The Subtle Art of Misinformation

I went all in the other day and ordered a spanking new Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook. I wanted a portable with enough punch for me to sit in the living room with Anniken and play a few games, learn everything about NoSQL, post entries here and have enough screen estate to make the experience less crammed than it would on a netbook.

The Dell XPS 12 covers all those needs and more – with a flip of the screen it turns into a Windows 8 tablet, which will be an interesting experience. The Norwegian Dell site said “delivery before Christmas” and that pushed me over the buyer’s edge: A brand new gadget I could bring with me when visiting family this Christmas. So I placed the order and was very surprised when the estimated delivery date listed on my order status page was January 16, 2013.

The Norwegian Dell site. Spot the link.
The US Dell site with clear shipping dates.
It turned out that the text “delivery before Christmas” (“levering før jul” in Norwegian) was a link that took me to a page clearly stating that the XPS 12 Ultrabook could not be delivered before Christmas. How could I, a seasoned surfer of the interwebs, miss such an important detail?

It’s not really easy to tell that the link is, in fact, a link. I don’t know if Dell did this on purpose just to fuck with people, but they sure managed to screw me over. Now, I could probably cancel the order, but I wasn’t able to find anywhere on the Dell website to do that. Naturally. However, Norwegian law gives consumers who buy stuff on the internet 14 days after they have received the merchandise to change their minds, return whatever they bought and get the money back. Not a totally bad deal, so I think I’ll stick with it. There will be no gadget Christmas present for me this year, but – unless everything goes FUBAR in two weeks time – a nice happy-new-year-present.

I still think Dell Norway should reconsider their link text strategy, though, and perhaps display shipping infromation like Dell’s American site instead.

The Last Race

All right, it’s the last race of the 2012 season. Two drivers can win the championship: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Vettel is currently leading to Alonso by 13 points, which gives us the following what ifs:

The table is shamelessly ripped from Reddit. I’m rooting for both the drivers, but I’m hoping that Vettel is able to bring it home. With the current starting grid, though, everything can happen: Vettel only managed to qualify on fourth, with Massa on the row behind him. If Vettel retires, Alonso has a real chance to win the championship and you never know what kind of plans Ferrari cocks up. Also, Webber is starting from P3, but will most likely let Vettel through as soon as possible and do what he can to keep Alonso behind him.

And as an extra joker in the deck: It might start to rain today. Right now people are putting on rain coats and opening umbrellas. All the drivers are likely on the grid with slicks, if there’s a huge shower just before the start or on the first few laps, the entire grid will be thrown around. Exciting!

Movember, Day 15

This, ladies and gentlemen, is as good as it gets. I’ve used a selection of Vignette filters on the photo, so the actual mo is a bit darker than it might seem, but it’s still far from a manly-man-mo. It’s getting cold outside and without the usual facial hair, I need extra clothing to keep warm – hence the beanie.

Since we last spoke the BEKK team has collected well over NOK 5000 (USD ~870), but in the last week, the stream of incoming funds has shriveled up – both to the team and to me. If we look at the bigger picture, however, big things are happening. Looking at the world as a whole, over 45 million USD has been collected so far. There are currently 15 460 registered Norwegian mustaches. That might not sound like much compared to, say, Canada, with a massive 230 145 registered mustaches. But the Norwegian number means that 0.34% of the male population of Norway has registered. Not bad. Not bad at all. Still, we’re only half way through Movember, which means that it’s still not too late to register.

Please consider donating to team BEKK, or perhaps even my own mo here.

Sunset

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Skyfall

Your favourite British agent James Bond is back, celebrating his 50th year on the big screen. Sean Connery was the first 007 in the movie “Dr. No” and many actors have since tried to fill his shoes. But they have all failed; Sean Connery is the undisputed, the original, James Bond. The one who has been able to come closest to Connery is the current actor, Daniel Craig. With three movies under his belt, he’s grown into the role and whoever follows him will have a hard time living up to the standard Craig has set.

Unfortunately, it’s not much left of the good old James Bond we know from the classic, pre-Timothy Dalton movies. From the first Dalton movie, the James Bond franchise has gradually turned away from the old receipt: An antagonist with a plan so crazy you know from the start it just won’t work out – but you have to admire him for trying – and a 007 who fires loads at women far more often than he fires his Walther PPK. Modern James Bond movies, on the other hand, are more about blowing stuff up and creating even more overwhelming stunts that they did in the previous movie. While the stunts are bigger and more dangerous than ever, the antagonist are mere shadows of the ones in the classic movies: They simply aren’t ambitious enough. Whatever happened to destroying the world and creating a new civilization under the sea? These days it’s all about the money and/or getting revenge for something.

I, for one, miss the old 007. Today’s James Bond movies have turned into mediocre Hollywood action movies. Yes, Daniel Craig is the second greatest James Bond we’ve seen so far, and the bad guy in Skyfall is brilliantly portrayed by Javier Bardem – but as a James Bond movie Skyfall just doesn’t rack up compared to the classics.

Spoiler: One good thing came out of this James Bond movie, though: We’re finally rid of this bitching (literally speaking) iteration of M.