At this point, those who have read the above line will be divided into two camps: 1) "I have no idea what I just read." and 2) "About time."
For those in the latter camp, all I can say in my defence is that the RNG gods frowned upon me and I had a terrible drop rate for the things that I needed. To give you an idea of how the drops have been going for me, I finished last week with 11/12. Last night I cleared wing 3 of ToT without success, and then cleared wing 1 of SoO, only getting my 12th shard on the Sha, and only because he has a 100% drop rate. This process has been so frustrating that I am tempted to make a big show of vendoring the damn thing as soon as I get it tonight. =/
Work has been a bit of a nightmare the past couple of weeks - though atara will vouch for that, as she's had to listen to me grouse endlessly about it, and been witness to the frantic 22:00 calls that have kept me working late into the night. I won't go into a lot of detail except to say that we (and by "we" I mean the meatheads who head up my department) did a major platform move without adequately testing the new environment, or running things in parallel until we knew it would work on the new platform.
It didn't work. A week and a half later it still is not working. Our managing director "resigned" rather suddenly yesterday. This was his project, but even so the resignation has a very scapegoat feel to it - though based on the wording of the letter from the VP, I think it is possible that he quit out of frustration. Word on the street is that some of the more boneheaded decisions made in this project were forced onto him from higher up. It sounds like there may have been a bit of management dick wagging going on, with lots of boastful claims like, "We don't need no fucking safety net!"
It turns out that a safety net might have been nice after all. I would not be surprised to see a few more heads roll before this is done.