Archive for November, 2011

Something i found lying around.

Posted in Friendlings, Gary, tedium, thoughts on 23/11/2011 by willsalt

Good Evening.

I found this lying around unposted.

Good Evening.

Right now, I’m at college. I got here at 08:44, I don’t have to be here until 09:15. I feel like I get here a bit earlier then I need to…

On a semi-related side note, I’m also typing on one of their keyboards. It’s unnecessarily heavy, they seem to have put a block of metal in it for some reason… not the point. On the back someone has written “working” in permanent marker. That seems a bit silly, what about when it stops working? It’s broken but labelled permanently as operational? Or is it working in a different context? On weekends might I expect to find this keyboard stacking shelves in Morrison’s? If so can I have it’s job, I’m sure having arms makes me better qualified.

You may have noticed I’m feeling lightly childish today.

I saw something rather unusual this morning. A brain damaged kitten, insensitively nicknamed “Spaggy”, fighting several sheets of bubble wrap.

The bubble wrap won.

As you may know, today is the 9th of November, although knowing me I wont post this until about 23:00 so you probably wont be reading this until the 10th. So it’s 2 days until Skyrim, I’m going to be really annoying till then aren’t I… at the moment most of my brain is occupied with Skyrim, well most of it that’s doing anything really noticeable… ignoring sensory perception, motor control etc. so most things that happen near me I try to link to Skyrim, which I guess is better then linking everything to youtubers…

But Skyrim’s released on Friday, and I’m at college on Fridays… so I’m not going to go home at lunch, because if either copy is there, I probably won’t come back in. I don’t like missing edumacation, but I like The Elder Scrolls franchise eve more. On the off chance that someone who reads this actually posts a comment, and is getting Skyrim, what are your plans for 11.11.11? and now I think I’ve used the term “Skyrim” too much in this post.

Panda’s late… he should have been here 44 seconds ago, and he’s only just arrived.

The Ethical chicken gets the tomato.

So, it’s now 11:41, and I’m meant to be writing about research methodologies or something… it’s not the most interesting thing in the world…

And I kind of neglected this, so it’s now 08:54, on Friday the 11th of November. So, happy birthday mother! And my apologies for inevitably abandoning you this evening to play Skyrim. Or, working on assumed post times, apologies for abandoning you last night to play skyrim.

On a potentially amusing side note, it’s 11.11.11 now, and the post normally arrives at about 11.

So hopefully my Skyrim (for PC, Xbox copy is coming by courier) will arrive at 11:11:11 11.11.11; or perhaps with one less one…

Doesn’t really matter, I probably wont get back until 14:00-15:00…

Just think mortals, this is probably the only 11.11.11 most of you will see. I doubt many of you will live until 11.11.2111. More fun will be in about 9,100 years when it’s 11.11.11111.

Hehe, optimistic people talking about “black Friday”, saying stuff like “there’s massive discounts, you’ll be able to get Modern Warfare 3 for 20 pence.”

No offence, but you’re idiots.

And now Stephenson College is stopping me going on the website for the courier that’s delivering me Skyrim CE, because it’s games. No it’s not, it’s a courier.

 Well, that’s boring.

Ta-ta, thanks for reading.

-Love Willski.

oh, and i’m not going to buy starcraft Gary.

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Amazon ripping of Brits with Kindles? Thats mean of them! and a deceptive title.

Posted in amazon, Rants, tedium, thoughts on 07/11/2011 by willsalt

Good Evening.

I haven’t posted anything since something like the 20th of October. Sorry about that.

First off, I use a lot of hyperlinks here, so I’ll remind you on here, they’re orange.

Anyway, a Kindle from Amazon.co.uk costs £89.

A kindle case costs £24.99

A kindle from Amazon.com costs $79, ($109 without sponsored screensavers)

A kindle case costs $29.99

Let’s have a look at that:

$109 = £67.8889, for brits, £89

$79 = £49.2056. For brits, £89

£29.99 = £18.6793. For brits, £24.99

(conversion rates as of 2011-11-07 22:15 UTC.)

So we’re spending 1.3 times as much, 1.8 times as much if you take the sponsored screensavers.

And for the case it’s 1.3 times as much again.

So simply put, amazon are charging us a third again for a Kindle, just because we live in England. Why? I don’t think it costs £21 to ship each kindle over here. And I’d assume (although to make it clear I’ve never checked) that they aren’t made in America, so they have to be shipped there anyway.

Apparently, made in china. 1 2

So what reason is there for the price difference? Let’s look at books.

Now this is interesting, for the most part books cost about the same both sides of the Atlantic. Isn’t that weird? They can have the same price globally! Why not carry that over to the devices we read the damn things on? I’ve got three examples there, so it’s not exactly a good sample, I checked more, but I’m too lazy to write them down.

The Lord of the rings $19.61  = £12.2138, for brits, £11.99.

The War of the Worlds $3.64  = £2.26695, for brits, £2.27.

IT – Stephen King $8.21 = £5.11315, for brits, £4.99.

So, Amazon, what’s with that? Why can’t you charge us the same as you charge over there? I’ll concede, the number, its close, but the value of that number? Not so much.

And on that note, why don’t we get the Kindle touch or kindle fire at all? Some interesting theories here.

Just for fun, let’s guess at the price. It’s $99 in America, and $139 without sponsored screensavers. Bear in mind, these are just following the patterns for previous pricing, so 1.3 times for the non-sponsored, 1.8 times for sponsored.

So I’ll do this a few ways.

$99 = £61.6589, *1.8 = 110.98602

$99 * 1.8 =$178.20 = £110.982

$139 = £86.5693, *1.3 = £112.54009

$139 * 1.3 = $180.7 = £112.540

Well, the mean result so far is £111.762035. Then they seem to round off to a nearby figure ending in 9, so £109, or £119.

EDIT 28/03/2012: Well, the Kindle touch, and Kindle Touch 3G have finally been released here, and I was close. Kindle touch is £109, so I pretty much got that one right, the 3G is £169.

For now, that’s all I’m going to say on that, and when you look at that, remember that the UK figures have VAT, apparently the American taxes aren’t shown in the listed price, which messes up my calculations. VAT at present is 20% so for better comparisons, I’ll have to play with that a bit, I may do that tomorrow.

Till then, and after I suppose, Thanks for reading, Ta-ta.

Love Willski.

(now I have loads of hyperlinks to make… sarcastic yay…)

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