It seems every time I select my character to log in I get stuck on the "now loading..." screen for about 5-10 minutes before the game finally loads. Then, once I'm in the game I almost always have red arrows with S 30 R 0 in the top corner. I believe this refers to sending/receiving info from the server. Often I will be able to walk around wherever I want, but monsters and people won't show up, and the ones that have already loaded will stop moving or attacking.
This problem started recently, about 4 hours before the last maintenance occurred (9/07/2010). Before that the game still took forever to load but I wasn't having the S 30 R 0 problem. Once the game finally loaded I could play just fine.
I am also only able to load the Gridania starting cutscene. If I try to make a new character in Limsa Limosa or Ul'Dah then the game never loads (I've waited 2 hours at the "now loading..." screen and nothing happened).
Does anyone know how I might fix these issues?