February 22nd: It marks the birthdays of George Washington, video game programmer Ed Boon, heralded news that "Dolly the Sheep" had been cloned. It's also the date of "Christian Feast Day" which, from the scant amount of reading I've done on the topic, has to do with something to do with saints, the liturgical year, etc., and rather disappointingly, nothing whatsoever to do with the consumption of an absolutely vulgar amount of food. So much for my plan to head down to the local Lutheran Church, hobnobbing with the parishioners in the hope of an eventual free meal - all the while, trying my best to convince them that I'm Lutheran.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, apparently Feb. 22nd, 1973 was the date that liaison offices were established between the United States and China. This followed then-President Nixon's visit, done in an attempt to bring some level of diplomatic normalcy between the two countries and, some time down the line, provide a ready-made labor force to manufacture "everything."
One might think that February 22nd is a wholly unremarkable date - one ranking right up there with wholly forgettable dates such as January 6th and Jun 17th - but one would be very wrong indeed. Jack Tretton would like you to know why:
This afternoon on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, I shared some very exciting news that I know the PlayStation Nation has been anticipating since we unveiled PlayStation Vita back in January. For those looking to get their hands on the ultimate in handheld entertainment, I'm thrilled to let you know that starting on February 22, 2012, PS Vita will be available at major retailers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.
So there we go, come early next year, Baby Vita will be birthed from the loins of Capital - or at the very least, some god-foresaken factory in which one of the perks of employment is "not getting hit" - and into the hands of smiling boys and girls everywhere. Cake is being prepared, streamers are being put up, and a grant banner reading "Welcome to the World, Vita!!!" in macaroni letters will do doubt be hanging of the facade of Sony HQ, come late February.