The pandemic in William Gibson's Virtual Light
2022.01.24 23:02 prejackpot The pandemic in William Gibson's Virtual Light
Virtual Light, the first book in William Gibson's Bridge Trilogy, came up in another discussion here. That reminded me of the throwaway reference to a pandemic that comes up in a brief flashback:
He'd been dreaming about Mrs. Armbruster's class, fifth grade at Oliver North Elementary. They were about to be let out because LearningNet said there was too much Kansas City flu around to keep kids in Virginia and Tennessee in school that week. They were all wearing these molded white paper masks the nurses had left on their seats that morning. Mrs. Armbruster had just explained the meaning of the word pandemic.
That all feels uncanny now (a lot of things about the whole trilogy do), but 'LearningNet' low-key seems like just as impressive a prediction for 1993 as a pandemic disrupting schools on a regular basis.
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2022.01.24 23:02 lil_ducky2626 Sold as Cocain what you guys think? I’m new to this forum btw
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2022.01.24 23:02 ShindlerShindler Speculations for new era movie characters
Idk why but I get this vibe imelda staunton’s lady bagshaw is just gonna appear for like the first five minutes or so of the film and then just disappear on us. Maybe a quick appearance at the end, but nothing remarkable. (If violet dies, she’ll be at the funeral) She’s off playing the queen, bigger and better things yknow?
Same with Mathew Goode who plays Henry. I think he’s gonna make an appearance but probably just at the end or the very beginning, bc so far he’s not credited I don’t think. (I think Mary’s gonna want to leave him or want to have an affair with someone, but comes back to him last minute to mirror violet’s storyline in s5)
Note: I know nothing about the upcoming film. These are just my predictions, and they’re most likely wrong. Just want the movie to be out so I can see it already, even if I hate it.
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2022.01.24 23:02 KIA-Boys Looking at a ‘13 Premium with 70k miles for $14,000. Extensive maintenance records. Worth it?
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2022.01.24 23:02 OurProgressive What's Pence been up to anyways? Anyone seen him? https://t.co/glMudp8JJm
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2022.01.24 23:02 YallAight Please help ID this beauty. Found in a planted garden in Southern California.
2022.01.24 23:02 aforgottenecho Discrete math for CS610 Data structures and algs?
for anybody who took this class did you really need discrete math?
I'm taking with Alex
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2022.01.24 23:02 watercress-metalchef A lot of people like to use their Alt-Religious beliefs to boost their inflated ego and one-up other people and it's very annoying
Before I start, I'd like to get it out of the way that I'm not religion-bashing or anything, and I don't want anyone in the comments to do that either - can we all please be respectful of each other? There's subs out there if you want to shame and religion-bash, so please don't do it on my post. Thanks!
Now, I'm a pagan myself. But I don't talk about my beliefs with others unless we're close friends, or anonymously online. I don't pump myself up as some great wizard or "high priest".... I practice my beliefs alone and generally keep it to myself.
But some people love to take it upon themselves to tell you how totally awesome and powerful they as a witch or whatever, or how their beliefs are so cool and go so far as to make groups all over the internet/irl - which is NOT WRONG, but it is annoying when these people say shit like "Do you know who I AM? I'm the High-Priestess of blah blah and you'll never match my POWAHHHHH!!!". It's very annoying, even MORE annoying I'd say than people like Westboro Baptist or Jehovah's Witnesses.
Basically that's all I have to say, thanks for bearing with me!
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2022.01.24 23:02 bigolbagadiks Where do you recommend buying your herbs from ?
Just your basic herbs, such as lavender , chamomile, mullen…etc. Where do you get yours from and why do you choose to get them from that specific place?
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2022.01.24 23:02 LaceUpMyWaywardSon New high game; after not bowling in this house for about 3-4 years I came in and shoot my new high game! Previous high game was only about 260😅
2022.01.24 23:02 Jumpy_Description_49 Ubereats sux
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2022.01.24 23:02 MugShots LVMPD Traffic Alert
LVMPD Traffic Alert ACCIDENT (TRAFFIC) S EASTERN AVE / E FLAMINGO RD 1/24/2022 5:32:44 PM incident #LLV220100095646
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2022.01.24 23:02 heirtoruin Gretsch Catalina Club kit [using Pearl Master snare] + Zildjian K cymbals at a Sunday afternoon porch jam this past weekend.
2022.01.24 23:02 Actual-Awareness-744 Where is Cam?
Serious question. Why did he only get 5 minutes last game and none tonight? We could really use his length and shooting. Thibs rotations have been extremely frustrating.
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2022.01.24 23:02 MR_GOODCAT101 Nyc from Newark, NJ [OC]
2022.01.24 23:02 Sojen72 [NY] [H] X-Men #4, Saga TBP 1-9, Infinity Gauntlet 1-6, Spider-Man, & more! [W]$$
Hey guys, Hope you're all well. I'm looking to offload some of my collections. See below.
Pics of collection
- Comics will be bagged/boarded and wrapped in cardboard for protection;
- Prices as per FMV (ebay/sold average);
- Shipping cost to be added depending on location - will not ship internationally;
- Paypal preferred;
- Some books in the pics have been sold. Only ones listed here are still available;
- I will entertain bulk deals;
- If you need more details or pics, let me know;
- All sales final.
: https://imgur.com/gallery/qeUUtv5 Saga TBP 1-9
- $70 X-Men #4
(1992 Jim Lee - first appearance of Omega Red) (pics: https://imgur.com/gallery/IN7Frg3
) - $40 Infinity Gauntlet 1-6
(2 copies of #6 available) - $75 The Amazing Spider-Man #350
- $5 The Amazing Spider-Man #358
- $5 The Amazing Spider-Man #362
(carnage Part 2) - $25 (Pic: https://imgur.com/gallery/8F9q2VY
) Web of Spider-Man #82
- $2.50 Spider-Man #6
- $5 Spider-Man #9
(Guest starring Wolverine - Perceptions 2 of 5) - $5 Spider-Man #11
(Guest starring Wolverine & Wendigo - Perceptions 4 of 5) - $5 Spider-Man #26
(Giant Sized 30th Anniversary Special - Green Hologram Cover) - $6 Venom - Lethal Protector #1
(red foil cover) - $40 (Pic: https://imgur.com/gallery/8F9q2VY
) Dawn - I Love N.Y. Benefit Book
(Joe Linsner) (5 copies available) - $10/ea. Dawn - Pin Up Goddess
(Joe Linsner) $10 X-Force #3
- $2.50 X-men #2
- $2.50 Deathlok #1 (Silver foil cover)
- $5 Marvel Comic Presents Wolverine #1
- $10 (Pics: https://imgur.com/gallery/7v26Bdj
) Punisher 2099 #1 (Blue Foil Cover)
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2022.01.24 23:02 SashaMitchener Know 5 Types Chinese Trading Companies. How to Choose The Best
There is a misconception circulating among many importers about buying from trading companies in China as they brand them as middlemen. They believe it is more ideal to deal directly with factory suppliers in order to get the best price.
Also, several articles on Google compared buying directly from the factory and purchasing from the trading companies. However, most of them express subjective views based on their personal interests.
With my over five years’ experience of dealing with many trading companies with staff strength ranging from 1-2 people to a few hundred. I have written a comprehensive guide on 5 different types of trading companies and discuss them from the following angles:
- Trading company’s Business Model
- Choosing the right platform
- Advantages & Disadvantages
- Where to Find the Trading Companies
- Possible scams
I am about to show you all you need to know about dealing with Chinese trading companies, and I assure you that you will find the information very beneficial with my recommendations included. 1. A certain-filed trading company
📷 Business Model
This type of trading company has existed for a long time that they are deeply rooted in the history and culture of the country for countless years. They boast a stable business with a highly mature team that possesses a vast supply chain.
Surprisingly, sometimes you may find a better price with them compared to what you get when you deal directly with manufacturing companies.
It is a norm for different factories to offer a 10-15% difference in price due to a difference in the cost of management. However, many trade companies are aware of this concept. Thus they know how to navigate their ways of getting companies with quality products at a very competitive price. With that, you can get a fairer deal.
An instance is a situation whereby you are into the sales of motorcycle accessories. You will need to patronize five different factories to buy accessories for five different motorcycle brands. In a case like this, you will find a professional machinery company a smarter option that will save your time and effort you would have otherwise expended while patronizing the manufacturing companies.
Usually, these mechanical trading companies have a lot of factory resources that you may never be aware of. This is because it’s difficult for you to find these factory resources on Google or Alibaba, because they are not good at online marketing and would rather choose to cooperate with trading companies to boost their sales. Advantages
Due to their high professionalism in a specific niche and their years of experience in the industry, these companies fare better than some grocery-type trading companies. Disadvantage
The only downside of this type of trading company is their inability to compete with the manufacturing companies when it comes to the supply of goods from mass production, as they are often cheap homogenous products with low added value.
If you need to buy thousands of disposable cups, for instance, I will recommend that you order directly from the manufacturing company.
📷 How to find and identify them
The first thing to do is to search on Alibaba and Google. If you have the means of coming to China, another direct and more effective way is to attend shows.
When using the online method, first check if the products are in stock. If it is offline, look at the items on display. Factories usually have products belonging to a specific industry on display. However, if the company has a wide range of products, it is most likely a trading company.
Assuming a particular supplier has different types of fishing rods on display while the others have fishing rods along with other gears such as reels and lures used in a fishing tackle. Which one do you think is a factory?
In terms of price, a certain field trading company is the better choice as they offer a relatively similar price to the manufacturing company.
As far as getting quality products at reasonable prices remains your goal, and you are willing to cooperate irrespective of whether it is from a factory or trading company, the trading company is your best option especially when you have a relatively low MOQ.
Finally, I’ll list the main information in the table for you to have a better understanding. A certain-filed trading company
Business modelRooted in the industry for years, stable and mature, product price is competitve.Better for WhomImporters who need high added value and professional support product.AdvantagesProfessional in a certain niche, offer product with good quality and reasonal price.DisadvantagesFor some standardized, low-cost, mass-produced products with low added value, the price is not as good as factory. 2. Grocery-type trading company Business model
A grocery-type trading company is that which deals in all kinds of different products. They depend on factory resources around them.
A typical grocery-type trading company uploads any products that are produced around to its website. For instance, if they have a hat factory close by, they upload a hat. If they have a friend into stationery, they quickly upload that too.
Since grocery-type trading companies jump at every product around them, they showcase that their business model lacks a touch of professionalism regardless of whatever products they have sourced or sold. I don’t recommend patronizing this type of trading company most especially when you need a customized product. An instance is if you need to develop a vacuum cup.
Generally, the grocery-type trading companies do not engage in the development process such as material selection and testing, mold development cycle, mold cost estimation, value engineer development and many more.
Since they have a very strong product sourcing ability, they often list a wide variety of products and are more suitable for daily consumers’ products.
📷 Where to find them
You can easily locate them on e-Commerce sites like Alibaba and Dhgate. However, they seldom attend a trade fair because it only costs around $4500 to pay Alibaba account annual fee. In contrast, renting a Canton Fair
booth including the business trip expenses cost about $15,000 which may not be affordable to them. Also, having many unrelated products stocked in a booth is not appropriate for a trade show.
Then, I’ll summarize the information in a table for you to have a better understanding. Grocery-type trading company
Business modelDeals in a variety of products, good at sourcing.Better for WhomImporters who deal in daily consumption products.AdvantagesStrong sourcing ability, especially in daily consumption products.DisadvantagesNot very professional in a certain niche industry, particularly when handling customized products. 3. Hot-selling type trading company Business model
Hot-Selling (HS) trading company specializes in the sales of many hot-selling products and thus earned the name, “Hot-Selling trading company” from us in China.
An HS company has a powerful sense of identifying the market trend. They are good at getting insight into the hot-selling factory resources which they sell for 2 -3 months making quick cash. They opt out of the product as soon as the demand decline to jump on the next hot-selling product.
When a particular product is trending in the market, you will find many trading companies marketing such products especially the HS company. Companies like grocery type may inform you that there will be a delay in delivering your product after you have made payment. In fact, sometimes they may be out of stock, and thus you won’t be able to get your products shipped.
However, an HS company will never do that. They have enough factory resources to source for products which enable them to deliver your products in due time. Disadvantages
The HS trading company lacks the proper stability and structure to offer aftersales services. Also, it has only a few employees; some of them even operate in the comfort of their bedrooms.
Another challenge is the absence of a long-term plan for a particular good, they are on to the next product the moment the hot-selling is out of production.
Many HS companies claim to be factories, but in actual sense, they are not. A typical trading company with its location set as Shenzhen or Yiwu is most likely to belong to the HS company category. Where to find them
Alibaba, Aliexpress, and Dhgate are the destinations of many HS companies in China as they often work across multiple sales platforms. They lack personal identity. If your business qualifies as hot-selling, you can get in touch with HS trading companies to exchange ideas and partner to earn quick cash. I am confident they will be glad to have someone like you as a long-term consumer.
Finally, Hot-selling type trading company
Business modelSpecialized in many hot-selling products, earn quick money.Better for WhomImporters who deal in popular products and earn quick money.AdvantagesHave sufficient factory resources on popular products, delivery on time as appointed.DisadvantagesNot stable, unable to offer good after-sale service. 4. SOHO trading company
📷 Business model SOHO
means Small Office, Home Office. It is a type of trading company with only one or two people. Most former employees of factories and other trading companies after winning a few loyal old customers start their business and become the founders of SOHO.
The concept of working of a SOHO company is to obtain a company registration, and the setup account on Alibaba, projecting themselves as a factory or trading company to gain the trust of their prospects.
Although that practice may portray SOHO trading company as unreliable, however, in all fairness many of them are quite good. From my personal experience, SOHO companies can be classified into three categories namely:
- Certain-filed SOHO trading company
- Grocery-type SOHO trading company
- Hot-selling type SOHO trading company
SOHO companies have a lesser cost of operation and offer long and stable cooperation. Whatever they earn on order is left to them, and occasionally they may provide you with a better price compared to a professional trading company.
Often they offer you the best prices and services knowing well they may not gain a penny particularly when you are buying for the first time from them.
Also, they thread consciously and are extremely hard working. You can trust them to solve your problems and make you feel assured. Important Notice!
Kindly pay attention to the grocery-type SOHO.
Where to find them
- They often do everything to source for customers, and once they are busy, they are less efficient.
- Also, they deal in a wide range of products and sometimes help their customers in sourcing for products, but they may leave your problem unattended to in time the moment they get busy.
SOHO usually has stores on Alibaba, Global Sources, Made-in-China as well as running their personal websites. How to identify them A
. You can check this contact page to see if they leave a phone number. In China, the differences between the telephone number and phone number are usually as shown below:
Another method is to request that they send you the pictures of their offices, the company logo, company culture wall, team photos, etc.
If they are fond of giving different excuses like being out of office in many instances, then it’s likely a SOHO.
You can inform them that you are merely interested in identifying if it’s a SOHO and not trying to criticize them. SOHO suppliers tend to make your business grow fast if you are fortunate enough to deal with a reliable and trusted one.
There is a real-life story of a SOHO trading company in Eastern China that has been in operation on a particular product niche for more than ten years. Despite that she has no company account and relies on the agent to help her collect her order payment, she has made a sales conversion of more than $15 million worth all alone.
She has clients from across the globe with one of her former customers being a green business hand at that time. Currently, he is the vice president of their country.
Another customer’s company that is presently an industrial leader in their country started as a small workshop with a few machines.
Don’t be negative when you find a SOHO supplier. If the products and the price look suspicious, don’t be too eager to point that out and don’t show that you are surprised. Just watch on and decide if you should buy from them or not.
Finally, SOHO trading company
Business modelSmall office, home office, with 1-2 people.Better for WhomImporters who do not care supplier is a SOHO, reply on them to make business growing faster.AdvantagesA certain SOHO industry can offer importers better price and service.DisadvantagesGrocery-type SOHO trading company is not stable, efficiency decreased when they get busy. 5. Sourcing Company Business model
A sourcing company is virtually the same as a trading company. They serve as a link between Chinese factories and importers. They help their clients in finding the right supplier. When you reach a decision, they will source, supervise, carry out QC and ship your products.. Who needs them?
If you are inexperienced in importing from China or you would rather focus on marketing than wasting time sourcing for suppliers despite that you are experienced in it, it may be a perfect choice to have a sourcing company handle your entire China supplier chain.
They can help you find reliable factories that render customization for products if you need one. They offer services such as getting the product customization details, production follow-up, and shipping arrangement. Advantages
Sourcing company’s greatest advantage is in providing more options on suppliers, flexible price comparison, and time-saving. You can keep turning down the suppliers they bring until they find the one that suits your taste. Important Notice!
An unprofessional sourcing company is known to create a lot of problems, and you will be left complaining about inferior quality products, too high prices, poor communication, etc. They will also waste your time with not comprehending your request and asking too many questions that will only waste your time and energy. You may end up regretting not contacting the factory directly. Where to find them
You can locate sourcing companies on Alibaba and via Google search. If you have the means, you can come to China for the Canton Fair. You will see several large sourcing companies in the shipping area. But to be honest, it’s really difficult to tell if they are good or bad until you started working together cooperatively.
And then the summary, Sourcing company
Business modelThey offer full services, such as sourcing, supervising, carring out QC and shipping your products.Better for WhomImporters with little importing experience, or others that need sourcing company to manage supply chain in China to save time.AdvantagesOffers more suppliers choices, more price for comparison, and save importers’ time.DisadvantagesUnprofessional sourcing company would bring importers a lot of trouble. Now It’s Your Turn!
We have come to the end of this guide. I have poured my honest reviews on the 5 different types of trading companies in China. It will also help importers to choose the right trading company for their business. I believe you must have learned by now which trading company is the best for you.
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2022.01.24 23:02 1000000students Belarusian opposition group "Cyber-Partisans" reported an attack on the computer network of Belarusian Railways. They have encrypted the bulk of Belarusian Railways servers, databases and workstations to slow down and disrupt the operation of the railway on which trains with Russian troops arrive
2022.01.24 23:02 TheLegendLaw Rework ?
So idk how many of us watch pro guides here, but in their upload today they mentioned how ryze is likely nearing another re-work because he doesn’t scale anymore and he’s just really not that viable these days in the given meta. They took time to talk about this when they didn’t need to.
The other day riot august mentioning ryze needing an adjustment kinda like they did to some other champs (can’t remember the name of them atm). But between both of these major content makers for league mentioned a ryze rework in the same week of time.
I think, that is a foreshadowment. Riot august said “once we have the bandwith” they would look at ryze again.
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2022.01.24 23:02 Hfernandez9000 Come on guys let's get System Of a Down S/T to win.
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2022.01.24 23:02 kitsybelle Washing machine keeps filling even after pulling the knob to stop?
I have a 2012 Admiral top loading washer machine, just a basic no-frills machines. It has been overfilling on the rinse cycle and won’t stop.
It keeps filling even when I manually pull the knob/button to stop. I have to unplug the machine from the power source. Would this be a control board replacement?
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2022.01.24 23:02 sn0r Mali asks Denmark to immediately withdraw troops deployed there
2022.01.24 23:02 Legitimate_Writer837 [FO4] I finally made Fallout 4 look ultra realistic while maintaining 60+FPS optimized with RTX on ENB and Reshade RT Shader Weapon debris/particles on!
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2022.01.24 23:02 Alarming_Vegetable Ugh. Wish Arch Digest wouldn’t promote this … tv too high.