March 14th, 2003


I still have a Sega Genesis and an Atari Jaguar...

Source: Bloomberg

Tokyo, March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sony Corp., the world's second- largest consumer-electronics maker, will introduce the PlayStation 3 video-game console this year, two years ahead of schedule, to widen its lead over rivals, the Commercial Times said, citing unidentified people at Taiwanese parts suppliers.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. of Taiwan, which assembles the PlayStation 2 for Sony, and other parts suppliers on the island will start trial production next month, the report said.

Sony may start selling the PlayStation 3 in Japan as early as midyear and overseas by the end of the year, the report said. The PlayStation 3 will use an unidentified processor different from the PlayStation 2 chip, which is made by Toshiba Corp., the report said. Calls to the public relations department of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Sony's game unit, were not answered.

Love them little mousies...

I have mice.
The warm weather has brought them out in force. I caught 2 yesterday, and another one today, and there is one more nibbling on the tinfoil that I put in the mousehole. And yes, before you ask, I practice catch-and-release.
I think this is the last one. Yeah.

New collection agency call. Different account, figured this one was coming sooner or later. Difference is this one actually threatened a lawsuit, and bragged about suing for many different companies. Also threatened to take my home.
Bear in mind, this is the first contact from this agency.
I've done some research into the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. It's very interesting. Notes that it is illegal for a third-party collection agency to initiate a lawsuit, and illegal for them to represent that they intend to do that to collect the debt. It is also illegal for them to represent that they can take your property to collect. And the guy never represented that his call was intended to collect a debt, which is a third violation.
Unfortunately, this last one made me forget about recording the call, so by the time I actually got the recorder attached, I think he caught on and refused any further information. He actually hung up on me.
Too bad, I could have used a couple thousand dollars.

I read the link on michaellee's page about the tech worker dilemma, and it leaves me incredibly soul-sucking sphincter-tighteningly depressed. I have over 12 years of professional experience, and it's looking like it's pretty much worthless. I'm trying to take it well and use it as a motivation for some of the other projects that I have going on, but it's a motivation based out of fear. Apparently that is a modus operandi for moi.
Then again, if it works, don't fix it.

Onto that, I'm kicking the Haunted Commercial idea into high gear. I have two concepts that are near fully fleshed out (ha!) and should be ready to shoot in the next couple of weeks. Maybe sooner. I'm scared to death to try this, but what have I got to lose?

Mystery meat of the day:
Whatever is inside Chef Boiardi Ravioli. I think it's beef.
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