Open Thread: Mid-Month Check In, March 2017

(by chris the cynic)

What have you been doing of late?  How are you?  Are you still alive?  So forth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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10 thoughts on “Open Thread: Mid-Month Check In, March 2017

  1. alexeigynaix March 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Surviving. Not thriving. Though I did write 1400 words of vicious dystopia last night at four this morning and I feel better now. My poor characters, though…the thing has thirteen content notes and I’m sure I’m missing an important one…

  2. christhecynic March 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    The past month has been almost entirely about the broken ankle. A lot of elevating it (doesn’t just need to be above where it would normally be, needs to be above the heart) which cuts down on being able to do stuff even more than a broken ankle in itself.

    At Ana’s advice I made an amazon wishlist which means I now have a PS4 and some games. I’ve spent a lot of time lying on the floor with my foot on a chair playing console games. It’s hard to use a laptop supine, but a controller is much easier (and doesn’t risk hitting you in the head if you drop it.)

    One week after I broke my ankle the swelling hadn’t gone down enough, so surgery had to be postponed. It happened two weeks after. That’s two Thursdays ago. This Thursday I have my follow up, and hopefully two weeks will again have been enough to beat the swelling, because elevation sucks.

    If everything goes well it’ll be another four weeks after that before I can walk. Apparently the expectation is that if I do rehabilitation right it’ll be six months before the ankle is back to 100% but there have been unconfirmed suggestions that it will be reasonably good by the end of the first month of rehab.

    Having a console has allowed me to play Gravity Rush, which I’ve been interested in for years, and The Last of Us (remastered) which is a major thing in zombie gaming. So that’s nice.

    I was kind of hopeful I’d finally get a crack at Kingdom Hearts, which I’ve been interested in for way longer than than Gravity Rush. It’s why the PS4 wishlist has two disks, with 9 (ish) games between them, of Kingdom Hearts. And half of the 3DS compatible games (split into a separate wishlist when I actually got a PS4 and not a 3DS) are Kingdom Hearts games (the ones not in, or not playable in, the PS4 compilations.)

    Apparently that wasn’t to be. Probably in part because the first Kingdom Hearts disk hasn’t actually been released yet (I thought it said February 28th.) That’s how compilations go, I guess. Sometimes the first thing is the last to be released.

    Primary computer is back. Has been since two days ago. They fucked up the repair, and I’ll have to write a post about that, but I don’t think it’s in a way that will require it to be shipped out again. Mind you if I’d trusted them I’d still mistakenly believe they stole my fucking hard drive. Good thing I checked. It turned out to be like I originally thought when I was told there was no documentation of them doing anything at all to my SSD: it was still in there, just not doing anything.

    They looked in there after I asked (in a place I couldn’t see), but apparently don’t know what a solid state drive looks like, and told me it wasn’t there. Which, since they didn’t record removing it due to damage, made it sound like they’d stolen it.

    That’s supposed to be my operating system drive. It’s small but fast. Like most hybrid systems you run the OS off of the small fast drive, while storing data on the big but slower drive. Since they ignored the SSD entirely, everything is being run off of the big slower drive now.

    So until I take it to the store to have them put the operating system on the right drive, primary computer will be slower than it should be. Also it thinks the SSD is four different drives for some reason.

    I haven’t traveled any, that means I’ve been forced to take care of my self for the entire broken ankle time. It’s hard. Lately I’ve been living on delivery food. Figure skaters and people of equal flexibility might be able to do food preparation with their foot above their heart, but I can’t. Nor can I do it quickly enough for it not to be a problem. Delivery is expensive. I’ve been getting help, and without it I might not be eating.

    The only Chinese place I know to order from has been out of business for a while, and the only things I know to order are pizza and Chinese. My diet has a lot of bread and cheese in it these days.

    I’ve never really gotten delivery before, my experience is very limited. Well, that’s not accurate. I’ve never gotten delivery for myself before. Paying for delivery someone else is getting is something I have done. Different stores, different place, so forth.

    The weather has been pretty mild, but it’s snowing like one of the cold regions of Hell (but not so cold as to rule out precipitation) right now. Climate’s all fucked up. The seasons have no sense of themselves anymore.

    Round here things were (note the past tense) always pretty steady. It got cold, it stayed cold, it got warmer, it stayed warmer, it got hot, it stayed hot, it got cooler, it stayed cooler, a year had passed and the cycle repeated.

    It started to break down when I was still in high school, became catastrophic when I was at university, and has just gotten weirder since then.

    Now it never stays anything. We can have summer, winter, spring, and fall in the course of four days. Sure, we might have a some weird outlier unseasonable days way back when, but now they’re not weird and not outliers. If anything the weird thing is if things stay stable for a full week.

    I persist.

  3. christhecynic March 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    alex,

    Congratulations on the writing.

  4. genesistrine March 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I… have basically lost the last 10 days to Breath of the Wild.

    Holy crap this game is amazing. I haven’t even done any of the dungeons. I’ve just been exploring, and getting stuff that’ll pet me explore further, and opening up the maps.

    And falling off mountains. And gliding off mountains. And being chased by monsters. I am having the best time.

  5. christhecynic March 14, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I actually have a Wii-U, isn’t much use right now because it’s even less broken ankle friendly than a PC, but maybe I’ll look into getting that someday.

  6. genesistrine March 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I can’t recommend it too highly. The devs have deliberately broken it in the best way possible. There’s nowhere you can’t go right off the bat (well, OK, some places need a workaround, but there are so many possible ways to do anything it’s not restrictive); they’ve basically built cheating into the whole fabric of the game and it’s wonderful. So if you’re in he habit of playing games and thinking, “why can’t I get in there?” or “why won’t it let me do this?” then you want this game. It’s so much fun.

  7. christhecynic March 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I popped it on a new wishlist to allow for the infinitesimal possibility someone will buy it for me. I’ll populate that list with PC and Wii-U games on the theory that once I get permission to stop elevating my leg I should be able to return to playing both.

    It’s doubtful I could buy it for myself, most money is going to food right now, and anything beyond that is really definitely needed for bills.

    Still, I’m always going “Why the fuck can’t I go over there” so it sounds like something I would love.

  8. genesistrine March 15, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I’d offer to get you it myself but I’m out of work with a mortgage and cat to support, so all I can do hope someone else does once you’re up to WiiUing.

    (I should have cancelled the preorder, really, but I can’t regret forgetting!)

  9. InquisitiveRaven March 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

    It occurs to me that GrubHub and Eat24 could be useful in the keeping Chris fed department. If nothing else, delivery options that you might not have been aware of.

  10. christhecynic March 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

    @InquisitiveRaven

    Thanks. I’m aware of . . . two delivery options so that should be quite helpful.

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