.

The boy was sure the stick was not necessary for his father. He threw it away causing unforeseen trouble for the Mulla.


Mulla took the boy back home assuring the local worthy to drive some sense into the boy.’After all you are a chip of the old block’ said the Mulla, ‘Beating you is like beating me. So there is only one thing left.’

Mulla beat the old tree saying,’See what trouble your stick has caused me?’


A fox attracted by a rooster that perched everyday on the roof looked for ways to catch him. He saw a rainwater pipe in one corner of the house and he hoisted himself as silently as he could. He almost reached the roof before the pipe gave out and fell with a thud. The fox smarting from the knock said, ’I thought you were my friend. Why did you not help in need?’

‘If you were my friend you would know my purpose is to let out than in.’

The color Grey is after all green when sex is sold upfront:

What is a book made up of? The author thinks up a plot. It could be the story of a wolf who wants to eat up three little pigs. The author has to make each character play true to role assigned. He has to invent scenes making the opening, middle and the end sustain a certain drama, which holds the attention of the reader to the last. Depending on the age group to which the author addresses each personage shall play a role and serve the overall scheme. What drama an erotic novel can create? Plenty of situations between different personages that must cover some hundreds pages, all leading to bed like many roads leading to Rome. The author is trotting like a nag through the paces of his craft for the single purpose of being read and rewarded for his efforts. Fifty Shades of Grey I suppose is a phenomenon. The reader gets what he or she wants and the publisher rakes in money for his investments. The Fifty Shades trilogy, by EL James, has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, and a recent film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey netted more than $570m (£368m) at global box offices.

It is more than a poetic justice that in catering to fifty shades of man’s insatiable libido money not sex should make more storm.

A woman who helped publish the Fifty Shades series but was defrauded out of royalties could be set to receive millions of dollars in damages.

A US judge ordered Australian Amanda Hayward to set aside $10.7m (£6.9m) for Jennifer Pedroza, a Texas resident.

The pair were partners in a small online publishing firm that initially issued the blockbuster erotic trilogy.

A jury decided in February that Ms Pedroza had been conned when the rights were sold to Random House.

It found that Ms Hayward, who signed the deal on behalf of their firm The Writers Coffee Shop, tricked Ms Pedroza into signing a restructuring contract that cut her out of royalties rights.

The judge said an exact amount of the settlement would be worked out once the two sides had reached agreement.(BBC News)

Bulls that wreck your business online need not know a thing about fine china or your financial clout.

Algorithms are like bulls that are created by some smart software developers with which they tell you gives you control over the prices. Products are the wares you think you control while there is a whole world of online shoppers who are ready to buy them. Sometimes it can go spectacularly wrong when your algorithms have shown up a blunder. It can cause offence as well as destroy livelihoods.

Now comes an Aussie from Melbourne who two years ago was the owner of a T-shirt company called Solid Gold Bomb, which sold a wide variety of garments online via, among other outlets, Amazon. He did everything, well almost as a savvy entrepreneur should do.

Fowler had set up an algorithm to upload thousands upon thousands of T-shirt designs to his online stores. The designs were based on the infamous “keep calm and carry on” catchphrase, a slogan, which was originally dreamt up as a way of preserving morale in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain. Fowler thought a parody would do nicely. Thus he got a computer program to come up with random variations such as “keep calm and dance on” or “keep calm and play football”.

But the huge list of word choices that he fed in included less savoury options – which he says he had no knowledge of. In particular, a T-shirt emblazoned with the imperative “keep calm and rape a lot” had been published. No-one had bought it. In fact, it sat on the web for more than a year before anyone even noticed it. But eventually it was discovered – and the internet went crazy. Twitter was ablaze with condemnation. “Solid Gold Bomb is crouching behind its algorithmically generated excuse,” said Gizmodo. Others pointed out the stupidity of using an unexamined word list to automatically generate slogans for a commercial product.

Fowler admits he made a “big mistake” and within a couple of months, Solid Gold Bomb folded. His employees were all out of jobs and a once thriving firm was gone. All because of a horrible T-shirt that no-one wore, no-one bought, and which never materially existed.

But that’s the trouble with algorithms. All sorts of unexpected results can occur.

Years before he ever experimented with the “keep calm and carry on” meme, he had devised an automated T-shirt design process which published over 22 million different versions of sports-related designs to a web store. These included icons and, crucially, people’s names. Finding the shirt with your name or your friend’s name on it made you much more likely to buy it, discovered Fowler. “It was about a 100-to-one ratio. For example, a picture of a car would sell once whereas a picture of a car with a name below it would sell a 100 times,” he says.

When Fowler first launched this technique in 2011 he received 800 orders over the first weekend. He was blown away and the effect on his business was profound. Soon he was processing thousands of orders a day. The problem was that a huge proportion of the designs weren’t vetted for suitability by human eyes before they went live on the web – an oversight that would lead to the problems two years later. “I’ve realised that you have to have an element of scrutiny,” he admits.

Fowler has now returned to selling T-shirts – after a spell as a traffic warden and as a ranger catching stray dogs – but today he is more careful. His current company, Big Texas, also uses an algorithmic process to create designs for aprons, but he uses published lists of the 1,000 most common names, not random assortments of words.

Errant algorithms can also cause human headaches when it comes to prices. The costs of products that appear on retail websites are constantly fluctuating thanks to software that sets them competitively. The frequency at which these changes happen is so great that dedicated websites have been set up to “watch” the pricing on websites like Amazon. Daniel Green has been running one of these sites for years. He explains that prices don’t just change daily – but sometimes several times in one day.

“They will drop the price of a product every few days or every few hours until a product is purchased by someone and then the price goes back up,” he says. “We know that they keep prices low on a lot of their most popular products to give the impression that they have great deals and then for less active product categories or less popular products they may have a bit more of a profit margin there.”

Sometimes this can produce amusing and unexpected results, however, in what Green calls a “race to the bottom”. Two retailers selling the same thing on Amazon’s marketplace will re-price their product against their competitor, but the re-pricing can occasionally continue unabated until absurdly low or high price points are reached. “It just goes back and forth,” says Green.

Online shopping is here to stay. Buy your stuff and do your maths and above all don’t buy what you do not really want and yet feel guilty for letting a bargain of a lifetime go. Be sure if you have missed one you are sure to find several bargain offers that are all sent to you not for your own good.

(ack: an article by By Chris Baraniuk/20 August 2015-BBC online news-future)




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