Service Interruption

So here’s what’s going on in my stress inventory today. (Totally not a comprehensive list.)

~ I have a cold. I’m still aching. I’m still coughing continuously. I am not thrilled with life right now.

~ My therapist has announced that I won’t be able to make up missed appointments, this after a rush of them over November and December (including two colds, one of which I’m suffering through right now). This is probably going to affect the frequency with which I go to therapy since I cannot afford migraines or anxiety attacks that are going to effect a missed-appointment fee.

~ I’m frustrated with The Long Dark still in early access. The user interface for long term tasks allows the player to work themselves to death (by freezing or thirst or exhaustion) simply by selecting a job that takes too long. The devs on the Hinterland forum claim this is acceptable given one can interrupt the process with escape. A workaround is to do tasks in small steps (boil one liter of water at a time) are slow and tedious. And yet, plenty on the forums are happy to defend the status quo. I’m frustrated enough to discontinue playing the game until it’s fixed, and am disinclined to further discuss the issue with Hinterland.

~ The whole Capital Improvements Passthrough rent increase to which I have to respond (soon!) with hardship forms. Ugh.

~ The H.R.2029 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 extending the surveillance program in the name of cybersecurity even though it does not address any of the causes of recent cybersecurity failures (e.g. Sony, Ashley Madison, Target…). In the meantime a measure to defund ACORN (now long extinct) and an anti-internet-porn measure that is unenforceable (no legal definition of porn) appeared multiple times to pad the bill’s 2000-plus page length. It’s unlikely that few of the legislators who voted on it actually read the whole thing.

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before they are promulged, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.
–Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #61

Will I post more today? If I continue to feel like this, no. Instead I’m probably hide in bed, preferably until 2017.


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