I'm currently trying to evaluate my major coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and nonsense, because they clearly aren't working. My current methods largely fall into two categories:
1) Venting: either to Mr. ME, or by blogging, or to my parents or lab mates. Though venting to my father seems to have led to meddling from my aunt, a professor in a different department at GiantU. Ultimately, clearly articulating the problem seems to make me more upset, rather than less. This indicates it's not a very good coping mechanism.
2) Ignoring it: one of the nice things about being busy is not having as much down time to think about problems I can't immediately fix. Instead, I will just keep chugging on and distract myself by working, or laughing at kitten antics. Playing with the kitten is probably my most effective stress-release at this point.
3) Resigned acceptance: at this point, I'm near the bottom of my advisor's priority list except when something I'm doing directly influences something higher up the list. Since my project doesn't involve collaborators and only has an annual review (which is for my new project, not the papers he's sitting on), he cares about it roughly once a year. I can keep nagging him about reading the paper every single time I see him (which hasn't done any good yet). I can talk to my grad chair and department chair (again), but I'm not terribly optimistic.
4)...? Any other suggestions for dealing with negligent advisors?