How to Apply for Apple Card With No Internet Connection

If you got your invitation email to apply for the new Apple Card, and clicked on the link that took you to the Wallet app on your iPhone, you may have gotten the error message that Apple Pay could not connect to the Internet. Except you know that every other app on your iPhone has access to the Internet. Watch this video for two workarounds that can get your Apple Card application submitted.

SVCC 2019 Programming Schedule Highlights

We are less than one week away from Silicon Valley Comic Con 2019, taking place at the San Jose Convention Center from Friday, August 16, through Sunday, August 18. The programming schedule came out several weeks ago to provide a general outline of what to expect for autographs, panels and photo-ops. This is not a complete schedule and it won’t be finalized until the first day of the con. By then you should be able to download the app to get all the latest updates. I will be going through the programming schedule in reverse chronological order by going from the most interesting to the least interesting. I’ll highlight the Terminator Reunion panel with Arnold Schwarzenegger for Sunday, the pop culture and science panels on Saturday, and a rant about the main event for Friday. 

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A Shooter Outgunned My Gilroy Garlic Festival Videos On YouTube

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A haf hour after my second Gilroy Garlic Festival video went live on my YouTube channel, I got a comment with two questions that made no sense.

“Wasn’t there a shooting at this place? Who else is here because of the shooting?”

I stared at the comment in disbelief. Surely, this was a joke. A shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival?

A Google search showed that an active shooter alert went live at the same time as my video. Looking at the real time analytics, both videos experienced a sharp spike in traffic. No surprise. My two videos with Chef Tom Colicchio in a cooking demo and announcing the winners of the Great Garlic Cook-Off were the newest videos for the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

I pinned this comment to both of my videos:

“There is an active shooter at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, reported at 5:30 PM Pacific today (7/28/2019). The two videos that I posted were from yesterday and have nothing to do with the shooting. Thoughts and prayers for the victims.”

Since the mainstream media was slow to report the shooting, I watched it unfold on Twitter while the views for my videos climbed steadily upward for the next three hours.

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Are You Ready for The Area 51 Naruto Run?

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.

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Late Night (2019) Movie Review

Last week I saw a preview showing of Late Night, an R-rated movie about late night television, opening in limited release this weekend and wide release next weekend. Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, a white, middle-aged English talk show host who never had a female writer on her all-male writing staff. Mindy Kaling, the writer and producer for Late Night, plays Molly Patel, a woman of color who becomes the first female writer for the show. What could possibly go wrong in this comedy-drama? Quite a bit.

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