The Algorithm

A friend was telling me he thought about buying something in particular, reached for his phone and opened the browser,,,
lo and behold that very item was being suggested by ads.
It wasn’t an act of God, nor a device gone rogue, but rather an act of gambling on thought process, ‘the house’ got that call correct, and it happens daily to millions around the globe.

 

You are compounded down into an algorithm that stalks you. Some might not care or even notice, but it’s true, you’ve been calculated.
That’s the case for the world’s biggest online marketplace, but what about closer to home?

 

I’ve often felt the support has been the victim of an algorithm. In plain language, the suits are able to pull our strings. Its not just our club.
I recall an Orange strip that appealed very much to a certain section of society, but likewise I recall a few Celtic Cross endorsed tops that were big hits.
Throw politics aside, those tops were the sales departments wet dreams, marketing had done their homework.
Via an algorithm.

 

Look at last year’s slogan,
A cause, a culture, a calling.
It’s catchy aye,but it’s bullshit.
The clear cause is profit,
We are multicultural,
We are generational fans, this wasn’t a calling? In Jocks day maybe, Lenny’s (when this was revealed) no chance of a calling to that football.
The algorithm failed in that occurrence, at least to these eyes, producing buzz phrases that don’t stand up.
Yet it works in the main.

 

Perhaps the biggest weapon in the Algorithm’s arsenal is the green, white, and gold of dear Eire’s flag. Stick those colours on something Celtic related and it will fly off the shelves. The black jacket I associate with Lenny the manager has both, the Cross and the colours, even if both are hard to find. The double whammy, worked a treat.

 

Every year there’s 3 new strips and one new slogan, all will have been researched and emerged with high odds of positive public reception. All four will have been based on our tailored Algorithm, and thus have a very good chance of satisfying the customer base. No chance of a stab in the dark shot, the tried and trusty rehashed and rotated.

 

It’s disturbing we are at the mercy of this powerful collection of information, an Algorithm that’s silent while it works and was created to exploit.
The right eye appeal shall open the wallets,
the correct rallying cry can help move season tickets,
the advertisement of the Foundation hints at a collective cause.

 

I’ve no doubt there’s an Algorithm out there designed to get the maximum out of your board members, one on the hiring of football managers, and another on how modernization improves clubs.
Funny how they couldn’t find those, eh?

By Mahe

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craig76
Gordon64

Gap could be back to 4 points

craig76
Margaret McGill

Morelos must be worth a million pounds by now

Maestro Fan

If Giakoumakis is going to be our starting striker be very afraid. He’s a big lumbering journeyman. There’s a reason he was plying his trade with VVV Venlo age 26. I know he had a freakish season last year, but when I looked at him, most of his goals were scored in freakish burst (3s and 4s), many penalties, ugly sclaffs and bundles over the line. A huge downgrade in technical ability and strings to his bow from the elegant Edouard. Significant downgrades for profit being the stock-in-trade of this truly loathsome Tory Board.

Never an Ange signing or Angeball player. Got useless haddy written all over him.

Gordon64

Maestro ‘he reminds me of Tony Cascarino’ was overhead leaving CP yesterday 😜

Margaret McGill

Anyone who pays a penny into Scottish football is a complete tube and any Celtic supporters who do are bigger ones. I have a suggestion that if taken to completion will get rid of these Tory hun parasites. Instead of the CST or pointlessly attempting to negotiate with Tories about their money at sham AGMs that give the impression you have a voice how about this?
All ST monies be deposited into an escrow bank account run by Auldheid. I trust him. Then negotiate. Controlling the money is the only option. There. I gave a solution,

Margaret McGill

Tony Cantscoreino and Jackomisses I like it!

fan

Mags
Great suggestion!

bada bing1

G64- where’s the Hoot?

Mike in Toronto

The Usual Suspects – A SC halloween story….

Mags was one of the original mineshafters… he complained about the Board…

then Auldheid popped up with Res 12…

PL was reputed to have said, ‘I believe in God, but I’m afraid of Auldheid’

now a decade later, Mags suggests giving a season’s worth of money to ‘Auldheid’…

once we do, ‘Auldheid’ goes to the Bank, and withdraws all the money … and then as he is walking down the street, his limp disappears, and as the camera pans out, we see that ‘Auldheid’ is really Mags!

after that, Auldheid, Mags and the seasons money are never seen again!

🙂

Auldheid

Margaret McGill

The universe is unfolding as it should. 🙂

Auldheid

MIT

That made me chuckle but Mags and myself have been seen in the same place at the same time.

Think it was The Admiral.

Margaret McGill

MIT
Trust me. Auldheid is not Keyser Soze.😀

bada bing1

Nuno could be sacked by Spurs…

Margaret McGill

Auldheid and myself once met in the Admiral with other cohorts such as BRTH to discuss our world domination plan and the heat death of the universe. More to come.

Sol Kitts

Craig76
Looks like the keeper’s left foot on the line so that was ok. Livi had 2 players that we can see who were encroaching, but we had one too. This should have resulted in the kick being retaken.
Law 14 clearly states
“a player of both teams offends, the kick is retaken unless a player commits a more serious offence (e.g. ‘illegal’ feinting)”

Mike in Toronto

For my M. Night Shymalan twist, the original ending had those nosey kids catching Mags just before he escapes… and then when he is unmasked, Auldheid/Mags is really Peter Lawwell!
🙂

Craig76

Sol Kitts
Thanks for the reply, but there was no way Madhun was going to let us retake it.
Dose it have to be the same player that hits it if it’s a retake ?

Margaret McGill

Jock Stein gave me the idea yesterday.
He was very surprised what’s going on and conversation turned to my visions.
I told him I saw dead people all the time.

Margaret McGill

Seriously the escrow is a good idea.
Me and Awe Naw we’re discussing it last night

Awe Naw

For an Escrow account to be taken seriously it would need to be controlled by a reputable law firm. That rules out any UK and Irish law firm. It would need to be held outside the sphere of evil influence

MIT knows this. Hence his increased virtual prescence. The floods in Scotland a direct consequence of MITs hand rubbing. The Butterfly effect. 🙂 All joking aside it would take a few years to gather momentum. Interest rates would more than cover any fees. Any excess could be used to contribute to charity or reduce ST costs or buy more ST for the Kano Foundation. Brother Walfrid etc. If it doesnt come to fruition then a full refund.

All contributors would need to watch the movie “All the money in the world” and understand that Dermot Desmond is John Paul Getty and Celtic FC is John Paul Getty III before signing up to it.

Sol Kitts

Craig76
Nope, any other player on the pitch can take it but he must make sure the ref is aware. We could even have brought on a sub to do it.
You’re right, though, there’s no way Madman was going to interrupt his celebration to order a retake, even though the most obvious encroachment was a Livi player a yard inside the box.
It’s the ref’s job to monitor encroachment, the assistant monitors the goal line and rules on the keeper being off the line and goal/no goal. Missing the encroachment is entirely down to Madhun. The assistant looks to have got it right.

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, so the infamous glesga rainjurs won again, just watched a replay of the game yesterday again, madden is an absolute cheating hun barsteward, make no mistake the men in black or red or whatever have been given their orders, stop celtic at any cost, and it wouldnt surprise me if our board had given those orders, feckin charlatans to a man

Prestonpans bhoys

Came home to find my two semi final tickets delivered, internet cost was £6. They didn’t even put a first class stamp on it 😈

Just as I wasn’t going overboard when things were looking up, I’m not gonna get too despondent over events this weekend. Players miss penalties. Players, just like the rest of us, can have off days. It doesn’t really help, that once again, we shoot ourselves in the foot before the game even starts. I’ve already covered this a couple of days ago, so no point in going over old ground.

On strictly footballing matters, I still believe that Ange will do the biz. Call it a gut feeling, or whatever. That’s not to say that Ange should be immune from criticism, if it’s warranted.

Yesterday, the manager underestimated Livi. By not playing our strongest team from the start, we were badly weakened. In the end, the substitutions made a slight difference, but there was no real cutting edge, as Billy Bhoy pointed out.
This must not happen again.

The solution to the RB problem, is pretty obvious. Let Ralston and Juranovic fight it out for that position. As many have already pointed out, we have a good few options for LB, so why not feckin’ play a LB at LB. This helps the balance of the team.

Two players that I would like to see come in, would be Liam Scales at LB and hard as nails Liam Shaw in a mid-field holding role. I cannot for the life of me, understand signing players and not playing them. A total waste of time and wages.

To some up, as regards playing matters, I still think that Ange will be a success…but those two planks beside him, need to be booted out of Parkhead ASAP. They contribute the square-root of eff all.

I see that GMac is now the target for the spoiled, entitled element of the support. Some of the online abuse directed at the guy, is shocking.

Not only that, the behaviour of these mugs at games, is no better. A pass goes astray and it’s “Boo. Boo ya bass(insert name of player who is getting it in the neck this week). Do these swines actually know what support for Celtic entails? Do they actually enjoy supporting Celtic? It would appear not. These dolts should feck off to Ibrox, and do us all a favour.

Craig76

Just as her Maj has two bithdays, I actually celebrate three. Administration Day. My official birthday and Liquidation Day. Despite this being known by friends and family, they are not getting with the programme. A few extra prezzies on Administration Day and Liquidation Day would be nice😀.

Hail Hail.

Craig76

MAGUA 👍

Finally an athletic event I can get on board with 🤣🤣
https://www.givemesport.com/1777494-corey-bellemore-breaks-world-record-at-beer-mile-world-classic-2021

Craig76

Absolutely brilliant. What a legend that man is. 😀

Craig76

MAGUA
I take it you are now in training for next year 😀🍻🍻🍻

Mahe

I love the escrow account idea!

Auldheid

Mahe

I love the escrow account idea!

==/=/==
I’ve a better one. 🙂

A thing of beauty

So a weekend where we were meant to ramp up the pressure on the Huns ends with us a further two points back. Trying to adopt a magua like mantra and not get too up with the ups or too down with the downs but I am failing miserably. That was utter shite from us yesterday. It’ll be a couple of days yet till I settle down. On matters away from football can I recommend der pass on sky for a good series to download. It’s in German with subtitles but throughly good detective story. It was brilliant.

Rebus67

The escrow idea is the kind of outside the box thinking that is needed. However, here is a scenario. Say 10,000 ST holders take it up. Say the waiting list is ~8000-10,000. Would the Board not simply set a deadline for payment of ST fees and replenish from the waiting list? Would escrow then refund the ex ST holders, leaving ST holders to be ex ST holders with no effect?

Would simply asking ST holders to take a year out not be better? It provides a limit on the action.

Regrettably, I think some mechanism of withholding funds is the only way forward…….better than walk outs, share buying, merchandise embargoes, or AGM challenges. Legal challenges? Risky and costly, plus not immediate.

On the latter, I am reminded of a Scottish lab that pioneered a faster form of DNA typing. They spent money to register the patent, not cheap! One year later a French multinational was using the same method to do business. The lab complained, pointing out their patent number. The MNE replied, OK, sue us! Deep pockets outdo shallow ones.

I just do not see a strategy that stands a chance of widespread support.

Rebus

Rebus67

ATOB,

Can I recommend Mare of Easttown and The Undoing on HBO or equivalent.

Is your bro OK? Reply offline if you can.

Rebus

Friesdorfer

ATOB
Der Pass ist ausgezeichnet 👍👍

Friesdorfer

Rebus
Mare of Easttown auch gut.

I’ll look out for The Undoing, not heard of it previously.

HH

Saltires en Sevilla

Magua

Yes, agree totally that Ange will get it right but must play players in their natural positions – unless of course he wants to move a Bobby Murdoch type from front 5 to half-back, that’s ok.

Really Disappointed to learn folk are abusing Cal Mac online .. the guy remains a great servant and a has big role to play in Ange’ team. There are aspects of his game that must improve tho’ and he would probably be the first to acknowledge his weaknesses holding him back from being a genuine superstar.

Craig76

Just back from my first training session. 2 laps of Bella Park in 2 hours, and only 4 pints managed. Shall have to get a few more practice sessions in, before I challenge the legend. Wonder if he likes Guinness…back in the day, 2 good gulps, and it was: “Same again, Mine Host”.

Feck it, think I’ll get myself one of those electric bikes. 😀

Saltires

I meant GMac, but no doubt Calmac’s turn will come. There’s no pleasing some people. You get the impression, that some ‘supporters’ are only happy, when the Bhoys drop points…gives them something to moan about.

Hail Hail.

Saltires en Sevilla

Magua- cheers buddy you did write GMac – my bad.

Aye that would figure .. the guy has looked handy enough to me and folk were praising his finishing and attitude just recently.

He’s not a run about type – he needs service into obvious areas and wasn’t getting it

The penalty Miss was poor but better No7 than him have missed more important ones.

HH

Craig76

MAGUA
I reckon there’s a few on here that could beat the record

Saltires en Sevilla

Magua

What ‘history’ years do you want added next week – I’m primed and raring to go..🥁🥁

Auldheid

Rebus

I just do not see a strategy that stands a chance of widespread support.
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A good reason to establish from the support what they would support first to make them want to contribute financially to support it at say £5 month.

It’s the old identify the problem routine. Then find solutions.

I reckon though from experience of what the Board have done under the radar or not done above it and what they have done to cover up what was in even the CST revised Concern Resolution, which might be a breach of Company Law going by CST reaction to being informed a crucial element was missing from the AGM Notice, that having the means to challenge their stewardship in public, in court, might have a positive effect on their attitude as in let’s not go there please. Money is the lever but there are different ways to use it of it can be accumulated.

An observed behaviour changing the behaviour being observed.idea.

Whatever happens it must be thought through first.

Saltires en Sevilla

ATOB

Good to learn Cal Mac was having a word with Ref a – you can see that at the game

He can be a good captain but he could do with some mentoring on how to assert himself and his teammates with Ref and linesmen. Doubt he saw much from Broony with refs. Maybe he needs pointed to an ‘example’ to model himself

He’s certainly not shy directing the players in the huddle – so the ‘stuff’ is probably there!

Reading the Win Jansen interview, explaining why he left the club, 2 days after the title party in 1998, Wim gives a very credible explanation. Wim wanted to build on the success and the board i.e. Fergus, did not. 2 things immediately spring to mind:

Has any board in Celtic’s history, ever built from a position of strength? Think of opportunities lost in 1988, 1998, 2017 etc. etc. etc.

Why do various Celtic boards, have an uncanny ability in deflating the mood of the support, after success on the field, most notably:

1995. Scottish Cup Win. Fergus has major bust-up with Tommy Burns.

1998 First title in 10 years. Wim fecks off, because he cannot work with Fergus. I’m starting to see a pattern here.

…and of course, the infamous ‘shower appointment’ in 2019, after the Treble Treble.

On the bright side, the board were able to award themselves some pretty hefty bonuses, so ‘swings and roundabouts’, I guess.

Hail Hail.

Craig76

The Wolfe Tones – Celtic Symphony / Evan