i feel as though too often people only think of the darker, more serious- and dare i say edgy- parts of vampirism. but what about the graveyard strolls? the midnight picnics? the soft neck kisses? wrapping your cape around your partner? i hereby declare the start of fluffy vampire fall.
uh, if you think you are going to need a new computer in the next six months and you have money to buy it now, and you have been able to find it in stock someplace, go buy it now.
It is my actual, professional, real-life job to buy computers for businesses and right now that is basically impossible.
I found one computer that will kind-of work for someone who has been waiting on an order that WE’VE been waiting on from our vendor for a month and when I placed the order for that computer it was almost sold out. I don’t even know if I’m going to get an email tomorrow saying that the order was cancelled due to stock imbalances.
Look at this:
My Lenovo rep sends me an inventory of what’s in stock with the big resellers nationwide every two weeks. This shows that there were about 400 Lenovo Business desktops stocked through the whole of the US. There are normally at least a couple thousand split up among various vendors and part numbers.
This inventory is from a month ago, all of those part numbers are currently at approximately zero. When she sent me her inventory update last Friday it was all for chromebooks, no desktops or laptops.
I have to get monitors for an office, a total of 8. The main vendor I use was out of stock and so were two of the other ones I have accounts for, so I waited a couple days. I saw on Wednesday at 10am that the main vendor had 197 of the monitors in stock at $134 each. I went to place the order at 11am after I was out of the meeting and there were only 4 left in stock and they were at $158. I managed to find 8 monitors for my customer today, but they were not the models that matched the ones currently in her office and she had to choose between keeping the same price but getting monitors that need a converter and only having a one-year warranty OR getting the same brand (though a slightly different model) with the same inputs and the same warranty but paying $50 more per monitor.
It has been a pain in the ass to buy graphics equipment for years, and there have been ups and downs with HDDs and SSDs and RAM, but this is the biggest overall “everything computer related” shortage that I’ve seen and that includes the run on laptops last year and various other floods and disasters that have taken out big chunks of the supply chain.
SO my advice is to try to keep your current devices running as best you can, do some preventative maintenance and make some backups and make sure they aren’t getting heat stressed.
If you can afford a computer right now and you think you’ll need one and you’ve found one for a good price, go get it.
Black Friday/holiday sale computers are usually pretty crap but if you think you may need to get a computer at a discount, that’s the time to look for one and now’s the time to start saving for it. Just make sure you’re getting a relatively new processor because a lot of people are unloading stuff with older processors at low prices because they won’t be compatible with Windows 11.
RAM, HDDs, and SSDs are actually pretty stable at the moment so if you think you can get your computer to limp along for a while longer with an upgrade instead of a replacement, try that.
Remember: if you kill your laptop screen you can always plug it in to an external monitor, and if you kill the keyboard or trackpad you can plug in USB devices instead of using the built-in components. If your battery is dead but the computer still works when it’s plugged in, you can often replace the battery cheaply. If your battery is swollen, remove the battery and discard it, but remember that you will likely still be able to use your computer when it is plugged in.
Try to take care of your tech and treat it gently for a while if you can; don’t yank out cables, don’t drop shit, don’t keep drinks around your devices and if you have pets or if you smoke, consider opening up your device and cleaning up accumulated ash/dust/dander/hair etc.
Pals, I really respect the “fuck bitcoin” energy in the notes and, yes, crypto mining has had an enormous impact on GPU prices and shortages in the last few years, but I cannot explain enough that no, there is not a global shortage of semiconductors because bitcoin miners are buying up all the chips.
First of all, it’s not JUST chips that are in short supply. Plastic is in short supply. Plywood is out of stock. Zippers and yarn and aluminum tubing are shipping on a delayed schedule. There are global supply chain echoes of the pandemic across pretty much every industry.
The pandemic, industry bottlenecks, cancelled orders in 2020, increased demand for consumer electronics, a drought in Taiwan, port congestion and the resulting shipping crisis, and a fire at an auto processor factory have all contributed to the semiconductor shortage.
Don’t get me wrong here, bitcoin sucks. But this goes way, way, way beyond miners buying up all the good video cards.
Friends, now is a really, really, really good time to see if you can do anything to be more self-sufficient. Now is a really good time to learn how to mend clothes, now is a really good time to learn how to fix your car, now is a really good time to learn something about plumbing, now is a really good time to start a tool library.
Do you have a chainsaw but not a sewing machine? Does your grandma have a stand mixer but no jack? Does your friend have a sewing machine but no chainsaw? Does your neighbor have a jack but no stand mixer? Talk to the people you know and set up a list of who has what. Talk to the people you know and make a list of who has what skills. Maybe your grandma can bake your neighbor a cake in exchange for an oil change. Maybe your friend can mend your pants in exchange for taking down a tree.
Who has lawnmowers, who had drill presses, who knows plumbing, who knows computers? Maybe the girl who knows computers can strip old computers around the neighborhood for parts in order to keep new computers running.
Does someone have a shed where hard drives and power tools can be stored? Does someone have a car they can lend if someone else’s car breaks? If nobody has storage space, would everyone involved be interested in pitching in to share the cost of a storage unit with shared access? There is an avocado tree full of ripening fruit in my yard. I’ll trade with my neighbor whose yard is full of pomegranates and artichokes. There is a person around the corner with chickens; we can help build a bigger coop and then we can trade eggs.
You may need to buy a computer, or a car part, or to order specialized things that you can’t get locally. You may need to do that now, you may need to do that in the future.
But you really, really, really need to learn how to use a wrench and a needle, and you need to reach out to the people around you.
Just gonna clarify some things:
Hi, I am a professional person who sells computers and who has done that for nearly eleven years. What you have said here is actually literally the opposite of how computer prices generally work. Computer prices on average have been rising slightly for the last 3 or so years as SSDs become more common and more emphasis is put on making things smaller and faster, but historically, computer prices look like this:
That red line. That’s computer prices.
Were you not aware that there is a shortage of auto parts related to the fact that there is a chip shortage AND related to the fact that people are hanging on to used cars because new cars are too expensive or not being shipped as a result of the chip shortage?
Were you not aware that there is a plastic shortage, which has created a shortage of PVC, which plumbers use, AND that there is a labor shortage which is impacting the availability and affordability of plumbers? Are you not aware that there are steel and copper shortages? Plumber Shortage.
You know what’s actually a huge deal for the chip shortage right now that has nothing to do with the pandemic? A drought in Taiwan.
You know why the plastic parts shortage is so bad right now? The Texas Deep Freeze in February of 2021.
I’m not actually advocating that you learn how to mend or start a toolshare or form an affinity network because of the pandemic or the current specific, acute disaster; I’m recommending that you learn how to be more locally self sufficient because I’m pretty sure the way that we’ve been raised to believe that we can always get the thing that we want as soon as we want it is A) only possible because of exploitation on a global scale and B) an idea that hasn’t even been around as long as I’ve been out of high school and that is fundamentally impossible to maintain long-term.
So I guess what I’m saying is that “back to normal shipping after the pandemic” feels like as much of a pipe dream to me as “back to normal after 9/11” does.
Buds, at least part of this is down to the pandemic, sure. But a big fucking part of it is due to the effects of climate change. And defunding the post office. And texas’s power grid. And No Child Left Behind. And exploited laborers overseas.
It is genuinely a tangled, snarled, awful mess of stuff but it is also a really good thing to look at and go “how can I contribute less to that awful mess?” and “how can I attempt to operate outside of that awful mess and help my community to operate outside of that mess as well?”
How to Begin Creating Affinity Networks When You are Geographically, Physically, Or Otherwise Isolated:
1 - Check and see if there is a local Freecycle group in your area. If there is one, offer to moderate. If there is not one start one and moderate it.
2 - Advertise your local freecycle group. Post information about it in Facebook groups in your local area, make Craigslist posts that link to the free items on freecycle for your local area, make a thread about freecycle in the NextDoor group for your area.
Your goal is to get to know (at least online) one or two people within a fifty mile radius and to introduce the idea of giving shit away and looking for free shit to people who might not have considered that there’s a good place to look for free shit.
3 - Create a facebook or nextdoor group called “[AREA] Tool Library” and invite people you know to join.
4 - Create a spreadsheet with these columns:
- Name (of tool owner)
- (approximate) Location
- Contact info
- Tool on offer
- Collateral required (if any)
- Rules for use
- Trade requests (if any)
Fill in a couple of columns on your own with things that you own. Maybe you own a soup-specific cookbook and you want a five dollar deposit on the item or you’d be willing to trade for use of a dremel for a couple days and your rule for using the cookbook is that the book can’t be set next to an open flame. Maybe you own an air compressor and you require someone to leave a driver’s license with you for use and it’s available for two weeks but you need it back for a project by X date. Maybe you own a sewing machine and you don’t have any collateral requirements but your rule is that children under 15 can’t use the machine unsupervised and it has to be returned with re-wound bobbins.
5 - Share access to the spreadsheet with the groups. Immediately start offering to share what you can digitally. Offer to text people copies of recipes, offer to share movies that you own via giving people dropbox links. Start a separate spreadsheet for sharing books, movies, music, etc.
(Do not include dropbox links in the spreadsheet, make people contact each other. This is partially to get people to talk to each other, and partially because sharing movies with friends is legal but letting people download random shit is not and we do not leave evidence of us doing crimes where anyone can see it)
6 - Create a newsletter. Use MailChimp’s free service or something similar and ask people from your nextdoor/facebook groups to sign up. Write short articles about what is available locally or include articles on upcycling or mending (if you can create a how-to video of your own and include it do so, ask other people to send links to their how-to videos). At the end of the newsletter put out a call for requests; have people email you if they are looking for a particular tool or need a landscaper and will pay in trade or want someone to teach them how to repair a faucet. If this is popular, create another spreadsheet for skillshares. Can someone in the neighborhood teach people how to cook? How to can? How to shoot? How to replace a car battery?
7 - Host or hold a free yard sale. Collect the items you don’t want or need anymore, schedule a time to meet up with neighbors/local folks/friends at a park, and trade for each other’s unwanted shit. Personally what I’ve found works best to start is to do this with books. Go through the books you own, select what you don’t want to keep, suggest that everyone brings at least five books, meet up at a park to exchange books on a Saturday in the early afternoon so that the most possible people will be in the park, lay books out on tables to trade with your friends, and when random people wander over hand them a flier about your local trade/share/give community group.
I recognize that this is something that is not possible for people who are housebound and is very difficult for people who are in extremely rural areas, but if you have built up a little bit of a community through social media groups you should have someone from that community organize and participate in events like this because the goal is not only to make sure that people get what they need, it is ALSO to attract new people to the community.
8 - Host online events like movie nights or game nights with the people from the group. Try to do this once a month or so, try to make the events good entry points for new people who might not want to jump into emailing or posting their shareable tools right off the bat. If you are capable of doing so AND it is safe to do so, organize potlucks in a park for people to get to know each other and for new people to experience the group. (Always have fliers with your group info at any events you do in person)
9 - Create and share resources. Make a PDF that teaches the basics of hand sewing. Make a coupon code sharing group. Make a list of which local restaurants let kids eat free on which days. Make a calendar for local events in your town like ewaste recycling and medical clinics and rummage sales. Encourage other people to create resources. Host the resources online, build a library out of them, and share the library in your newsletter.
Anyway, that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Check out things like maker spaces, crash spaces, and hacker spaces for inspiration.
Building communities is difficult and involves a lot of work, it is challenging and can take a very long time but you don’t have to do it in person and you don’t have to do it all at once.
Please look into whether there is a local chapter of Food Not Bombs and see if you can start working with that group. Even if you can’t cook or serve shared meals or offer kitchen space you can call restaurants and grocery stores to see if they would be willing to donate food or space. You can run an email list or mod a discord server. You can print fliers. You can create a newsletter.
Oh so you wanna be a Loki fan, huh?
Get ready to have the same arguments 50 thousand times with people who have no sense of nuance with complex and traumatized characters, no idea what emotional neglect and gaslighting looks like and what it does to a person, have no idea what a healthy vs toxic relationship looks like and thinks Loki is to blame for all of his problems in life, have a black and white view of the world and think that Loki is (still) “Just A Villain” ™
Get ready to hear the whole “hE kIlLeD eIgHtY pEoPlE iN tWo DaYs” spiel over and over and over AGAIN
and most importantly!
get ready to never be fully accepted on equal grounds by other Marvel fans as well as having to live with the knowledge that your favorite character (Loki) will also never be fully accepted on equal grounds by the studio compared to other characters, and will forever and always get the short end of the stick when it comes to decent writing and characterization by people who neither respect nor understand him as a character, nor his fans and the reason we love him so much (we don’t just want to bone him!), and who also just openly hate him for absolutely no apparent reason at all!
Welcome to Loki’s Army!
Oh and Im sure that when the next project comes along and you dont like it,you will be attacked from all angles and they will make you feel like a horrible person. Because you dislike something.
Oh yeah and get ready for Loki to get sidelined in his own fandom and series by two random new characters who haven’t even been around for a fraction of the time Loki has
Also get ready to be treated by fellow Fans™ the exact same way Loki gets treated in-universe by his “loved ones” :) get ready to be insulted and gaslighted and accused of having bad intentions and/or shallow motives for pointing out uncomfortable truths :) :) get ready to be sidelined within the fandom by people who just showed up to the Loki party five seconds ago telling you to leave the fandom if you’re not happy with canon, the same way Loki gets sidelined in his own show by characters who just showed up to the MCU five seconds ago :) :) :) it’s the 4D experience!
“Why do people like a character who’s committed war crimes but hate this other character just because they’re annoying” because it’s fiction Susan, and being annoying in fiction is a greater sin than being a supervillain, because it won’t make me want to read about them. It isn’t difficult to understand
“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” (Oscar Wilde)
The war crimes are fictional but my annoyance is real.
I think there’s something some people don’t fully grasp about the Loki show.
There are many things that can happen in the series, good and bad, the problem comes when the framing is there to convince you that the bad things that happen are good.
The session with Mobius is bad but it’s framed in a way we’re supposed to think it’s good for Loki. We see the title character being lied to and gaslighted. Can the title character of a show be lied to and emotionally abused? Yes, of course. As long as you make it very clear it’s wrong. The Loki series does not do that, it does the exact opposite in fact.
Ep1 ends with Loki fully cooperating after he’s told he’s responsible for his mother’s death (that’s a lie) and is told by someone who has the power and authority over him that Loki’s only purpose in life is to cause pain, death and suffering while those around him achieve greatness.
Would that have been acceptable if by the end it’s shown that Mobius has lied to Loki, gaslighted him and tortured him? Yes. But the very second you frame that session as good you’re justifying the abuse.
Now the basis of the show has been made clear: you can abuse Loki all you want, until he’s fully cooperative and submissive he will be blamed and called names. And the rest of the show is the same shit.
In ep2 when Loki leaves Mobius to go after Sylvie that action is framed as a betrayal. You’d think that after ep1 and the way he was treated it makes all the sense in the world for him to want to escape, and yet it is framed as bad. He runs after a villain, he betrays his friend (the fact that Loki’s and Mobius’ relationship is framed as a friendship is yet another problem in and on itself), he’s wrong again for running away from the people who have kidnapped, lied to and gaslighted him - and threatened with killing him.
Again, framing is the issue. We’re suggested working for the TVA is good (despite these people kidnapping innocents, pruning realities, etc) they’re still hero-coded. Loki is deemed a villain for escaping them.
In ep4 we hear Mobius talk about Loki ’softening’ in the time loop with Sif when the truth is she’s physically hurting him over and over again and he’s only allowed to leave when he’s kneeling on the ground and begging Sif to stop while calling himself a horrible person. This whole scene is framed as good because Loki’s state (humiliated, beaten down, submissive, self-loathing) is shown to be a moment for growth.
“You are alone and you always will be”. Only after Sif says that Mobius appears “Okay Loki, are you ready to talk?”.
Mobius could have sat with Loki in that room and talked, asked him what happened. And yet what he does is send him off straight into that loop until he’s submissive. None of this is framed as bad. If anything we’re led to feel Mobius’ pain, he feels betrayed (some people read it as jealous, I don’t but it’s up for interpretation) and we feel it’s justified of him to trap Loki into yet another moment of physical and emotional torture - because he’s bad, you see. He needs to change.
Then here comes the last episode and at the end, even though we have seen everything that transpires towards the end of ep5 and the whole ep6, when Loki runs for Mobius he says “we”. “We made a mistake”, “we freed the timeline”. Even though it was Sylvie who did that, he’s taking blame for it. And now the writers and Tom are giving interviews saying he made a mistake, he’s trying to make it right, he’s the direct responsible for the multiverse.
Again, he’s framed as the bad guy and the one to blame for the end result even though he did nothing.
If the writers had been willing to frame all this shit as bad I’m sure most of us wouldn’t be so mad and upset at the show. But they didn’t, in fact they double down every time there’s any criticism and I’m sick of reading the damn “he deserved it because he was bad”.
Sylvie murders countless minutemen in the first two episodes and enchants people whenever it suits her (some of them survive it, some don’t, she doesn’t care). The TVA kidnap, torture and/or murder innocents - and keep whatever variants they want as mind-wiped slaves. Those agents torture the variants as they please to try and get whatever they want out of them.
And even though we’re shown all of this in the show, at no point in time it’s made clear all this is bad. The framing chooses to swift the focus to something else (or rather, someone else) just so they can gloss over the fact that these people are far more villainous than Loki while making it quite clear that he deserves all the shit thrown at him because he’s bad.
Personally that’s the thing that I hate most about the series and I find it hard to understand when the first Disney+ show we saw was WandaVision and Wanda was treated with dignity and respect, we’re shown her past and all the shit she’s gone through, and we understand her pain and grief - even though she’s never justified in what she does to Westview.
If only they had done that with Loki…
We will be okay
scarletfrost AU (fake scene)
“I’m constantly stuck in this dark, horrible place. My thoughts feel poisoned, and for the longest time I have only felt alone.” Wanda inhaled. “I feel like i’m running but getting nowhere. It’s just this constant darkness washing over me again and again. It wasn’t until you came into my life that I finally see hope. You remind me that I am not alone.” A tear came down her face and she smiled towards him.
As he listened to her, Loki felt all of her pain, and he couldn’t comprehend the braveness and power that Wanda had in herself. She was truly stronger than she thought. It was then that he realised he would do anything for her. For once, he didn’t feel alone as well, and that really made all the difference.”
I believe their experiences will really bind them together T_T
What are your predictions for the endgames of Tyrion, Jon, Arya, Daenerys, Sansa, Bran, Jaime, Theon, Davos, Cersei, Sam, Brienne, Barristan, Victarion, Arianne, Asha, Aeron, Areo, Griff and Melisandre ?
Took me some time to answer this, sorry anon.
So many characters … well let’s see and hope that what I want to happen doesn’t interfere with what I think will happen based on the text so far:
of course he fucking lacks conviction hes being mind controlled
he looks so angry in the last gif too like “how DARE you insinuate that I’m not FULL of CONVICTION. Do you see my hair spikes? Do you SEE them?? Don’t you ever say something as BLASPHEMOUS as this EVER again. You’re not allowed to ruin the surprise.”
I’m almost, sorta, kinda convinced Coulson could have talked Loki down and helped him figure out a way to fuck Thanos over without alerting him.
Coulson had a gift for insight.
@worstloki He’s not angry at all in that last GIF. Look at the little creases between his eyebrows, how he’s wetting his lips nervously. He does lack conviction in his own performance. And he’s terrified that if Coulson, a mere Midgardian, can pick it up, then The Other will see it too, and report back to Thanos that Loki isn’t quite as brainwashed as he’s supposed to be.
The rest of your comment is spot-on. :)
“When someone leaves you once, you expect it to happen again. Eventually you stop getting close enough to people to let them become important to you, because then you don’t notice when they drop of your world.”
— Jodi Picoult