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Radio show date 05-28-2021



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Soundbite: The Admissions Secret that Gets You Into College and Beyond The Admissions Secret that Gets You Into College and Beyond


John C. Morley: How about in terms of tests, so I know when I went to school and being an engineer, everyone had the emphasis on the SATs. So how is that weighing right now? I've heard that it's kind of dropped a little bit. It's important, but it's not as important as when I went to college. Is that true?


Sarah Harberson: It is true. One of the big reasons is the pandemic. So last spring, when most high school juniors take the SAT or ACT for the first time, most of them got cancelled for a very long period of time. Now, there are some regions of the country where the SAT and ACT are a lot more available. But what we're seeing is those colleges that adopted a test optional policy last year for the current high school seniors, many of them have already extended that for the current junior class and sometimes even beyond that. And so a lot of people are saying, Why are they extending it? Well, part of it is they want to be as accommodating as possible during the pandemic. So the other part of it is they're seeing a very different applicant being test optional. Some colleges are experiencing double digit percentage increases. In fact, Colgate University, great college in northern or upstate New York, received an applicant pool that was over 100% higher this year than it was last year. And a lot has to do with being adopting a test optional policies for last year. So, some of these colleges are seeing huge application increases, which is what they want. They're seeing a much more diverse applicant pool, more students of color, more first generation American students, more rural students applying to those colleges. And so, these colleges are going hey, this test optional policy isn't so bad. And so we'll have to wait and see, but probably these colleges needs to have at least another year or two of data to see what effect that test optional policy had on their applicant pool, their enrolled student body and their data points.


John C. Morley: Well, Hey, everybody, and welcome once again to the JMOR Tech Talk show. It is always great to have our new subscribers. And of course, we welcome our old subscribers as well, Marcus, it is great to see you again on this fine Friday. How are you doing tonight?


Marcus Hart: I'm doing very good, John. It's very good to be with you once again on a Good Friday.


John C. Morley: Yes, we are at the point now where the mask law has been rescinded, at least I know in New Jersey, and I think many other places and starting to get people that feel like we're back on top. But I think we got to take it a little bit easy. I think we're moving quick and that's fine. But I think we’ve still got to be a little careful because they're saying that, you know, they're going to do this premise, but they're interesting people that aren't vaccinated to still wear their masks. So I think this is gonna be a very honor system. And we're gonna have to wait and see. Marcus, what's going to happen this weekend? Is it going to be a great weekend or is it gonna be a number climbing weekend?


Marcus Hart: Excellent point there, John. So, it will be very interesting to find out.


John C. Morley: So my advice to everyone here is that if you have gotten vaccinated, definitely feel free to remove your mask if your state allows that. And now the law has changed in our state to three feet instead of six feet. So they're trying but again, let's still be smart. Okay, we don't want to be back when we were two years ago. Well, research has come up with some very interesting things lately. Imagine this, Marcus, we talk about robots all the time but how about one that could actually smile back at you?


Marcus Hart: Wow, that's some pretty high tech stuff there's, so that's a really-- I think many people kind of are afraid of, I think.


John C. Morley: Well, this is the interesting thing. And this actually comes to us from the researchers in the creative machines lab at Columbia engineering. They've been working on this project called Eva for five years. Okay. It's an autonomous robot with a very soft and amazingly expressive facial deployments for different types of emotions. And the thing you're probably asking yourself is so how does a robot know how to smile or know how to make these different gestures? And it's free really interesting. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, I'm wondering that.


John C. Morley: I figured you were gonna ask. So what they do is they have the robot basically watch themselves on zoom, and all the different emotions and it causes an association very similar to our brains, and the neural networks. And it causes the physiology like it wouldn't our body, it causes the circuits in the robot to learn what things they need to do when they smile, when they're sad, when they're angry, when they're curious. So they're starting to program all these emotions into the robot. So the robot is going to be able to really appear like he or she is actually interacting. Now, the challenging part of this whole project was they had to come up with a mechanism and a system that was so small, it would fit inside the human skull, but still being functional to be able to produce a lot of these different expressions, as a Farshad noted, and it's very interesting that they spent countless hours taking the different emotions and uploading them and then having the robot with the sensors in their eyes, watch the different videos and then respond.


Marcus Hart: I'm just wondering, being that, like we’re starting to humanize robots and a lot of these are going to be, I guess, in a sense, colleagues of many people who are working, is one of the things we should be most concerned about? What so we must be most excited about, John? 


John C. Morley: Well, we're going to talk a little more about where this is going later in the program. But what I want to share with you right now is, is that there are some dangers because when you're able to do this, you're able to cause humans to elicit certain responses. Imagine a virus getting into a robot and causing it to give you angry expressions. That could cause an anarchy to break out. So we'll definitely keep an eye but there's gonna be some challenges. We'll talk more about that. So another thing in the news, MIT came up with a slender robotic finger that's able to sense buried items. So being able to find things alone is not easy. But how about trying to sift through massive amounts of dirt and fine sand to find very small miniature objects and maybe even someday disarm a landmine and maybe even inspect cables. That means the dexterity, Marcus, has to be really to the nines. And they are using a very, I'm gonna, say powerful but a very creative type of technology with their sharp tipped robot finger with a very sensitive tactile mechanism to meet the challenges of these birded objects. Imagine a robot being able to just take its hand and stick down into a box or whether it's peanuts, or whether it's sand, or it has to just go down very gently, and be able to just see if there's a wire there and not break the wire


Marcus Hart: Oh yeah, that's incredible. Now that could be very useful in a lot of instances.


John C. Morley: I hear you and something else they're hoping it's going to do someday, is to be able to perform various subterranean duties, such as finding buried cable and like I said, disarming buried bombs.


Marcus Hart: Yeah, I can name a lot of emphasis where this would be very handy. There's a lot of buried bombs over in Kuwait yet, a lot of World War two stuff that's still being uncovered and being set off, like, kids are just walking over to stuff and dying. So this is definitely revolutionary.


John C. Morley: It's one thing, Marcus, when someone dies but it's another thing if a robot dies and the robot doesn't die, it doesn't really give its life. I mean, you can always fix a robot. You can't bring a human back to life. And so what makes this technology very impressive and interesting, is the researchers use this tactile sensor, they call it GelSight. So this unique sensor, it's basically put together with a clear gel covered with a reflective membrane that deforms when objects press against it. Very similar to our human fingers. When we press down on something, we get the feeling in the tips of our hands, It's being able to sense. So if you're able to pick up something, it just-- If you take your fingers and you touch very lightly, you can barely feel they're being touched but you can tell. It's that intelligent. This robot has basically the ability with this gel on the membrane to do some amazing things. And what we're also seeing is that there's a camera that collects the membranes pattern of reflection. So that's very interesting. So not only are we talking about just something that can tell dexterity and the level of touch and we'll call pressure but it has a camera that's able to constantly keep readjusting and sensing how close something is based on the reflection. That's just wild.


Marcus Hart: That's definitely wild, that's beyond like the probe and sticks they gave us in the military.


John C. Morley: And it's really going to be something interesting. And so they're going to be able to do all these great things. And the one thing they did which was interesting is that they change the shape now to be the slender cylinder with a bevel tip. And they basically dug about two thirds of LED lights using a combination of blue LEDs and colored fluorescent paint. And I want to quote, "That saved a lot of complexity and space", says Ouyang. So it's amazing what they're doing and saving space and how they're maximizing their resources. And I want to make another quote, "We wanted to see how mechanical vibrations aid in digging deeper and getting through jams", says Patel. So they ran a vibrating motor at different operating voltages. And it changed the amplitude and the frequency of the vibrations, then they then found that rapid vibrations help fluidize the media clearing jams and allowing for deeper borrowing. So not only are we building a robot, but we're building a machine that's able to dig very, very carefully. And without getting stuck on a lot of the pitstops that humans might get caught on. Not to mention the fact that if the robot blows up, we can just build another robot. Now that might be a few million dollars or $100 billion, or whatever it is. But it's not a life. No, it's not. So I'm gonna be very interested to see where this is going. And some of this research just to let you know, as was actually funded by the Toyota Research Institute, through the Toyota CSHL Joint research center, and the Office of Naval Research and the regional Research Council. You know the Naval was in there somewhere. 


Marcus Hart: Oh, yeah. So it totally makes sense. Yeah, they dive deeper than anyone. 


John C. Morley: I mean, being able to disarm a robot, having a robot disarm a bomb, I mean, that is just-- 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, that's just wow. 


John C. Morley: Youve got to be so precise. And then a mind-- I bet you not only do they have cameras, but they might even have infrared. They're not sharing that with us. But I'm sure they have infrared devices and things that can see through. So I bet you it's not just going to be touch. But I think the Navy and the army, they haven't told us this yet probably have devices that are going to be even 100 times better than that green vision we see on TV. That's so behind the times. Everything's so great. They don't even use green light anymore in the Navy. 


Marcus Hart: No, no. 


John C. Morley: But we're basically about 10 years behind what the Navy actually shares. Look at GPS technology, right? Now we can get down to within a few feet. Well, they always could get down to a few feet 10, 15 years ago and we start sharing that with us. Now they can get down to even more specific to like within micron. So technology as it becomes less useful to the military then gets pawned off to us because it's no longer a threat and they don't feel that it's a big advantage. It's probably the best thing I would say there. So I'm really interested in what's going on here. But I have to tell you, we'll definitely keep an eye on and see where it's going. Speaking about where things are going, a lot of kids now are getting ready to go to college. And the biggest challenge, Marcus, is that a lot of these students that are going to college don't get in, you know why they don't get in? It's because they're not telling their own story. They're actually telling their parents story. Their parents wrote the essay, not them. And learning about this from Sarah Harberson, who is my next guest, she is known as America's college counselor. She is a nationally recognized authority on elite college admissions with the philosophy that every kid applying to college deserves the best advice. Her groundbreaking free website, admissions revolution, gives all students the key information they need to realize their college dreams. And she also wrote the book Soundbite, which is really the hidden secret that gets your kid into college. But the truth of the matter is, Marcus, if the parents would just pull back and let the kid write their own essay, if they want to prove it for grammar or for spelling, that's fine. But they can't transpose the words and they can't paraphrase things and rewrite things and bring new concepts because then when the student gets in front of the admissions Council, like Sarah, and she was involved in this many years ago, and when I was reading, you cannot be expected to get into college. Because the story you're telling doesn't match what's on paper. Now with their interviews saying, why did you get involved in drama? Oh, I don't know. You don't match. Well, Ladies and gentlemen, I think you and I are going to really enjoy this next guest. Please help me welcome world known Sara Harberson. Again, America's college counselor and the author of Soundbite right here tonight to the JMOR Tech Talk show. How about in terms of tests, I know when I went to school and being an engineer, everyone had the emphasis on the SATs. So how is that weighing right now? I've heard that it's kind of dropped a little bit. It's important, but it's not as important as when I went to college. Is that true?


Sarah Harberson: It is true. One of the big reasons is the pandemic. So last spring, when most high school juniors take the SAT or ACT for the first time, most of them got cancelled for a very long period of time. Now, there are some regions of the country where the SAT and ACT are a lot more available. But what we're seeing is those colleges that adopted a test optional policy last year for the current high school seniors, many of them have already extended that for the current junior class and sometimes even beyond that. And so a lot of people are saying why are they extending it? Well, part of it is they want to be as accommodating as possible during the pandemic. But the other part of it is they're seeing a very different applicant pool being test optional. Some colleges are experiencing double digit percentage increases. In fact, Colgate University, great college in northern or upstate New York, received an applicant pool that was over 100% higher this year than it was last year. And a lot has to do with the adopting a test optional policy, at least for last year. So some of these colleges are seeing huge application increases, which is what they want. They're seeing a much more diverse applicant pool, more students of color, more first generation Americans, students, more rural students applying to those colleges. And so these colleges are going hey, this test optional post isn't so bad. And so we'll have to wait and see. But probably these colleges need to have at least another year or two of data to see what effect that test optional policy had on their applicant pool, their enrolled student body and their data points.


John C. Morley: Well, if you have somebody go into college, I definitely would tell you to get her book. I mean, I don't even think there's a question. She's a very knowledgeable lady, very nice lady and just her tips and I love the way she talks about Soundbite. It's just a very personal thing. It's not a hard concept to understand. It's like every student has one and their essays got a match. What did you think about that, Marcus?


Marcus Hart: Yeah, she really gave the insight about it. She demonstrated her very own experience that she personally went through and saw this thing firsthand. And now she's passing along the information needed for students to really develop their voice.


John C. Morley: And when our show is transcribed and on our site, you will see a link of where you can get that great book, it's a nice thing to get if you need a stocking stuffer for the holidays, or might be a great birthday present. Also might be a nice--


Marcus Hart: Graduation gift. 


John C. Morley: --graduation gift. Yeah, exactly. Or a good summer book to read. Maybe in between going in the pool and getting a suntan or going to the beach, it might be a great thing. Hey, how about for Memorial Day. It'd be a great thing. Just go pick it up. You could just buy it online too and you can get it and you'll be able to listen to it. So it's definitely a good book. So Sarah, I definitely want to thank you for the opportunity to come on our show and share some amazing information. Really enjoyed the chat with you. Well, we've talked about advertising before, Marcus. And you asked me a question and I kind of delayed it because I was coming back to it. XR advertising could become a real consumer threat. Now that's [sp 21:46] no malarkey and that's if it's left unchecked. So what am I talking about, Marcus? Well, we know that they're learning more information about us, right? And so everything goes up in the cloud. So whether you're a lady and you're buying some lingerie or you're a gentleman buying some type of let's say deodorant or something like that, or maybe you're buying a piece of furniture, or maybe you're just treating yourself to a vitamin water or a can or bottle of Coke. And even though he did it contactlessly, your information is still being stored somewhere. And these different products are being purchased by you. But businesses are using a new type of technology called XR technology, Extended Reality. And they're using this extended reality technology as a way now to get you to buy more or to get you to buy that product. So we all know what virtual reality is. We talked about that before when we talked about augmented reality, but when we mix augmented and virtual reality together, wow, that's dangerous. That's a standard reality, that's like life. And they're saying this is gonna mushroom, Marcus. It's expected to grow somewhere in the coming years, around 10 billion. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, that's almost 62 billion in 2027. That's crazy. 


John C. Morley: And then it's 62 billion by 2027. So we went from 8 billion right around 2020 and we kind of went up the chain already. So they're saying by 2024, we'll be at 100 billion. This is according to some grand research that was done. So, I think it's gonna be a problem because-- we're really gonna be afraid of one thing, Marcus, it's not the technology, okay? It's how it's going to-- I don't know, steer people in the wrong direction. A lot of bad actors are going to lure people into their traps to get them to buy things without people's knowledge, and become almost like addicted or craving to something. And again, itself is not a detriment to your body or your health. But if we're not vigilant, and these bad actors are out there and they use this XR technology, they could harm our customers. And I want to make a quote here. And I quote, "A key aspect here is that augmented and extended reality technologies are inherently designed to alter reality. And this potential could be exploited to deceive and manipulate, that's the word, manipulate customers". Who wants to be manipulated, do you? I don't.


Marcus Hart: No, no, no.


John C. Morley: I don't want to get 90% off or even get 10% off or get the product for free, if you're going to try to manipulate me to buy something else. But that's the problem. So what we're learning is that buying different products and services, we're learning a lot about their personal life, their likes, their dislikes, things that maybe they may not want to share with the rest of the world. And now, it's being sold as a commodity to people. So now they can market to you and get you to buy on an impulse. 


Marcus Hart: Mm hmm. 


John C. Morley: And we're talking about things, Marcus, again, we are [sp 25:46] g show, but we're talking about things that range from everyday items, all the way up to things that might be considered adult related. And they're going to exploit this quite a bit. They're saying that disclosures need to really be put on things in certain areas. Because we're not just talking about things like video content, we're talking about things like cigarettes and vaping products. So this is really serious. And I'm not sure if you know this, I also have my degree in hypnosis. And when you change the mind, Marcus, your brain doesn't even know why it's happening but it just does something. And I have to tell you something, if you don't want to do something and you're led to do something, it's sometimes very hard to break that habit. We've all heard of addicts that they might be addicted to alcohol or drugs, unfortunately, they're addicted but they can't stop. They know it's bad but they can't stop. So imagine this, Marcus, your brain is running over 90, 95% of your body. And you know yourself if you were to exercise for 30 days, on the 31st day, you just naturally want to exercise, right? 30 seconds, yeah, yeah, up to the 15th. And then if you miss it, there's like, Oh, my gosh, you feel like you did something terrible. Like you have to do it right away. If you break one or two days, and you break the pattern, finally, then you get out of it. But I think the big moral of the story is that when you create a habit in your brain and you do it intentionally, that's fine. But when other people create a habit in your brain, that's detrimental and that's manipulative. And that's what I think we need to be afraid of. I'm not a big person that watches TV anyway. And it's not just gonna be on TV though. You could be going to, I don't drink Coca Cola either. But you go to your vitamin water dispenser, what have you and suddenly there might be something very attractive or curious to you. Because now let's say your phone got close to that machine, it may now suddenly learn that it's you. And now I know you like racecars. Well, I'm going to have a bottle of Coke, getting in a race car, pop it in really cool. Maybe you're a teenager, and at the age where the ladies are catching your eyes. So maybe I'm going to exploit that in a certain way. And now you suddenly want to buy this coke or whatever it is because you're gonna feel good. But the problem I have, Marcus, is if you only had $10 and these teens had $10 in their wallet, and they had to make a decision on how to budget that money. And now they really can't make the choice because they're getting manipulated to buy some crap, excuse the expression, because they really should have bought dinner but they bought something else, which just kind of called out to them. They didn't know why it called out to them. So this is what this extra technology is going to do. It's going to cause some problems.


Marcus Hart: Yeah, it's gonna cause some problems and it's gonna result in a lot of financial loss along with some very much needed therapy.


John C. Morley: Exactly. And I'm gonna make another quote. First before I take the quote, I want to tell you that more research is going to be needed by many marketing, many advertising companies, consumer companies, because they said they can't really attribute anything to it. Of course they can. Soon as we have a lawsuit, you watch how fast they'll attribute things to it. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, they're gonna be begging the lawmakers to put something in place to protect the boomer.


John C. Morley: And I quote now, "I think we need a broader public debate and policy discussion about what kinds of manipulation of people's reality are acceptable and whether and how XR experiences should come with disclosures about how they affect reality". Hey, didn't I just say something like that what's going to happen? 


Marcus Hart: Oh, yeah, you're my [inaudible 30:17], John. 


John C. Morley: Yeah. It's similar to like the food nutrition labels or the warnings, right? So now you're suddenly in this movie theater and they have a warning before you go in the door. Warning, this theater uses XR advertising. And you may be lead to purchase things that you might not have a direct need or want for, you enter at your own risk. Yeah, I don't know that it's working. And I suddenly you find yourself buying all this extra stuff. Because they said a long time ago, Marcus, that subliminal advertising doesn't work. I gotta be honest with you, they're lying. It does. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, it does. 


John C. Morley: It works. 


Marcus Hart: I can tell you how many times I have been sitting down watching a basketball game and all of a sudden an urge to go out to the store. 


John C. Morley: And what you want to buy? 


Marcus Hart: Well, it was an adult beverage, I can tell you that.


John C. Morley: Okay, okay. But yeah, it's like you hear the pop, you see so the senses, right? And so now, it's like built in your brain. So much like every time you watch that basketball game, if I just say the basketball game, you suddenly think about that adult beverage. It's kind of like a Pavlov and the dog. For those who don't know that I'm not going to go into a long thing. But there's a dog and Pavlov, and basically what happens is, the dog's there and there's a bell. And the dog is basically going to eat, salivate, rings the bell. Eat again, great, salivates, rings the bell again. It does a few more times, after a while just rings the bell, the dog still keeps salivating. You see your pattern is going to steep repeating as long as there's enough of an emotional charge to hold it. Eventually, Marcus, if you stop watching that basketball game or if you watch that basketball game and now suddenly, I don't know, they have how nice it would be to take a trip to Aruba. You're gonna be thinking about going to Aruba. But it's gonna have a different effect to you than the adult beverage. I think it's because the adult beverage is something you could go get now. Our trip to Aruba is something-- you know you got to do some steps. So there's a little more of a safety net there. I always say to people, wishing to make something true won't let it happen. If it did, we'd all be in a lot of trouble, we would have a million elephants in our living room. I'm sure you've wished for an animal to be in your house at one point in time. And thank God it didn't work because otherwise, that animal would just appear. When you put inspired thought into something, what it does is it opens your reticular activating system and you are suddenly focused on how to do that. That's why when we teach people how to make money, and we say to them, Look, you're already a millionaire, you're already wealthy. Your brain and your body are looking for ways to prove to you that that's true. But if you're saying oh, gee, I don't have a money, well, then Okay, well keep showing that to you. Will keep showing you bill, will keep showing this, will keep doing what you need. But if you look at it from the other perspective, you shifted it, now your brain is like this constant search engine. It's like, Okay, I gotta find something. And remember it's working for you. But you're working against yourself, you're kicking yourself in the foot. So when you watch these commercials, and you see something, the first thing you need to do, if you see this, you can say to yourself, okay, that's a beverage, I'm not interested in having that right now, I don't want that, that's it. You have to just take control of it. And when you've done that the next time it comes on, it's not gonna seem so appealing to you. But that's a movie theaters do, when they start the movie-- Oh, ah, this is a great time to visit the concession stand. Now that doesn't get it but then they show you the popcorn and then they do this. And you know what some theaters do? You smell the popcorn. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, they blow that fan. 


John C. Morley: They pipe in. I know a casino that spends millions of dollars to pipe in a certain type of smell. And it's from the Indian tribe. And this is almost, I don't want to call it a drug because it's not a drug but it has a way of relaxing you. And they say that's legal. I'm missing something here, Marcus.


Marcus Hart: Yeah, I am too. I don't know and I used to have a gambling addiction. I'll admit that and I remember the smells and the lights and the sounds and it's all intentional.


John C. Morley: It's all intentional. I mean, they could put in bubble gum, they could put every flavored one, but they always have that smell. Yeah, it's very calming over here by the floor. And if you notice, I'm not a gambler, when I went there, you get a beverage but they would only bring you the beverage if you were at the machine and gambling. So if I ordered this Daiquiri or whatever I ordered, and I'm waiting, and I'm waiting, and they take forever to bring it, I think they do that on purpose. And I'm like, where's my drink? And the minute you get up, they don't bring it to you. You have to be sitting at the machine. So that's a perfect example, Marcus, of how XR technology is already in play. I mean, we hear it in music, right? Maybe you go to the carwash and there's a lady, there's a gentleman, and maybe they're a silhouette or maybe they're cut out. And they have this great big thing of how your car's gonna look so amazing when you have this wax or they have an audio recording saying, you're gonna look studly when you get your car waxed with such and such. It's all a mirage, but what it does is it confuses the brain, and the brain doesn't know what's real and what's not. So as much as they say subliminal advertising doesn't work, it works. I just think they don't want to get sued so they just said it-- they said it was inconclusive. I always love when they do that market conclusive.


Sarah Harberson: Yeah, that's a bunch of baloney. Yeah, man. You're spot on, John. And you really provided a lot of value here tonight and hopefully helping a lot of people get off the couch and get something different.


John C. Morley: Yeah, have some water. I drink 72 ounces of our water and I gotta tell you, it is the best thing. Anyway, we have one more important story I'd like to share with you. Now whether you've gotten vaccinated or not that's not what I'm going to go into today. That's your business. I hope you've made the decision to do it but that's up to you. The challenge now is how do we know who's vaccinated and who's not vaccinated? With the laws changing, they're gonna be fines issued someday, Marcus, for people that aren't vaccinated and are acting as if they are vaccinated. So how do you stay on top of this? I mean this is gonna be like a mess, I would say. Well, guess what they came out with? Digital vaccine passport.


Marcus Hart: Oh man. Someone said that this may come and here we are. I find this very surprising. 


John C. Morley: I predicted this was going to happen. Now, it's free, the site and I did the checking so that is completely legitimate because don't just do this if you don't know who they are. One of the very first companies was called GoGetVax. Now, GoGetVax is helping customers like [sp 38:54] Lowe's pods, Adak, Texas and many others. But they were first the site that was helping people, Marcus, to get on the list to be vaccinated, pretty neat, pretty neat. But now they have started that, they call it vaxyes. So if you go to, you're going to be greeted with a website and it's gonna say get your free secure verified vaccine passport on your phone. So all you do is you enter your mobile phone number and then you create your free Vax card by clicking 'Create my free Vax yes card'. It was endorsed by Fox, ABC, NBC, the Dallas Morning News, Yahoo Finance so you obviously know they're not a slouch. And they do have EVSSL certificate. They got to buy let's encrypt, which I thought was kind of interesting. I would have thought a company like that would actually spend the bucks. So that's the only thing I didn't like is that they got a free certificate. Let's Encrypt is free. This company it is HIPAA compliant, secure and all that good stuff. But that was the one thing I didn't like is that they had a free EVSSL. Anyway, I did this a little while ago, I put my phone number in, they sent me a message on my phone. They basically asked me my first name, that I responded, they asked me my last name. After they asked me my last name, the next thing they asked me was my date of birth. After they asked me that, they asked me, what was the date of my first vaccine dosage? I put the date in, month day, year with the slashes. You hit and it comes back within less than a minute, comes back and says, Thank you. What is the lot number of your vaccine? Which is actually written, most people know this on your vax card. It's written there right on the left, and you have to put that in there, comes back, checks it, says thank you. Comes back it says, what was the date of your second one? If you didn't have one, they just put xx. So now you've done all that. The next thing they asked you to do, after you've done those whole things, they asked you to take a picture of your vax card and send it to them as a text attachment. Great. Next thing they asked you to do, they asked you to take a picture of your driver's license, send it back. It'll give you a yes or no was verified, then it tells you to wait that you have passed first little verification, it's waiting for second little verification. And then usually within 24 hours, they'll send you your digital Vax card, which you can add to your Apple wallet. So I encourage everyone to go to If you haven't gotten vaccinated, you could go to and you can schedule to find where the closest place to get a vaccine and they'll notify you but put you on the waiting list. So I think that's going to be pretty amazing. And I think a lot of these companies are doing this. You know why, Marcus? Because this is a big challenge. And being able to manage these records, this isn't easy. It's not an easy thing. And there are companies out there trying to sell false vax records. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, false vax record. 


John C. Morley: So I don't know what to tell you. But great little site, you could do that. And again, don't just go doing this on sites that you don't know. But this site has been verified, it's been featured on the news and lots of places and actually had its own press release that was sent out. And when they do a large press release like that these press release companies, they won't send them out if they're fraudulent, like they're not going to send a press release out saying, Oh gee, we've got a site that's collecting information by the way we're going to be selling it to the third countries. No, no. It's not like the letters with FB and then they asked you to upload your passport and you're doing your thing, no it's not like that. So some great information, ladies and gentlemen. And in case you were wondering, I don't know if you were or not. We have another guest coming up next week. So next week, can you believe, Marcus, that we are in the first Friday of June? 


Marcus Hart: Every time you say that, John, I can't believe it. It seems like we're on to the next [inaudible 43:42], to the next episode. 


John C. Morley: We have an amazing guest. We always have amazing guests. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah, all the time. 


John C. Morley: This gentleman is a musician. But his full time job is he is a UXI experienced developer. So what does that mean in English? So he does the UI, the user experience, they call it UX, UXI. And so he goes through the process and the flow and how screen should look and not just function so that it has a little bit of both roles. So very interesting. I guess that he is a musician, and I think you're gonna find him to be an interesting guests and in case you're wondering coming down in the month of June. We also have a school administrator coming. Sometime in the next few months, we have a school [inaudible 44:36]. He was waiting till school gets out before it comes on the air because he's been very, very busy. We have another doctor coming to give us his thoughts about COVID and some of the truths and some of the, I'll call the fallacies. Little later in the month, we actually have Sheila Mac. If you don't know Sheila Mac, she is an amazing lady. She's known quite a bit around the world. She's a serial entrepreneur like myself. She started in business and then she got into real estate, and she then later wound up buying the entire block. And now she has quite a few gift stores. So very interesting people that we have on and I think definitely going to enjoy her. I'm actually a guest on her show as well. And then, toward the end of the month, we have Andre Ruiz who is a coach, and he's gonna give us a little spin on life and some tips. So I think you're gonna find that interesting. But listen, ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to go back, watch any of our show, just go to, under social, you can find any of our shows. Not just this year, but any year, we have an archive, you can go back and find things, you can search things, you could check out our unboxings, you could check out our review channel. But you can also if you have an idea for a show, click on the reach up button at the top right, tell us a little about yourself for the idea for the show. Remember, this is not a place to pitch a product or service. I had another gentleman like that this week. And although he was a wonderful person, I said, I don't see any value from my audience. Oh, I sell this kind of machine, that's nice. But I'm not interested and my audience isn't interested in a sales pitch. I thank you for your time though but we're not interested. Or what I always tell them is well, my production team is decided that we're not a match. But thanks, reach out to us again, or we'll contact you again if there's an opening. And so that's really important. We strive very hard, Marcus, to bring value to our audience and we really tried to give them high quality. If you have an idea for an unboxing, go to our show too. And you can also-- our site and you can tell us about the product, you can donate to us and we'll do an unboxing and a review. So lots of great stuff. And in the next 30 days, we're going to be automating that process. So if you're looking to become a guest on the show, you're going to be able to apply right through the website through a whole automated process, making it really easy. You'll actually go to a vetting interview with me, after the vetting interview, you will then go to the next step, after we verify your document you'll get scheduled. So first will be a pre step where you'll give us a pitch. If we think you're interesting, and we'd like to talk with you, we'll invite you to a vetting interview. If not, we'll thank you for your time and say that we're probably not interested in your pitch, but thank you. And then after the vetting, we will then give you the recording date. But the whole process is automated. So it's really easy, really simple. Even the media releases automated. So we're trying to make this easy for people. But we do these things, ladies and gentlemen, because we want to make sure that we're protected, you're protected. And when you're on air, we do need to have a media release. So that's really important. And again, a shout out to our friends at Princeton community TV. We are on 3pm every Sunday. Now we're quite a few months behind on their channel, but lots of great content there. And again, a big shout out to Princeton community TV, all the professors, all the students. And of course, if any of you students would like to get involved in our video internship immediate program, definitely reach out to me. We're building our internship program every single day, and we're creating some amazing experiences. And if you'd like to be part of this fun, and not just learn media for the books, reach out to us, I think we're probably going to give you an experience that is going to send you spinning in a real positive way. Well, Marcus, it is that time unfortunately to say goodbye, isn't it? 


Marcus Hart: Unfortunately, it is.


John C. Morley: I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and a very safe one. 


Marcus Hart: Yeah. 


John C. Morley: And I guess we're gonna see you guys all next week. And remember, masks are not required in some states. So have a great one, everyone, and we'll be back next week. 


Marcus Hart: Bye, everyone. 


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