Saturday, April 7, 2018

E-264: Savory Yogurt

Random Vegas
In 1995, a monorail was built to connect the MGM Grand to, fittingly enough, the former MGM Grand, now known as Bally's.  It would later be incorporated into the Las Vegas Monorail, making MGM Grand one of its anchor bookend properties
Twitpic of the week

Neon, signage and history are just a few of my favorite things about Las Vegas.  The concept that is Brilliant! at the Neon Museum takes the "dream come true" metaphor to another level.  If Nightmare on Elm St has taught us anything, it's that a person can be aware that they are in a dream, while in a dream.  I'm pretty sure other movies have said that as well but I'm going with Nightmare on Elm St.  Write your own fuckin monolog.  One of the ways one can help the subconscious recognize that they are in a dream is by identifying the things that are just slightly out of place from the way they are in reality.  Take the Stardust sign, shared here by @RaisingLasVegas and brought back to life by the Brilliant! light show @Neon Museum and such an experience can be described as a "dream come true" to some. But take a step back on the "come true" part and look closer at what you're seeing.  Yep, there it is.  Those are two different fonts being used.  The A is from the original font used at the property known as Electra Jag. The rest is the Futura Typeface font that replaced it in 1991 (some argue Helvetica, whatever).  And that's when you realize it; this isn't real, this must be a dream because these two fonts never existed together in reality.  Hold on, don't freak out, this a cool thing. You're aware you're in a dream. Try doing something cool like flying or something without consequences like playing triple zero roulette. Write a random sentence, and read it during the show, in a cadence that sounds like, your wrapping up this monolog.


Zorkfest Individual Events Announced
Promocode - Zork360Insane
MGM Explores Wynn Acquisition
Yogurteria Coming to Palazzo
 Aria Esports
Park MGM Pool Price Points
Kind Heaven Coming to LINQ
Chocolate Chair Coming to Grand Bazaar
Knights Vow

Saturday, March 31, 2018

E-262: Now I Know Why We Drink

Random Vegas
In 1909, Nevada criminalized gambling, specifically to play or deal in social card games, games of chance like craps and slot machines.  However almost as soon as the law passed, it started to be chipped way at 
  • Two years after it was made illegal, in 1911, prohibition on virtually all social card games, except Poker, was relaxed
  •  In 1913, all social card games including certain slot machines were allowed as long as the payoff was for drinks, cigars or sums of money less than $2
  • 1915 saw pari-mutuel betting legalized at race tracks
  • 1919 brought back state licensed card rooms
Ironically, it was the passing of prohibition in the 1920s and the great depression that followed, that encouraged the movement to re-legalize wide open gambling in Nevada, although it wouldn't be successful until 1931 (The Book - Roll the Bones: Casino Edition) 

Twitpic of the week

Continuing to bland up the market, Monte Carlo continues its death march to becoming the forgettably named Park MGM.  Yes it was a rich theme for the poor man and yes the name Park MGM isn't as bad as the Las Vegas Hotel (aka LVH) but that doesn't mean we aren't going to lament it's passing.  Dethemeing has its documented successes and failures since the concept was introduced to the market, i.e. Imperial Palace into LINQ and Sahara into SLS, but honesty those examples probably have more to do with their locations than execution on the concept.  This week @MeltzVegas showed us another instance of history in the making as the name Monte Carlo is no more on display at the least not on the hotel tower. We are told the plan is to renovate into high end.  Here's hoping the concept skews more Cosmopolitan than pretentious elitism.