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Zen and the art of e-commerce algorithms

“Why is it that when you look for something on e-Bay, then buy it, that you get spam from that company trying to get you to buy it?” asks John Maunder of Quirindi. Good question, John. Any Zen masters out there with a working knowledge of e-commerce algorithms?

Jo Rainbow of Orange stands accused by Owen Dally, also of Orange, of “…blatantly plagiarising the yarn concerning the young girl helping out builders next door (C8) and the delay regarding bricks. The exact story appeared in Bill Bryson’s Down Under. I am afraid [she] has blackened the good name of our city,” concludes Owen, pithily. Orange you glad you wrote in, Jo?

“The joke about the child ‘working’ for construction workers was old when Granny first picked up her knitting needles,” adds a needlessly hurtful Irving Warren of Riverview.

“The funniest story I ever heard about round tables (C8) or otherwise was that of the newly appointed secretary to Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet, who was asked by a minister where he would be sitting at the Cabinet table,” writes Pasquale Vartuli of Wahroonga. “’Always to the right of the PM’. To which the minister retorted: ‘Good Lord! I did not know such a position existed!’”

As to why politicians don’t confer standing up for the sake of productiveness (C8), David Gordon of Cranebrook tells us that Queen Victoria used to hold all her cabinet meetings standing up. “No meeting ever lasted more than 30 minutes,” he contends. Along similar lines, Penelope Layton-Caisley of Marrickville tells us we should just ditch the table. “Oblong, square or round? Who cares! Just get people in a circle, talking respectfully to each other.” Radical!

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