Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Daily Teaser — 1-7-2014: Walk Like A Walkman

Well … 

That’s a start … 


You’ve been following me for a while, haven’t you … ?

And probably realised I’ve have had my out of work benefits stopped: over being put off a Mandatory Work Placement scheme through — I believe — no or little fault of mine.

Understandably … ?   Understandably, I’ve spent most of the weekend running the gamut of emotions: from depressed, to suicidal, to thoughtful … to outright steaming anger, with a hair trigger that — given the wrong circumstances or too many beers — have done some damage.

I’m thankful yesterday was a Monday, though.

That meant various offices were open.

And meant that I could put in an initial appeal — called a Mandatory Reconsideration — against the decision to suspend my benefit, and could put in a claim for hardship funds.

What happens now … ?   What happens, now, is very little: and mostly involves me hurrying up and waiting.

Frankly … ?   Frankly, I’m expecting the worst to happen: although I hope any hardship payments enable me to get by, for now.

Either way … ?

It feels good to have been able to have done something positive.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* put in her answers: and scoring five out of five.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 1st July, 1979, saw Sony debut its Walkman personal stereo.   What did those original Walkmans play: mp3’s, cassettes or records?
Q2) In which country did Sony first introduce the Walkman … ?
Q3) Sony originally marketed the Walkman as the Stowaway: in which European country … ?
Q4) Sony introduced their Discman personal stereo in 1984: what did it play, instead of cassettes?
Q5) Sony introduced what it called the Walkman Profession in 1982.   The Professional was capable of doing what: playing video, recording audio or playing playing MP3s?
Q6) After a long law suit, Andreas Pavel has been officially credited with inventing the personal stereo: in 1972.   What did he call his device: the SongStroller, StereoBelt or SingSack?
Q7) Sony introduced a Walkman branded mobile phone in 2005.   Although, strictly, the phones were made by whom?
Q8) The Walkman mp3 players play mp3s.   What does mp stand for, in this case … ?
Q9) Sony introduced a small pocket TV in 1982: what brand-name did they use for it?
Q10) Finally … When did Sony stop making the cassette based Walkman, in Japan?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th June, 1953, saw the Chevrolet Corvette sold to the public.   Which car giant owns Chevrolet … ?
A1) General Motors: also known as GM.
Q2) 30th June, 1971, saw the first Leap Second added to Universal Co-ordinated Time.   In which year was the LAST one added: 2010, 2011 or 2012 … ?
A2) 2012.
Q3) 30th June, 1971, saw the crew of the Soyuz 11 found dead on landing, at Kazakhstan.   Their deaths were found to have been caused by what: a faulty valve, a leaking tube or a frozen rubber ring?
A3) A faulty valve.
Q4) 30th June, 1960, saw the Congo become independent of Belgium.   What’s the country’ current name?
Q5) Finally … 30th June, 1998, saw Joseph Estrada sworn in as President: of which south-east Asian island nation?
A5) The Philippines.   (Or Republic of the Philippines, if you’re feeling picky … )
I’ll leave you with this song from Cliff Richards: possibly the only video I’ve seen to feature lots of people with Walkmans … 

And with this observation …
“When a bright Sony inventor read about my seashell radios in that novel, he invented the Walkman. That was one good thing to emerge from that book - the banishment of most picnic-ruining ghetto blasters. But I had no idea I was doing it.”
Ray Bradbury.
Ray could possibly claim some kind of royalty.

Have a good day.

*        I hope so, Debbi.   At least I was able to do something about it, yesterday: even if it was just filling in a form, and making a phone call.   Oh, and sending of a letter†: I had to send of a letter o the Appeals people.

†        Bloody ridiculous: they cut your money off and then — THEN — expect you to be able to afford a stamp!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Bureaucracy sucks! :(

1. cassettes
2. Japan
3. the UK
4. CDs
5. recording audio
6. the StereoBelt
7. Sony Ericsson
8. moving pictures
9. Trinitron
10. 2010