Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fragile Thread

Distractions abound, and for the last few days sinus headaches, bordering on migraines, have kept my brain from focusing on the chaos surrounding me. A brief internal summary reveals just how tenuous my situation can be when viewed through a critical lens.
The work stresses are coming down to the nitty-gritty details and there are hints of bubbling discontentment and outrage over some of the decisions that have not been officially announced yet. Contract changes. Benefit changes. Salary distribution formulas. Work-load increases. And behind all of that... the job in front of us that needs doing day to day. D-Day is July 01, and at this point I don't think anyone will have a smooth transition. We will see how it all shakes out.
On the home-front things have been relatively quiet. Relatively.
Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii is a fantastic game. Aside from the difficulty in arranging communication channels with your team it is quite possibly the best ad-hoc multiplayer game I have played on a console since Chromehounds. Luckily most of my 'team' are avid gamers and members of a teeming online community, so we have access to a donated communications server. A little trickery with configuration, and the USB station that allows me to connect an XBox wireless controller (and headset!) to my computer and I have a nearly seamless integration of Ultra-Big-Game Hunting and efficient push-to-talk communication with my fellow hunters. Sublime when it all comes together. It is a Capcom game, so there are a few odd movement conventions but the gameplay feeds right into my OCD.

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