With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 manned moon landing, it’s not surprising that movies about astronauts are coming out. First Man, a biopic about Neil Armstrong being the first man on the moon, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August 2018 and went into general release in October 2018. First Man was a controversial movie because conservative politicians claimed that it didn’t show the astronauts planting the American flag on the moon. Never mind that the movie had plenty of flags, and the flag planting scene wasn’t relevant to the inner space of Neil Armstrong as an astronaut, husband and father. Another astronaut movie, Lucy in The Sky, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year, and coming out in general release this month. Although the movie poster features the moon looming large in the background, the moon has nothing to do with the real-life event of a female astronaut losing her POOP on earth. While this made-for-TV movie is loosely based on the “astronaut love triangle” of 2007, the diaper scene was left on the cutting room floor.
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) held its annual glass pumpkin festival at Santana Row in San Jose, CA, from Friday, October 4, 2018, through Sunday, October6, 2019. Proceeds from the sales of glass pumpkins will fund the non-profit to help students learn the fine art of glassblowing.
A friend mentioned several weeks ago that Fry’s Electronics was closing the Palo Alto store after the holidays. We jumped into the car and went over to the Campbell store. The parking lot empty, the shelves barren, the customers few, and the salesclerks unhelpful as always. After I posted my montage video, I’ve gotten comments that other stores around the country were in better or worse shape than the Campbell store. Fry’s Electronics put out a statement that they weren’t going out of business, are in the middle of changing vendors, and plan to stock the shelves for the holiday season.
Storm Area 51 came and went with much ado about nothing on Friday, September 20, 2019. Only ~150 people went the Area 51 East Gate, ~75 people approached the gate, 3 were arrested for indecent exposure, a man arrested for peeing on the fence and a woman arrested for ducking under the gate. The cancelled AlienStock music festival at Rachel, Nevada, had ~2,000 people show up. That was the “best case” scenario for a crowd size that local authorities could handle.
Last week Apple announced the new iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max, and reduced prices on the older iPhone 8 and iPhone XR. Like many people this time of year, you might be planning to get or have already upgraded to a new iPhone. Your new iPhone will need new accessories to go with it, and that can get downright expensive.
When I got my iPhone 6s in 2015, I spent $80 USD on a clear case and screen protectors. When I got my iPhone XR last week, I could have spent another $80 USD on the exact same accessories. This time I went shopping on Amazon to find some great deals. While several of the accessories that I mention are specific to the iPhone XR, you can find similar accessories for other iPhone models at the same price or a few dollars more.
On the same day that Apple announced the new iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max, I went to my local Apple Store to trade in my four-year-old iPhone 6s for last year’s iPhone XR. You may recall that I posted a video last October that I wasn’t pre-ordering the iPhone XR to upgrade my iPhone 6s. Sprint wasn’t offering any great deals. Not then, not now. My choices were pre-ordering the iPhone XR for $750 USD or keeping my iPhone 6s for another year. Fast forward a year later… Why did I trade in my iPhone 6s for the iPhone XR and not the newer iPhone 11?
What do you do with a status symbol like the Apple Card? Put the titanium credit card in a picture frame! This short montage video shows how to picture frame the Apple Card with an uncut mat board, a balloon glue dot, and a picture frame.
The Sacred Fire Band performs the best of Carlos Santana’s music at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival on Sunday, 09/08/2019.
A friend noticed a headline that the Fry’s Electronic store in Palo Alto, CA, was closing at the end of 2019. We drove over to the Fry’s Electronics in Campbell, CA, to check out the store. Something we haven’t done in years since Best Buy, Amazon and Newegg has everything we needed. We found and empty parking lot, under stock or empty shelves, and very few sales people who interested in helping anyone. If Fry’s Electronics does go out of business, it will be the end of an era.
If you missed out on attending AlienCon Los Angeles like I did last month, there’s a new “alien con” taking place on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Area 51 Naruto Run in the southern Nevada desert. Over one million people will storm Area 51 to find the aliens and the UFOs that the US government stashed away since the 1947 crash in Roswell, New Mexico. The plan is for everyone to meet at the Area 51 Alien Center on US-95. During the wee hours of the morning, everyone will travel to surround Area 51 from every direction. If you perform the Naruto Run just right, you should outrun the bullets as military personnel tries to stop everyone from seeing those aliens. If you can’t outrun the bullets, you will die knowing that the Area 51 Naruto Run was one of the greatest “alien con” you have ever attended.