filed in The Digital Feed on 3.15.13 3:31am-UTC
I didn’t really make a mention of it at the time because there were a lot of other things going on, but about a year ago the Library imploded in a fairly specific way. I’ve mentioned that this has happened in the past, but what was particularly different about this time was that I didn’t have the funds or time to really fix it. The Library was using older parts that were on the high edge of their technological spectrum that all became fairly quickly outdated leading to a domino effect of upgrades if I was going to fix one of the problems.
Since then I’ve had some pretty impressing commitments. My new work schedule doesn’t leave me with days off [mosty], and that leaves me little time to focus on things like what had previously been a major contributor to my sanity. You probably see why that’s a problem already. Regardless, the fact was that the Library was condemned due to video card failure. Both of them. You see it was an nVidia SLi setup and both cards decided to fail spectacularly at the same time in different ways.
Long story short because it’s 4:20 in the morning [not a reference], I managed to come across a batch of compatible video cards and shoved one in there to fix the problem. It’s a stop-gap solution; the tower is going to need a major overhaul before too long, but at least it’s running again. Still, it took me two days to confirm that because the thing has been powered down for almost a year meaning that it was behind on drivers and Windows updates. In the span of the last 48 hours I have probably been forced to power cycle this machine ten to twelve times because of [expletive] Windows updates.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I’d already had my calm severely damaged by having lost access to the computer in the first place, one might say it was enough to drive a man insane. Instead it just gave me a headache and probably [expletived] with my blood pressure. Needless to say, the last year has been stressful, and it isn’t necessarily that it’s because there has been more stress, just that there has been less of a way to deal with it.
I’ve picked up a few habits to try and help. Despite being seven days a week the new work schedule lets me stick to a sleep schedule that actually works for me, so I’m a lot more rested on a daily basis. I’ve been playing two games of DnD [or similar] a week with some friends. My weekly nights have been extended to include pool on a regular basis when I have the energy to go out in the first place. Also I took up smoking which has had a surprisingly helpful effect on the mountains of stress I’ve been dealing with.
…that last one has had mixed results socially though.
Note: Links missing due to 4:30am at the time of publishing. I may or may not fix that later.