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Ascent: the Space Game and Maslow
my +Steam splurge of the month

So, I got a donation on my blog, and I was sick as a dog from getting my flu shot, and a game on my Steam recommendations looked really interesting, and I said..."What the hell..."

So I picked up "Ascent: the Space Game" which is sort of a kinder gentler Eve Online sort of space trading game with less combat and somewhat less spreadsheets involved.

And I've been totally rocking out not only on the game but on the community (it's an MMO) for the last few days.  Really falling in love.

And today, having gotten to the point where I may be establishing my second real colony (the first is pretty much spoonfed to you through a tutorial), I found this gem in the wiki on how to maintain your colony population and keep your colonists happy:

http://wiki.thespacegame.com/mediawiki/index.php/Colonists_and_Hierarchy_of_Needs

Yes, in fact, I have stumbled upon a game which implements Maslow's heirarchy of needs as a game mechanic.  No wonder I like this (virtual) place.

The YouTube video linked from the wiki page explains how the mechanics are implemented at this point.  Yes, it's a bit simplistic, but it gives me something to love a bit more about the devs.

If you want to come mine asteroids with me, the game is $14 with three months of premium access ($3/mo after, but it's B2P so you don't need to pay the $3 if you just want to play it as a casual space trading game after that).

I think I might be spending some time in this community.  _giggle_
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Over a month, SSI Malden can't get their crap together
I am a canary in a very dark coal mine

OK, so the people who depend on these services are all disabled and very sick.

On 8/29, they sent me a letter saying, "Congrats, you are broken enough to pay you cat-food pay to recognize your disability," and in theory put me on SSI.

I went to the Cambridge Social Security office and they told me, they could not help me, because I had just moved from Medford and my case was still in the Malden office.

And the Malden office?  It was shut down because they'd had a water main break and the office was shut down.  For a few days.

But they gave me a number of a person to call there who was my case worker.

I lost it in the move.

I called the national office and they looked up my case worker.  I knew it wasn't the same one, because it was a man's name and not Chinese, but I kept calling and calling at least every few days all month.

For a month.

And today?

Finally.

A woman calls me back.  A woman with a Hispanic name and accent.  So not woman #1, not man #2 -- a third case worker.  Saying, "We've been trying to reach you.  We've been sending notices to your Medford address but you haven't responded.  We have this new Somerville address, but we're not sure if that's where we should be sending them."

Well folks, why would I give you a change of address if I hadn't moved? <facepalm>

So I call woman #3 up?  And her voicemail is full.

So it's likely that I will have to spend a day going to Malden to visit these folks in person to straighten this out.  It's insane.  What is WRONG with them?  Are they all more disabled than I am?

What kind of voicemail system are they using, these days, that gets "full?"  Storage is cheap, yo?  

I am beside myself.  This represents real suffering to many real people, not just me.  Imagine myself as the canary.  Despair is also a thing with feathers.

I have to remain pissed off in order not to give up.

If you wonder how people end up on the street when they don't have family, support networks, and advocates -- and a grantwriter level of patience with bureaucracy -- when they get ill?

You're looking at it.

+WBUR should do something about this on their Common Health blog.  It's been a horrible process.
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I had the same ahead, but with no complete retirement only part. Because if I can work month and than be ill for two it defenetlly means I still can work. And everyone told me it will last like 4-6 month the whole process. No way 3 weeks of praying if I even get it and it was done I did not believe how fast it was and that they really gave me that. I was worried cause I only have an Asperger syndrome, severe depressions., asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. I did not know if I´m broken enough. But I succeeded. Wish u luck.
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I just used Shazam to discover Citizens by Alice Russell. http://shz.am/t72739218
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Recs at the dispensary in OR!

Enjoy folks you waited long enough!

Smoke a spliff and have a laugh!
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Over a month, SSI Malden can't get their crap together
I am a canary in a very dark coal mine

OK, so the people who depend on these services are all disabled and very sick.

On 8/29, they sent me a letter saying, "Congrats, you are broken enough to pay you cat-food pay to recognize your disability," and in theory put me on SSI.

I went to the Cambridge Social Security office and they told me, they could not help me, because I had just moved from Medford and my case was still in the Malden office.

And the Malden office?  It was shut down because they'd had a water main break and the office was shut down.  For a few days.

But they gave me a number of a person to call there who was my case worker.

I lost it in the move.

I called the national office and they looked up my case worker.  I knew it wasn't the same one, because it was a man's name and not Chinese, but I kept calling and calling at least every few days all month.

For a month.

And today?

Finally.

A woman calls me back.  A woman with a Hispanic name and accent.  So not woman #1, not man #2 -- a third case worker.  Saying, "We've been trying to reach you.  We've been sending notices to your Medford address but you haven't responded.  We have this new Somerville address, but we're not sure if that's where we should be sending them."

Well folks, why would I give you a change of address if I hadn't moved? <facepalm>

So I call woman #3 up?  And her voicemail is full.

So it's likely that I will have to spend a day going to Malden to visit these folks in person to straighten this out.  It's insane.  What is WRONG with them?  Are they all more disabled than I am?

What kind of voicemail system are they using, these days, that gets "full?"  Storage is cheap, yo?  

I am beside myself.  This represents real suffering to many real people, not just me.  Imagine myself as the canary.  Despair is also a thing with feathers.

I have to remain pissed off in order not to give up.

If you wonder how people end up on the street when they don't have family, support networks, and advocates -- and a grantwriter level of patience with bureaucracy -- when they get ill?

You're looking at it.

+WBUR should do something about this on their Common Health blog.  It's been a horrible process.
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All bs, its rough!!

Getting s basic income is worth it all...

The thing to tack on is the waste, if the system was more efficient SSA wouldn't need to PAY 3 different people to tell different things.

LONG overdue!
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