Introducing BUSCON

I am often asked, usually on some form of IM media; “are you busy?”. I often find this question hard to answer since I regard busy-ness (is that a real English word?) as more of a state with varying degrees. This has led me to the definition of BUSCON or BUSy CONdition, based on the well-known DEFCON or defense readiness condition used by the United States Armed Forces. At the current time BUSCON is defined like this:

Busy condition Busy-ness Color
BUSCON 1 Metaphysically busy (AKA “Leave-me-the-fuck-alone” busy)* White
BUSCON 2 Extremely busy Red
BUSCON 3 Really busy Yellow
BUSCON 4 Above normal busy-ness Green
BUSCON 5 Normal busy-ness Blue

As BUSCONs creator I reserve the right to change its definition at any time. Check back here for updates if you find the BUSCON definition useful.

* So you take offense by my use of profanity in this post? Here are a couple of quotes that sum up my views on that area:

Stephen Fry: “It’s now very common to hear people say “I’m rather offended by that”, as if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually no more than a whine. “I find that offensive”. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that”, well so fucking what.” **

Salman Rushdie: “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”

** See first asterisk

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